Gailtal Alps

The Gailtal Alps in Austria spread across the sparsely populated Gail and Lesach Valleys between Sillian and Villach. They are characterized by deprivation-rich mountain farming, which still today, through heavy physical effort, ensures an incomparably harmonious natural and recreational landscape. The valley is home to three “mountaineering villages” classified by the Austrian Alpine Club.

A status that demands the exemplary development of sustainable alpine tourism while preserving local cultural and natural values. It relies on personal responsibility and ability as well as on environmentally conscious and responsible behavior of their guests up in the mountains.

These 3 villages Kartitsch, Obertilliach and Untertilliach are located at an altitude between 1,200 and 1,450 meters above sea level and therefore offer us excellent air and environmental quality in an impeccable landscape.

Nature Highlights

  • Magnificent views of the Carnic Alps to the south
  • Lake Laserz with Karsbader Hut – below Große Sandspitze, the highest peak of the Gailtal Alps
  • Alpine meadow blooms in June and July
  • Natural wonder Weissensee – emerald green and crystal clear on 6.5 km²

Cultural Highlights

  • Obertilliach – listed town center of centuries-old wooden farmhouses
  • Tuff bath – alpine wellness with a calcium, magnesium, sulfate and hydrogen carbonate source already captured in the 18th century
  • Gothic St. Andrä Church in the old town of Lienz

Culinary highlights

  • Lesachtaler Schlipfkrapfen
  • Deer salami with schnapps tastings
  • Slow Food Travel Gastronomy – awarded by Slow Food Travel Alpe Adria Carinthia

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