Hiker on the Lechweg in Holzgau
Hiker on Formarinenweg
Hut in Lech am Arlberg

Enchanting Lech-River-Path

Enchanting water features in Vorarlberg and Bavaria

It measures 125 kilometres, the glittering Lech, from its origin near Lake Formarin in Lech am Arlberg at 1973 metres to the Lechfall in the Bavarian Allgäu. The river rushes through the cross-border Alpine region in a unique, breathtaking and concentrated way. What is special about the Lech waterfall: it dries up every year in autumn and springs up again in the spring.

Let the magical turquoise Lech accompany on your journey.

Details about the hiking holiday on the Lechweg

Right at the start of the trip you will be enchanted by the idyllic Lake Formarin and the Capricorn monument at the starting point of trip. But you are not spoiled with highlights only at the beginning. On the Lechweg, things go quickly! So on day three you visit the highest alpine dairy and butcher in Vorarlberg and cross a small suspension bridge above the Krumbach.

On the stage from Elbingenalp to Stanzach you will be amazed by a natural monument called Doser Waterfall. Many legends and stories are related to the impressive phenomenon. This waterfall only goes about its ‘work’ from April 23 until November 11. And the rest of the year? Nothing! Finally you will love the highlights on day eight in Füssen. You reach Bavaria via the Alpsee and can look at the castles of Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein.

The highlights of the hiking trip on the Lechweg

  • Sparkling Lake Formarin: Idyllic, sparkling and embedded between countless mountain peaks, Lake Formarin lies at an altitude of approximately 1,793 metres. This is where the Lechweg begins.
  • Crossing the longest pedestrian bridge in Austria: 200 metres long and floating 110 metres above the Höhenbach gorge – spectacular but definitely not for the faint-hearted. The breathtaking suspension rope bridge is on the programme on day 5. There is no way around Holzgau to Elbigenalp. Therefore: gather up all your courage and declare the fight against a fear of heights step by step!

Interesting facts about the hiking trip on the Lechweg

With sturdy footwear and a good level of fitness, you can easily complete each of the nine daily stages. On hiking and forest trails as well as gravel roads you walk comfortably through the Vorarlberg nature to the Bavarian neighbours. However, you should not underestimate the route. From time to time, tours of up to seven hours are on the programme. Tip: Shorten the hike by bus with the included guest tickets.

Are you looking for route details for the Vorarlberg hike? Simply contact the experienced Eurohike team!

Mountain Hiking
Mountain Hiking
  • 9 Days / 8 Nights
  • Self-guided tour
Julia Winklhofer
Julia Winklhofer
+43 6219 60877 168 Contact


You take the hiking bus to the idyllic Lake Formarinsee, which is the trailhead of the Lech-path on an altitude of approx. 1793 metres. Enjoy the panoramic view onto the glistening mountain lake. Onwards along the Lech-riverside path and past the ibex-monument, commemorating the reintroduction of the alpine ibex. You proceed along nice paths back to Lech am Arlberg.

approx. 5 hours
14 km
200 m
630 m

From the Eastern district of Stubenbach the river Lech meanders through a fascinating ravine scenery. The route ascends gently through the Höhenwald-forest to Walser-village of Warth. Situated directly at the start of the village the natural lake Seebachsee and the highest-situated Alpine dairy and butchery in Vorarlberg, called the „Wälder Metzge“, invite for a break. Onwards across a small chain bridge across the stream Krumbach leads you to Gehren and hence onto Tyrolean soil.

approx. 4 hours
12 km
370 m
330 m

Along the panorama-path towards Steeg, where high above the river Lech you enjoy wonderful views far into the Lechtal-valley. Via Stubenbach the route leads you above the Lech-gorge. Again, and again the magical turquoise water of the river flashes from the depth. A few hairpin turns lead you down to the river Lech again, you proceed along the riverside via Steeg all the way to Holzgau.

approx. 6 hours
18 km
460 m
850 m

With the crossing of the longest and probably most spectacular chain bridge for pendestrians in all of Austria a very special highlight awaits today. The Day Finish Elbigenalp is the geographic centre of the Lechtal-valley, hometown of Queen Marie, mother of King Louis II and a stronghold of the traditional art of carving.

approx. 7 hours
13 km
750 m
820 m

The hamlet of Luxnach is the location of the Doser-waterfall, which dries up near St. Martin and rises again in St. Georg. Many legends and stories revolve around this nature phenomenon. A detour up to the  ‚Baichlstein‘ offers an impressive view onto the ‚Lechzopf‘, a particularly distinctive course of the ‚wild river‘.

approx. 7 hours
21 km
790 m
890 m

The river Lech offers its wildest side: you walk through a picturesque river scenery, past the ‚Lechzopf‘ to  Forchach and onwards across the Johannesbrücke-bridge to Weissenbach. The route leads past Lake Riedener See and through Höfen, from where you ascend anew to the panorama-apth and enjoy the unique view onto the valley floor of Reutte.

approx. 7 hours
22 km
330 m
330 m

Hike through the wetland ‚Pflacher Au‘, famous for its wide variety of bird species. Along forest paths all the way to the ‚Sternschanze‘, a section of the ‚Ehrenberg castle world‘. Via Lake Alpsee you get into Bavaria, soon you can make out the palaces Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein in the distance. The  Lech-waterfall symbolises the end of the Lech-river-path and hence the final destination of your adventurous hiking holiday.

approx. 7 hours
25 km
1.100 m
1.250 m

Tour character

You walk on hiking- and forest paths as well as gravel roads, which are all easy to walk on. We recommend a good basic fitness level for hiking tours with walking times of up to 7 hours. Tours can be shortened by bus by using the Guest Card which is included in the price. For tours through the hilly foothills there is in parts some endurance required and equally a head for heights for the crossing of the chain bridges.

Prices and events

All data for 2020 at a glance
Season 1
Jul 1, 2020 - Sep 26, 2020
Enchanting Lech-River-Path, AT-VBWLF-09X
Base price
Surcharge single room

Category: beautiful 3*** hotels, inns and B&Bs

Services and infos


  • 8 overnight stays as stated, breakfast included  
  • Luggage transfer (1 piece of luggage per person)
  • Bus ride Lech am Arlberg – Lake Formarinsee
  • 5x guest card for all tours of the hiking holiday (concessions, bus rides and lots more)


  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • Detailed travel and tour documents 1x per room (German, English)
  • Service hotline

Arrival / Parking / Departure:

  • By train in St. Anton am Arlberg and short bus journey onwards to Lech am Arlberg.
  • Parking: public undercover car park near the hotel for approx. EUR 20 per week. No reservation required.
  • Return journey from Füssen to Lech am Arlberg by bus in approx. 3 hours (1x change).

Things to note:

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price
  • Extra nights possible on request in all Day Finishes
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!
Julia Winklhofer
"I will help you with the planning of your holidays with advice and action"
Julia Winklhofer, Customer Service

You might also be interested in

Tour character
Moderate Walking

Carinthian Mountains & Lakes

8 Days | Self-guided tour
Tour character

Bregenz Forest

7 Days | Self-guided tour
Tour character
Mountain Hiking

Danube Trail

7 Days | Self-guided tour