Holidays in Lech

Lech might be famous for its swish ski scene, but a summer holiday in Lech inspires explorers to enjoy the spectacular mountains of the Arlberg at a walking pace

Lech, in the western reaches of Austria, is awash with see-and-be-seen skiers in winter. In summer, however, it’s a place transformed. The melting snows reveal jewel-green slopes and a village filled with gourmet restaurants and boutiques – plus summer cable cars and buses that open up several hundred kilometres’ worth of hiking and cycling paths. Summer holidays in Lech dive into this pretty picture of rugged mountains, turquoise lakes, meadows and forests, while also offering plenty for families with a penchant for adventure.

Walking holidays in Lech: 350 kilometres of alpine trails

Lech is a great base for exploring the mountainous Arlberg on foot and by bike. Seek out summits, and ramble wildflower meadows and woodland paths that start in the centre of Lech - stopping off at a rustic mountain hut or two along the way to treat your tastebuds and refuel with some local food. The Arlberg Trail is a long-distance path created in 2021 to connect the five Arlberg villages of Lech, St. Anton, St. Christoph, Zürs and Stuben. The Lechweg Trail is another classic, following one of the wildest river landscapes in Europe. One section goes through Lech and close to the river’s source at Formarinsee Lake – once voted the most beautiful place in the country by Austrian TV viewers.

From Walser roots to world gourmet village

Boutique shops, luxury hotels, spas and chic restaurants stock the streets of Lech. It can all feel a long way from the village’s modest farming roots. With the highest per capita ratio of award-winning restaurants, there's good reason this little gem is nicknamed the gourmet village. But look a little closer, and you’ll find traditional restaurants offering hearty Austrian recipes too. The good food continues into the mountains where you can refuel with Wiener schnitzel or kaiserschmarr'n (caramelised pancakes with rum-soaked raisins) in a rustic mountain hut.

You can get more of a flavour of Lech’s history in the Huber House Museum, as well as the 14th-century church of St. Nicholas, where a stern grey exterior hides away a delightfully OTT rococo interior.

Explore on summer lifts

Walkers and cyclists can take advantage of up to five ski lifts that open for the summer. Rüfikopfbahn climbs over 2,000 metres to the plateau of Lech Zürs, the first leg of the Green Ring (that’s the summer edition of the legendary White Ring ski circuit). Meanwhile, the Bergbahn Oberlech heads to a plateau renowned for its sunny hills, turquoise lakes, mountain huts and the Skyspace art installation, where you can watch the changing sky in a Space Age bunker.

Lech Forest Pool and the Green Riddle Ring

Lech Forest Pool lays out lanes, loungers, waterslides, playgrounds and and an ice cream kiosk amongst green lawns and the shady pines of the forest. In summer, kids’ alpine activity clubs transform children into mini mountaineers with forest camps and wildlife walks. Elsewhere, the Green Riddle Ring follows the Green Ring – but with a bonus round of puzzles to be cracked at each stop.

Why book a summer holiday in Lech with Inghams?

At Inghams, we do walking holidays differently. With no fixed itinerary, you have more time in your destination and the freedom to walk as much or as little as you like, discovering some of Lech’s best walking routes and activities at your own pace.

With over 85 years of outdoor travel experience, our holiday packages to Lech include flights, transfers, and accommodation, so you can relax and leave the small details to us. Our experts can help you choose the best holiday for you, and our team in resort can give you the inside scoop on how to spend your time away with us.

Added value

Use of all operating lifts & walkers' buses with included Lech Card from approx. 24 June (valid day after arrival)

All holidays include flights from the UK and transfers

24/7 support & tailored advice in person or over the phone from our local resort team

Walking in and around Lech

On an Inghams walking holiday, you have the freedom to explore the area at your own pace. Each day, a new adventure, with as much or as little walking as you like.

Why we love walking holidays in Lech

A true walker's paradise, Lech's 350 kilometres of marked hiking paths range from flower-filled meadows, riverside and woodland paths starting from the village centre, to remote high alpine routes up to beautiful lakes and rugged peaks. There are plenty of rustic mountain alms, as well as designated picnic areas, and a great sense of travel as paths link through local hamlets and over into different valleys.

Guided Walks

Guided walks are offered through the Lech Summer Card, including themed herbal and history walks and a twilight hike. Hotel Austria, Hotel Arlberg and Hotel Berghof also offer free guided walks with their own walking guides - subject to change at short notice.

Getting around Lech

Lech has a great network of public transport and lifts that make getting around the area really easy.

Lifts

There are five lifts that you have access to with the included Lech Summer Card, which is provided locally.

  • Rüfikopf in Lech (normally open 12 Jun - 06 Oct)
  • Bergbahn Oberlech in Lech (normally open 12 Jun - 06 Oct)
  • Petersbodenbahn in Lech (normally open 12 Jun - 06 Oct)
  • Seekopfbahn in Zürs (normally open 28 Jun – 22 Sep)
  • Steffisalp-Express in Warth (normally open 21 Jun - 13 Oct)

Hiker's Bus

In the Lech Valley the Regiobus runs between Lech am Arlberg and the nature park region Reutte. This service is included free of charge as part of your Lech Summer Card, however any tolls will be payable locally at an additional charge. The Lechtaler Wanderbus is excellent for reaching starting points and routes slightly further away from your accommodation. Certain hiking bus lines have a bike trailer too, charged at around €5.00 per bike.

