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Lech Cycle Path

From the Austrian Alps to Bavaria

Embark on an unforgettable cycling journey commencing at the pristine source of the Lech River, nestled within the breathtaking Vorarlberg mountains. This scenic route promises an awe-inspiring ride, meandering amidst imposing peaks, verdant meadows, and seemingly endless countryside. The wild and untamed beauty of the Lech River will be your constant companion, offering countless opportunities to capture stunning photos of your adventure.

As you pedal through this picturesque landscape, you'll encounter charming small mountain villages that dot the route, adding to the rustic allure of your journey. Upon leaving Tyrol behind, you'll enter Bavaria, where the towering mountains gradually give way to the rolling foothills of the majestic Alps. In Füssen, you'll be captivated by the regal presence of famous castles perched atop scenic vistas, while Schongau's historical old town will enchant you with its timeless charm.

Continuing along the course of the river, your path leads you through the medieval splendour of Landsberg am Lech before finally arriving in Augsburg, one of Germany's oldest cities. Here, you'll discover a treasure trove of beautiful monuments spanning numerous historical eras, enriching your experience with a sense of deep cultural heritage.

Going on this cycling adventure along the Lech River promises not only an exhilarating outdoor experience but also an opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich history and natural beauty of this stunning Austrian and German border region.

Details of the cycle tour on the Lech Cycle Path

Along the course of the Lech River, you'll be treated to a breathtaking panorama of rugged peaks, verdant pastures, cascading waterfalls, and renowned castles that have captured the world's imagination. As you venture into Bavaria, the vibrant and picturesque old towns will captivate your senses,

Highlights of the Lech Cycle Path cycle tour at a glance:

  • Natural Beauty: The path meanders through pristine Alpine landscapes, dense forests, and picturesque meadows. Cyclists are treated to breathtaking views of the Lech River and the surrounding mountains.

  • Accessibility: The well-maintained path is suitable for cyclists of all levels, from beginners to experienced riders. It's also family-friendly, with gentle inclines and minimal traffic.

  • Historic Towns: Along the route, cyclists can explore charming Bavarian and Austrian towns such as Füssen, Reutte, and Lech am Arlberg, each offering a glimpse into the region's rich history and culture.

  • Lechfall Waterfall: One of the highlights of the path is the Lechfall waterfall near Füssen, where the Lech River plunges dramatically through a rocky gorge. It's a fantastic spot to take a break and enjoy the natural beauty.

Useful information about the cycle tour from Lech am Arlberg to Augsburg

This scenic route is primarily designed for cyclists, following cycle paths and tranquil side roads, ensuring a peaceful and enjoyable journey. The elevation gain of approximately 450 metres is a rewarding challenge as you ascend to the breathtaking Lake Formarinsee. From there, the terrain gradually becomes more favourable, leading downhill towards Füssen, with occasional gentle inclines.

The section between Füssen and Landsberg features a mildly undulating landscape, offering a delightful mix of terrain. You'll traverse a variety of surfaces, including well-maintained asphalt paths and occasional longer stretches on gravel paths.

This tour has been graded as Medium. Find out more about our cycling holiday difficulty levels.

Tour information
Medium
  • 7 Days / 6 Nights
  • Self-Guided
  • Luggage transfers included
  • Total cycling distance: approx. 230 km
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Itinerary

Enjoy your first few hours in the breathtaking mountains and marvel at the surrounding peaks surrounding Lech am Arlberg.

In the morning, set out for Formarinsee, the source of the Lech River, and revel in the breathtaking view of the sparkling mountain lake. Your journey will take you through picturesque farmlands and lush mountain meadows, leading to the charming Walser village of Warth and onward to the picturesque village of Steeg in Tyrol.

Don't miss the opportunity for a side trip to Holzgau, where you can admire the historic Lüftl paintings on the facades of buildings. The first leg of your cycling adventure concludes at the heart of the Lech Valley, known as a bastion of traditional woodcarving.

 

Making a brief stop in Häselgehr is highly recommended, where you'll find a captivating parish church with remarkable furnishings that are sure to leave you in awe. Continue your journey, passing the Lechzopf, and arrive in Forchach, where a daring suspension bridge awaits those seeking an adrenaline rush.

