Lech-river-bank at the cross-border hiking path
Hikers in fantastic nature along the Lechweg
Castle Neuschwanstein at the Lechweg near Füssen
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Lechweg-Path

Long-distance hiking from Vorarlberg to Bavaria.

The sparkling Lech measures 125 kilometres from its source near Lake Formarin in Lech am Arlberg at an altitude of 1,973 metres to the Lech Falls in the Bavarian Allgäu. Unique, breathtaking and with concentrated hydropower, the river rushes through the cross-border Alpine region. Experience the beauty of the regions on the cross-border hiking trail in Vorarlberg in Austria as well as in Bavaria in Germany as you hike.

  • You can find more information about the Lechweg here.

Details about the hiking tour on the Lechweg

Right at the beginning of the tour you will be enchanted by the idyllic Lake Formarin and the monument of an Ibex at the start of the trip. But it is not only at the beginning that you will be spoiled with highlights. Numerous attractions also await you over the daily stages. On day three, you visit the highest alpine dairy and butcher’s shop in Vorarlberg and cross a small suspension bridge over the Krumbach.

On the stage from Elbigenalp to Stanzach you will be amazed by the natural spectacle of the Doser Waterfall. There are many legends and myths about this impressive phenomenon. This waterfall only goes about its ‘work’ from April 23 until November 11. The rest of the year? Nothing! You arrive on day nine at your destination in Füssen, still completely amazed by all the sights you’ve seen. You reach Bavaria via the Alpsee and can gaze upon the castles of Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein.

Highlights of the hiking tour on the Lechweg

  • Sparkling Lake Formarin: Idyllic, sparkling and nestled between countless mountain peaks, Lake Formarin is around 1,793 metres above sea level. This is where the Lechweg begins.
  • Crossing the longest pedestrian bridge in Austria: 200 metres long and 110 metres above the Höhenbach Gorge – spectacular, but definitely not for the faint of heart. The breathtaking suspension bridge is on the programme for day five. There is no getting around it from Holzgau to Elbigenalp. So, gather up your courage and experience a real adrenaline-filled highlight.
  • Even more active experiences: If you haven’t had enough after the day’s stage, you can do an ‘extra lap’ on one of the Lech loops. These hiking routes are designed as half-day or full-day tours and serve as a valuable addition to the Lechweg.

Useful information about the hiking tour on the Lechweg

With sturdy shoes and a good basic level of fitness, you can manage each of the daily stages with ease. On well-marked hiking and forest trails, as well as gravel roads, you can walk comfortably through the Vorarlberg countryside via Tyrol to the Bavarian neighbours in the Allgäu. Nevertheless, you should not underestimate the routes and on some days longer tours are on the programme. Optionally, you can shorten the hikes by bus with the included guest tickets.

Our tip: Enjoy the well-deserved break with your four-legged friend, because the tour can also be booked as a hiking holiday with a dog.

Walking
Walking
  • 10 Days / 9 Nights
  • Self-guided tour
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Itinerary

In the morning, the hiking bus takes you to the idyllic Lake Formarinsee, where the Lechweg-path starts at an altitude of about 1793 metres. Enjoy the stupendous view onto the sparkling mountain lake before you proceed via the Lech-riverside path back amidst the mountain world to Lech am Arlberg.

Hotel example: Lärchenhof

approx. 4.5 hours
14 km
50 m
500 m

Initially you walk high above the river through idyllic farmland and across lush mountain meadows before fascinating views deep down into the wild Lech-ravine present themselves. The route ascends gently through the high-altitude forest to the Walser-village Warth, where a natural bathing lake and the highest situated Alpine dairy and butchery invite for a rest.

Hotel example: Lechtaler Hof

approx. 4 hours
11 km
300 m
300 m

Onwards you proceed across the stream Krumbach to Gehren and now find yourselves on Tyrolean soil. The route leads you uphill to Lechleiten, to the start of the parnoama path. Enjoy the marvellous views into the Lechtal-valley, far below you notice again and again the glistening turquoise of the river. Via numerous serpentines the route leads you downhill again to the riverbank and through little hamlets all the way into the pretty village of Steeg.

