Our Alpine Summer
Dear Guests of the Austria,
Are you a hiking enthusiast? Do you enjoy an occasional round of golf? Do you like going on bike tours now and then? And do you love lingering beside a mountain creek and maybe even grilling over a small campfire? You’ll find all this and more in Lech in the summertime. Here you can discover extraordinary places of strength in the heart of nature. And at the Austria, you can relax, allow yourself to be pampered in the restaurant or wellness area, and simply enjoy your stay. In the summer, Lech offers a diverse cultural programme, an adventure programme for the whole family, and guided hikes and summit tours for all levels of conditioning. We will be happy to send you more detailed information about the various summer activities upon request. We would love to have the privilege of pampering you during the Austria’s summer season from 25 June to 4 October 2015.
Sincerely, Claudia & Georg Strolz and the entire Austria Team
Arlberg hiking package
from 24 June to 4 October 2015
As member of the Arlberg hiking Hotels we offer our guests daily guided hikes and 2 peak tours a week. Our Arlberg hiking package is available from 24 June to 4 October 2015. We are looking forward to your request.
- 7 nights with halfboard
- outstanding breakfast buffet and 5 course dinner
- small cake selection in the afternoon
- spa area Revitalium and Alpin bath
- bath robe and slippers
- gym with view over Lech
- daily guided hikes
- 2 peaktours a week
- use of the hiking busses
- use of all chair lifts and cable cars
- free Mountainbike rental
- child care in our Teddy club
3 – 5 days on request
7 days from EUR 630,– per person
Bregenz Festival 2015 – Turandot
Premiere 22 July 2015
Nessun dorma, one of the most famous arias for tenors, was written by Giacomo Puccini for his last opera: Turandot. The Chinese princess Turandot has issued the order of “Nessun dorma” for one night: No one may sleep – because she must learn the name of the unknown prince by morning, or she must reciprocate his love. Until now, she has warded off all men by means of a brutal
oath: Anyone wishing to win Turandot’s hand must solve three puzzles. If they fail, they will lose their head. The unknown prince was not to be deterred by the numerous dead before him or the warnings of her father and her ministers. He is enthralled by Turandot, as so many men before him.
Calaf was the first to solve all three puzzles. But he wishes more than just to conquer this woman, he desires her true affection and gives her the puzzle of discovering his identity. If she can discover his identity by morning, he is prepared to die. Another woman knows his name, but takes this secret to her grave in her stirring death – she loved the prince too deeply.
The composer laboured for years to create the right pieces to portray the subsequent romance between Turandot and Calaf. He was not satisfied with the lyrics written for him, and sketched out a series of new possibilities. Puccini’s own death in 1924 left the opera unfinished, and his colleague Franco Alfano composed an ending based on the sketches. Chinese colouring, powerful choir scenes, and characters fully overwhelmed by their emotions are the hallmarks of this piece. The puzzle scene is a musical battle between soprano and tenor. Puccini has his lovers reach for the stars with great symbolism and dedication. There is nothing to interfere with this reaching on the lakeside stage.
Would you like to be there when the imaginary curtain is lifted on the first performance of Puccini’s opera Turandot in Bregenz? We secured category 2 tickets for the première on 22 July 2015, and are pleased to offer these to you including a bus to Bregenz for EUR 117. If you are unable to attend on this date, we will be pleased to assist you in obtaining tickets for a different date. In this case, we regret that we are unable to provide a bus.
24., 25., 26., 28., 29., 31. July – 21:15
1., 2., 4., 5., 7., 8., 9., 11., 12., 13., 14., 15., 16., 18., 21., 22., 23. August – 21:00
Golf-Challenge Lech 2015
from 19 Juli to 26 July 2015
To fill the gap before the golf tournament in Lech, we created the Lech Golf Challenge seven years ago. The Lech Golf Challenge is a pleasant event for golfers looking to pursue their passion together here and at the surrounding alpine courses. Golfers of all levels from beginner to pro are invited to come and play together with a focus on fun, and not simply on winning. We have partnered up with the Berghof, Gasthof Post, and Goldener Berg hotels, each of which offer an outstanding culinary evening during this week. Slowly but surely, the Golf Challenge week has also become a gourmet week with delicious catering during the games and unforgettable dinners in the different hotels in the evening.
