This very easy mountain hike leads you through untouched valley basins and across mountain crests with beautiful views.
From the starting point in front of the post office you go upriver to the Rüfikopf cable car and with the gondola directly up to the Rüfikopf. Now it goes the alp way down to the signpost, here you take the way left uphill on a yoke. Steep downhill to the Ochsengümpel. From here turn right until you reach the Rauhekopfscharte at a fork in the road on the right. You will reach the Stuttgarter Hütte, where you can stop and rest. Now you go downhill and reach the torrent and soon the Paziel valley. You continue to the Trittalpe and soon you reach a goods path that leads you downhill to Zürs. Continuing downhill past the mountain church you reach the main road from where the free blue hiking bus takes you back to Lech.
Special features: From the Bockbach saddle, you can enjoy a gorgeous view of the Allgäuer Alpen all the way to the Zugspitze.
Sights: Bergkirche Zürs – this mountain church is a religious building of several storeys towers above visitors like a castle. And, like a donjon, the three-storey tower symbolizes the significance of the church, which is additionally marked with a red cross.
Refreshment stops: Panorama restaurant Rüfikopf, Stuttgarter hut and restaurants in Lech am Arlberg.
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Good footwear (ankle high, profile sole), rain protection, Lech Card and bus timetable.
From Germany: Take the A96 motorway to Bregenz from there on the A14 motorway to Bludenz, continue on the S16 to the Lech Zürs am Arlberg exit. Follow the B197 up to Alpe Rauz, turn left here onto the B198 through Flexengalerie and over the Flexenpass to Lech Zürs am Arlberg.
From Switzerland: Via the A13 motorway and the Feldkirch, Hohenems or Lustenau border crossing on the A14 motorway to Bludenz. Continue on the S16 until exit Lech Zürs am Arlberg. Follow the B197 up to Alpe Rauz, turn left here onto the B198 through Flexengalerie and over the Flexenpass to Lech Zürs am Arlberg.
From Austria: Via the Inntalautobahn A12 and then via the S16 to the exit St. Anton am Arlberg (Arlberg Pass). Follow the B197 first through St. Anton, then through St. Christoph and over the Arlbergpass to Alpe Rauz. Turn right here onto the B198, drive through Flexengalerie and over the Flexenpass to Lech Zürs am Arlberg.
You can either park your vehicle directly at your host or park it in the underground garage in Anger. The underground car park is located directly in the centre of town opposite Raiffeisenbank Lech.