Iselsberg-Stronach

The municipality Iselsberg-Stronach offers a great view on the city of Lienz, on the bottom of the valley as well as on the Lienz Dolomites.

Altitude: 1,117 m asl

Iselsberg-Stronach is a holiday resort located at the junction of the valley bottom of Lienz and the Mölltal valley and extends at the slopes of the Iselsberg mountain. The north-western border of the municipality is also the border to Carinthia. The village is split in two by the Dölsach river. The component locality of Iselsberg is located on the road to the Iselsberg pass, on the opposite there is the locality Stronach. The emblem of the municipality illustrates a white-red wall with pinnacles, reminding on Castle Walchenstein. The hilltop, however, represents the top of the pass via the Iselsberg to Carinthia.

Here you can perfectly relax! The 1,209 m high Iselsberg mountain is both popular with guests and inhabitants, as there are several hiking trails across the alpine pastures. Equally interesting are excursions in the Hohe Tauern National Park, a unique natural landscape. Up the surroundings of the municipality there are the earth pillars of Stronach, a remnant of the last Ice Age. These geological formations are a popular photo scene and if you walk on, you reach the wetland biotope Zwischenberger Lacke. On 8,000 sqm it represents a great habitat for rare animal and plant species.

The municipal area has also got some interesting constructions to offer, such as the well-preserved Walchenstein ruin, dating back to the 12th century. This knight castle was used by the Counts of Gorizia for safeguarding the borders and was restored in the 20th century, when it started deteriorating after the knight’s family became extinct. Two sacred buildings that are particularly worth to be visited are the succursal church Zum Schutzengel (guardian angel) and the Lourdes chapel. The former was constructed in 1759 by the master bricklayer “Blasl” in Baroque style. Worth noticing in its interior are above all the altar dating back to the 19th century, and St. Nepomuk from the 18th century. The Lourdes chapel was constructed in 1900 and hosts a tuff stone grotto with an illustration of Bernadette Soubirous, to who the Virgin Mother appeared at Lourdes. At the outer wall of the chapel a commemorative plaque reminds on the neighbouring birth house of Franz Defregger.

Our recommendation: from the village you can make great day trips! Some incentives: the lakes of Carinthia, the Mölltal valley with the pilgrimage site Heiligenblut, or South Tyrol in Italy…

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