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Skyspace Lech (c) Tom Vau - (c) Lech Zürs Tourismus (1)
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 (c) Tom Vau - (c) Lech Zürs Tourismus
Skyspace Lech © Daniel Zangerl / Lech Zürs Tourismus GmbH

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

  • Hike to Skyspace Lech & via Auenfeld to Bodenalpe

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

    • 10.98 km

    • 3.5 h

    • mittel

    Difficulty: mittel
    Distance: 10.98 km
    Ascent: 425 m
    Descent: 650 m
    Duration: 3.5 h
    Deepest point: 1401 m
    Highest point: 1800 m
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    Experience:

    Landscape:

    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

    Best season
    JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN
    JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
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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…

    • 1.28 km

    • 0.5 h

    • mittel

    Difficulty: mittel
    Distance: 1.28 km
    Ascent: 132 m
    Descent: 8 m
    Duration: 0.5 h
    Deepest point: 1643 m
    Highest point: 1774 m
    Condition:

    Experience:

    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

    Best season
    JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN
    JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
    All route info

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