The “social tournaments” are also great fun. Whether playing an American Foursome or a Texas Scramble, your randomly drawn partner from your hotel will make for an especially enjoyable day of golfing and an outstanding score. We will be offering three social tournaments this summer (as individual or team competitions). To make sure we don’t forget how much fun golf can be!
The hotel trophy is certain to spark a little competition. Individual prizes (of which there are many) are no longer so important. But every golfer strives to earn points for the hotel. If a game does not go as planned, it’s not too tragic because only the four best guests and the hotel operator are counted. The four official playing days are all counted. The final score is based on the net points, so that less-experienced players are also able to contribute as many points as possible.
All golf guests meet in one of the four golf partner hotels in the evening after playing for a pleasant dinner, to talk about the day’s events, and of course to announce the winners.
Wednesday evening is reserved for the fine arts. We were able to secure tickets for the première of Turandot at the lakeside stage in Bregenz. Guests will be brought to Bregenz comfortably by bus, and a drink after the performance will round off the spectacular evening before everyone is brought back to the hotel.
We also give our golf guests a day of rest during the week, this time in the form of a day of hiking through our wonderful mountains on Thursday.
Saturday is the day of the grand finale. A handicap tournament will be played at Bludenz-Braz golf course. Everyone will bring their A-game, and the end of the day will reveal which hotel has the players with the best focus. But don’t worry, it still won’t be too serious. The focus of this event is the fun of playing.
As always, the highlight of the week is the farewell event on Saturday evening, which will be held at the Gasthof Post this summer. There will be a gala dinner with great music. The hotel trophy will also be awarded on this evening. We hope that the Austria will again have cause to celebrate! After all, we have lots of practice! We have already won this coveted trophy four times.
Would you like to find out more? You can contact Claudia and Georg Strolz for more information, or ask at the reception desk.
We look forward to seeing plenty of nice competitors again!
Claudia and Georg Strolz
The Lech golf course in the spectacular Zugertal valley is located 1,500 metres above sea level, making it one of the highest golf courses in Austria. The brand-new nine-hole course is nestled in the alpine landscape on what is probably the only flat spot on Arlberg mountain and looks as if it has always been here. Second-to-none golfing pleasure is guaranteed for beginners and veterans alike.
The Arlberg mountain and especially Zugertal valley have resisted the modern tourism transformation. The region has grown naturally over the centuries and has remained true to its origins: genuine, unique, and extremely charismatic. There are of course fairways, but they are bordered by natural alpine terrain where it is not always so easy to get the ball back into play. And indigenous observers including squirrels and marmots are not at all rare up here. They just aren’t all that interested in golf. As long as the game is played according to the rules and everyone sticks to their own holes, there won’t be any problems. We always finish what we start on the Arlberg. The best example of this is the Arlberg Ski Club. And the Lech Golf Club is no different. Because playing the holes here is as exiting as skiing down the slopes. And because you can now impress your friends with your elegance in the summer in Lech, too. Don’t blame us if you get hooked!
The nine holes are located on both sides of the Lech river at the fishing pond in the idyllic Zugertal valley.
Hole 1 starts from a rise with a view of the Red Wall. This par 4 is 230/250 metres long and an ideal start.
Hole 2 should be started off with a longer drive, because this par 5 then curves along the right side of the slope. On the left, the fairway is bordered by an old arm of the Lech river. The green is located on a small plateau at the end of the Zugertobel. Length 410/460 metres.
If you like a challenge, hole 3 is just what you are looking for. After a drive, you play a right dogleg over the Lech river to the green of this par 4.
Hole 4 starts from a small rise and goes back over the river. The par 4 hole tracks along the Lech river along its entire length of 280 metres.
Hole 5 is a par 3 and is 130 metres long. A pond is located to the left of the green. The Lech river is the right boundary. Players cross the Lech river on a modern steel bridge to get to the tee off for hole 6. The tee off for this par 4, 280-metre-long hole is in a forest clearing. The first drive should be straight to play onto the green.
Our signature hole 7 is a par 3 with a length of 150metres and is started from the Stierloch. Once the ball crosses Stierloch creek, it lands on an idyllic green.
At hole 8, players are moving upstream again. This short par 3 with a length of 90/110 metres is located in a pine aisle.
