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Lechweg Trail: the cross-border adventure

€1190 per person
The easy program for the full 10-day tour is given as itinerary and price below. Get in touch with us to check details for: 1) the 8-day option, which covers the full trail again, but within a shorter period of time (thus longer mileage for each day), or 2) the 6-day option (covering the distance between Steeg and Füssen only).

The Lechweg Trail provides an exceptional self-guided hiking and nature experience along the 125km long path, which follows the glistening river Lech from its source near Lake Formarinsee (in the Austrian town Lech am Arlberg), and through one of Europe‘s last wild river sceneries all the way to the Lechfall Waterfall (in Füssen, Germany). En-route you will discover not only the untamed and rugged beauty of the border-crossing between Tyrol and Bavaria, but you will also hike across one of Europe’s largest ibex colonies and marvel at a waterfall, which as if by magic disappears each year and rises anew. You will walk across a spectacular suspension bridge for pedestrians and marvel at King Louis‘ palaces. The magical turquoise colours of the Lech River and its thundering roar will be your constant companion during this enchanting self-guided walking holiday.

  • Destination
  • Duration
    10 (8/6) Days I Level: 2/3 (of 5)
  • What is included
    7 overnight stays in 3* hotels and country inns (en-suite rooms) incl. breakfast; Detailed roadbook and map in English (1 set per room); GPS tracks access through navigation app; 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; Service hotline;
  • What is not included
    drinks and other meals, entry fees
  • Best period
    mid-June, July, August, mid-September
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Day 1: Arrival in Lech am Arlberg
Though the village of Lech is best known as an exclusive ski resort, it is also full of things to do in summer, providing various hiking trails and other activities for any taste and fitness.
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Day 2: Circular walk Lake Formarinsee (14km, 4,30hr, +50m/-500m)
The first hiking day is dedicated to visiting the  idyllic Formarinsee Lake, where the Lechweg Trail starts at an altitude of about 1793 m. Enjoy the stupendous view onto the sparkling mountain lake before proceeding further via the Lech-riverside path back to Lech am Arlberg amidst the mountain ridges.
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Day 3: Lech am Arlberg – Warth/Surroundings (11km, 4,00hrs, +300m/-300m)
Today's independent walk starts high above the Lech River through charming farmland and across lush green mountain meadows. Eventually the scenery will change, revealing the beauty of the wild Lech ravine. The route ascends gently through the high altitude forest to the Warth village, where a natural lake suited for bathing and the highest in altitude Alpine dairy and butchery farm will invite for a well deserved rest.
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Day 4: Warth/Surroundings – Steeg/Surroundings (15km, 4,30hrs, +200m/-600m)
As you continue along the hiking trail, you will cross the stream Krumbach to Gehren, where you will find yourselves on Tyrolean soil. The route leads you uphill to Lechleiten, where a panoramic trail starts. Enjoy the marvelous views into the Lechtal Valley and the glistening turquoise colours of the river which is now far below. Walking down along numerous serpentines you will arrive at the riverbank and proceed along it through little hamlets all the way to the pretty village of Steeg (situated at the foot of the Pimig Mountain). Steeg has maintained many of its centuries-old traditions and handicrafts, exemplified by the Lorenz wood carving workshop and the Sojer cheesemakers, both of which offer guided tours.
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Day 5: Steeg/Surroundings – Elbigenalp (18km, 5,00 hrs, +380m/-400m)
Your self-guided hiking tour continues leisurely on the Jochweg Trail and always along the Lech riverside until you reach the beautiful village of Holzgau, which is characterized by its colourful painted houses. There a very special highlight awaits you with the crossing of one of Europe’s longest and most spectacular pedestrian suspension bridges (which can be bypassed if this experience is not something you would enjoy). The trail proceeds through blooming meadows and forest paths to Elbigenalp - the geographic center of the Lechtal Valley, and heartland of traditional wood crafts. It is known as the main cultural hub of the valley and has a proud tradition of handicrafts documented by the many frescoes and examples of stuccowork on local buildings.
