Lienz, the most important city of East Tyrol lies in the broad muzzle valley of the Isel into the Drava.
The region was populated as early as 2,200 BC, later the Celts settled here.It experienced its first major upswing after the Romans had secured the northern border along the Danube by the Limes.
Today Lienz has a widely extending main square where you sit comfortably in front of restaurants or ice cream parlors and watch the hustle and bustle. The Liebburg, a former castle from the 17th century was converted to the Town Hall.
At the end of the square you see the Antoniuskirchl, now an Orthodox church for the Cossacks who remained in Lienz after the war. The Cossacks have experienced an unworthy fate. After the war in which they fought on the German side, despite promise the British handed them over to the Soviets.
Roughly 3,000 people were killed, many people prefered suicide. Infants were thrown by their mothers in the torrential river Drava before the mothers followed. Almost all survivors were deported to Siberia. A little Cossack cemetery reminds of these cruel days.
In the Carinthian road we stopped briefly in front of Tyrol’s oldest wayside shrine from the 14th century.
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