Oberlienz, one of the three “Sun Villages” or “Sonnendörfer”, is surrounded by the majestic mountain world of the Lienz Dolomites.
Altitude: 756 m a.s.l.
Oberlienz with its component localities Oberdrum and Glanz is located, as its name reveals, above the valley basin of Lienz ("ober" means "above"). Already between the 8th and 4th century BC, this area was settled. Today, Oberlienz, Thurn and Gaimberg form the three "Sun Villages".
Here, on the sunny slope above the town of Lienz, seven Sun Paths have been realised. They tell about the culture and the history of the region, and invite to enjoy the idyllic landscape by foot. One of them is the theme path "Vom alten Leben" (From ancient times) with 13 stations about the life of times gone by with both its bright and dark sides. If you are interested in the topic, we recommend a visit to the outdoor museum along the path, featuring some farm buildings.
Two further Sun Paths are dedicated to the famous Tyrolean painter Albin Egger-Lienz (1868-1926) resp. to the priest Sebastian Kneipp. In the valley, however, the Iseltal Cycle Route connects the area at the foot of the Lienz Dolomites with the National Park Villages of the High Tauern.