Lech Cycle Route

A trip along the Lech Cycle Route makes you discover the beauty of the natural landscape along the river and its surroundings, ranging from the gentle valley floor to the rugged rock faces of the Lechtal and Allgäu Alps.

The cycle path starts near the village of Steeg in the upper Lechtal valley and follows the course of the Lech river to Reutte and further on to Germany. For the most part, the route follows asphalt tracks and side roads and proceeds slightly downhill through the valley with its green meadows. Passing several times to the opposite side of the valley, it takes you via the villages of Hägerau, Holzgau, Stockach, Bach, Elbigenalp and Häselgehr to Elmen. Every now and then, a tavern or mountain inn invites to take a break. The route continues through the riparian forests along the Lech river - the surroundings vary between natural and cultural landscapes.

After Elmen the Lech Cycle Route follows a gravel road uphill. From the highest point you enjoy a wonderful view on the junction of the Hornbach-Tal valley near Vorderhornbach and on the beautiful water meadow at the mouth of the Hornbach river. Via Stanzach and Forchach the cycle path continues to Weissenbach am Lech - this section is particularly beautiful for its protected natural landscape along the Lech, the last wild river of the Northern Alps. Gravel and broken stone embankments and small islands as well as a water meadow form a unique landscape and habitat for rare animal and plant species. A few kilometres downstream there’s Reutte, the main settlement of the Lechtal valley and destination of the Lech Cycle Route. From here, you can continue along the famous Via Claudia Augusta Cycle Route.

Route: Lechradweg R9 (Lechweg)
Starting point: Steeg (1,120 m asl)
Destination: Reutte (850 m asl)
Distance: approx. 52.5 km (Steeg-Reutte)
Cycling time: approx. 4 hours
Altitude difference: 300 m (downhill)
Characteristics: 33 km asphalted cycle paths, 19 km gravelled paths
Connection to other cycle routes in Tyrol:
1. near Reutte: Via Claudia Augusta Cycle Route towards the Fern Pass or Füssen/Augsburg
2. near Reutte: Lech Cycle Route R9 to Musau and Ranzental Cycle Route to Vils
3. near Reutte: Zwischentoren Loisachtal Cycle Route (R7) to Lermoos

Attention: the described cycle routes are only sectionally cycle paths in the narrower sense. They often proceed on byroads where also car and tractor traffic is allowed. Please take care!

Suggest an edit/correction

Our editorial staff is always committed to ensuring the highest quality and accuracy of the information we publish. If you have suggestions to improve this page you can send them to us using the form below. Thank you in advance!

Close

Suggested accommodations

  1. Sporthotel Schönruh
    Hotel

    Sporthotel Schönruh

  2. Hotel Goldene Rose
    Hotel

    Hotel Goldene Rose

  3. Hotel Singer – Relais & Châteaux
    Hotel

    Hotel Singer – Relais & Châteaux

  4. Hotel Alpenhof
    Hotel

    Hotel Alpenhof

Tips and more infos