On the hottest days of the year, many people head to the sea. However, summertime is also a beautiful season to head to the mountains. Instead of long car journeys, you can enjoy cable car rides and pleasant hikes. Instead of crabs and wicker beach chairs, you can tuck into regional delicacies in a rustic mountain hut. Instead of sand and saltwater, you can dive into crystal-clear mountain lakes backdropped by a lush green Alpine landscape. Sounds good, right?
The eight hikes in this Collection take you to the most beautiful lakes in the Lech Zürs region of Austria, a popular ski resort. On hot summer days, you can hike to turquoise lakes: visit the sparkling Formarinsee lake, explore the shores of Spullersee lake, and dive in the cold waters of Butzensee lake. On the way, you can stop off at the hidden Zug waterfall and follow the waters of the River Lech. When you get thirsty, you can enjoy a cool drink in a rustic mountain hut.
Summer is milder in the mountains. You can avoid sticky heat by cooling off in the cold waters of the Lech or jumping into a mountain lake. It often feels like you are far away from any civilisation in the lonely landscapes. With a little luck, you may even enjoy a mountain lake all to yourself.
As soon as you arrive in the region, you notice that summer is not quite as hot here. After all, the accommodation and hotels located at 4,750 feet (1,450 m) or higher. For this reason, as well as the lakes and streams, you are guaranteed a refreshing times in the mountains both physically and mentally.
Every year the most beautiful place in Austria is chosen - and in 2015 the Formarinsee was well deserved. Its beauty is still hard to believe.A bus takes you almost to its bank, you only have to master a small part on a slightly sloping route. Then its emerald green water opens up in front of you. Peacefully placed - directly under the red wall - the lake represents a magical piece of earth. And the starting point for your crisp and really idyllic circular hike.You hike northwest from the lake to the Freiburger hut, where you can put your legs up and let the sun shine on your stomach - which you hopefully ordered for your hike as well as a nice refreshment.After that, you have two options: Either you start the return journey on the same path that brought you here, or you take the footpath above the east bank. But be careful: the second variant requires a head for heights!Finally you will reach the bus stop again and with it the bus that will take you back to Lech in a comfortable way. More information about the timetables: lechzuers.com/service/ortsbus-lech-zuers
Time to circumnavigate the wonderful Spullersee. A tour that you should not miss - whether you live nearby or just visit Lech Zürs. You can pack your fishing and climbing gear right away! But you are also in the right place for a leisurely family hike.The hiking bus takes you to the Spullersee, where the motto is: stop and enjoy the view. Yes, you may feel like unpacking the snacks you've brought with you. Because it tastes twice as good with the panorama.As soon as you are ready, a riverside path leads you to the southern dam. From here you can take a detour to the Ravensburger hut, which is a little higher up, and enjoy regional delicacies before the footpath on the other side of the lake takes you back to your starting point - and thus to the bus stop of the hiking bus. Information about the departure times can be found here: lechzuers.com/service/ortsbus-lech-zuersTip: You can fish in the Spullersee with a fishing card from the Lech Zürs Tourismus information office. The Spullerplatten climbing garden is also waiting for adrenaline junkies. With the water-eaten plates on the south side of the Spuller Schafberg, it forms a natural climbing oasis.
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This eleven kilometer long summit hike is challenging but absolutely worthwhile. Start is at the Spullersee. At the beginning you hike a short distance along the water until the hiking trail branches off to the right to the Gehrengrat. You walk steadily uphill, past a refuge and over green mountain pastures.Steep serpentines wind up the last section until you proudly reach the Gehrengrat (2,439 meters) at 660 meters. Once at the top, you can take a deep breath and let the magnificent landscape work its magic on you.Steep serpentines wind up the last section until you can be proud of 660 meters of altitude and stand on the Gehrengrat (2,439 meters). Take a deep breath and let the magnificent landscape work on you.On the other side of the ridge, switchbacks lead you through rugged terrain down to the Stone Sea, a great and special landscape that nature has shaped here. The way to the Freiburger Hütte is relaxed from here.The hut is located on the idyllic Formarinsee. Take a well-deserved break and hike the last short stretch to the bus stop around the lake. Experienced and vertigo-free hikers can also take the climb above the east bank.You can get to the Spullersee very stress-free with the hiking bus from Lech. This will also bring you back to the village at the end of the day. Information about departure times can be found here: lechzuers.com/service/ortsbus-lech-zuers.
Have you ever heard of the Green Ring? If not, today is the day. It not only stands for a lot of green, but of course also has a glittering lake ready. This section is the second stage of the circular hike - a not too difficult tour with an all the more refreshing stopover.The hike starts in the center of Zürs. Right at the beginning, it's easy to take the Seekopfbahn uphill to the mountain station. Once at the top, the beautiful Zürer See opens up in front of you. Now it's up to you whether you want to walk around it, stop off at the Seekopf restaurant or rather immerse yourself in the turquoise lake water. Time can be forgotten on the footbridge that protrudes far into the lake.But your hike is only really starting now. If you have refreshed yourself enough, you go uphill again until you have reached the highest point, the Madlochjoch. You finally leave its 2,240 meters height and the impressive panorama via a narrow path through partly karstified terrain and beautiful nature. Before you reach your stage destination Zug, you will pass the raging waterfall on the Stierlochbach, whose mighty rocks and light pinch provide another pleasant cooling. When you arrive in Zug, the Lech local bus will bring you back to your starting point (lechzuers.com/service/ortsbus-lech-zuers).
