The Lech Valley: invigorating, exceptional and restorative

The Lech Nature Park in Tyrol is one of the most beautiful and unspoilt landscapes in the Alps. With its wide stony river bed, the turquoise Lech river is one of the last wild river landscapes in Europe. In the Lech Valley you can find peace and tranquillity or if you’re feeling more adventurous there are lots of cycling and hiking trails to be explored.


If you want to get close to the action why not try a rafting boat trip or try fishing in the waters of the river Lech. The Lechtal Alps are renowned for their beautiful mountain lakes. Two of these mountain lakes have even been voted ‘the most beautiful spot in Austria’. One is the Formarinsee, a lake high up in the mountains near the source of the river Lech, and the other is the Körbersee above the village of Schröcken. If you’d rather see the mountain peaks from above why not arrange a paragliding flight.


There are also more than 50 alpine huts and alms which serve delicious Tyrolean cuisine for you to savour. In autumn people come and enjoy yoga and music sessions in the mountains as well as activities such as guided hikes where you can learn about the mountain flora and herbs. 

The Lechweg

This beautiful long-distance hiking trail is 120 km long. You can either choose to tackle a single stage of the route or if you’re feeling particularly adventurous why not try a challenging but beautiful longer hike. The first section begins near the sources of the river Lech and then the route leads on from the Formarinsee Lake to Warth am Arlberg and on into the Nature park region through the Lech Valley down to the town of Reutte. The final stage ends at the Lech Waterfall near Füssen in the neighbouring German region of Allgäu. The route is long but not too demanding. Some sections of the route are ideal for families. Children love hiking through such an impressive river landscape. Why not bring a picnic and make the most of the pure mountain air and the clear waters of the Lech river?

The Lech Valley Cycle Path

Why not explore the banks of the river Lech by bike? The Cycle Path is perfect for those who want to get active on their summer holiday. The cycle path goes from the town of Reutte to the village of Steeg and is very clearly signposted and suitable for all cycling abilities. Cycling in the Lech Valley is a real treat for more adventurous cyclists as well as groups of families and friends. 


The cycle path meanders past the crystal-clear waters of the river Lech, past flowering meadows and shady spots, which are perfect for a quick stop to admire the fascinating mountain landscape of the surrounding Lechtal and Allgäu Alps. There are a number of restaurants and cafes serving local delicacies. If you get too tired you can catch a bus and put your bike on the back! The buses run between Reutte and Warth and are perfect if you want to break your journey at any point. You can keep exploring the spectacular alpine landscape from the bus! 

Hiking in the beautiful Lech Valley

In the Lech Valley people never get bored of hiking? There are so many peaks to scale and mountain huts and pastures to be explored. The Lechtaler Höhenweg (Lech Valley Mountain Path) is a legendary mountain trail of exceptional beauty for people who have outstanding mountaineering skills. The trail is 85 kilometres long and sits at an altitude of between 2,000 and 2,500 meters. The route follows the main ridge of the Lechtal Alps and there are 13 Alpine Club huts along the route which offer refuge, accommodation and the best food to hungry visitors.

Climbing - the Lech Valley for those with a head for heights

In the Lech Valley there are both easy climbing tours for beginners as well as demanding climbing routes that require more advanced climbing skills. The newest attraction is the Simms waterfall adventure via ferrata fixed rope route in Holzgau. You can find a number of different climbing routes of varying difficulty around the Wolfsebenerspitze at the Hermann-v. -Barth-Hütte, near the Hanauer Hütte, in Bach or Lechleiten.

Cycling and mountain biking

The Lech Valley has a large selection of mountain bike routes for visitors to enjoy. If you’d like to experience the best of what the Lech Valley has to offer, go and explore its side valleys. It seems as if time has stood still in the Krabachtal, Bockbachtal and Madautal valleys. You won’t find anywhere else in the Lech Valley which is so unspoilt and authentic.

The Jöchelspitzbahn in Bach

The Jöchelspitzbahn, a newly updated gondola lift, is located in our village of Bach. A modern 8-seater gondola lift transports visitors up the mountain up to where the peaks  seem to be almost within touching distance. The meadows near the 2,226 meter Jöchelspitze mountain are of particular botanical interest and are home to lots of impressive flowering alpine plants. There’s also a hay museum which has a number of traditional tools on display so visitors can learn about the mountain working methods of local farmers. 

Rafting, Kayaking und Canyoning

The Lech river is perfect for exciting rafting or kayak tours, which are also suitable for children. Canyoning is a great way to see the wild, unspoilt gorges and beautiful waterfalls of the Lech Valley.