Our favourite walks in and around Lech

Zug River Stroll

  • Easy walk

Enjoy a relaxing stroll along the impressive river Zug. See local places of interest such as the fishing lake, where the water is so clear you can watch the trout swim and Lech's forest swimming pool. With unique scenery, such as ancient rock formations, forests and glacially-sculpted mountains.

Zursersee

  • Moderate walk
  • 8.2km
  • Expect to take around three to four hours

The route begins from the nearby town of Zurs, and ascends up to the scenic lake Zurs. Nestled in a high mountain bowl, you get superb panoramic views over the colourful Lech Valley.

Tannberg Trail

  • Moderate trail
  • 9km
  • Family friendly

Discover the tale of the Arlberg's first settlers, the ancient Walser people. This incredible walk will take you on beautiful riverside paths and up onto the green hills with breathtaking views across the valley and its natural treasures.

Useful information & guidelines

Recommended equipment

Suitable walking shoes with good grip, appropriate clothing, rain jacket, sun cream, insect repellent, sun glasses, rucksack, at least a litre of water, a re-usable water bottle, a snack and cash. You may find walking poles useful.

Walking maps

We recommend Kompass Map number 33, which has a scale of 1:50,000. The maps show the walking routes which are numbered and match the yellow signposts around the area. They will have a key which will help you understand the nature of the trail before you set out on your walk.

Walking guidelines

The mountains are a natural paradise, with lots to explore and discover. To help it stay that way, and remain an enjoyable and safe place for everyone, we recommend following our little list of do's and don'ts:

  • Plan your route well and don't overestimate yourself
  • Check the weather forecast
  • Tell someone where you're planning to walk and what time you're expecting to be back
  • Take all the recommended equipment
  • Make a note of emergency numbers:
    • Austrian Emergency Services: 112
    • Mountain Rescue: 140
  • Don't leave the marked trails or go onto a glacier without a guide
  • Let nature stay wild by not picking alpine flowers (it's illegal in some places) or getting close to/making contact with wild animals
  • Always leave gates as you found them
  • Leave no trace

Check out our Responsible Walking insider guide if you want more tips for your summer walking holiday.

Hotels in Lech

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Lounge - Hotel Der Berghof - Austria - Lech

Trendy and laid-back, but meticulously run. The luxurious Hotel Berghof is just above Lech village centre, close to the Rüfikopf cable car. The central location means adventure is easy, the spa is an oasis of indulgence, and food is five-star.

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  • 51 rooms
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Overlooking the rushing waters of the River Lech and surrounded by the majestic peaks of the Rüfikopf mountains. Hotel Arlberg's location is perfect - directly opposite the Rüfikopf lift. The award-winning spa and luxurious touches guarantee an exceedingly comfortable stay.

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A short walk from the town centre and within easy reach of the lifts is Hotel Austria. Traditional and cosy in style, with everything you need for a comfortable stay. Try fresh produce, regional cuisine, and al fresco dining on the terrace. Admire mountain views from the spa, and enjoy lazy afternoons on the terrace.

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Hotel Haldenhof sits next to the River Lech, a short walk from the village centre. Decorated with hunting memorabilia and in English country house style, it's a cosy and comfortable retreat. Enjoy quiet drinks on the sunny terrace, and a little R&R in the lovely ‘Hofbädle Spa’.

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The Hotel Gotthard has been family run for over 75 years, and has a fantastic location in the centre of Lech. Enjoy homemade breads and pastries from the hotel bakery, or sample some of their own beer - it's easy to enjoy your time at this hotel. There's a large spa which is perfect for a spot of relaxation and fantastic children's facilities making it a great hotel for all the family.

Lech Summer Card - included for all guests (from around 24th June)

The Lech Card is included for all guests (from around 24th June) and offers excellent opportunities to explore the area. 

It is given to you on arrival and is valid from the next day, with many benefits, including:

  • Use of all open chairlifts and cable-cars in Lech
    • Rüfikopf in Lech (normally open 12 Jun - 06 Oct)
    • Bergbahn Oberlech in Lech (normally open 12 Jun - 06 Oct)
    • Petersbodenbahn in Lech (normally open 12 Jun - 06 Oct)
    • Seekopfbahn in Zürs (normally open 28 Jun - 22 Sep)
    • Steffisalp-Express in Warth (normally open 21 Jun - 13 Oct)
  • Use of local hikers' buses (not including tolls)
  • Use of the forest swimming pool
  • Guided walks
  • Guided e-bike tour (rental not included)
  • Entrance to the Zugertal Valley
  • Children's programme (from 3rd Jul)
  • Discount at various partners and much more

Lech Summer Card inclusions and lift opening times are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

Things to do in Lech

Things to do in Lech

350km of walking trails  

Have your hiking boots at the ready, the walking opportunities in Lech are incredible. There's themed trails and with the included Lech Summer Card you are sure to go on a new adventure every day - some of our hotels offer guided walks too. 

