Lienz is the cultural, economic and social centre of East Tirol. It lies at the foot of the Lienz Dolomites, at the intersection of the Isel and Drau rivers, and has a population of 11,900.
The town, which is the administrative capital of East Tirol, attracts many visitors thanks to its warm climate and Mediterranean flair that sees palm trees grow in the main town square during the summer months. Attractions include the over 750-year-old Schloss Bruck castle – once home to nobility, today a museum and art gallery – which overlooks the town and is surrounded by high walls. Just a short walk north from the railway station is the magnificent old-town with the impressive Liebburg, Antoniuskirchl and Fransziskanerkloster buildings as well as a selection of cafés, shops, boutiques and handicraft businesses. Throughout the year events take place here, including the traditional Christmas market in November and December as well as the annual Olala street theatre festival in summer. The town’s two popular skiing areas, Hochstein and Zettersfeld, are easy to reach via cable car.