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

Enchanting Lech-River-Path

Long-distance hike from the source to the waterfall.

A unique nature experience awaits on our hiking holiday along the Lech-river-path: You accompany the glistening river Lech for approx. 125 km from the source near Lake Formarinsees in the Austrian town of Lech am Arlberg, through one of Europe‘s last wild-river sceneries all the way to the Lechfall-waterfall situated in Füssen in the Bavarian Allgäu-region. En route you not only discover the untamed rough beauty of these border-crossing alpine regions, but also walk through one of Europe’s largest ibex-colonies and get to marvel at a waterfall, which just by magic dries up each year and then rises anew. You walk across a spectacular chain bridge for pedestrians and marvel at the palaces of King Louis. The magic turquoise colour of the river Lech is your constant companion.

Mountain Walking
Mountain Walking
  • 9 Days / 8 Nights
  • Self-guided tour
Helena Schwöllinger
Helena Schwöllinger
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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
Jun 19, 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!
Helena Schwöllinger
"I will help you with the planning of your holidays with advice and action"
Helena Schwöllinger, Customer Service

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