Take a short bus journey to the town of Warth, from where you will follow the Lech River Trail (known locally as the Lechweg) back to Holzgau. The bus runs every hour and takes 20 mins. Timetables can be be found here:
A beautiful walk through the alpine meadows near Warth before descending into the woods of the Lech valley.
Today your walk starts in the beautiful alpine meadows near Warth and Lechleiten. A contour path takes you high above the valley, affording fabulous views of the surrounding rocky peaks and the fields below. Entering the forest, there is a long descent to the valley floor below where once again you will meet with the turquoise waters of the River Lech. From here the path winds alongside the river, through sections of forest and the fields of local farms, until you reach the small towns of Steeg and Holzau, where you can admire the beautifully painted buildings and enjoy Kaffee and Kuchen while you watch the world go by.
Your first day of walking is a long one, so best to get an early start so you have some time to enjoy the fresh ice-cream and handcrafted cheese at the dairy in Steeg and time to enjoy looking at Holzgau’s famous painted buildings.
The bus runs every hour and takes 20 mins. Timetables can be be found here: https://www.lechtal.at/fileadmin/userdaten/pdf/Hauptfahrplaene_Sommer2018_LechtalTourismus.pdf
The trails are largely in good condition, and are a mix of narrow mountain paths, forest tracks and some small sections of road walking. About 1.5km after leaving Warth, there is a small section of path crossing a rockfall, take care here. Please be alert to passing cars when crossing the road near Prenten (just after crossing the Lech) and in Steeg.
You may be walking past a few different areas where cows graze. Although generally very docile and used to walkers, keep your distance and never turn your back on a cow that is behaving strangely or aggressive. Be particularly vigilant around cows with calves.
There is a long descent today on forest tracks and trails from the high meadows to the Lech valley floor and walking poles are again highly recommended to help protect your knees and ankles, and of course aid with balance.
Points of Interest
The Lech River Trail (or Lechweg as it is known locally) is very well way-marked. At regular intervals you will find the distinctive “L” logo on signposts. Often the logo will be painted on trees, and sometimes shown as a small black label with white lettering appearing on fence posts and other landmarks.
Lechtaler Naturkaeseri Sojer Dairy in Steeg
This is a must-do stop on the route today! The dairy in Steeg is the only one of its kind in the Lech Valley remaining. Established in 1903 by local farmers, from 1934 onwards, it was run cooperatively until it was leased in 1955 privately. Today there are 10 mountain farmers supplying fresh milk each day, all from cows fed with alpine meadow grass and hay. The homemade cheese and yoghurt are specialties. The ice-cream here is fabulous!
Schaubrauerei Brewery in Holzgau
This small brew-pub in Holzgau offers guided tours and explanations of the brewing methods as well as tasting sessions. Enjoy a cool Stricker beer at the end of your walk in the Tyrolean atmosphere.
Holzgau is in the upper Lech valley at 1103m above sea level. The village is renowned for its numerous magnificently painted houses which give the village special charm. There are banks, cafes, restaurants and sports shops should you need to purchase anything for the rest of the walk.
Food and Drink
There are no places to buy food and drink on the route today until you reach Steeg after around 12kms walking, so it is a good idea to stock up on food and drinks before you leave Holzgau. There is a small supermarket in the town square in Holzgau. When you reach Steeg, we strongly suggest you visit the Lechtaler Naturkaeseri Sojer dairy for an ice cream or to sample their delicious cheese. There is also a small supermarket in Steeg, but it is usually closed from 12 to 2.30pm each day, likely to coincide with your arrival time, so we advise buying all you need for the day in Warth.
This tour is available on the following itineraries: WGLRTSV