Lech is an enchanting Austrian town and a favorite winter destination for many Europeans. They love it so much that they return year after year. It’s the perfect getaway for couples and families that want to combine incredible skiing, delicious dining and great shopping all set in the most spectacular setting. Europe Expert, Cammie recently returned from her own ski vacation here and discovered just how special this quaint village is. Here’s her guide to Lech.
Lech is part of the the Arlberg ski area, the 5th largest ski area in the world, comprised of five connected villages. On one pass you can ski from village-to-village, and each place completely is different than the last. From the après ski party town and steep slopes of St Anton to the idyllic luxurious ski towns of Zürs and Lech there is a place for every type of taste in this region.
Lech is a two-level town with Oberlech perched high on the slopes (accessible by gondola) and Lech proper down in the sweeping valley. Oberlech is dotted with hotels and delicious après ski restaurants, while Lech proper is lined with luxurious shops, the St. Nikolaus church standing tall amidst pristine homes and hotels, and a lovely selection of fine dining and causal restaurants.
In all, Lech is the perfect mix of luxury without being pretentious and is surrounded by an incredible ski area that is a good fit for all levels.
Where to stay
A stunning alpine oasis with just nine suites and one residence, you will feel right at home in this boutique property. The amazing service and welcoming atmosphere will undoubtedly make you never want to leave. Although it’s small in size, this property comes with every amenity you could ever ask for – a delicious restaurant, intimate lounge, relaxing spa, refreshing pool and modern gym. The hotel is situated just outside of town perched on the hill with incredible views and offers complimentary transfers to and from town just 5 minutes away.
An idyllic boutique hotel that feels more like a private chalet than a hotel, the rooms are all uniquely designed with a mix of contemporary and authentic Austrian design. Hotel Kristiana is just a quick 5-minute walk from the town of Lech and the ski lifts are just a short complimentary transfer away.
A luxurious full-service chalet set on the slopes of Oberlech. Chalet N has nine suites and can accommodate up to twenty-two people. A stay in Chalet N is a true lavish experience that you will never forget.
Where to Eat
Located 1600m up, you’ll be treated to an incredible panoramic mountain view from your table. For lunch you can enjoy traditional dishes with local ingredients and in the evening a set 3-4 course menu or a traditional fondue night. It’s reachable by horse sleigh, by foot, or on the restaurant’s snowcat.
This is the perfect ski break lunch spot situated at the top of the Gampen lift. The bar has an energetic atmosphere with live music. If you are looking for a bite to eat, the self-service dining hall has delicious cuisine.
Ideally roosted on the slopes of Oberlech, choose from four different restaurants offering local, organic food, from the casual barbecue terrace and the cozy Austrian fare at Dirndlstüberl room to the charmingly gourmet Johannisstübli. No matter which restaurant you choose, you’ll be gifted with delicious cuisine and heavenly views.
All in all, Lech is a place that will make you instantly fall in love and want to return for years to come. Make sure to book far in advance as this Austrian gem has limited availability and a lot of loyal devotees.
To find out more about traveling to Lech call one of our Europe Experts on (858) 523-9000.