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.
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.
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.