Holzgau, the pearl of the Lechtal valley, extends on the alluvial cone of the Höhenbach river.
Altitude: 1,103 m asl
Holzgau has first been mentioned under the name “Holzge”, which means “meadow that is rich in wood”, and is the oldest settlement of the Lechtal valley, second only to Elbigenalp. The yellow stylized branch on the emblem refers to the name of the village and its richness in wood and forests. The four localities of Dürnau, Gföll, Schiggen and Langen make part of the municipality of Holzgau.
Holzgau boasts several places of interest, starting with the beautifully decorated buildings. The façade paintings realised in “Lüftlmalerei” style, which is a special kind of illusion painting, remind on the trade relationships of the inhabitants in past centuries. Thanks to itinerant trade, shipping companies and trade facilities several inhabitants made a fortune and gave expression to their wealth by means of lushly decorated buildings. Some of these buildings were even reshaped in French construction style and are particularly striking due to their mansard roof. Also the local museum is located in a lushly painted building and provides interesting information on life in the Lechtal valley in former times as well as various exhibits such as rustic furniture, items of daily use and tools.
The western part of the Allgäu Alps and the Lechtal Alps offer a vast network of hiking trails, climbing routes and MTB-trails. If you prefer comfortable promenades, there are several paths in the environs, taking you e.g. on a journey of discovery along the Lech river. Further possibilities regarding your active holidays include two tennis courts, a fun park, a football field, a miniature golf course and the Pepi Strobl jogging mile, recommended by the alpine skiing champion Josef “Pepi” Strobl, who was born in Holzgau in 1974. This jogging route starts at the fun park and takes joggers towards Steeg. In the cool season, however, cross-country trails such as the Schönau trail or the Lechtal valley trail Holzgau - Steeg, as well as the illuminated toboggan run Gföll make winter evenings particularly exciting. Skiers and snowboarders can look forward to the Warth-Schröcken skiing area at the Arlberg mountain, at the border to Tyrol.
Our recommendation: the artificial Simms waterfall has been established by the Englishman Frederick R. Simms in the 19th century, a tourist who came to this place for hunting. This attraction can be visited in the wild-romantic Höhenbachschlucht gorge.