Assling

Assling in the Upper Val Pusteria is particularly famous for its wildlife park.

Altitude: 800 - 1,400 metres asl

Assling is located on the sunny side of the Upper Val Pusteria, not far from the town of Lienz. Its municipal territory extends on both sides of the valley, but only the northern part and the area along the Drau river are inhabited. Today Assling is a popular holiday village, composed of 18 localities and representing the largest cadastral municipality of East Tyrol.

Assling is an ideal holiday destination for families. Your children will be amazed: the wildlife park of Assling boasts more than 30 animal species like lynx, raccoons, feral pigs, marmots and ibexes. Also the archaeological museum of Assling is very worth to be visited: it exhibits many ancient findings of the municipal territory, the most precious ones are nearly 1,000 years old.

The leisure centre Vithal, where the Drau cycling trail passes, offers a heated outside swimming pool and an adventure playing ground with fun court and tennis courts as well as a nice café. A lot of fun for old and young people is guaranteed at the summer toboggan run and in winter, Assling captivates visitors with a lot of different sports possibilities: skiers can enjoy themselves at the slopes of the Compedal ski lift or in the ski regions of Zettersfeld and Hochstein near Lienz, reachable in just a few minutes by car. To those of you who like tobogganing we recommend the 4.5 km long Compedal toboggan run in Bichl, reachable by foot.

There are also some jewels for those who love culture: the parish church was reconstructed after a devastating fire in 1726. However, late-Gothic frescoes found during restoration works let suggest that there was built a sacral building much earlier. Also very worth to be visited is the beautiful wing altar of Friedrich Pacher in the St. Korbinian im Thal church, dating back to the 15th century. Some famous citizens of Assling are the composer and church musician Ignaz Mitterer (1850 - 1924), the alpine skier Irmgard Lukasser and the cross-country ski champion Maria Theurl-Walcher.

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