The market town of Sillian is the administrative centre of the Oberland region of East Tirol and is located right next to the border with South Tirol in Italy.
Here, in the heart of the family-friendly Hochpustertal Valley, visitors can choose from a wide range of outdoor activities. Immediately next to the town itself, home to 2,000 inhabitants, lies the Thurntaler (2,407m). A cable car runs from the valley floor up onto the slopes of this mountain which in winter forms part of the Sillian-Hochpustertal ski resort. Among its most popular attractions are the long Kammabfahrt piste and the YellowSnowpark. Sillian is also considered the ideal starting point for long-distance hikes along the Carnic Alps High Trail leading along the main ridge of the Carnic Alps and offering fabulous panoramic views. The Drau Cycle Path runs through the town, giving visitors the option of riding over the border into neighbouring South Tirol or 30km east to Lienz, the largest town in East Tirol. Other highlights in the region include the Wichtelpark outdoor adventure park with a high rope obstacle run and a minigolf course. In June the mountains come to life as fires are lit on many of the peaks and ridges around Sillian during the traditional Herz Jesu celebrations marking the summer solstice.