A straightforward, but long, walk following the Lech as the river widens on its way towards the Lechfall near Fuessen.
Starting in Stanzach, the trail follows the river for most of the day’s walk. Just beyond Stanzach, the river starts to widen and become wilder. The water is faster flowing and deeper although it retains the beautiful turquoise colour. Pause at the Forchacher Suspension Bridge to enjoy the view back up the river and look out for birdlife. You will reach the town of Wiessenbach around lunchtime so either stop off here to enjoy your picnic or visit a local café for a bite to eat before taking the riverside trail again towards Reutte where today’s stage ends in the small hamlet of Holz, on the edge of the forest close to the village of Waengle.
If the weather is good, bring your swimming gear today. Badersee, a natural swimming lake, is a great place for refreshing dip. The lake is halfway between Forchach and Wiessenbach.
Today is a long walk on flat terrain. It is relatively straightforward walking, but it’s always sensible to check the weather forecast before you head out.
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.
As ever, wear comfortable walking shoes and make sure you have clothes for both rain and sunshine!
Points of Interest
Built in 1906, this 75m long suspension bridge is right beside the trail and affords good views of the wild Lech river and the valley upstream. If you are interested in ornithology, then this is a great place to look out for Little Ringed Plovers and Sand Pipers. Keep an eye on the gravel bars in the river! Although you don’t cross this bridge, it’s well worth stopping off here to take photos. And for those who missed the Holzgau bridge, this is a more gentle experience.
Shortly before you reach Reutte you will encounter an interpretation board explaining how engineers have built a separate channel for the Lech so that the river can be diverted to extract some of the debris brought downstream. This is a “bedload trap system” to help manage flooding of the larger towns downstream.
Food and Drink
If you want to take food and snacks with you today, then we suggest stopping off at the small Spar supermarket in Stanzach before you leave. The supermarket is close to the post office/tourist information booth, and just opposite the Gasthof zur Post. Alternatively, you can stop off in Wiessenbach, a small town, where there are shops and cafes for refreshments (if you leave Stanzach around 9am you will be in Wiessenbach around lunchtime).
This tour is available on the following itineraries: WGLRT, WGLRTSV