The Pustertal Valley stretches from Mühlbach in South Tyrol to Lienz in East Tyrol. The lower Pustertal Valley at Mühlbach is also known as the green valley due to its numerous meadows and forests. The upper Pustertal stretches to the border with East Tyrol and is dominated by majestic mountain peaks and numerous alpine lakes.

From as early as the second half of the 19th Century, the Pustertal Valley became open to tourists thanks to the construction of the southern railway between Franzensfeste and Vienna. It could be reached from Vienna within a day’s travel and soon became a summer retreat for the social elite of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Earlier still, in the 17th Century, the first summer tourists came to the Pustertal Valley from Veneto in search of the pleasant, cooler climes high up in the Pustertal Valley. The fresh, clear air also meant that the area remained free of the plague.


The Pustertal Valley is an ideal holiday region for lovers of nature and mountain landscapes. Whether you are looking for a gentle walk, a strenuous mountain hike or a demanding mountaineering tour in summer, or for skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing or other snow-based activities in the winter, the possibilities are endless.

If you are looking for relaxation and wellness you will also get your money’s worth. Nature is your primary route to well-being: fresh mountain air, dewy meadows and clear spring water.