Hotel example: Kräuterhotel Der Stern

approx. 4.5 hours
15 km
200 m
600 m

Leisurely on the Jochweg-path always along the Lech riverside until you reach the beautiful village of Holzgau, which is characterised by its colourful painted houses. There a very special highlight awaits with the crossing of one of Europe’s longest and most spectacular pedestrian suspension bridges. You proceed across blooming meadows and forest paths to Elbigenalp, the geographic centre of the Lechtal-valley and heartland of the traditional wood craft.

Hotel example: Traditionsgasthof Stern

approx. 5 hours
18 km
380 m
400 m

A picturesque nature reserve leads you to Häselgehr, where we highly recommend you visit the lovely parish church with its opulent interior before continuing with the route uphill to the Doser-waterfall. There are many legends and stories around this mysterious nature phenomenon. Via an high-altitude path with fabulous views onto the ‚wild river‘ you reach Stanzach, a tranquil village situated amidst an amazing mountain world.

Hotel example: Föhrenhof

approx. 5.5 hours
20 km
400 m
550 m

Today the river Lech presents itself once more from its wildest side: you hike across a rugged river landscape, past the Lechzopf to Forchach, where another suspension bridge taunts brave hikers to cross over. Across the Johannesbrücke-bridge and through the Moosberg-nature reserve you hike to Weissenbach, cross the river Rotlech and via gentle riverside paths reach the quiet little village of Höfen.

Hotel example: Die Lilie

approx. 5 hours
19 km
50 m
150 m

Via the panorama path to a beautiful viewpoint situated high up at the Costaries-chapel. Past the glistening Lake Frauensee you proceed into the ‚Pflacher Au‘. Here you can enjoy an impressive panoramic view onto the wetlands near the river from the so-called ‚Bird Tower‘, a 20-meter high wooden construction. In Pflach the river Lech feel like it is within your grasp.

Hotel example: Gasthof zum Schwanen

approx. 4 hours
11 km
300 m
300 m

You now leave the river Lech and walk through meadows and forests uphill across the border all the way to Bavaria. Soon you can already make out the palaces Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein in front of you in the distance! The impressive Lechfall-waterfall finally marks the end of the Lechweg-path. In Füssen the final treat awaits when visiting the royal palaces.

Hotel example: Hirsch

approx. 5 hours
15 km
400 m
450 m

Tour character

You walk on easy, well-maintained hiking paths, forest paths and partially also on forest- and gravel roads. For all daily tours a good basic fitness level is required. You always have the option to comfortably cut longer tours short by taking the bus any time. In some parts of the tours some surefootedness is necessary, if required the spectacular suspension bridges can be easily bypassed.

Prices and events

All data for 2021 at a glance
Place of arrival: Lech am Arlberg
  Season 1
15.05.2021 - 02.07.2021
30.08.2021 - 26.09.2021

daily
Season 2
03.07.2021 - 29.08.2021

daily
Lechweg-Path 10 days, AT-VBWLF-10X
Base price
849.00
929.00
Surcharge single room 199.00 199.00

Category: beautiful 3***-hotels and inns

Season 1
May 15, 2021 - Jul 2, 2021
Aug 30, 2021 - Sep 26, 2021
daily
Season 2
Jul 3, 2021 - Aug 29, 2021
daily
Lechweg-Path 10 days, AT-VBWLF-10X
Base price
Surcharge single room
849.00
199.00
929.00
199.00

Category: beautiful 3***-hotels and inns

Season 1
May 15, 2021 - Jul 2, 2021
Aug 30, 2021 - Sep 26, 2021
Season 2
Jul 3, 2021 - Aug 29, 2021
Lech am Arlberg
Extra night p.p. dbl/bb
Extra night sgl/bb
Steeg/Surroundings
Extra night p.p. dbl/bb
Extra night sgl/bb
Füssen
Extra night p.p. dbl/bb
Extra night sgl/bb
59.00
74.00
79.00
104.00
79.00
124.00
69.00
84.00
79.00
104.00
79.00
124.00
Additional nights
Place of arrival: Lech am Arlberg
  Season 1
May 15, 2021 - Jul 2, 2021
Aug 30, 2021 - Sep 26, 2021

daily
Season 2
Jul 3, 2021 - Aug 29, 2021

daily
Lech am Arlberg
Extra night p.p. dbl/bb 59.00 69.00
Extra night sgl/bb 74.00 84.00
Steeg/Surroundings
Extra night p.p. dbl/bb 79.00 79.00
Extra night sgl/bb 104.00 104.00
Füssen
Extra night p.p. dbl/bb 79.00 79.00
Extra night sgl/bb 124.00 124.00

