The Defereggental lies the high Tauern on the southern side of the Alpenhauptkamm. Because of the east-west location the climate is very mild and wind hardly susceptible although the valley is located on 1.400 m of lake height.
Numerous labelled paths and learning paths invite to go for a walk and for walking-tour in summer.
In the Defereggental are many things to see - we invite you to discover our tourist region in the middle of the national park Hohe Tauern.
In both summer and winter, our valley has much to offer:
Clown Rally and the Easter Bunny are on the road in the ski resort - "Deferegger Beck'n Fleck'n on Easter Sunday during the summer, the world's highest Dragonboat - Race, forest on Jakobiday in August, not forgetting of course, far beyond our borders known Almrosenfest end of June.
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From the small village of Erlsbach - with 1.155 m the highest settlement of East Tyrol in the
parish of St. Jakob - runs the official mountain bike route up to the Klamml Pass (passo di
Gola) at 2.298 m right on the boarder to Italy. This route runs along a 17 km alpine path
through the stunning landscape of the National Park Hohe Tauern, meeting four alpine huts
like the famous “Jagdhausalm”, that had first been documented in 1212, therefore being the
oldest alpine hut in Austria. You have now reached a height of over 2.000 m and can view
the glacier framed Fleischbach-Spitze 3.157 m in the Rieserferner group. Should you have
your passport with you, you can cross into Italy at the Klamml Pass boarder and pass the
South Tyrolean Klamml lake (lago di Gola), through the valleys Knuttental
(Valle dei Dossi) and Tauferertal (Val di Tures) to Bruneck (Brunico). From there you can
carry on through the Pustertal Valley (Val Pusteria) to Olang (Valdaora) and through the
valley Antholzertal (Valle Anterselva) up to the Staller Sattel (passo Stalle), where you cross
the boarder into Austria and cycle the last 8 km to your starting point in Erlsbach.
If you want to put the entire diversity of east Tyrol into your pocket, has the ideal conditions
to do so thanks to the East Tyrol Card.
The East Tyrol Card unites all 23 destinations in a handy chequebook format: it is valid on
the east Tyrol mountain railways, in museums like Bruck Castle, the Anras Castle Court
House, Aguntum on Dölsach – the only Roman town in the whole of Tyrol – and at familyfriendly
leisure facilities between Hohe Tauern and the Lienz Dolomites. For just EUR 39.50
(EUR 17.50 for children) youhave access, for seven days, to a choice of the mountain
railways, six swimming pools and nine „nature and culture offers“ once per day without
additional costs. Thus east Tyrol holiday makers have the dilemma of choice: take the
mountain railway to the next peak for high-altitude hiking, or indulging in a snooze at the
beach spa? Experience east Tyrol's history close-up, or experience nature in the
Galitzenklamm or Assling Wildlife Park? By the way, you can book all of this using the East
Tyrol Card Package.