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Hiking | Hiking Trail

Through the Zugertobel up to the Kriegeralp



Difficulty: mittel
Distance: 7,2 km
Ascent: 388 m
Descent: 520 m
Duration: 03:07 h
Deepest point: 1518 m
Highest point: 2021 m



  • This scenic hike takes you through the Zugertobel and to national heritage the nature reserve Gipslöcher.

    You start directly in Lech at the starting point Rüfiplatz and take the bus to Oberlech. Alternatively, you can also take the Oberlech cable car uphill and then hike to Schlössle. You hike uphill to the lookout point Tanegg, past the Grubenalpe until you reach Kriegeralpe via a gravelly alpine path. After a short climb uphill, passing the stone wall “Chluppa” and the reservoir lake, we descend via Zugertobel to the valley station of the Steinähder lift. The path takes you back to the Zug toll station. In Zug, you can enjoy a cosy meal at an inn.Special features Instead of taking the hiking bus, you can also take the Oberlech cable car to Oberlech and from there on foot to the “Schlössle”.

    Places of interest: Nature reserve Gipslöcher - a beautifully laid out geological nature trail branches off at the Grubenalpe. It provides an easy to understand insight into the origin of this doline landscape. The varied landscape also gives marmots optimum protection against enemies, and the soft gypsum rock is ideal for cave building. Refreshment stops: Restaurants in Lech and Oberlech, Kriegeralpe, restaurants in Zug.

    Lech Zürs Tourismus GmbH

    Presented by: Lech Zürs Tourismus GmbH, Author: Lech Zuers Tourismus GmbH
    letzte Änderung: 17.09.2021

  • Difficulty: mittel




    Altitude: 2021 m 1518 m Best season:
    Safety instructions:


    140 Alpine Emergencies Austria-wide

    144 Alpine Emergencies 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

    Directly from the starting point at the Rüfiplatz take the free hiking bus in the direction of Oberlech or the Lech – Oberlech cable car and walk to the Schlössle. At the terminus “Schlössle” get off and follow the road, which is still asphalted, uphill on the right. At the first turn to the left of the lookout point Tannegg, turn left and continue uphill past the Grubenalpe. Continue uphill on the gravelly alpine path over the species-rich mowers. You will meet the Kriegeralpe, which invites you to take a break. From here we go uphill for a short distance past the stone wall “Chluppa” and the reservoir on the right. Now follow the alp trail downhill through the Zugertobel, passing the valley station of the Steinähder lift. The lively gurgling of the brook accompanies you on your way downhill until you meet an asphalt road leading to Zugertal. Follow the road downhill left into Zug. From here you can get on the hiking bus at the toll station and drive back to the starting point. Or walk back to Lech via the Lechuferweg.

    Start Rüfiplatz
    Geogr. 47.217162 N 10.136266 E
    Destination Oberlech
  • Public transportation:

    By train to Langen am Arlberg station or St. Anton am Arlberg. From there, buses (No. 91 +92) 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, pass through Flexengalerie and continue to Zürs.

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    You can park your vehicle either directly at your host or at one of the day parking lots. Or in Lech am Arlberg in the Parkgarage Anger from 7:00 to 20:00.