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Close to paradiese — seven dreamy day trips in Lech Zürs

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Lech Zürs

High peaks, luscious alpine meadows, clear mountain lakes – nature is showing off in the Arlberg. Here, you can stroll around the picturesque Lake Formarinsee, discover one of the last wild river landscapes on our continent, find the largest Capricorn colony in Europe, marvel at rock formations that are millions of years old and let yourself be enchanted by stunning views of the beautiful mountain. This fantastic hiking region awaits you.

In this Collection, we introduce you to seven different day hikes in the Lech Zürs region. The beautiful village of Lech is an ideal base camp and a gateway to the region. Here, you will find various accommodation options to suit any budget. There are also blue hiking buses that take you directly to the respective starting points of each hike. Buses depart from the post office in Lech and you can use them for free with your Lech Card.

It is important that you wear sturdy shoes on all of the hikes. You should also come prepared for rain and shine as the weather can quickly turn in the mountains – so remember your rain jacket and sun protection. There is plenty of food available on all of the hiking routes, but you may still want to carry a few snacks and water. The rustic mountain huts offering regional cuisine make for an especially delicious lunch break. After a long day in the mountains, Lech has numerous restaurants to enjoy a hearty evening meal.

Exploring the spellbinding Alberg landscape at your own pace is a truly unforgettable experience.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    04:03
    8.49 mi
    2.1 mph
    175 ft
    1,600 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Lech begins its journey to the Danube on the picturesque Lake Formarin and here also the 125 kilometer long Lechweg starts. On this almost 14-kilometer hike, you'll get to know the first leg of the long-distance hiking trail. You wander through one of the last wild river landscapes in Europe and are accompanied on your way constantly by the bubbling of the Lech.Past the Formarinalpe and the Capricorn Monument, you will walk over green alpine meadows, framed by dark conifers and bright mountain ridges. After about nine kilometers you walk past the Gasthaus Älpele, perfect for a break in the beautiful countryside.The rocky Lechuferweg leads you to the fish pond in Zug and from there along the shore to the village of Lech. Since you accompany the river on this journey a bit along its journey, you always hike slightly downhill.Along the way you come to great resting places over. You can find several rest stops along the route, if you do not want to carry any food yourself. In Lech there are also many restaurants for completing your hiking day.To the starting point you come from the post office in Lech with the hiking bus. In the warm months, the bus commutes several times daily up to Formarinsee.

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  • Intermediate
    03:37
    6.62 mi
    1.8 mph
    850 ft
    2,875 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    At the start of the tour, you'll get straight up - with the gondola. Because on the summit of the Rüfikopf (2,350 meters) begins this hike. Enjoy the fantastic all-round view and the idyllic mountain landscape - so walking is really fun. The path leads you through a beautiful nature, keep your eyes open for the capricorn colonies.You hike slightly downhill to the valley floor of the Ochsengümple. Then it goes back to the Rauhekopfscharte at 2,415 meters altitude. The challenging part of the hike is now behind you. The path drops gently and brings you to the Stuttgart hut, where you have earned a break on the sun terrace.Further downhill you hike to the valley floor of the Pazieltal valley and then to the Trittalpe. Not far, then you have reached your goal Zürs. In the tranquil village you will find several restaurants.With the blue hiking bus you come from Lech to the Rüfikopfbahn as well as from the center of Zürs back to Lech.

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  • Difficult
    05:50
    8.12 mi
    1.4 mph
    2,050 ft
    3,100 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Start this 13-kilometer, wildly romantic mountain trail on Formarinsee. In this picturesque place you can calmly tune in on the upcoming hike. Passing the Formarinalpe, you will hike up almost seven kilometers - but above you will be royally rewarded by the view of the unique landscape.The path leads you over green meadows, through coniferous forests and further up into rugged mountainous terrain. You hike just below the summit of the eastern Johanneskopf (2,508 meters) and over a pleasant slope to Göppinger hut. Reward yourself here for the 620 meters in altitude with a long rest.Then you hike down steep serpentines to Upper Älpele. On a wider trail, you return the last leg to the Gasthaus Älpele.At the starting point of the hike you will come from the post office in Lech with the hiking bus. This will take you back to Lech after your walk from the finish line.

