Elbigenalp, located in the heart of the Lechtal valley, is a stronghold regarding culture.
Altitude: 1,039 m asl
Several localities such as Elbigenalp, Köglen, Untergiblen, Obergiblen and Grünau form the municipality located between the Lechtal and Allgäu Alps. The name derives from the term “elmige Alpe”, which refers to a meadow that is overgrown with green elm trees, also depicted on the emblem of the village. Once upon a time Elbigenalp was the preferred holiday resort of the queen mother Maria of Bavaria.
Like in several villages of the Lechtal valley, also at Elbigenalp there are several buildings characterized by beautiful frescoes. Wood carving is an important field, because beside several ateliers for wood carving, since 1951 in the village there is the only wood carving school of Austria. And in the 70s the story of success of one of the most important DVD pressing plants of Europe, kdg mediatech (former Koch Records), has begun at Elbigenalp. Moreover this village is home-town of the painter Anna Stainer-Knittel, the “Geierwally”, who has become famous due to a few movies and novels. Anna Stainer-Knittel, as a 17-year old girl, bird-nested an aerie, a dangerous undertaking that was normally only carried out by men. Still today her home can be visited in the village at Untergiblen n° 4. To the honour of the “Geierwally”, there is a festival held in summertime - an unforgettable experience!
Due to its position in the heart of the Lechtal Alps in summer this holiday resort is a real paradise for those who love hiking. Numerous hiking and MTB trails take you into the impressive world of mountains as well as across the Nature Park Tiroler Lech. Also facilities for playing tennis, swimming in the outdoor pool between Elbigenalp and Bach, paragliding and trying wood carving are available. In winter, however, the village is located 30 km from the famous ski resort Lech am Arlberg. Definitely within easier reach, there is the Jöchelspitze family skiing area, where you are taken to by the Lechtal Bergbahn funicular. And if you prefer tobogganing, there’s the 1.3 km long toboggan run Gibler Alm.
Our recommendation: two memories of the long history of the region are the wall painting at a building at Köglen, showing the rebellion ot the Appenzeller 1402 - 1408 AD, as well as the stone monument at the parish estate. This monument reminds on the fallen troops of the Lechtal valley in Russia and France, which fought in the 19th century under Napoleon.