A HIKE IN LECH – AUSTRIA

Posted by on Aug 29, 2015 in TRAVEL | 6 Comments

One of the top things to do in Lech during summer is hiking.

Being huge fans of outdoor activities ourselves, we couldn’t wait to spend the day walking in nature and discovering more about this beautiful location with a local guide who will show us all the ropes!

After yet another early start, we zombie-walked downstairs to stuff ourselves at breakfast for some needed pre-hike boost.
lechweg, lech, the alps, austria
lechweg, lech, the alps, austria
lechweg, lech, the alps, austria With the warmth of the sun lifting our spirits, we had a great feeling that today was going to be an awesome day!
lechweg, lech, the alps, austria
lechweg, lech, the alps, austria
lechweg, lech, the alps, austria
lechweg, lech, the alps, austria Fueled with heaps of protein, carbs and sugar, we were both buzzing like Buzz Lightyear! Just in time for our guide, Anton, to arrive and whisk us away on our adventure.
lechweg, lech, the alps, austria After a slight delay with the Wanderbus (hiking bus – more info here) due to late arrival of the bus and a flat tire (d’oh!), we finally made it to the start of the trail…
lechweg, lech, the alps, austria Formarinsee or Formarin lake.

We joined the Lechweg trail which starts from this spot where we enjoyed a beautiful panoramic view of the lake (1,793 meters above sea level). Our hike will send us back to Lech where the first part of the trail ends.
lechweg, lech, the alps, austria
lechweg, lech, the alps, austria The entire trail (125 kilometers in length) takes around 1 week to complete and ends at Lechfall in Füssen, a town in Bavaria, Germany.
lechweg, lech, the alps, austria
lechweg, lech, the alps, austria
lechweg, lech, the alps, austria
lechweg, lech, the alps, austria Steinbock (Ibex) Monument.

This serves as a reminder of the resettlement of the Alpine ibex into the wild in 1958. This area has one of the largest ibex colonies in Europe.
lechweg, lech, the alps, austria
lechweg, lech, the alps, austria
lechweg, lech, the alps, austria
lechweg, lech, the alps, austria
lechweg, lech, the alps, austria
lechweg, lech, the alps, austria You can find numerous springs along the trail that apparently emerge every year in spring after the snow has melted.
lechweg, lech, the alps, austria
lechweg, lech, the alps, austria A magic waterfall that springs anew after running dry every year.
lechweg, lech, the alps, austria
lechweg, lech, the alps, austria
lechweg, lech, the alps, austria
lechweg, lech, the alps, austria This letter L is the official symbol of the Lechweg trail and can be found on signposts, trees and rocks along the way to guide you and ensure you that you are on the right path.
lechweg, lech, the alps, austria
lechweg, lech, the alps, austria
lechweg, lech, the alps, austria Every once in a while, we would stop and rehydrate by drinking the freshest, purest and most amazing ice-cold water I have ever tasted!

Don’t believe me? Go and book yourself a trip here, test it for yourself and I dare you to tell me otherwise!
lechweg, lech, the alps, austria
lechweg, lech, the alps, austria
lechweg, lech, the alps, austria
lechweg, lech, the alps, austria
lechweg, lech, the alps, austria
lechweg, lech, the alps, austria
lechweg, lech, the alps, austria
lechweg, lech, the alps, austria
lechweg, lech, the alps, austria
lechweg, lech, the alps, austria
lechweg, lech, the alps, austria
lechweg, lech, the alps, austria
lechweg, lech, the alps, austria Dactylorhiza fuchsii or Common spotted orchid.
lechweg, lech, the alps, austria
lechweg, lech, the alps, austria
lechweg, lech, the alps, austria
lechweg, lech, the alps, austria
lechweg, lech, the alps, austria
lechweg, lech, the alps, austria
lechweg, lech, the alps, austria
lechweg, lech, the alps, austria
lechweg, lech, the alps, austria There are several resting areas, benches, tables, loungers and even designated barbecue areas for those looking for a perfect place to rest, relax and munch on packed snacks.
lechweg, lech, the alps, austria
lechweg, lech, the alps, austria
lechweg, lech, the alps, austria After walking past weathered limestone boulders and the Formarinbach (Formarin stream), you are met with the stunning turquoise Lech river that will now escort you along the way.

The river is magically formed when the Formarin stream joins the waters of the Spullerbach (Spuller stream).
lechweg, lech, the alps, austria
lechweg, lech, the alps, austria
lechweg, lech, the alps, austria
lechweg, lech, the alps, austria
lechweg, lech, the alps, austria
lechweg, lech, the alps, austria
lechweg, lech, the alps, austria
lechweg, lech, the alps, austria Gasthaus Älpele.
lechweg, lech, the alps, austria
lechweg, lech, the alps, austria
lechweg, lech, the alps, austria
lechweg, lech, the alps, austria
lechweg, lech, the alps, austria
lechweg, lech, the alps, austria
lechweg, lech, the alps, austria
lechweg, lech, the alps, austria
After a six-hour 14 kilometers hike, we were back in Lech. Having witnessed some of the most beautiful views, flora, fauna, sights and sounds, our hearts were overfilled with joy, gratitude and immeasurable happiness! Our legs on the other hand, were ready to retire and have the longest hot bubbly bath.

A special thanks go to our wonderful guide, Anton. He is ever so knowledgeable about the local going-ons and also about the fascinating history of Lech. His love and passion for what he does and this area are evident and he will entertain you endlessly with all of his exciting life stories! It is no wonder he is the go-to guy for when his royalty friends are in town! We really couldn’t have asked for a better guide. Be sure to contact him for all your hiking, fly fishing, ski lessons, snowboarding lessons and other alpine related activities! You can find his contact details here.

All my ,

Amanda

 

  • James Hayward

    Austria is an incredible place and those photos are absolutely stunning. I will definitely have to pay a visit to do this trail.

    • A R

      Thank you James for your kind words! And yes, you must must must do this trail!

  • Oh my goodness, this looks absolutely stunning!! I have lived in Austria but I’ve never been to Lech. I feel like I need to go there now.

    • A R

      You should! I definitely intend on going back again and seeing the place turn into a skiing paradise in winter!

  • Jeann

    Stunning Photos! Lovely Blog! You are Beautiful! and thanks for liking my post.

  • Your pictures are lovely! What a beautiful place, that water’s color is amazing.