After a pleasant walk past the idyllic Zuger fishing pond, you come to the last tee off. Hole 9 is a par 3 with a length of 110/130 metres and is played over a pond.
We took a pleasant autumn walk with our golf president Clemens Walch and saw the progress of construction. The course now has a summer to really take root.
And starting in June 2016, our summer guests will be able to enjoy golfing at its very best!
Outdoor days for the whole family
from 20 July to 29 August 2015
During these six weeks, we offer a varied programme with 3D archery, climbing on the Rüfikopf and the Karhorn climbing route, canyoning, stand-up paddling, and geocaching courses from Monday to Friday. This programme has plenty to offer for kids and adults alike. Action and adventure for the whole family!
The offerings also include two kid’s adventure camps. The Lech Adventure Camp from 3 to 7 August and the Austrian Kids Adventure Week from 22 to 29 August for children aged 8 and older provide five days full of fun and adventure all around Lech under the supervision of guides from Arlberg Alpin. From the 3D archery course, climbing on the Spullerplatten rock faces, starting fires like in the stone age, grilling, and geocaching to diving with real scuba tanks in the Lecher forest pool.
Younger kids aged 3 to 7 will also find plenty to do. Our child care specialist has a different highlight to offer every day, including fishing at the fishing pond, grilling on Lechbach creek, adventure hikes, a visit to Bärenland, kid’s Olympics, and much more.
Parents can spend their time away from their kids in quiet at the Alpin Bad pool or in the Revitalium, or they can participate in one of our guided hikes, a mountain peak tour with a guide, or an independent mountain bike tour.
Please inquire at the reception desk for more information about adventure week prices.
“Musicians ‘ Day in Lech” – come and celebrate the culture of the Alps with us!
1 August 2015
A sea of traditional costumes will again fill Rüfiplatz on this day. A true feast for the eyes and a musical delight for every fan of good folk music and traditional dress.
No matter where you go from Lech to Oberlech, from Rüfikopf to Zug to Älpele, the air will be full of music and song, and a group of musicians will delight you on one of the pleasant terraces around Lech. You will not be able to help but sing and dance along and to experience the joy of being alive!
We invite all guests to come to this event in traditional dress.
Lech Classic Music Festival 2015
from 3 August to 8 August 2015
Classical music it its very finest: the Lech Classic Music Festival! Marlies and Franz Wagner created a truly special festival. The new church in Lech: A spiritual place with an unassuming interior and beautiful wooden ceiling is the perfect place for musical interventions.
Organisers Marlies and Franz Wagner recognised this immediately. This, they decided, was to be the venue for a festival like no other. The first Lech Classic Music Festival was held in 2012, and it was as if the residents of the town and region and the many guests had all been waiting for the very day. The première was a resounding success. This was all the organisers needed to press ahead and to continuously expand the offerings. In 2015, the Lech Classic Music Festival will again span six evenings and will of course offer top-rate musical specialities.
One reason that the music festival was a success from the very start was most certainly the fact that the Wagners set out to create a festival designed not primarily for the guests in our town, but for the locals. “We were certain that such an event could only be a success when the local people supported it and could identify with it. It had to inspire them, because then they would communicate their enthusiasm to their guests and make the Lech Classic Music Festival a success over the long term,” explained Marlies Wagner, who operates an artist agency in Vienna and who has her second home in Lech. The second, equally important reason for the rapid success is the high quality standards the music lovers apply in arranging the programme.
And in selecting the artists. Top-notch musicians were brought together in the orchestra, and outstanding soloists enthralled the audience. “We want to offer a balanced, high-quality programme that will captivate the audience,” said Marlies Wagner.
Philosophicum Lech 2015
from 16 September to 20 September 2015
This year’s Philosophicum will be all about NEW AND IMPROVED HUMANS: educate, optimise, perfect.
