Surrounded by the foothills of the Lienz Dolomites to the north and the Carnic Alps to the south, Kartitsch lies at an altitude of 1,356m in the Gailtal Valley and is popular with walkers, hikers and mountaineers.
It has a population of around 800 and lies within the Hochpustertal holiday region. The pretty Gailtal Valley is the highest valley in East Tirol and rises as far as the Kartitscher Sattel at 1,525 metres above sea level. To the south, the municipality of Kartitsch borders South Tirol in Italy. Kartitsch is traversed by the Carnic Alps High Trail, a 155km hiking path at over 2,000m altitude. Those looking for something a little closer to the valley floor can explore the Gailtal Trail. In winter, the Obstanser Eishöhle ice cave is well worth a visit and gives visitors (with the correct safety equipment) the chance to climb 100 metres down into the earth. Winter sports enthusiasts will enjoy the small local ski area with easy slopes for beginners as well as challenging runs up to an altitude of 1,820 for intermediate and advanced skiers.