A jewel box in East Tyrol: Surrounded by the peaks of the Lienz Dolomites and the Carnic Alps, the idyllic village of Obertilliach in the Lesachtal Valley boasts a sunny location. In summer it is a popular base for hikers, while in winter it is an internationally renowned biathlon centre. Obertilliach has even served as a filming location for James Bond.
In summer its many protected houses, some of which are centuries old, radiate with colourful flowers. This settlement of 690 residents has earned itself the nickname the “wooden village” due to its many traditional farmsteads made using raw materials from the abundant local forests. It is, therefore, fitting that the only remaining night watchman in Austria completes his nightly rounds here at 1,450 metres above sea level. During the summer months Obertilliach is a popular base for climbers keen to take on the north face of the Porze and hikers wishing to explore the Gailtal Valley High Trail or the Carnic Alps High Trail offering wonderful views of the mighty Dolomites. In winter Obertilliach is a major biathlon centre which regularly hosts competitions in this traditional sport combining cross-country skiing and shooting. The famous Dolomitenlauf cross-country skiing event also draws many visitors in winter. Alpine skiers can explore the nearby family-friendly resort of Golzentipp.