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The Lechweg — eight days on Austria's wildest river

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The Lechweg — eight days on Austria's wildest river

Hiking Collection by Mareike

6-11

days

3-5 h

/ day

76.6 mi

7,375 ft

10,750 ft

On the Lechweg (Lech trail), you accompany one of Austria's last wild rivers on its journey through the mountain landscapes of Vorarlberg and Tyrol, as it flows down from its source at the picturesque Formarinsee as a narrow mountain stream. More streams add to it, turning the Lech into a broader, wild river through the idyllic Lech Valley. Sometimes it meanders across wide alluvial meadows, sometimes through deep gorges and sometimes over sweeping gravel banks, always accompanied by the Lechweg, the path that runs along its banks. In total, the turquoise-blue river flows unrestricted through the Austrian mountains for over 120 kilometres (75 mi).

The Lechweg is a real dream hiking trail: over eight stages, it runs from the river’s source to the Lech Falls in Füssen, Bavaria. You can expect just 2,300 metres (7,550 ft) of ascent, but well over 3,000 metres (9,900 ft) of descent. You hike downstream on comfortable hiking trails and there are no strenuous summit ascents or passes to cross.

Spectacular views of picturesque mountains await you on your hike, while huts and inns along the way cater for your physical well-being. The length of the stages is sometimes demanding, but never too long and, at the end of each day, small villages with cosy accommodation are there to relax in.

You can reach the starting point by hiking bus from Lech am Arlberg. You can get there by bus from Langen or St. Anton am Arlberg, which are both connected to the train network. At the finish in Füssen, there’s a train station for an easy departure.

Thanks to the facilities and accessibility, the Lechweg is a great beginner's adventure. If this is your first time attempting a multi-day alpine hike, this route is perfect because you discover the beautiful mountain world on easy-to-walk paths. Take eight days and experience one of the last wild river landscapes in the Alps.

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7,250 ft

10,625 ft

Last updated: September 21, 2022

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    Stage 1: Formarinsee to Lech am Arlberg — the Lechweg

    Intermediate
    04:31
    9.08 mi
    2.0 mph
    450 ft
    1,750 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    You start your first day of hiking at an altitude of almost 1,900 meters directly at the turquoise-blue Formarinsee. After you've had your fill of the breathtaking mountain panorama, you hike down the valley along the Lechweg on comfortable paths and with a fantastic view.

    

    Soon a narrow mountain stream

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  • Intermediate
    04:12
    8.95 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,350 ft
    1,075 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the second day you leave Lech am Arlberg and hike along the valley on lush mountain pastures. First it goes with a great view above the Lech over meadows, then the hiking trail soon approaches the river again.

    

    The Lech has cut a deep aisle into the valley on this section and from the Lechweg you can

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  • Intermediate
    04:51
    10.6 mi
    2.2 mph
    750 ft
    2,175 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The third stage is a particularly comfortable section on the Lechweg. Most of the time today it is on good paths down into the valley, so you can relax and enjoy nature.

    

    From Lechleiten to Steeg, the Lechweg follows the course of the old federal highway. It has not been used by motorized traffic since

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  • Difficult
    04:01
    7.97 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,150 ft
    1,300 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    At the beginning of the fourth stage, a special highlight awaits you on the Lechweg. High above Holzgau you cross the Höhenbachtal Gorge on an adventurous suspension bridge. At over 200 meters long, it is one of the longest suspension bridges in Austria and offers you a fantastic view of the gorge. If

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  • Difficult
    05:33
    12.2 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,100 ft
    1,425 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    After a restful night in Elbigenalp, the longest stage of the Lechweg is on the program on the fifth day. On the easily walkable paths and with sufficient breaks, the route can still be mastered with pleasure.

    

    From Elbigenalp it goes along the banks of the Lech to Häselgehr. There you hike past the Doserfall

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  • Intermediate
    03:47
    9.12 mi
    2.4 mph
    200 ft
    375 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The long fifth stage is followed by a real pleasure hike on the sixth day. There are hardly any meters in altitude to overcome and you can enjoy the unique landscape to the full on the comfortable paths.

    

    From Stanzach, the Lechweg leads you directly along the river, which has created a very wide river

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  • Intermediate
    04:23
    9.32 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,075 ft
    1,225 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On the seventh day, you hike from Rieden directly along the banks of the Lech to Reutten. You cross the river and hike through small settlements to the foot of the mountains. Here you will find cafes and inns where you can take a break.

    

    Then a fairly steep, but not too long ascent awaits you. At the highest

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  • Intermediate
    04:38
    9.42 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,325 ft
    1,425 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On your last stage you leave the Lech behind Pflach to hike across two lakes to your destination at the Lechfall. From the ruins of the Sternschanze you can take another look at the picturesque valley before you continue to the saddle below the Kitzberg.

    

    Up here you cross the border to Germany. A serpentine

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    8
  • Distance
    76.6 mi
  • Duration
    35:56 h
  • Elevation
    7,375 ft10,750 ft

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