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Nature protection area ”gypsum holes”



Difficulty: leicht
Distance: 2.77 km
Ascent: 10 m
Descent: 293 m
Duration: 0.9 h
Deepest point: 1651 m
Highest point: 1933 m



  • Höhenprofil

    The ideal themed hike for families, on which ten different types of orchids can be discovered.

    With over 1,000 dolinas, the Gipslöcher are considered a geological rarity in Europe. The largest dolina has a diameter of almost 100 m and a 35m-deep crater. Home to 20 different species of orchids, the area is genuine treasure trove for botanists. The hike is most beautiful from July to mid-August when the orchids are in full bloom. This varied landscape is an ideal habitat for groundhogs which are protected from their natural enemies, the soft gypsum rock making for excellent cave building material. Signboards along the educational trail inform visitors about the formation of this dolina landscape in the course of history.

    Eine Wanderkarte zur Region erhalten Sie bei Lech Zürs Tourismus um € 7,00.

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

  • Difficulty: leicht




    Altitude: 1933 m 1651 m Best season:
    Safety instructions:


    140 Alpine Emergencies Austria-wide

    144 Alpine Emergencies Vorarlberg

    112 Euro 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 Lech Rüfiplatz you take the Oberlech mountain railway and then continue your journey with the Petersbodenbahn cable car. From here you take the path uphill for a short distance, then turn right and over the gravel path back downin the direction of the ”Gipslöcher” turn-off. Then you turn left, cross the (1) Gipslöcher nature reserve and follow the service road on the right down to (2) Gruben alpe. Turn right at the Alpe and take the geological nature trail.Follow the path to the left going downhill through beautiful pastures full of flowers towards Oberlech. You will reach another path. Follow it, keeping right and going downhill. The path leads onto a paved back road. Turn right and walk past the Hotel Goldener Berg and follow the path to the (3) Bergbahn Oberlech cable car. From here, you can either take the cable car back to the starting point or take the hiking path through the ”Burgwald” forest or across the Rud-Alpe back to the starting point.

    Start Hiking starting point Rüfiplatz
    Geogr. 47.21881 N 10.121895 E
    Destination Oberlech


  • 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.