Europe, Family Travel, Hiking

Family hiking in Lech Zürs am Arlberg, Austria

March 14, 2017

An excellent (and exclusive) ski destination, Lech Zürs am Arlberg in Austria’s westernmost province of Vorarlberg is also world-class during the summer season. Sparkling mountain lakes, glacier-fueled streams, and lush alpine meadows draw tourists from all over the world.  And the family hiking in Lech is excellent with family-run hotels, accessible trails, and traditional mountain huts serving food and drinks.

Family hiking in Lech gentle trail

Family hiking in Lech Zürs am Arlberg

From the village centre, the options for family hiking in Lech are plentiful. For example, you can walk out and back along the Lech River Trail, hike through scented forests to turquoise-coloured Lake Spullersee, or hop on the hiking bus or cable car for access to over 300 km of marked trails.

Lake Spullersee family hiking in Lech Austria

Lake Spullersee in Lech, AustriaFamily Hike from Lech to Lake Spullersee

We joined a complimentary guided excursion from Hotel Gotthard, our hotel in Lech, and hiked along the Lech River Trail and onto the Ravensburger Mountain Hut overlooking Lake Spullersee. After stopping for lunch, a swing, and slackline fun at the traditional mountain hut and playground, we hiked a bit further. On the other side of Lake Spullersee, we caught the hiking bus back to the village of Lech. It was a spectacular day in the mountains.

Family hiking in Lech Ravensburger Hut

Ravensburger Hut in Lech, Austria

Visitors that stay in Lech longer than one night receive a Lech Card with complimentary access to many local services including cable cars and chair lifts, hiking bus, forest swimming pool, and tennis courts.

Where to Stay in Lech

Hotel Gotthard was our home away from home in Lech, and although we only stayed for a few days, the welcoming Walch family treated us like long-time guests. Nicole and Clemens Walch are third generation hoteliers, and they seem to run Hotel Gotthard with the same passion as founder Filomena Walch when she opened the hotel in 1931.

Freshly baked goodies from the family’s Lech Bakery and a generous breakfast buffet nourish guests for a day in the mountains. After exploring this beautiful corner of Austria, your can relax on Hotel Gotthard’s sun-filled terrace with a cappuccino or cocktail and plan tomorrow’s adventure.

family hiking Lech Backstube Lech

Family Hiking in Lech Travel Tips

  • For more information on travelling to Lech in the summer months read this helpful article.
  • Click here for detailed information on hiking in Lech during the summer season.
  • If you enjoy golf, be sure to check out Lech’s new golf course, Lech-Zug – the highest golf course in Austria.


Our visit to Vorarlberg, Austria was in collaboration with the Vorarlberg State Tourist Board. As always, if I don’t enjoy a destination or experience, I won’t recommend it. 

Family hiking in Lech Zürs am Arlberg, Austria

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  • Reply Mimi & Mitch March 18, 2017 at 12:23 am

    Your last picture is unreal! Looks like a total painting! Austria sounds amazing and I can’t wait to be able to go and enjoy the beautiful nature! Love hikes!

  • Reply Tamara Elliott March 18, 2017 at 9:31 am

    Holy smokes, the colour of that lake is just incredible! Definitely looks like the perfect spot for a hike, both to get some exercise and great photo-ops!

  • Reply noel March 18, 2017 at 11:38 am

    What beautiful countryside, it really looks so green and crisp – I need to go back since its been over 30 years since I visited the region.

  • Reply Mel and Marcus March 19, 2017 at 2:06 am

    Stunning scenery. We’ve been to Austria in the summer time a few times now and love it. We will have to look at Lech am Arlberg

  • Reply Debra Schroeder March 19, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    Wow, Lech is so green and lush! And the trails are so neatly formed and well cared for. We’ll have to stop by the next time we’re in Austria.

  • Reply Megan Jerrard March 19, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    Such stunning scenery – I love visiting popular ski destinations during summer because they’re always just as dazzling after the snow has melted too 🙂 I’ve heard amazing things about hiking in Austria – Lech seems like a great place to begin!

  • Reply Sandy N Vyjay March 20, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    Austria is heavenly. It is blessed with lush greenery and natural beauty. It makes up for the perfect hiking destination. I loved all the pictures, they are stunning.

  • Reply Reshma Narasing March 21, 2017 at 1:38 am

    I love the postcard-like pictures of Lech! Never knew Austria has so many wonderful trails!

    • Reply LuxeTravelFamily May 3, 2017 at 4:16 pm

      Thank you, Reshma! Austria is a fantastic hiking destination.

  • Reply Corinne March 26, 2017 at 12:49 am

    I love hiking, eating, being in the Austrian mountains doing anything. Actually my favorite thing is watching Austrian cows…but like your post, it’s because of the beauty!

    • Reply LuxeTravelFamily May 3, 2017 at 4:17 pm

      Thanks, Corinne. I like watching the cows too.

  • Reply Kaylene April 21, 2017 at 7:39 am

    I am located in Lower Austria and this post gave me the idea for great trip. Thanks for the idea 🙂

    • Reply LuxeTravelFamily April 21, 2017 at 11:49 am

      Thank you for the note, Kaylene. I am happy to hear you found some travel inspiration!

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