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Marvel at light and space

Skyspace Lech

Open throughout the year, Skyspace Lech was designed by the American artist James Turrell, who is known for his space-light exhibitions.

At inspiring heights

As its name suggests, Oberlech is located high above Lech am Arlberg at 1,750 metres above sea level. In winter, the district is traffic free. The cable car is also the best way to reach Oberlech from Lech in summer. Around Oberlech in summer, admire the blooming meadows and geological features such as the Gipslöcher gypsum holes, a reserve where mother nature has formed remarkable sinkholes (craters). This special district, made lively by the many hotels and B&Bs nevertheless remains quiet and secluded. This compelling mix inspired James Turrell’s now famous exhibition.

From inside to out

The Skyspace Lech is located on a hill not far from the mountain station of the Schlosskopfbahn cable car. Visitors enter via a 15-meter-long tunnel. Inside the round room, visitors are encouraged to sit and stare upwards at the ceiling. A movable dome opens to the outside world and highlights the sky and the surrounding mountains. When the weather is fine, the dome is open. In poor weather, it remains closed and visitors can experience the full glamour of the artist’s lighting programme, which lasts around 45 minutes and entirely alters the perception of the room. The lighting programme is also on display during guided tours at sunrise or sunset.

Skyspace Lech, James Turrell, Licht Stimmung, cultural scene (c) Florian Holzherr
Skyspace Lech, „ The color inside “ University of Texas, Austin, 2012 © James Turrell Foto: Holzherr

I’m most interested in the effect that light has on you and your perception...

Artist James Turrell
Tours by day, performances by night

In summer, an excursion to Skyspace Lech can be combined with a hike around Oberlech. In winter, it is accessibly by skis and a winter walking trail. The Skyspace has particular opening hours and public tours are offered on an ongoing basis.

Lech can be reached by bus from Langen am Arlberg (train station).

Hiking in Lech (information in German)

Getting to the Skyspace (summer & winter) on foot

  • Outdooractive

    Hike to Skyspace Lech & via Auenfeld to Bodenalpe

    Skyspace Lech by artist James Turrell has been one of Vorarlberg's cultural highlights since…

    • 11,0 km

    • 03:30 h

    • mittel

    Hike to Skyspace Lech & via Auenfeld to Bodenalpe
    Difficulty:mittel
    Distance:11,0 km
    Ascent:425 m
    Descent:650 m
    Duration:03:30 h
    Deepest point:1401 m
    Highest point:1800 m
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    Hike to Skyspace Lech & via Auenfeld to Bodenalpe

    Skyspace Lech by artist James Turrell has been one of Vorarlberg's cultural highlights since it…

    Start of tour

    Bergbahn Oberlech

    End of tour

    Gasthaus Bodenalpe

    Description

    Skyspace Lech was officially opened in the summer of 2018 and has been open to visitors ever since. With the Skyspace by James Turrel, the dimensions of space, light and time are lifted and newly combined. The intense feeling of space in the midst of the dreamlike mountain world mixes with the equally intense colours of the sky to create an overall experience that opens up to the visitor. Especially…

    Best season
    JANFEBMARAPRMAYJUN
    JULAUGSEPOCTNOVDEC
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  • Skyspace Aussen

    From Oberlech to the Skyspace

    Oberlech in Lech am Arlberg has become a meeting place for all those interested…

    • 1,3 km

    • 00:29 h

    • mittel

    From Oberlech to the Skyspace
    From Oberlech to the Skyspace
    From Oberlech to the Skyspace
    Difficulty:mittel
    Distance:1,3 km
    Ascent:132 m
    Descent:8 m
    Duration:00:29 h
    Deepest point:1643 m
    Highest point:1774 m
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    Landscape:

    From Oberlech to the Skyspace

    Oberlech in Lech am Arlberg has become a meeting place for all those interested in…

    Start of tour

    Bergbahn Oberlech

    End of tour

    Skyspace

    Description

    A visit to the newly opened walk-in art installation “Skyspace” by James Turrell is an absolute highlight of a winter holiday. The magnificent play of colours in the dome takes visitors into a magical world. Space and time take on a new meaning in Skyspace. During the guided tours, visitors receive interesting information about the artist, the creation of the art installation and a breathtaking light show.

     

    Best season
    JANFEBMARAPRMAYJUN
    JULAUGSEPOCTNOVDEC
    All route info

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