The Lech Route
The Lechweg offers an extraordinary nature experience, from the inhabitants molded by their landscape and the truly mythical stories. The wanderer accompanies the Lech for almost 125 Kilometers. From its spring near the Formarinsee in the Austrian state of Vorarlberg to the Lechfall in Fuessen in the Allgaeu.
The Lechweg leads past one of the largest colonies of alpine ibex in Europe. From a waterfall which magically springs anew after running dry every year, flowing under the longest-span swing bridge in Austria, leading up to the royal castles of King Ludwig II of Bavaria.
The trail connects three regions and two countries with their traditions and histories. From the Arlberg region through the Tyrolean Naturparkregion Lechtal-Reutte up to the southern Allgaeu. The Lech has formed all three regions for centuries. From the Romans and their Alpine crossings, the "Schwabenkinder" (Swabian children) up to the "Floessern" (raftsmen). In each of these histories the Lech had played a meaningful role.
The magical turquiose river shaped the flora and fauna. Many breeding birds and wild-growing Orchids make it one of the most species-rich habitats in Central Europe. In order to protect one of the last remaining wild river landscapes in Europe, the Naturpark Tiroler Lech was initiated.
The Lechweg - certified long-distance trail
The European Hiking Association tested the cross-border Lechweg along very strict criteria. They certified the long-distance trail as a first Leading Quality Trail. The Lechweg is thus a model for long-distance trails all over Europe. Come experience the first "walk-through" right here! // Film "The first steps on the long-distance trail"