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Geology hike ”Rüfikopf”



Difficulty: leicht
Distance: 3.43 km
Ascent: 164 m
Descent: 165 m
Duration: 2.5 h
Deepest point: 2228 m
Highest point: 2348 m



  • Höhenprofil

    This geological tour takes you on a fantastic journey through time – past the ”stone witnesses” on a trail through the centuries. Discover the secrets of a world that allows us to unlock new dimensions of time

    A hiking trail with many geological and historical highlights in the breathtaking landscape of Lech am Arlberg.

    Special features: On this hike, you will find the Geoweg logo (a mollusc) at each geological site of interest, along with a number and a capital letter for identification. The accompanying brochure is available at the Lech Zürs Tourist Office and from the valley and summit stations of the Rüfikopf cable car. It costs € 5.–. Sights: ”Stone witnesses” – the sites of interest along the Geoweg adhere to the chronology of the history of the Earth as far as possible. In addition to a range of rock strata, a number of fossils can also be admired. Refreshment stops: Panorama restaurant Rüfikopf and restaurants in Lech am Arlberg.

    Eine Wanderkarte zur Region erhalten Sie bei Lech Zuers Tourismus um EUR 7,00.

    Presented by: Lech Zürs Tourismus GmbH
    Author: Lech Zuers Tourismus GmbH

  • Difficulty: leicht




    Altitude: 2348 m 2228 m Best season:
    Safety instructions:


    140 Alpine Emergencies Austria-wide

    144 Alpine Noträlle Vorarlberg

    112 Eruo emergency call (works with any mobile phone/network)


    Good footwear (ankle high, profile sole), rain protection, Lech Card and bus timetable.

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  • Directions

    From the hike starting point you see the Rüfikopfbahn cable car to your left. Take the cable car up the (1) Rüfikopf (2,350 m). When you have passed the top station of the Rüfikopfbahn cable car, turn right and follow the sign-posted path through the amazing (2) ”Rüfikopf Plateau” until you reach a wider path that will take you to the (3) Monzabonsee Lake. Here, follow the sign-posted path to your left going uphill to the pass. Then keep going uphill for a short stretch until you reach a wide alpine path. Turn right and follow the path back to the starting point.

    Start Rüfiplatz
    Geogr. 47.20227 N 10.16689 E
    Destination Rüfiplatz


  • Public transportation:

    By train to Langen am Arlberg station or St. Anton am Arlberg. From there, buses (No. 750+760) run regularly to Lech Zürs am Arlberg.


    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.

    Route Planner


    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. Opening hours 07:00 – 20:00 o’ clock.