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Lech

Lech Holidays

The traditional Austrian village of Lech oozes luxury and high class restaurants, but also appeals to families through its abundance of activities. Hiking, biking, swimming and exploring are the order of the day, with cable cars that take you into the mountains for fun, adventures and scenic trails.

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A classy village

The upmarket village of Lech is situated 1,450 metres above sea level in the Austrian Alps. This beautiful and remote location attracts celebrities as much as holidaymakers, who come here for the fine dining, quirky boutiques and scenic walks.

Austrian holidays in Lech are all about breathing in the fresh mountain air as well as hiking routes that follow the river or traverse the peaks. Outdoor activities include fishing, off-road biking, kayaking and even speed riding through the sky. Plus, there are plenty of activities for families to do together.

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Free access to local amenities

Included in your stay is the Lech Card, which gives you free access to cable cars, blue buses around the area, themed walks and activities. There's also a weekday children's adventure programme covering geocaching, canyoning, not to mention a forest camp with a treehouse.

You'll also be able to use the open-air forest swimming pool free of charge, situated beside the Lech River with mountains for scenery. Open until 7pm, the 25°C pool has twisting waterslides and a large kids' section. You'll also find a children's playground, tennis, table tennis and beach volleyball.

Or, for a spot of history, use your Lech Card for free entry into the Museum Huber-Hus and Walsermuseum.

Hikes and lakes

The flowing Lech River provides 125 kilometres of quality walking trails that have been approved by the European Hiking Association. You can follow the Lechweg trail all the way to the emerald green Lake Formarin on a path that's walkable from mid-June.

Alternatively, ascend the Rufikopf cable car and hike the mountain-top Green Ring for 360° panoramic views across the countryside on your Austrian break.

There are numerous options for fishing in and around Lech, the closest being the fish pond at Zug, where you pay per the weight of your catch. You can also fish at Lake Formarin between June and September or the larger Lake Spuller until October, which are surrounded by stunning alpine scenery. If fly fishing is more your thing, there's a large section of the Lech River where you can cast out your line.

Eat like a royal

Eating out in Lech means you can tuck into hearty alpine cuisine like cheese fondue in the 300-year-old Haus Nr 8 restaurant, or go fine dining at The Post, a favourite of The Netherlands' former Queen Beatrix. There's even a Michelin-starred restaurant in Lech – try Kilian Stuba for contemporary dining using quality ingredients.

The majority of restaurants in Lech serve Austrian and German style food, with a few Italian gems hidden in between. There are also lots of classy cafes for light bites and coffees as well as shopping at the many quirky boutiques. Things are typically quiet come nightfall, but you might just be able to catch some folk music at one of the restaurants.

Family activities

For fun days out with the kids, Buxbaum Family Play Park has play equipment set out in the valley as well as a mini golf course and pit-pat – or obstacle billiards – plus table tennis and football. When you're tired out, enjoy an al fresco family lunch at one of the scenic barbecue areas dotted around the countryside.

Another option is to take the Oberlech cable car, then the Petersboden lift up to Schlegelkopf Activity Mountain. There's a themed trail that teaches you about the local geology while the Green Mystery Ring has riddles to solve, plus Rud-Alpe has a water activity trail and petting zoo. If the weather isn't so good, head over to the indoor sport park Lech for 10-pin bowling, climbing and fitness programmes.

Active pursuits

Following the same cable car route, you'll reach the start or the Burgwald Trail, which has freeriding biking routes for both novices and adrenaline-seekers. Beginners might choose to stay on the paths of the Easy Line, while more experienced riders can bank up on the wooden curve and take on the jumps and technical challenges.

At the Arlberg Alpin Centre try out more outdoor pursuits, from canyoning and climbing, to archery, SUP and hydrospeed – a white water sport where you lay on your front on a float.

Other sport-focused activities include visiting the kayak school, shooting range or taking to the skies paragliding or speed riding with Flight Connection. You can even test the nine holes of the highest golf course in the Alpine region, opened in Lech-Zug in 2016.