As you cycle further, you'll cross the border into Bavaria. Your route leads you to the stunning Lech Falls in Füssen, a town famous for its royal castles, Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau, both of which are absolute must-see attractions.

 

Depart from the serene town of Füssen, tracing the shores of the picturesque Forggensee, its shimmering blue waters guiding your way through the breathtaking Alpine foothills.

As you glance back, the mountains gradually recede into the horizon. A perfect opportunity awaits at the tranquil Lechsee lake near Lechbruck, inviting you to pause and refresh by its shore. In Schongau, explore the remarkable historic old town, and conclude your day in a delightful beer garden.

 

Schongau, a former Bavarian border fortress, offers a glimpse into history with its walkable battlements along the town wall. This charming town bears witness to a rich past. Epfach, known for its Roman museum, and the splendid baroque pilgrimage church in Vilgertshofen beckon as enticing stops before you venture further toward the medieval heart of Landsberg.

Tucked along the wildly romantic riverbed, the historic town hall and the Gothic Bayerntor serve as the primary attractions of this picturesque town centre.

Embarking on a journey from Landsberg, your path unfolds over an 11 km stretch, traversing the finest-preserved segment of the renowned Via Claudia. En route, you'll pass through Königsbrunn and the historic Bavarian ducal town of Friedberg before arriving in Augsburg.

This cityscape is a captivating tapestry of architectural wonders spanning centuries. A must-visit is the Fuggerei, the world's oldest extant social settlement—a city within a city—offering a truly enriching experience

 

Route information

Your journey primarily unfolds on cycle paths or quiet, low-traffic side roads. The route entails an ascent of approximately 450 metres to reach Formarinsee, followed by a descent towards Füssen, with occasional minor inclines. The stretch between Füssen and Landsberg offers a slightly hilly terrain, with a mix of asphalted paths and longer segments on gravel paths.

Prices and dates

Prices are per person in GBP and exclude flights

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Complete a Booking Request: Lech Cycle Path

Place of arrival: Lech am Arlberg
  Season 1
16.06.2024 - 06.07.2024
01.09.2024 - 22.09.2024

Season 2
07.07.2024 - 31.08.2024

Lech Cycle Path, AT-VBRLA-07X
Base price
799.00
879.00
Single room surcharge 259.00 259.00

Hotel information: 3* hotels

Season 1
Jun 16, 2024 - Jul 6, 2024
Sep 1, 2024 - Sep 22, 2024
Season 2
Jul 7, 2024 - Aug 31, 2024
Lech Cycle Path, AT-VBRLA-07X
Base price
Single room surcharge
799.00
259.00
879.00
259.00

Hotel information: 3* hotels

Season 1
Jun 16, 2024 - Jul 6, 2024
Sep 1, 2024 - Sep 22, 2024
Season 2
Jul 7, 2024 - Aug 31, 2024
Lech am Arlberg
Double room
Single room surcharge (money value)
Augsburg
Double room
99.00
35.00
79.00
55.00
79.00
55.00
Additional nights
Place of arrival: Lech am Arlberg
  Season 1
Jun 16, 2024 - Jul 6, 2024
Sep 1, 2024 - Sep 22, 2024

Season 2
Jul 7, 2024 - Aug 31, 2024

Lech am Arlberg
Double room 99.00
Single room surcharge (money value) 35.00
Augsburg
Double room 79.00 79.00
55.00 55.00
Filter
21-Speed Unisex Bike
Unisex E-Bike
27-Speed Bike PLUS
99.00
259.00
169.00
Prices per person in GBP

Our rental bikes

Included services and travel information

Services

Included:

  • Overnight stays as listed
  • Breakfast
  • Luggage transfer
  • Well-prepared itinerary
  • Detailed travel documents 1 x per room (DE, EN, FR)
  • Navigation app and GPS data available
  • Service hotline

Optional:

  • Return transfer by minibus to Lech every Saturday morning, cost per person € 89,-, for own bike additional € 39,-, reservation required, payable in advance.
Travel information

Arrival / Parking / Departure:

  • St. Anton am Arlberg train station, continue by bus to Lech am Arlberg.
  • Airport Innsbruck or Munich
  • Public garage, approx. € 10,-/day
  • The return journey by public transport is only possible with several changes of bus.

Important information:

  • Visitor's tax, if due, not included in the tour price!