Located between the Lienz and Sexten Dolomites, the Lesachtal Valley has always been among Europe’s most beautiful, voted “Europe's most environmentally friendly valley” by the European press and “Landscape of the Year” by the International Friends of Nature.
Much remains unspoilt here and you have the feeling that the clocks run that little bit slower. We at the Tillga Glück would call it “decelerated”.
With its ancient houses the entire village centre is a protected area: its wooden houses are often so close together that the roofs almost touch. There is so much here to discover; so much that is only to be found here – such as the nightwatchman, the only one of his kind in all of Austria, who watches over the village and its inhabitants once the day draws to a close.
And there’s something worth checking out too – but it’s best experienced live right here – the “Glückskistl” or “happiness box”!
Tradition is very important, both here in the valley and especially at the Tillga Glück, as regionality and directness distinguish both ourselves and what we have to offer. It is our pleasure for you share in our happiness!
A few of our special attractions
Bee honey, smoked ham, farmhouse bread and dairy products, schnapps, fruit juices or herbal teas... many of our farmers offer their products directly for sale and some are also happy to let you look over their shoulders as they recount a few amusing stories! Come and see – we will be happy to tell you where to find what you're looking for!
They say it is gentle and soft, like the people themselves with their hearty nature – yet at the same time many-sided, like the landscape itself.
On special festive days the locals dress up in traditional costume. In the middle of the village, Michaela Scherer tailors handmade traditional creations with great passion in her costume workshop – go and take a look!
The only one of his kind in the whole of Austria: twice a week he makes his rounds through the village, with every now and then a round specially for the children – with lantern, stick, bright eyes and listening ears.
The parish church of Obertilliach was built between 1762 to 1764 over a former Gothic church by the priest Franz de Paula Penz from Navis. In addition to frescoes by Anton and Josef Zoller from Telfs, the church contains a shrine that is famous far beyond the valley: the Tabernacle Mother of God of Obertilliach, dating from 1735.
Don’t miss the collection of horse-drawn carriages located in the old “Lugger Stadl” in the centre of Obertilliach, which also includes winter sleighs and farming implements.
The Golzentipp is Obertilliach's local mountain and a popular destination in both summer and winter. The cable car will take you comfortably up for high-altitude hiking in summer or for tobogganing and skiing in winter, from right next to the Tillga Glück – what luck!
The “Tillga” are resourceful folk and know how to help each other, which is how the basic financing for building the new Golzentipp gondola lift was raised – through a door-to-door collection among the residents of Tilliach. The surprising result – a cool one million euros!
The centre is not only a training ground for international biathlon teams, but also a place for guests to prove themselves here in skiing and target shooting. And, who knows, maybe you'll be skiing right next to biathlon star and Olympic champion Ole Einar Björndalen, who once even set up home in beautiful Obertilliach…
The special, unique character of our traditional village attracted Daniel Craig and his crew to Obertilliach in 2015 for the filming of scenes from the 007 film “Spectre”. And we will gladly tell you the delightful story of Daniel Craig and Claudia the farmer's wife while you are here!