Five cable-cars and chairlifts in the valley  

Using your included Lech Summer Card you can access all five local lifts. Spend a day on each side of the valley exploring flower meadows, local adventures and countless walking routes and trails. Tuck into a traditional lunch at the panorama restaurant, accessible by the Rüfikopf cable car, or take a bike to the the Bergbahn Oberlech cable car to reach the thrilling downhill routes. Lots of great walking routes start at the top of the Petersboden chairlift and the Seekopfbahn cable car will take you to Lech's hidden gem - the Zürsersee lake.  

Explore on two wheels

Take a bike and explore the region at your own pace. Whether you prefer a slow cycle down paved paths, or an adrenaline inducing decent on uneven tracks, mountain biking and e-biking in Lech offers something for everyone; there are interactive biking maps too so exploring is easy. Confident riders looking for an adrenaline rush will love the Burgwald Biketrail next to the Petersboden lift - it's an exhilarating downhill ride with wooden berms, jumps and drops. Lots of our hotels have free bike hire too.

Golfing in Lech

Head over to the 19-hectare, nine-hole golf course in Lech Zürs and explore Austria highest range. Surrounded by natural scenery, various inclines and a variety of terrain makes this a one-of-a-kind, unique experience. If you're new to golf, then the driving range and golfing school is fantastic for learning a new sport; and what better place to do it than in the breath-taking mountains.  

River rafting

Are you up for an adventure? Head to the wild Lech River for some white-water rafting. Starting with calm waters that develop into rolling rapids, the valley is the perfect match if you're seeking an adventure. Ideal for warm summer days, you're sure to cool down as you make you way down the clear blue river - hold on tight and brave the ride. 

Museums, culture and food

Step back in time and immerse yourself into the history and culture of Lech. If you like modern architecture, the Skyspace-Lech is a real experience - partly underground it features a modern design; combining natural light with new dimensions. 

For food lovers, Lech is the ultimate holiday spot, with the highest per capita ratio of award-winning restaurants in the world. Get ready to tuck into some real culinary delights whether you want exquisite fine dining or rustic mountain classics, there's something to appeal to all tastes.

Evening Entertainment

Spend your evenings relaxing in the great outdoors with traditional events like the open-air brass band concerts and folklore evenings. Enjoy the sunsets with the sounds of the valley, a comforting beverage and remarkable company.  

Lift and cable-car approx. opening times

  • Rüfikopf in Lech (normally open 24 Jun - 03 Oct)
  • Bergbahn Oberlech in Lech (normally open 24 Jun - 03 Oct)
  • Petersbodenbahn in Lech (normally open 24 Jun - 03 Oct)
  • Seekopfbahn in Zürs (normally open 01 Jul - 02 Oct)
  • Steffisalp-Express in Warth (normally open 24 Jun - 03 Oct)

Lift opening times are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change. 

Family activities in Lech

Family activities in Lech

Family Friendly Walks

Walking for families is second to none in Lech. With riverbank paths, easy hiking routes and countless trails, there is always a new adventure waiting. Ever wondered what the purpose of an ant colony is? Or why some plants are beneficial to humans? The Arlenzauberweg has 20 fun stations along its route, highlighting different characteristics of plants and animals in an interesting way. When you reach the Rud-Alpe mountain restaurant there's a play area and tree house, along with panoramic views and regional food to tuck into.

The Green Riddle Ring

Grab your workbook and set off on a detective journey. Get creative and let the youngster's imagination solve the interactive puzzles. Expect lots of riddles along your mini trek from Lech to Rud-Alpe, where a fun water playground awaits the little ones.

Forest Swimming

Nestled right in the middle of nature, you will discover the spacious forest pool between Lech and Zug. Relax on a nice summer's day with an ice cream from the kiosk, which also serves cold drinks and snacks - great for an energy boost after a game of beach volleyball. There's a sports pool with diving area, an aquafit pool, bubble loungers and splash showers - fun for the whole family, there is even a giant family slide.

Countryside BBQ

Head to the local supermarket and stock up before you set off for lunch in the mountains. Lech has many barbecue spots provided with wood and seating, ideal for your own personal fresh lunch in a remote location. Grill some sausages for fuel in preparation for a lovely afternoon family walk.

Exciting adventures

Explore the canyon on a guided canyoning tour, jump into pools and slide natural slides, or try some outdoor climbing. If the weather doesn't play ball, head to sport.park.lech where you can climb indoors, or have a game of tennis, badminton or bowling.

Good to know

Walking trails: 350km of walking trails with great lift network

Terrain: Mountainous terrain with dramatic peaks and dense forests

Best time to go: end of June to mid September

Recommended for: Walkers of all abilities, families, nature, activities, food and drink

Fly into: Innsbruck (approx. 2 hours)

Transfer time: approx. 2 hours by coach

24/7 Support and advice: In person or over the phone from our local resort team

Resort card: Lech Card included for all hotels

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