Day 1: Arrive Lech
The Lech River Trail begins in the middle of the Arlberg mountain range in Eastern Austria. Fly into Innsbruck or Zurich and then take a train to Langen am Arlberg (1hr 20 or 2hr 15), then a bus to Lech (25 mins). We can also organise direct transfers from Innsbruck airport to Lech (1 hr 40mins) upon request.
A well-known ski resort in winter, picturesque Lech is wonderfully peaceful in the summer months. Take the Rufikopf cable car to 2,350m for sweeping views of the surrounding alpine landscapes that you will soon be exploring by foot.
Day 2: Bus to Formarinsee and walk to Lech
Take a local bus to Formarinsee and the source of the Lech river at 1789m (1 hour) High in the mountains here you will find one of the biggest ibex colonies in Europe, so keep your eyes peeled! Follow the river along narrow paths as it gently meanders through the valley. Arrive at the hamlet of Zug where you can sample some freshly caught and smoked mountain trout before continuing through alpine meadows to reach Lech.
Walking: 15.5 km, ascent/descent: 70m/430m
Day 3: Walk to Warth
Start your hike with an ascent taking you to the right of the river. The river soon disappears into the Lech gorge and out of sight; only the sound of the roaring water remains. Cross wooden footbridges as the trail crosses the gorge.
Descend to the village of Warth and finish your day with a visit the local Käserei (cheese factory) for a tasting.
Walking: 11 km, ascent/descent: 350m/315m
Day 4: Walk to Holzgau
Walk high above the Lech through meadows and forest. Views of the valley open up and from time to time you will see flashes of the river’s turquoise waters. Descend to the valley floor and come to Steeg where another cheese factory is waiting for hungry hikers. From here, walk directly alongside the fast flowing river to the village of Holzgau and admire the painted facades of the beautifully preserved buildings.
Walking: 21 km, ascent/descent: 340m/740m
Day 5: Walk to Elbigenalp
The spectacular Holzgauer bridge; Austria’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge; awaits you today. At 200m in length, 110m above the ground and crossing the dramatic Höhenbach gorge, it’s a real highlight of the day. If you prefer to avoid the bridge, don’t worry as there is also an adrenaline-free option to get back to the Lech valley.
Continue over alpine pastures to Bach, from where it’s a leisurely walk along the banks of the river to Elbigenalp; the heart of the Lech valley.
Walking: 15 km, ascent/descent: 580m/630m
Day 6: Walk to Stanzach
There is a lot to discover today; for example, the mysterious Doser waterfall, whose water inexplicably dries up every year between November and April. Enjoy magnificent views of the milky-turquoise river and the lush green valley as you continue on the trail. Stop off in the hamlet of Vorderhornbach for a refreshment before wandering the last couple of kilometres along the river bank into Stanzach.
Walking: 22.5 km, ascent/descent: 500m/630m
Day 7: Walk to Wängle
From Stanzach the river begins to widen. Follow the river banks while walking in the shadow of the mountainous Tyroler-Lech Nature Park. Walking alongside the smooth flowing water has a truly meditative effect.
Fans of suspension bridges have an opportunity to explore the Forchacher hanging bridge before continuing on the trail. Come to the Reuttener basin, and look up for glimpses of the perched ruins of the Ehrenberg castle; a first peak at the region’s noble history.
Walking: 22. 5 km, ascent/descent: 120m/120m
Day 8: Walk to Füssen
An exciting day of walking awaits as you cross the border into Bavaria and finish your hike along the Lech River Trail.
Shortly after the town of Pflach, cross the unmarked border from Austria into Germany. The crossing is without fanfare; however the scenery is reward enough! Take in views to the shimmering blue-green waters of Alpsee as you descend and keep your eyes peeled for glimpses of the famous Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangu castles perched high in the distance.
Finally, on the outskirts of Füssen, the thundering water of the Lechfalls signals the end of the Lech River Trail—congratulations!
Today is a long day with a few strenuous climbs. For the weary, the day can be shortened to 15km by taking a bus from Pflach to Füssen.
Walking: 15-25 km, ascent/descent: 760m/870m
Day 9: Free Day Füssen
Visit the famous castles of Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau, both of which are just a short bus journey from Füssen. Neuschwanstein is one of Germany’s most popular tourist attractions and it’s easy to see why. Built in the late 19th century by the eccentric King Ludwig II of Bavaria, its Romantic, fairytale style and stunning Alpine backdrop has inspired many. Tours are by guide only and it is strongly recommended to reserve tickets online well in advance.
Prefer to stay away from the hustle and bustle? Why not relax your muscles in the Kristall-Therme thermal baths while appreciating the views of the castles in the distance.
Day 10: Onward Travel
Check out of your hotel for your onward travel. Still have time and energy to spare? Füssen is also the end point of the famous King Ludwig Way long-distance trail and the tours can easily be combined. For more information about this tour please ask your Destination specialist or refer to our website.
Stay 9 nights in high-quality, friendly 3 and 4* hotels and guesthouses. Most come complete with a small ‘wellness’ area with pools and various kinds of sauna.
A list of our preferred/usual accommodation choices is given below, however these are subject to availability and particularly in peak season can be very much in demand. If unavailable then we will book you into accommodation of the same or a higher standard.
Single Rooms & Solo Walkers
This trip is available to solo walkers and a supplement is payable as some of the costs are not shared. Single rooms are available should some of your party wish to have their own room and a single supplement is again then payable.
9 continental breakfasts are included. This is usually in buffet form and there are many filling breakfast items available which are perfect for hikers; e.g. boiled eggs, ham, cheese, fresh bread and muesli.