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Day 6: Elbigenalp – Stanzach (20km, 5,30-6,00 hrs, +400m/-550m)
Today a path through picturesque nature reserve leads you to Häselgehr, where we highly recommend you to pay a visit at the lovely parish church with its opulent interior before proceeding along the hiking trail uphill into direction of the Doser Waterfall. There are many legends and stories behind this mysterious nature phenomenon. The waterfall is not known for its size, but that it disappears in November and begins to flow again in April. According to tradition it rises every year on April 23rd and closes again on November 11th. After visiting this nature phenomenon, you will continue along a high altitude path with fabulous views over the river until you reach Stanzach - a tranquil village situated amidst an amazing mountain surrounding.
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Day 7: Stanzach – Höfen/Surroundings (19km, 5,30 hrs, +50m/-150m)
Today the Lech River presents itself once more from its wildest side: the hiking trail crosses a rugged river landscape past the Lechzopf and Forchach, where another suspension bridge awaits brave hikers to cross over. Walk the Johannesbrücke bridge and continue through the Moosberg nature reserve. Being a part of NATURA 2000 network it is still traditionally farmed and grazed (which allows several bird special to breed in the open meadows). Next you pass through Weissenbach - a long stretched village in the 'Tyrolean Lech' Nature Park. Here the river Lech has a very wide and mainly untouched river bed, where many rare plants, insects and birds live. Also here Rot Lech River flows into the Lech after passing deep canyons. Cross it and follow the gentle riverside paths until you reach the quiet little village of Höfen. In past centuries Höfen was known for special plastering work. Some can still be admired in the Maria Hilf church.
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Day 8: Höfen/Surroundings – Pflach (11km, 4,00 hrs, +300m/-300m)
Continue along the Lechweg via a panoramic path to a beautiful viewpoint situated high up at the Costaries chapel. Past the glistening Lake Frauensee you will proceed into the ‚Pflacher Au‘. In this unique bird paradise many species of the river, the floodplain, the settlement area and for Tyrol rare marsh and water birds can be found side by side. In Pflach the Lech River feels like it is within your grasp.
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Day 9: Pflach – Füssen (15km, 5,00 hrs, +400m/-450m)
On your last hiking day you will leave the Lech River and will walk through meadows and forests across the border all the way to Bavaria (Germany). Soon you can already make out in the distance the palaces Hohenschwangau and not the least the Neuschwanstein Castle - one of the most popular of all the palaces and castles in Europe (and worldwide, as long as this was the reason for the inspiration of Walt Disney to create the castle of Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty in Disneyland). The castle of the fairy tale King Ludwig II is worth a visit from Füssen either this afternoon or on your next day. There are regular public buses, taking only 10min to get there (pre-book a timeslot to visit in advance), but you can go with a guided day tour too. In Füssen the impressive Lechfall Waterfall finally marks the end of the Lechweg Trail.
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Day 10: Departure day (consider visiting the Neuschwanstein Castle too)
Optional return transfer by minibus to Steeg or Lech (95 EUR/pp, only on Saturday/Sunday). Reservation should be done and paid for at the time of booking.

TOUR LOCATION

Price
1190 Euro per person in twin/dbl room (15-30/06; 26/08-22/09)
1290 Euro per person in twin/dbl room (01/07-25/08)
Single room & Solo Traveler supplement
Single room supplement: 370 Euro
Solo Traveler supplement: 450 Euro (incl. also sgl. room supplement)
Tips
Daily departures between mid-June and mid-September. Joining the tour: Innsbruck and Munich. Get a train to St. Anton am Arlberg and then proceed by bus to Lech am Arlberg where the tour starts. Return journey from Füssen is normally done by bus to Lech am Arlberg (appr. 3hrs ride, 2x changes), or to Steeg (appr. 2 hrs ride, 1x change). Terrain: 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 tour some surefootedness is necessary, if required the spectacular suspension bridges can be easily bypassed.
Accommodation
Pretty 3*** hotels and country hotels, incl. breakfast (en-suite rooms). Option for hotels upgrade (contact us for details).

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