Top things to do in Lienz

Museum in Lienz


Excavations are still under way at the Aguntum archaeological site in nearby Dölsach to piece together the jigsaw puzzle of this 2000-year-old municipium, which flourished as a centre of trade and commerce under Emp…
European in Lienz


At this garage-style restaurant in the heart of Lienz, the decor is an atmospheric new-old combination of dark beams, monochrome tones, marble-topped tables and vintage picture frames. Alongside faves like organic W…
Sports in Lienz

Dolomiten Mann

Lienz hosts the testosterone-fuelled Dolomiten Mann in September, a Red Bull–sponsored competition billed as the world’s toughest team challenge. Headlining the program is the cross-country relay race, where teams o…
Castle in Lienz

Schloss Bruck

Lienz' famous medieval fortress has a museum chronicling the region's history, as well as Roman artefacts, Gothic winged altars and local costumes. The castle tower is used for changing exhibitions; a highlight for …
Pizza in Lienz

Da Leonardo

World champion pizza maker Leonardo Granata rests his dough for 24 to 48 hours, turning out authentic pizzas and running a 100% Italian operation with friendly, solicitous staff. Fabulous if you're missing il bel pa…
Austrian in Lienz


Clinging to a 1600m clifftop like an eagle’s nest and watched over by jagged peaks, the Dolomitenhütte is extraordinary. With the Dolomites and larch woods as a mesmerising backdrop, it's like something out of a fai…
Church in Lienz

Stadtpfarrkirche St Andrä

The town's main church has an attractive Gothic rib-vaulted ceiling, startling baroque altar, 14th-century frescoes and a pair of unusual tombstones sculpted in red Salzburg marble. Alongside is the solemn Kriegerge…
Wine Bar in Lienz


A proper Italian wine shop and bar, where you can join locals for a glass of a beautiful small-producer wine from the Veneto, Friuli, Südtirol or even further south. There are meat and cheese platters and you can al…
Austrian in Lienz

Gösser Bräu im Alten Rathaus

Gather around a horseshoe-shaped bar at this vaulted brewpub, whose draught Gösser Brau beers go well with traditional favourites. In summer move to the vine-clad terrace for well-presented Italian daily specials an…
Austrian in Lienz


Up on a hill opposite Stadtpfarrkirche St Andrä, this atmospheric restaurant does a selection of local dishes under the vaults or on the streamside terrace.