Lunch and dinner are not included so you are free to choose from the available options each day.
Lunch can be picked up at local supermarkets or ‘Backerei’ along the way. Most accommodations will also be able to provide you with a packed lunch for the day, ask upon arrival (payable locally).
Food in Austria and Bavaria is hearty and traditional, with meat and cheese being some of the dominant ingredients!
Tiroler specialities include ‘Tiroler Gröstl’, a bacon, onion and potato fry-up topped with a fried egg, or ‘Kiachl’ a fried yeast dough pastry that can be served sweet or savoury.
In Bavaria, sausage is king so be sure to try one of their specialities like ‘Weisswurst’. ’Käsespätzle’ is a kind of eggy pasta topped with melted cheese and sometimes crispy fried onion– it’s the ultimate comfort food!
If you have any dietary requirements please let us know at the time of booking.
A warm welcome awaits you from Philip and Frau Joachim. Rooms are comfy and spacious with traditional alpine décor. Relax in the newly added spa, complete with Finnish sauna, bio sauna, salt stone sauna, infrared sauna and steam room. You will be spoilt for choice! p>
A lovely traditional guesthouse with comfortable rooms decorated in typical Austrian style. Enjoy the relaxation area and kick back in the Finnish sauna at the end of the day. p>
Hotel Neue Post
Boasting wonderful mountain views, this family-run hotel is well situated in the middle of the village. On sunny days, relax on one of the two sun terraces or benefit from the sauna, steam bath or herbal steam bath. p>
Hotel Gasthof Post
Set in a beautiful and historical building that belonged to the mother of King Ludwig II, the Hotel Gasthof Post has been run by the same family since 1926. Fill up on some Tiroler specialities in the onsite restaurant or choose from one of the restaurants in the village.
This 3* guesthouse is located directly on the Lech River Trail and most rooms have a balcony with mountain views. The friendly team are waiting to welcome you and are on hand to answer any questions you may have about the area.
Surrounded by tranquil meadows and forests, the Talhof hotel is especially liked by hikers. Rooms are spacious, modern and comfortable. Relax in the sauna or steam room before chilling out in the panoramic quiet room and enjoying the fantastic mountain views.
This 4* hotel has lots of character with individually decorated rooms. Located in the centre of pedestrian-friendly Fuessen and offering a comprehensive breakfast buffet, this is a great hotel to finish your Lech River Trail adventure!
This walk is available to start on any day of the week between the end of June and October. At the start of the season and towards the end, there may be some early/late snow on the trail. This won't require specialist equipment like crampons, but we will always keep you informed of any unusual weather conditions.
Single Rooms & Solo Walkers
If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable.This walk is available for solo walkers. If you are travelling solo the holiday is slightly more expensive as some costs are not shared.
Grade & Fitness
This trip is graded ‘moderate’ overall, as some days are easy, others can be more difficult in terms of distance and ascent/descent. The trail is suitable for inexperienced walkers since the trail is so well way marked and maintained. Having said that, the distances range from 14-24km per day with varying levels of ascent/descent, so you should have a good level of fitness to get the most from this tour.
Navigation, Route Notes & Maps
The Lech River Trail is very well way-marked, and together with the Macs Adventure Smartphone App enabling you to follow the route using your phone's GPS, you will have no problems finding the way
Your bags will be transferred between your accommodation as per your itinerary. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.
It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.
The distances and ascents/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example proper rain gear, sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has detailed advice and a kit list on what to take. This includes good waterproof gear, walking shoes/boots, and lots of other useful bits and bobs.
Getting to Lech
Fly into Innsbruck or Zurich airport and then take a train to Langen am Arlberg (1hr 20 or 2hr 15), then a bus to Lech (25 mins). We can also organise direct transfers from Innsbruck airport to Lech (1 hr 40mins) upon request.
Getting from Füssen
In Füssen there is a train station and there are many connections to various other stations in South Germany, such as Munich (duration approx. 2 hrs) or Augsburg (duration 1h40) where you can continue your journey throughout Europe or to Munich Airport.
Check the German Rail site for more info on trains: www.bahn.de
- 9 nights in 3 and 4* hotels and guesthouses, most with sauna/spa
- 9 Breakfasts
- Daily door to door luggage transfers
- Route notes, maps, info pack, GPX tracks and access to our GPS smartphone app
- 24/7 telephone support from our German and UK offices.
- Flights and travel to Lech and from Füssen.
- Lunches, dinners, drinks and snacks.
- Bus from Lech to Formarinsee on day 2
- Travel Insurance.
- Taxi transfers or public transportation if you wish to shorten a walk.
- Personal expenses such as drinks, phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
- Any items not specifically mentioned in the program.
- Single room supplement(s) if applicable.
- Solo walker supplement if applicable.
- Additional nights during the holiday.
How far in advance do I need to book?
We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised so that we can secure the best accommodation options for you. If you are considering booking during Oktoberfest, then making arrangements as soon as possible is essential, as the area around Füssen is extremely popular during September and October.
How fit do I need to be?
This trip is graded ‘moderate’ overall, as some days are easy,
others can be more difficult in terms of distance and ascent/descent.
The trail is suitable for inexperienced walkers since the trail is so
well way marked and maintained. Having said that, the distances range
from 14-24km per day with varying levels of ascent/descent, so you
should have a good level of fitness to get the most from this tour.
How do the baggage transfers work?
Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.
What equipment do I need?
Your detailed information pack will be sent to you after you book. This has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes and a day pack.
What happens if I can’t walk a stage?
You can use public transport or a local taxi to continue to your next overnight stop. Your accommodations will be able to help with arrangements, or we are able to assist you from our German and UK office.