The Lech Valley in Vorarlberg and Tyrol is known far beyond Austria’s borders for its natural beauty. The Lech, which gives this region its name, has its source on the Arlberg. On its way, it becomes the second largest river in Tyrol. It starts in Lechleiten, in the small district of the municipality of Steeg, which is 1,270 m above sea level, and lands in Tyrol.
After around 65 km, the Alpine river and wild river of the Northern Alps leaves Tyrol again on its way to the Donau. In total, the Lech is 255 kilometers long, whereby the most beautiful areas are definitely in the Lech Valley. The fact that the Lech is still in its natural state was one reason why the valley was first declared a “Natura 2000” and later also a nature park for flora and fauna.
The natural Lechweg and long-distance hiking trail certified by the Hiking Association (EWV) is approx. 125 km long. It leads through the Alpine region from the emerald green high mountain lake Formarinsee at an altitude of 1,793 m above sea level at the red wall in Dalaas through the nature park region past fantastic waterfalls over spectacular gorges such as the Höhenbachtal gorge with its 200 m long suspension bridge and ends in beautiful Füssen at the Lechfall in the 12 m deep Lechtal gorge. Here you have an impressive view of Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein Castle.
The fascinating journey on the Lech leads through an intact natural environment and shows an incomparably beautiful habitat that has been preserved to this day thanks to the many efforts of its inhabitants.
The river in the Lech Valley is a fantastic turquoise color, sometimes gentle and in other places wild and stormy. The Lech is the last wild river north of the Limestone Alps. It is just like the inhabitants on its banks – inviting and friendly, but also free and pristine.
Mountain massifs, wild river landscapes and gentle green meadows and alpine pastures belong to the Lech Valley. Everything almost looks as if someone has created a magical scenery. Sports enthusiasts will find their paradise in this natural setting, as will nature lovers and those seeking peace and quiet.
The Lech Valley is not only a wonderful retreat for visitors to recharge their batteries, but also for many plants. Nature conservation has a very special priority in the region around the Arlberg in order to preserve the beauty of flora and fauna for our children.
Nature lovers should definitely plan a visit to Bach below the Jöchelspitze. On the botanical nature trail, you can learn a lot about the plants that grow along the way and about the animals in the area. The nature trail is designed to be interesting for visitors of all ages. The Lech Valley Mountain Hay Museum should be just as interesting for today’s generations. This museum provides an insight into the hard work of mountain farmers and their tools in times gone by.
With a length of 75 km and its beautiful scenery, the Alpine valley in Austria is an insider tip and huge playground for all those who love to be active. Numerous hiking trails, climbing opportunities and rafting tours allow you as a guest to experience something new every day to your heart’s content.
Put yourself in the hands of experienced tour guides or go on a tour by bike or mountain bike alone or with friends.
The Lech Valley has many faces in spring, summer, fall and winter. It’s worth getting to know each and every one of them in warm or cold temperatures. Numerous activities such as skiing, freeriding, snowboarding, cross-country skiing in winter or hiking, climbing, rafting, canyoning, cycling and mountain biking in summer make your vacation something very special.