Noted for being one of Tirol’s most scenic drives, the Pustertal High Mountain Road features spectacular scenery and expansive mountain views. This paved scenic backway snakes its way high above Hochpustertal Valley and passes a variety of picture-postcard villages on its way.
Starting just a few kilometres to the west of Lienz, the largest town in East Tirol, the Pustertal High Mountain Road branches off the main Drautal Road to the right and winds its way up onto the lower slopes of the mountains. Here, on a sunny plateau high above the valley floor, visitors are quickly transported away from the hustle and bustle of the busy route connecting East Tirol with the province of South Tirol in Italy. Only few cars use this road connecting a number of pretty villages, while motorbike riders and cyclists enjoy the quiet surroundings and excellent tarmac surface. The route offers great views of lofty mountains and is a living showcase of the grandeur of the Dolomites. But the real draw is the history and heritage sights and attractions along the drive. 12th century Anras Castle and Antonius Chapel with fresco-secco paintings from the 17th century are cultural gems that are well worth visiting. Peer into habitats of animals native to the area at Assling Deer Park and see the more than 100 animals that call the park home. If you keep going west at the end of the Pustertal High Mountain Road you will soon reach the entrance to Villgratental Valley and mighty Burg Heinfels Fortress, the landmark of High Pustertal Valley.