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A short journey south ...

Kufstein, Kitzbühel, indeed, people know about them – but East Tyrol?
Happily there are still insider tips, nooks, where only the inquisitive venture. The road which takes you there is called the Felbertauernstraße. Of all the convenient alpine crossings, the Felbertauern is the least well-known and it is actually a route for people who don’t like to just go with the flow. It is even astonishingly quiet here on the busiest days in the height of summer. This really well constructed road winds its way up, often with three lanes in long-drawn-out bends, to 1632 metres, in the midst of the rough, high alpine landscape of the Hohe Tauern National Park.

"Gazing in wonder as opposed to sitting in traffic" is on the agenda, and you won’t just be amazed at the speed you can get to the south. Not even an hour’s drive from Kitzbühel and you are at the 5.3 kilometre Felbertauern tunnel, and all the notorious bad weather zones are behind you. You proceed on the bends to East Tyrol, an especially idyllic spot, spared mass tourism and blessed with 80% of the year having sunny days and breath-taking natural surroundings. The Adria is within reach from here. Carinthia, South Tyrol and Friuli are East Tyrol‘s neighbours, which makes this little district and its exuberant main town of Lienz an ideal starting point for some of the loveliest motorbike tours in the Hohe Tauern National Park area, the Dolomites and the Carnic Ridge. 

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