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The town of Abfaltersbach is indeed small. Covering some 10.27 km2 it is the second smallest of the 33 towns in East Tyrol. With 646 inhabitants, it is however somewhat ahead. If you have ever come across the saying “small, but oh my”, then think of Abfaltersbach. Abfaltersbach’s location is great – to the south west of the district of Lienz in Hochpustertal. The Villgrater mountains surround this idyllic little village, as do the Lienz Dolomites. Not at all bad. But it gets better - the town’s settlements are predominantly in the valley and also on the south-facing slopes of the Villgrater mountains. Anyone who has spent some time in the summer, and also the winter sun here knows just what the most superb scenery, in conjunction with countless hours of sunshine, feels like. And how much luck has to do with choosing the right town at the right time. The name Abfaltersbach evolved and was first mentioned in documents dating from 1160 as “Affoltrupach”. The name again is reference to a settlement of a time long past.
The Bavarians settled here too. Between 1805 – 1809 Abfaltersbach was even a part of the kingdom of Bavaria; while between 1810 and 1813 it was part of the French empire. Since 1948, after the split of the previously merged towns of Strassen and Abfaltersbach, Abfaltersbach once again became an autonomous town. An eventful past for this lovely village. But what about Abfaltersbach today? Agriculture and forestry are still ever-present in Abfaltersbach; tourism doesn’t have that great a role to play. The overnight stay figures and tourist numbers are among the lowest in the district. All the better, since you get to discover Abfaltersbach in Hochpustertal all to yourself and can head away from the tourist "trails". A few more tips - the current St. Andreas parish church really is worth a visit. And in Geselhaus there has been a Lourdes Chapel since 1905. You ought to see this too.
At this juncture another special tip at this juncture – “Aigner Badl” is a historic rural spa which provides a healing mineral source of calcium sulphate. It is also the only preserved rural spa in East Tyrol – you just have to give it a go.