Austria - Lech & Zuers: an ideal all-seasons destination in the Austrian Alps

Austria - Lech e Zuers


During the winter the snowfalls are particularly abundant in Lech making it an ideal place for all winter sports. The famous ski resort of  Arberg, which includes with Lech the villages of Oberlech Zürs, Stuben, St. Christoph and St. Anton.

An ideal all-seasons destination in the Austrian Alps, Lech am Voralberg is located on a plateau  in the region of Voralberg close to the border of Switzerland and Liechtenstein. The landscape is very varied , a harmonious mix of soft slopes   and high rocky mountains, green meadows and woods offering great outdoor excursions. Over the decades this enchantingly beautiful corner of Austria has become a well-known holiday destination well appreciated by those who seek a perfect  combination of nature and great entertainment, lifestyle and authenticity  so typical of these gorgeous places.

During the winter the snowfalls are particularly abundant in Lech making it an ideal place for all winter sports. The famous ski resort of  Arberg, which includes with Lech the villages of Oberlech Zürs, Stuben, St. Christoph and St. Anton, offering  skiers of all levels great connections between ski domaines with ultra modern ski lifts (a toal of 94, many of which are heated) as well as a superb 284 kilometers of ski slopes. Lovers of off-piste skiing and more expert skiers will also enjoy the challenge of numerous fresh snow  itineraries over a total of 180 km.  

Between one downhill descent and another there is a great many restaurants, and mountain refuges along the way, or on the mountain tops where the views over the valleys below  are simply stunning and  there are fine opportunities to taste the robust local Tyrolean  dishes as well as more sophisticated International specialties in  stylishly elegant places. The “Weisse Ring”, the white ring, really is not to be missed, miles of slopes and lifts that connect the resort villages of Lech, Stubenbach, Zürs, Zug and Oberlech which since the 2005/2006 winter season have become the setting for the longest ski competition in the world: 22 kilometers with 5500 meters of changing altitude to ski over.

The  summer season is particularly long in these parts and the soft slopes and woodland of the great plateau of Lech are ideal for long excursions and hikes.  The summer version of the white ring is of course the “Grüne Ring” or green ring and is a fine font of discovery, marvellous paths and roads which in winter are hidden under the white snow. There are even 35 info points where it is possible to read of the history, tales and legends  of Lech. The summer transforms these places into a paradise for bikers and lovers of touring of all kinds. It is wonderful to ride up and down these valleys through woods and over mountain passes, speeding down the winding roads on the other side, experiencing exciting sensations that will become unforgettable memories to take home.

Enchanting landscapes and the tranquility these places convey to visitors can be deceptive. Lech and the surrounding area have a rich calendar of events all year round with festivals, concerts, dedicated days on skis even full weeks dedicated to events.

In chronological order, the first is an event linked to the Guinness  World Records. Der Weisse Ring - The Race. The event is in January and involves a great number of participants in what has been certified the longest ski competition in the world, over 22 kilometrs of slopes and over 5500 meters of differing levels of altitude. Competitors and spectators alike can warm their muscles up together the night before the contest , getting into party spirit, dancing and socializing at the parties organized to complete the event which was held for the first time in 2006 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the circuit that connects Lech with Zurs.

In summer, during the month of June is the Alberg Classic Car Rally. For three full days  gorgeous vintage cars run along routes, leading from one Austrian Alpine village to another in stunning scenery that is indeed just as the local motto says:   “ With friends in dreamy alpine lanscapes”

Nor is there any lack of public concerts and music by noteworthy artistes at the Dance Cafè Arlberg, handwork  and local products sold in the local markets and cultural events such as the painters’ week which for the last 20 years in July has organized exhibitions and seminars for all those wishing to improve their skills.

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