Connected to Europe through the Lechweg Trail
At 1,450 meters above sea level, Lech am Arlberg was crowned in 2004 as the most beautiful village in Europe. Lech am Arlberg is situated in a beautiful natural landscape. Lush green meadows and distinctive mountains create a wonderful hiking backdrop. In addition to Europe’s largest colony of ibex, over 20 different species of orchids and a natural waterscape, there is also an exciting 200 million year old, petrified prehistoric sea full of corals, shells and fossils.
Over the last decades, the town has developed into an international tourism hotspot without losing its charm as a Walser community with its own individual traditions, a culture of hospitality and healthy livelihoods. The motto “quality above quantity” gives Lech an exclusive feeling and shows the village in a perfect authentic Austrian mythical landscape.
From its beginnings as delicate crystal clear mountain spring near the Formarinsee Lake to its ending as a waterfall cascades in Fussen, Lech meanders through one of the last wild river landscapes in Europe. Along the Lech Trail, which received the award as “Leading Quality Trail of Europe,” the hiker can accompany the river and immerse himself in the story of three regions and two nations in one of the most beautiful and varied landscapes of the Alpine region. The villages along the Lech Trail are well connected and accessible by car, train or by bus
From the Formarinsee Lake, the Lech Trail goes through the Walser villages Lech and Warth to Lechleiten. From there it goes into the Lechtal Valley to Steeg and Holzgau, over a spectacular suspension bridge to Höhenbach Canyon and then on to Elbigenalp. In Häselgehr hikers encounter the fabled Doser Waterfall. The trail reaches then Stanzach, moves on through the flood plains and the gravel banks by Höfen, through the Pflacher Au across the border to Germany towards Alpsee Lake. On Lechfall in Fussen the long distance hike comes to an end.