On the Lechweg you can accompany one of the last wild rivers of Austria on its journey through the mountain landscapes of Vorarlberg and Tyrol: starting out life as a narrow mountain stream from its source, Lake Formarin, the Lech quickly becomes an untamed force of nature. Every year, the moment the snow starts to melt, the Lech becomes a truly wild river, forcing its way through the idyllic Lech Valley. It gushes past wide open meadows, through deep gorges and over wide gravel banks, with its partner path, the Lechweg, going wherever it goes, traveling right alongside it the whole way. The turquoise-blue river flows through the Austrian mountains for over 120 kilometers (75 miles) without restriction.
The Lechweg, the hiking path that follows it, is the best way to experience this force of nature: Over eight stages, the route runs from the source of the Lech at Lake Formarin to the Lechfall in Füssen in Bavaria, Germany—a journey over 125 kilometers (75 miles) long. As far as the elevation you can expect on this hike goes, you've only got to conquer around 2,300 meters (7,500 feet) uphill, while over 3,000 meters (9,840 feet) await you on the descent. Hiking down the river, you'll stay on comfortable hiking trails the entire way and don't need to fret about conquering any Alpine peaks or passes. All you need to worry about is enjoying the spectacular views of the picturesque mountain landscape you're smack-bang in the middle of, as well as enjoying the hospitality of the inns you'll be resting in each evening. That being said, some stages can become relatively challenging in parts, although these are always short.
Thanks to these conditions, the Lechweg is a great hike for beginners to long-distance Alpine hiking. If this is your first multi-day hike in the Alps, this route is perfect for you: Take the full eight days and properly experience this wild Alpine river landscape. If you don't have the time for the full trek, however, each day's starting and endpoint is accessible by bus, so you can choose your favorite individual route and make it into a day trip.