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Leisach, with 787 inhabitants, makes its presence felt and is just a stone’s throw from the sunny town of Lienz. The district of Leisach-Gries is the starting point for the Pustertal high altitude road. The Spitzkofel at 2717 metres is in the northern part of the Lienz Dolomites. Yet it is not just the ‘entrance’ to the Pustertal high altitude road which is of interest here; a narrowing to which your gaze is definitely drawn – that of the ‘Lienzer Klause’. This a so-called ‘secular’ historic monument which certainly doesn’t have to hide away behind the four sacred, likewise heritage-protected buildings. To describe the Lienzer Waldklause as historically charged would be an understatement.

It was here that a historical event which was significant for Tyrolean identity took place – on 08.08. 1809 the Tyrol und Sexten ‘Landsturm’ forces managed to impede a twentyfold superior number of French and Italians. Today’s ruin is a reminder of this event and is worth seeing. Anyone who doesn’t necessarily want to head out in the combative roots of the Tyrolean people, can also head to the sacred buildings. The medieval parish church was extended and visually upgraded in 1980 with an annex by the not completely unknown Clemens Holzmeister. As a guest, in Leisach you won’t find any hotels; there is a guesthouse, a B&B and a range of private room lets. Enjoying a charming holiday in East Tyrol where guests get to experience East Tyrolean hospitality directly.

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