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Excursions in East Tyrol

Culture and activities around the Defereggental

Almost every activity is possible in the Defereggental. Whether action or relaxation, the choice is up to you! Boredom is not an option here. The vast array of offers in this holiday region ranges from guided hikes and climbing tours to cultural events and festivals. There is something for everyone here!

Bruck Castle

Museum with added value 

Schloss Bruck (Bruck Castle) is a museum in the city of Lienz that houses many paintings from Albin Egger-Lienz, a painter from Lienz. The surroundings of the castle with a picturesque grove and small pond near the gateway is a popular area for walkers, and it is the starting point of many hiking paths. The castle is open from mid-May to the end of October. In 2007, the museum received the Tiroler Museumspreis (Tyrolean museum award). The 37 meter high castle keep can be climbed as part of a museum visit. On the top level of the tower is a viewing gallery that offers a great view of Lienz and the surrounding mountains. 

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National park center in Matrei

Plants, animals, & the history of the national park at a glance

Whole worlds are opened up to you in the "Nationalparkhaus" (national park center) in Matrei - a tangible world that is certainly not lacking in beauty: the world of the Hohe Tauern National Park. To be more precise, the Tyrolean part of this spectacular national park. Two whole floors have been reserved for people who want to not only marvel at the beauty and impressive scenery but also want to find out a bit more about the plants and animals that can be found here and the history of the national park. Next time, you will be an expert hiker by then and can examine everything a bit more closely. The natural and cultural history of the Hohe Tauern National Park will be more familiar to you, and you can learn more about the cultural sites and hunting areas from the Stone Age and see how agricultural systems have changed over time. 

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Deferegger healing water

Sironahöhle cave & myth

The building functions as both a shop and showroom, in which the history of the Deferegger healing water is exhibited. In addition, it serves as a filling station that bottles the water directly at the well thus preserving its naturalness and healing powers. The integrated stalactite cave is also a special experience for visitors allowing them a glimpse into the processes in the earth's interior. The valuable water can be purchased directly at its source. The building in combination with the fountain at the well site is a true water experience and place of power that you can enjoy from different perspectives. 

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Osttirodler alpine coaster

Alpine coaster for all ages

PURE adrenaline, even for "real men" when its comes to the countless steep curves and jumps, waves, and 3 loops. This is a ride that you can enjoy to the fullest, because it can last several minutes depending on what speed you choose. This alpine coaster is one of the longest and most spectacular in the world and is also extremely safe and comfortable. Alone or as a pair, you will be strapped into the comfortable sled. Thanks to the double track system and built-in speed control, absolutely nothing can happen. You can determine how fast you actually want to go with the handbrake lever. On this breathtaking ride, you can enjoy sensational panoramic views of Bruck Castle, the sunny city of Lienz, and the valley floor. 

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