The first stage of the Green Ring also leads to a refreshing place on earth. The Monzabonsee at 2,226 meters is small with an area of just 0.48 hectares, but it gets relatively nice and warm in summer. The perfect stopover for your hike today.And this starts at a leisurely pace: With the Rüfikopfbahn you “float” elegantly from the center of Lech to the 2,350 meter high Rüfikopf. The panorama up here does not leave you amazed - you can and should enjoy it extensively. Then you follow the Geoweg down to Lake Monzabon.The flat shore of the shimmering green mountain lake makes you want to have a long foot bath. The wonderful nature in the valley near the mighty Rüfikopf invites you to take a relaxing break. When you are ready, you can continue on a beautiful hiking trail to the Monzabonalpe. Shortly before crossing the Pazüelbach you will encounter something special: the so-called hut library, a rustic hut, has a collection of books ready for passing hikers. You are welcome to choose one and browse through it for a moment. Then it goes over beautiful alpine meadows and accompanied by babbling brooks into the valley to Zürs.If you feel like even more water at this point, you can continue hiking up to the Flexenpass. The European watershed is located at 1,773 meters above sea level. Here the water separates and either flows into the Black Sea or the North Sea. There is also a restaurant here that is known for its delicious fondue. Once you have seen (and eaten) enough, the local bus takes you back to your starting point (lechzuers.com/service/ortsbus-lech-zuers).
The Lech begins its journey to the Danube at the picturesque Formarinsee and the 125-kilometer Lechweg starts here. On this almost 14 km long hike you will get to know the first stage of the long-distance hiking trail. You walk through one of the last wild river landscapes in Europe and are constantly accompanied by the bubbling of the Lech on your way.Passing the Formarinalpe and the Ibex monument, you walk across green alpine meadows, framed by dark conifers and bright mountain ridges. After about nine kilometers you hike past the Gasthaus Älpele, perfect for a break in the middle of the beautiful landscape.The stony Lechuferweg leads you to the fish pond in Zug and from there along the shore to Lech. Since you accompany the river on its journey for a while on this hike, you always hike slightly downhill.Along the way you will pass great rest areas. There are several places to stop for refreshments along the route if you do not want to bring any provisions yourself. In Lech there are also many restaurants to end your hiking day.You can get to the starting point from the post office in Lech with the hiking bus. In the warm months, the bus commutes up to Lake Formarin several times a day. You can find all information here: lechzuers.com/service/ortsbus-lech-zuers.All information about the 125 km long Lechweg can be found here: lechzuers.com/sommer/wandern/lechwegYou can view the matching komoot collection here: komoot.de/collection/560/der-lechweg-8-tage-an-oesterreichs-wildestem-fluss
Are you an early bird? Perfect, because this hike is particularly worthwhile as a sunrise tour. You will also notice this when you walk across the steaming meadows towards the summit and get tickled by the sun's rays of the dawning day. When you descend, you deserve to cool off in the sparkling water of a beautiful mountain lake. But first things first.The starting point of the hike is in Oberlech and is best reached with the local bus (lechzuers.com/service/ortsbus-lech-zuers). From here you hike relatively flat until the path starts to climb after almost two kilometers. Passing the lower and upper Gaisbühel Alpe, you keep going uphill - at last even over rock and scree - until you finally stand at the mighty summit cross of the Mohnenfluh. Getting here was a challenge, good footwear and sure-footedness are important. Once at the top, you can be proud of the 770 meters of altitude covered and enjoy the fantastic panorama. Don't forget to immortalize yourself in the summit book!Then you descend again over the Mohnenfluhsattel. And now please turn once and look down: from the saddle you can enjoy a wonderful panorama of the Butzensee just a little further down in the valley. If you feel hot after the summit victory, you can walk down there and treat yourself to a refreshment. Otherwise you turn a little later and follow the path towards the Kriegeralpe. There you can put your legs up and enjoy a delicious meal.It is also not far from the Kriegeralpe to the mountain station of the Oberlech cable car. There you get on the train and let yourself relax in the valley to Lech.
The hiking region Tannberg is one of the most beautiful places that Lech Zürs has to offer. That is exactly why you will also explore them during this almost eleven kilometer long hike.A hiking bus takes you from Lech town center up to Oberlech. Get off at the “Schlössle” terminus and start your tour. You will reach the viewpoint "Tannegg" via an initially paved road, then hike along a forest path and a wooden bridge, steadily uphill to the Gaisbühelalpe. It is worth taking a short stop here and taking a look inside the alp. After the end of the dairy business, it was preserved in its former state and has been lovingly cared for to this day. A window opens up the view inside and takes you back to earlier times.Enough amazed - let's go! Over dreamy mountain meadows with extensive chive fields it goes - sometimes uphill, sometimes downhill - to the Auenfeldsattel. Then continue to the Lower Auenfeldalpe, where hungry hikers are also welcome and can take home a good piece of Vorarlberg cheese if desired. Then you hike, following the brook, through the beautiful floodplain field out of the valley.Soon a narrow path appears on the right, which leads you to Körbersee, the first dreamy mountain lake of this tour. You can linger on its banks, and - if you dare - even venture into its cold water. But there is also a second lake waiting: The Kalbelesee is also a wonderful piece of earth and the last highlight of this route.It is only a few meters from the Kalbelesee to the bus stop, where you can get on the hiking bus and comfortably take the ride back to Lech. All information can be found here: lechzuers.com/service/ortsbus-lech-zuers