Assling with its 2,000 inhabitants is above all popular for the wildlife park.
Altitude: 1,128 m asl
The municipal territory of Assling extends on both sides of the Hochpustertal valley, but only the northern part along the so-called Pustertal valley high road and the valley section along the Drau river are inhabited. The village has brought to light some famous citizens, such as the composer and church musician Ignaz Mitterer (1850-1924) as well as the former alpine skier Irmgard Lukasser and the former cross-country ski champion Maria Theurl-Walcher. The emblem of the municipality illustrates two sickles in red and white, referring to the noble family that had its seat right in this place.
Today Assling is a popular holiday village, which is composed of 18 component localities and cadastral municipalities, representing the largest rural community of East Tyrol. There are also some jewels for those who love culture: the parish church was reconstructed after a devastating fire in 1726, but the late-Gothic frescoes that have been found in renovations point out that already much earlier there must have been a church. What is particularly worth seeing in the St. Corbinian church in the component locality Thal, dating back to the 15th century, is the wonderful wing altar of Friedrich Pacher, an imporant Tyrolean painter of the 15th century. Not for nothing this church is considered to be one of the most beautiful late Gothic churches of Tyrol!
Assling has also two more highlights to offer: the wildlife park Assling presents 30 animal species and attracts visitors from near and far. Founded in 1974, it represents the habitat for animals such as lynx, raccoons, feral pigs, marmots and ibexes on a surface of 80,000 sqm. Moreover at the Pedretscher farm there is a summer toboggan run, a cosy inn and a farmers’ shop. The Pustertal high altitude path (Pustertaler Höhenweg), however, snakes above the bottom of the valley and is a popular hiking path. It starts at the Hochsteinhütte mountain hut (2,023 m asl) high above Lienz and takes hikers past Assling to Sillian, accompanied by a great view on the Lienz Dolomites and the Sesto Dolomites.
Our recommendation: if you are interested in archaeology we warmly recommend you to visit the local town hall! Downstairs there is a archaeology room where the important local findings of the surroundings are exhibited.