Land of Valleys:
In the Lesach Valley in Carinthia (German:
Lesachtal), the relationship between people and
nature has not yet gone sour. Changes are made
slowly and weave themselves into life's patterns.
This remote valley, far off the beaten path, is full
of topographical, historical and architectural
treasures, all well worth discovering.
In many ways the Lesachtal is a museum, there
to see for all who have a certain eye. In Liesing in
Lesachtal, for instance, there is a rummage shop,
which could be described as a jewel of such a
museum, as nothing has changed there for decades.
Aigen in Lesachtal is most remote of all; reachable
only by footpath or from St. Jakob, on the sunny
side of the valley, by a supply cable car, it is the
last village in Carinthia without a road connecting
it to the outside world.
It is not that time has left no mark at all on
Lesachtal, but that mark is not a deep wound.
This is in part because the Lesachtal region has
only recently opened its doors to tourists.
However, in the "valley between Italy and Tyrol,"
visitors can avoid giant parking lots, double-
chairlifts and clumsy hotels. Locals have seen the
signs of the times and rely on alternative, soft
tourism. In 1991, at the Stuttgart Holiday Fair,
Lesachtal was named the Alps' "most untouched
Land of Valleys takes the viewer through the
Lesachtal, from Kötschach-Mauthen to Maria
Luggau on the border to East-Tyrol, giving them
the chance to get to know the character of the
valley and it's residents.
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