Services and infos

Services

Included:

  • 9 overnight stays as stated, breakfast included
  • Luggage transfer
  • Lech Card (reductions for cable cars, entrance fees etc.)
  • 4x guest cards for all other hiking days of the holiday (reduced entrances, free bus rides etc.)

 

  • 1x original „Lechweg-cheese“, provided by the organic dairy Sojer in Steeg
  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • Detailed travel and tour documents 1x per room (German, English)
  • GPS-data is available
  • Service hotline
Infos

Arrival / Parking / Departure:

  • By train to St. Anton am Arlberg and by bus to Lech am Arlberg.
  • Car parking: limited number of hotel parking spaces available free of charge, no reservation possible. Public covered car park near the hotel, cost approx. EUR 20 per week.
  • Return journey from Füssen to Lech am Arlberg by bus, duration approx. 3 hours (1x change of bus).

Things to note:

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!
Contact & booking
Do you still have questions about the tour? We are happy to help and look forward to your inquiry.
Julia Winklhofer
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Ratings

4.5 of 5 Stars (4 Ratings)
5 stars
Mathilde Bankler AT | 07.10.2020
Bezaubernder Lechweg - ein sehr treffender Titel!
Der Weg war wunderschön, total gut markiert. Die einzelnen Tagesetappen haben wir geändert. Mit Bus und einer extrem hilfsbereiten Hotelchefin (Hotel Föhrenhof in Stanzach) kamen wir an die gewünschten Ausgangspunkte. Die Tour und ihre Organisation kann ich sehr gerne weiterempfehlen. Die letzte Übernachtung in Füssen hat letztendlich auch gut geklappt. Danke auch für ihre Hilfe!
Julia Winklhofer
Julia Winklhofer answered:
Sehr geehrte Frau Bankler, vielen herzlichen Dank für Ihr Reisefeedback! Es freut uns, dass Sie mit unserer Wanderreise am Lech rund um zufrieden waren - vielen Dank und auf bald!
4 stars
Wolfgang Becker DE | 21.09.2020
Alles sehr gut
4 stars
Theresia Schön AT | 14.09.2020
Traumhafte Wanderreise mit kleinen Schwachpunkten
Jeder Tag hatte seine besonderen Höhepunkte. Die Routenlänge sollte besser aufgeteilt sein, weil die Fahrzeiten der Wanderbusse nicht sehr günstig für die Hin- und Rückfahrten sind.
Julia Winklhofer
Julia Winklhofer answered:
Sehr geehrte Frau Schön, vielen herzlichen Dank für Ihr Feedback zur Lechweg Wanderreise, es freut uns, dass Ihnen die Tour gut gefallen hat! Wir haben hier für kommende Saison bereits nachgebessert und werden den Lechweg in drei verschiedenen Varianten und Längen anbieten, so ist für jeden Wanderer genau die richtige Reise mit dabei und Busfahrten werden auf das Nötigste reduziert. Vielen Dank für Ihren Hinweis, wir würden uns freuen, Sie auch im nächsten Jahr wieder rund um unsere Reisen beraten zu dürfen!
5 stars
Susanne G. DE | 11.08.2020
wunderschöner Lechweg
Ein toller Weg mit immer neuen Eindrücken. Die erste Etappe vom Formarinsee ist die reizvollste...der Lech in allen Farben...aber wir haben auch jede weitere Etappe sehr genossen!
Julia Winklhofer
Julia Winklhofer answered:
Liebe Gäste, vielen Dank für Ihr schönes Reisefeedback! Wir hoffen, Sie bald wieder auf einer unserer schönen Reisen begrüßen zu dürfen! Bis bald & viele Grüße!

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