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Cycle along Europe’s last wild river – Lech Cycle Route

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Cycle along Europe’s last wild river – Lech Cycle Route

Bike Touring Collection by Sebastian Gliem

3-5

days

3-5 h

/ day

155 mi

5,975 ft

3,600 ft

Another river cycle path? Yes! But not just along any river, but along the last wild river in Europe. You start in Marxheim, where the Danube and Lech rivers meet, and follow the latter upstream as it flows through Augsburg, Landsberg, Lechbruck and Weißenbach to Steeg.

The river changes from gently flowing near its mouth to the ‘mature Lech’, to a narrow Alpine river near Steeg. You experience all its diversity of the Lech Cycle Route.

In total, you cycle 250 kilometres (155 mi) along the Lech though spectacular landscapes. You cycle towards the Alpine panorama, eventually reaching it and testing your legs in the mountains. You don’t ride higher than 2,000 metres (6,560 ft) in altitude though, which is surprising considering you ride through four mountainous regions: Bavarian Swabia, the Allgäu, the Reutte nature park region in Tyrol and the Lechtal.

If your phone runs out of battery en route, signposts will guide you to your destination. In Germany, you can recognise the route by signs with green lettering on a white background; in Tyrol, it's the other way round. Most of the route is paved and in excellent condition, so a good touring bike is ideal for this adventure. But remember – it's a lot of uphill, though rarely steep.

As always, I recommend getting there and back by bus and train. You can't get to the starting point in Marxheim by train, but Rain nearby has a station. I’ve added details on how to get from Rain to the Lech Cycle Route in the first stage description. From Steeg, catch the bus to Reutte where you can take the train to Germany. From the wise to the wild Lech – I wish you lots of fun!

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    Stage 1: Marxheim to Augsburg – Lech Cycle Route

    Intermediate
    03:37
    33.9 mi
    9.4 mph
    525 ft
    225 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Your first stage on the magnificent Lech Cycle Path officially starts in Marxheim. If you want to travel by train, it's best to go to Rain and from there along the Lech to Marxheim, otherwise you can of course start directly in town. And why Marxheim? Because that's where you meet the first highlight

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  • Difficult
    03:26
    29.8 mi
    8.7 mph
    775 ft
    425 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    On the second day of your "Lech Accompaniment" you already have to master a few more meters in altitude than the day before, but at almost 240 it's still a pretty relaxed day. In addition, you mainly drive close to the shore, so that it is mainly very leisurely uphill and there are no steep climbs ahead

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  • Difficult
    04:03
    35.8 mi
    8.8 mph
    2,050 ft
    1,600 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    "The mountain is calling" could be today's motto of the stage, because with more than 600 meters in altitude over less than 60 kilometers, the king's stage on the Lech Cycle Path lies ahead of you. So grab one more bun and let's go!

    

    You leave Landsberg am Lech in a southerly direction through the wildlife

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  • Intermediate
    02:52
    27.7 mi
    9.7 mph
    1,225 ft
    700 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Finally in the Alps! That could also be the title for the fourth stage on the Lech Cycle Path. And yet you don't collect 400 meters in altitude over the almost 45 kilometers. All the better - then you can enjoy the many sensational views over the lakes on the way or the Alpine panorama. And at the same

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  • Intermediate
    03:08
    27.8 mi
    8.9 mph
    1,425 ft
    650 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The wild Lech - today you will experience it up close. Along the turquoise wild river at the foot of the mountains you cycle over 45 kilometers on the last stage and will happily reach Steeg in the end.

    

    However, one by one. First of all you start in Weißenbach and it is best not to look at the elevation

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    5
  • Distance
    155 mi
  • Duration
    17:06 h
  • Elevation
    5,975 ft3,600 ft

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