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Three Regions along the Lechweg

The trail joins three regions and two countries with their traditions and histories. From the Arlberg region through the Tyrolean Naturpark Region Lechtal and Reutte to the southern Allgaeu: The Lech River shaped all three regions over the centuries. From the Romans and their Alpine crossing, to the stories of the Swabian children, to the bold raftsmen – in every historic period, the Lech River had played a meaningful role.

Walking in the Lech Region

The two communities Lech am Arlberg and Warth belong to two different municipalities, yet connect the Austrian States of Vorarlberg and Tyrol. This region has a population of about 1,600 inhabitants. Both towns are a popular tourist destinations both in summer and winter.

 

The region Lech Zuers am Arlberg is known as the birthplace of alpine skiing. The ski area Warth-Schroecken is one of the snowiest ski resorts in Europe, with an average eleven metres of new snow annually. The Walser, a folk who settled here in the 13th and 14th century, took great influence on this region. Even today you can see the traces left behind on the Tannberg theme-trail: a gripping, multi-faceted, and not simply historical tour, on which you can experience the historical highlights and numerous natural wonders.

View Naturpark Region Lechtal Reutte

The Naturpark Region Lechtal-Reutte reaches from Steeg to the national border at Pinswang. In large parts of the park, you come across extraordinary wild river landscapes. The nativeness of the Lech River was the reason for proclaiming the area as a natural preserve. It belongs to the European network of protected areas called »Natura 2000«.

 

The Lech River and its wetlands are home to unusually numerous rare animal and plant species. For example the species of orchid "Lady Slipper", the German tamarisk – also known as Myricaria germanica – or the spotted rattle grasshopper.

 

At Hoefen the valley basin Reutte appears. This stage captivates through its bathing lakes and 400 kilometer trail network, on which you can hike in the mountains, go for a walk or ride a mountain bike. A visit to the alpine flower garden or the barefoot trail on the Hahnenkamm Mountain and the Castle Worlds of Ehrenberg, with its museum »On the Knight's Trail«, are an absolute must. For some r&r, stop by the new Alpentherme Ehrenberg Spa with its swimming and sauna facilities.

 

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River Lech at Fuessen

Fuessen is situated at the foot of the Allgaeuer Alps. It borders on the Tyrol and is Bavaria's highest city at 800 metres altitude. The municipality is made up of the City of Fuessen, Bad Faulenbach, Hopfen am See and Weissensee. Fuessen is classified as the birthplace of European lute and violin-making. It is located along the Roman road, Via Claudia Augusta, and was a favorite place of Emperor Maximilian I.

Aside from the cultural highlights, Fuessen has specialised itself in medical and healthcare tourism and has numerous certifications:

  • City of Fuessen Stadt: Kneipp therapy resort
  • Bad Faulenbach: Moor healing bath, Kneipp therapy resort
  • Hopfen am See: Kneipp therapy resort, climatic health resort
  • Weißensee: climatic health resort

Almost 200 kilometers of walking trails and mountain bike trails await the active vacationer. A boat ride on the Forggensee provides a wonderful view of the Royal Castles and of the magnificent panoramic vista of the Allgaeu, Lechtal and Ammergau Alps.

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