Obertilliach is the highest village in the Lesachtal and has 685 inhabitants. It sits proudly enthroned at 1450 metres in Lesachtal between the Lienz Dolomites and the Carnic Alps. The River Gail flows through the valley. The climate in Obertilliach is said to be a bit harsh. Life, as is so nicely put, can be hard in the mountains. Those who prefer short winters and comfortable autumns will probably not be that happy in Obertilliach. Agriculture is none too easy here, for the early autumn frosts and very long prolonged snow conditions make matters worse. Not to worry – these are precisely Obertilliach’s strengths. The climate here may perhaps be a little bit more harsh, but that is rewarded with scenery which is every bit as harsh, yet unbelievably lovely. Obertilliach was first mentioned in writing in the second half of the 11th century, presumably at the time it was a paddock area. Silesian emigrants then settled there around 1375. However this is not chapter and verse. At any rate this is probable, given the fantastic location. The figures are also indicative that those who found Obertilliach, discovered a particularly lovely little piece of earth.
Tourist numbers are three times as high as the district average. Not a bad figure, linked not only to the location but also to the plentiful opportunities in and around Obertilliach. You can really relax here too, since there are an astonishing two 4-star hotels, three 3-star hotels as well as a few private landlords and holiday apartment providers. One very defining sporting attraction in the town is the Biathlon Centre, which adjoins the 60 kilometre border area slope. It’s no wonder Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjorndalen has taken up residence in Obertilliach. He’s just right. He and all the other guests can do much more than “just” go cross-country skiing here. There is also skiing, mountain biking and hiking too. The legendary Carnic altitude trail is just a stone’s throw away. Last, but not least, in the village itself you can then explore a few religious and secular buildings, which are conservation protected and provide information about Obertilliach’s abundant history. Especially worth a visit is St. Ulrich church. On the “secular” side you should take a look at the wonderful Wastinger farmhouse.