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  • Difficult
    05:09
    7.07 mi
    1.4 mph
    2,175 ft
    2,025 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Challenging, but absolutely rewarding is this eleven-kilometer summit hike. Start is at Spullersee. At the beginning you walk a short distance along the water until the hiking trail to the Gehrengrat branches off to the right. You walk steadily uphill, past a refuge and over green mountain pastures.Steep serpentines wind their way up the last stretch until you reach the Gehrengrat (2,439 meters) proudly at an altitude of 660 meters. Once at the top, you can take a short breath and let the magnificent landscape work on you.Steep serpentines meander up the last stretch until you can be proud of 660 vertical meters and stand on the Gehrengrat (1439 meters). Breathe through and let the grandiose landscape work on you.On the other side of the ridge, serpentines lead you through rugged terrain down to the Stone Sea, a beautiful and special landscape formed by nature. Relaxed is the way to the Freiburg hut from here.The hut is located on the idyllic Formarinsee. Take a deserved break and walk the last short distance to the bus stop around the lake. Experienced and vertigo-free hikers can also take the climb above the eastern shore.To Spullersee you get out without stress with the hiking bus from Lech. This brings you back to the place at the end of the day.

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  • Difficult
    04:57
    6.91 mi
    1.4 mph
    2,525 ft
    2,750 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    You are an early bird? Perfect, because this hike is particularly rewarding as a sunrise tour. Experience unique moments as you head over the dewy steaming meadows to the summit and enjoy the sun's rays of dawn.Starting point of the hike is in Oberlech. The first two kilometers you walk on a relatively flat track, before the ascent begins. Passing the lower and upper Gaisbühel Alpe, we continue uphill in the direction of Mohnenfluh. The last section of the trail before the summit over the Mohnenfluhsattel leads you on steep serpentines over rocks and boulders. Good footwear is important.If you stand at the summit cross, you can be proud of 770 vertical meters and enjoy the fantastic panorama. Do not forget to immortalize yourself in the summit book. On the Mohnenfluhsattel you hike downhill again and then turn off towards Kriegeralpe. There you have earned a long break with hearty food.From the Kriegeralpe it is only two and a half kilometers to the mountain station of the Oberlech mountain railway. From here you can gondolas in the valley to Lech.The hiking bus from Lech takes you to the starting point of the hike.

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  • Difficult
    05:34
    10.9 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,975 ft
    1,800 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    It is one of the most beautiful places in Austria: the Körbersee. This almost 18-kilometer hike takes you to this idyllic place in the mountains. Starting point of the hike is in Lech. Right at the beginning you master most of the altitude difference on your ascent to Oberlech.You continue hiking through the picturesque landscape of the Auenfeld, until you are more than eight kilometers on the shores of the Körbersee. The riverside path leads directly to the restaurant Körbersee. The ideal place to stop in, relax and unwind.You continue hiking and pass the Kalbelesee in the Hochtannberg valley. The flat path leads you partly on the road and on hiking trails to Warth. From there the hiking bus takes you back to Lech.If you want to shorten the hike, you can take the first leg from Lech to Oberlech by bus.

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  • Intermediate
    03:02
    5.21 mi
    1.7 mph
    1,050 ft
    1,050 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Corals, shells and ammonites at 2,000 meters altitude? On this good eight-kilometer tour you will hike through a sea in the mountains - the Stone Sea with fossils up to 200 million years old. Start of the hike is at Formarinsee. From there you walk past the Alpe Formarin and the Capricorn Monument.The path leads you uphill over Alpine pastures. After a good two kilometers you have reached the unique rock formations. First you see a small coral reef, the harbinger of the Stone Sea. The next section leads you through the large clusters of fossils. Have fun discovering and viewing the ancient testimonies of bygone life - but with caution. The path takes you past marked localities through the karst area.After six kilometers you will reach the Freiburger hut. Here you can stop and enjoy the great view of the Formarinsee. Along the water you walk back to the turning loop for the bus.The blue hiking bus takes you from the post office in Lech regularly up to the starting point of the hike and then back again.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    53.4 mi
  • Duration
    32:12 h
  • Elevation
    10,800 ft
Close to paradiese — seven dreamy day trips in Lech Zürs
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Lech Zürs