The market town Sillian, the chief city of the Hochpustertal valley, enchants its visitors thanks to its Tyrolean charme.
Altitude: 1,103 m asl
Featuring some 2,000 inhabitants, Sillian is located at the foot of the Thurntaler mountain. It is also the birthplace of numerous personalities, as for example knight Blasius Hölzl (15th century), royal counsellor of Emperor Maximilian I, and Adam Purwalder (born in 1588), who wrote the “Jedermann” trilogy. The local historian Ignaz Paprion is also from Sillian, and likewise Josef Schraffl (1855-1922), joint founder of the Farmers’ Association and first governor of Tyrol. All of them are really prominent Tyrolean citizens!
The municipality is known as great starting point for hikes along the “Karnischer Höhenweg” high path and its proximity to the 366 km long Drau cycle path. Sillian has also got much to offer from a cultural point of view. There are numerous religious celebrations, e.g. Sacred Heart, the Sunday in June when fires light local mountains. Worth a visit are the parish church Assumption of Mary (Maria Himmelfahrt), which was built in 1431 and has been baroquised later on, as well as the only preserved pillory column of Tyrol. In 1690 the wooden pillory tumbled over and has been replaced in 1697 by a stone pillory.
However, winter stands for snow and fun in Sillian. Usually the market town is covered by a mantle of snow, which makes visitors think of skiing, powder snow and hot punch! The 7 lift facilities take you on the well-groomed slopes of the ski center Sillian - Hochpustertal with its 22.5 km of well-groomed ski slopes. Also the 7 km long toboggan run Leckfeld an three cross-country ski runs are waiting for you: the “Grenzlandloipe” trail South Tyrol - Sillian, the Pustertal valley trail Sillian - Lienz and the “Sonnenloipe” trail. And if the weather is not fine enough to spend the day in the open, you can still decide to visit the sauna in the indoor swimming pool Sillian, which is open the whole year round.
Our recommendation: the farmers’ shop “Hochpustertaler Bauernladen” and its considerable offer can be found near the market place in the centre of the city. Enjoy it!