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Signposts on the Lechweg with mountain in the background

Lechweg Path, Lech am Arlberg – Füssen

Long-distance hiking from Vorarlberg to Bavaria

8 Days / 7 Nights
Walking
Signposts on the Lechweg with mountain in the background

Are you looking for a hiking tour that takes you through the magnificent nature of Austria and Germany, as well as through endless, idyllic natural landscapes? Then our long-distance hiking holiday on the Lechweg-Path is just the thing for you. Experience unspoiled nature and hiking fun on the 125 kilometre-long Lechweg-Path. The starting point of this cross-border hiking tour is at the Formarinsee in Lech am Arlberg. From there, the route leads first to Tyrol and finally to the Lech Falls in Allgäu. After eight days in the fresh air, you can re-start your normal life full of vigour.

  • More information and details about hiking on the Lechweg-Path.

The starting point of your walking holiday on the Lechweg-Path is in Lech am Arlberg. The start of this multi-faceted active tour is a fantastic circular hike around the Formarinsee. This is exactly where the Lechweg originates at around 1,793 metres. On the following day, the route leads you to Warth and the surrounding area with its natural bathing lake and the highest alpine dairy and butcher's shop in Vorarlberg. The following stage leads to Steeg and on the following day to Elbigenalp, where a particularly adrenaline-pumping highlight awaits you: the crossing of the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in Europe. Now the journey leads to Stanzach and further on to Höfen and surroundings, as well as Pflach. On the last day of your walking holiday, you hike across the border into Bavaria. You will already be able to see the picturesque castles of Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein from a distance. The final stage destination is the impressive Lech Falls, as well as Füssen – here you will conclude your eight-day hiking holiday along the Lechweg-Path.

  • Sparkling Formarinsee: Idyllic, glittering and nestled between countless mountain peaks lies the Formarinsee at an altitude of approximately 1,793 metres. This is where the Lechweg-Path begins.
  • Cross the longest pedestrian bridge in Austria: 200 metres long and suspended 110 metres above the Höhenbach Gorge – spectacular and definitely not for the faint-hearted. From Holzgau to Elbigenalp there is no way around the breathtaking suspension rope bridge.
  • Mystical waterfall: Numerous legends and myths surround the Doser waterfall. No wonder, because it is only active from 23 April to 11 November every year. The rest of the time there is no waterfall to be found here.

On this hiking tour in Vorarlberg and Tyrol in Austria, as well as in Bavaria in Germany, you will always walk on good hiking paths, forest trails and gravel paths. With a little fitness and sure-footedness, this cross-border active holiday will be a wonderful adventure in the midst of nature. You are welcome to shorten the longer stages at any time by bus with the included tickets.

Our hiking tip: Due to the good routing, the hiking holiday on the Lechweg-Path is also ideally suited for hiking with a dog.

Itinerary at a glance

From the headwaters of the Lech at the glittering Formarinsee lake to the impressive waterfalls near Füssen. There you will also catch a glimpse of the castles of Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau, before which you will admire the colorful townscape in Elbigenalp.

Hotel example: Lärchenhof

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

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. Onwards you proceed across the stream Krumbach to Gehren and now find yourselves on Tyrolean soil. Enjoy the marvellous views into the Lechtal-valley.

Hotel example: Styrolerhof Hotel & Wirtshaus

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

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

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

Via the panorama path to a beautiful viewpoint. 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. A little later you 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.

Hotel example: Hirsch

Day
08
Departure or extension

Itinerary at a glance

From the headwaters of the Lech at the glittering Formarinsee lake to the impressive waterfalls near Füssen. There you will also catch a glimpse of the castles of Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau, before which you will admire the colorful townscape in Elbigenalp.

Hotel example: Lärchenhof

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

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. Onwards you proceed across the stream Krumbach to Gehren and now find yourselves on Tyrolean soil. Enjoy the marvellous views into the Lechtal-valley.

Hotel example: Styrolerhof Hotel & Wirtshaus

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

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

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

Via the panorama path to a beautiful viewpoint. 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. A little later you 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.

Hotel example: Hirsch

Day
08
Departure or extension

Route information

Walking

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 & Dates

Category: beautiful 3***-hotels and inns

Prices per person in EUR

Services & Information

Further details about this tour

Included

  • Accomodation as already mentioned
  • Breakfast
  • Luggage transfer
  • 1 Lech Card (reductions for cable cars, entrance fees etc.)
  • 4 guest cards for all other hiking days of the holiday (reduced entrances, free bus rides etc.)

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

Optional extras

  • Return transfer by minibus to Lech, costs EUR 79 per person, EUR 29 per dog (only SAT/SUN), reservation is necessary, to be paid for in advance.

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • By train to St. Anton am Arlberg and by bus to Lech am Arlberg.
  • Innsbruck or Munich airport.
  • 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 10 per day.
  • Return journey from Füssen by bus to Lech am Arlberg, duration approx. 3 hours (2x change).

Things to note

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price
  • Travel by public transport to shorten the daily hikes, optional.
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!

Join us in achieving greater sustainability by choosing our digital route book, rather than the printed version. As a small thank you we will give you a discount of €20 per room.

Services & Information

Further details about this tour

Included

  • Accomodation as already mentioned
  • Breakfast
  • Luggage transfer
  • 1 Lech Card (reductions for cable cars, entrance fees etc.)
  • 4 guest cards for all other hiking days of the holiday (reduced entrances, free bus rides etc.)
  • 1 original „Lechweg-cheese“, provided by the organic dairy Sojer in Steeg
  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • Detailed travel documents 1x per room (German, English, French)
  • App for Navigation and GPS-data
  • Service hotline

Optional extras

  • Return transfer by minibus to Lech, costs EUR 79 per person, EUR 29 per dog (only SAT/SUN), reservation is necessary, to be paid for in advance.

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • By train to St. Anton am Arlberg and by bus to Lech am Arlberg.
  • Innsbruck or Munich airport.
  • 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 10 per day.
  • Return journey from Füssen by bus to Lech am Arlberg, duration approx. 3 hours (2x change).

Things to note

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price
  • Travel by public transport to shorten the daily hikes, optional.
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!

Join us in achieving greater sustainability by choosing our digital route book, rather than the printed version. As a small thank you we will give you a discount of €20 per room.

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