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City of Lienz

The city of Lienz in East Tyrol lies at the confluence of the rivers Isel and Drava at an altitude of about 670m. It has a population of approx. 12.000 people.

The nearby Aguntum was an important mining and trading centre in Roman times. Lienz was first mentioned in a deed in 1022/39. During the Middle Ages Lienz was the seat of the Counts of Görz who resided in Bruck Castle. Today, the castle is a museum and houses an impressive collection of paintings by the East Tyrolean artists Albin Egger-Lienz and Franz Defregger. Lienz and its surrounding became part of Tyrol in 1501 under Emperor Maximilian I, and were immediately sold to the Counts of Wolkenstein-Rodenengg. They then constructed Liebburg castle, which today is used as the town hall, at the city centre. In 1642, when the Wolkensteins faced financial difficulties Lienz again became part of Tyrol. After World War I, South Tyrol was awarded to Italy making East Tyrol an exclave with no territorial connection to North Tyrol.

Today, the City of Lienz is a thriving commercial and tourism centre boasting many sights and great restaurants. Hochstein ski area, which is very close to Lienz, is a renowned ski world cup venue.  In summer Lienz is a popular stop along the Drava Cycling Route or the starting point for hiking tours through the Lienz Dolomites.

 

City of Lienz

The city of Lienz in East Tyrol lies at the confluence of the rivers Isel and Drava at an altitude of about 670m. It has a population of approx. 12.000 people.

The nearby Aguntum was an important mining and trading centre in Roman times. Lienz was first mentioned in a deed in 1022/39. During the Middle Ages Lienz was the seat of the Counts of Görz who resided in Bruck Castle. Today, the castle is a museum and houses an impressive collection of paintings by the East Tyrolean artists Albin Egger-Lienz and Franz Defregger. Lienz and its surrounding became part of Tyrol in 1501 under Emperor Maximilian I, and were immediately sold to the Counts of Wolkenstein-Rodenengg. They then constructed Liebburg castle, which today is used as the town hall, at the city centre. In 1642, when the Wolkensteins faced financial difficulties Lienz again became part of Tyrol. After World War I, South Tyrol was awarded to Italy making East Tyrol an exclave with no territorial connection to North Tyrol.

Today, the City of Lienz is a thriving commercial and tourism centre boasting many sights and great restaurants. Hochstein ski area, which is very close to Lienz, is a renowned ski world cup venue.  In summer Lienz is a popular stop along the Drava Cycling Route or the starting point for hiking tours through the Lienz Dolomites.

 

The Weather in Lienz

Lienz falls in the inner Alpine climate zone sprinkled with a ‘touch’ of Mediterranean weather and the city definitely radiates southern charm. The summer months see most of the rain with temperatures rarely higher than 25°C.  The winters are very dry with temperatures clearly below freezing point.

Things to Do in Lienz?

There is always something to do in Lienz:  the city is known worldwide for the Dolomitenmann Race, an extreme relay race (mountain running, paragliding, mountain biking, kayaking) originally initiated by former ski racer Werner Grissmann. Red Bull Dolomitenmann takes place every year at the beginning/middle of September. In July and August the OLALA Street Theatre Festival attracts fans from all over Europe. The Lienz City Festival is always held on the second weekend in August.

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