Things are constantly improving. Including people. Optimisation programmes designed to ensure that we develop comprehensive skills, fully realise our talents, and perform at a very high level start before we are even born. Our bodies are trained and sculpted, the right nutrition, performance-enhancing supplements, and a long-term anti-ageing strategy ensure that we use our physical resources efficiently. Minor deficiencies and signs of deterioration are remedied through cosmetic surgery, and more severe changes corrected with artificial implants and intelligent prostheses. Our mental capabilities are honed, chemically enhanced, and connected by means of digital information and communication systems, and our minds are protected against any
irritations with psychotherapeutic drugs and kept in balance by means of constant control. The result of such optimisation processes is a perfect, transhuman being that functions without a hiccup and that has lost all humanity. Philosophers and other scientists will present and talk with the audience about these in part existing and in part visionary concepts of a “new and improved human” and their dubiousness at the 19th Philosophicum Lech.
Registrations for the symposium can be submitted at www.philosophicum.com starting on 1 April 2015.
Please book your accommodations directly with us.
vo:dô A initiative from the hosts of Lech
We also use as much local produce as possible at the Austria.
Gourmet cooking doesn’t necessarily require the use of ingredients from faraway places. As good as beef from the pampas of Argentina and wild salmon from Canada are, more and more leading cooks are rediscovering local products, and are winning over plenty of their guests in the process. In Lech, farmers, restaurant proprietors, and hotel operators have come together to form a network that supplies their guests with high-quality local food products. vo:dô (regional dialect for “from here”) is the name of this network, which promotes zero kilometre meals and regional flair and which is generating quite a stir. So why go so far afield?
“When such good food is available from so close by. What might sound like a platitude is daily practice in the Tannberg region. We can find everything we need for our regional cooking in the best of quality right outside our door,” said Hermann Fercher, Lech’s tourism director. Roughly 20 producers including farmer families, alpine dairies, cheese dairies, butchers, fish breeders, and bakers in Lech have joined the vo:dô network and offer the restaurants, hotels, and of course families in the region their local (organic) products and guarantee culinary enjoyment from right around the corner.
Rich taste: vo:dô hay milk is the most traditional variety of milk available. It really does come from happy cows that eat nothing but Lech grass with herbs in the summer and hay from alpine meadows in the winter. The milk is neither pasteurised nor homogenised before it is sent directly to the breakfast table – for example the hay milk from the farm of Peter Jochum in the Austria. Martin Walch doesn’t just bake any old bread, he bakes the best natural sourdough bread in the wood-fired ovens of his uncle Clemens Walch’s Backstube Lech bakery. He uses recipes from his grandmother that are more than 80 years old. And his bread has a legendary flavour even today.
Lech’s vo:dô products are not just good for cooks and patrons, but also for the environment. It goes without saying that Lech’s farmers act sustainably and make wise use of nature and its resources, in part by operating their farms according to the traditional three-step system. The animals go where the feed is and switch stables three times per year in accordance with the elevation and season. This helps preserve the unique aspects of Vorarlberg’s landscape with its mountains and alpine meadows.
The green ring
The Green Ring is a hiking circuit from Lech to Zürs, from Zürs to Zug and from Zug to Lech, modelled on the route of the White Ring skiing route. The Green Ring can be hiked in several stages, depending on one’s stamina and fitness. Hikers enjoying the Green Ring can be inspired by legends and stories along the way. Mysterious creatures tell charming, funny stories from the modern world of legend and help you take a new look at your magical alpine surroundings. At the reception desk, you can buy a copy of the book of legends “A Samurai at the Kriegerhorn”, which was specially written for the Green Ring trail.
For instance, one hiking destination on the Green Ring is: The pier on Lake Zürs.The pier on the Lake Zürs was constructed by Bauhof Lech under the supervision of Günter Schneider and completed in the summer of 2013 with great skill and dedication by Armin Gundolf and his team. The pier is beautifully romantic and has been perfectly integrated into the landscape of Lake Zürs. It provides an ideal location for a rest break before ascending higher, or simply to just relax for a morning with a good book.
Another highlight is: Mail from the Green RingTwo mailboxes are located on the 1st and 3rd stages of the Green Ring, one at Lake Monzabon and another by the reservoir next to the Lecher Chluppa (above the Kriegeralpe). There you can find postcards which you can take, write and drop in the box or send. These postcards help you send your greetings to friends and acquaintances, or even to yourself from the Green Ring. The mailboxes are emptied once a year and the postcards are then sent by Lech Zürs Tourismus GmbH. Sending a postcard to yourself. Not a bad idea, eh?
The Green Ring can be kiked the whole summer from June 24 to September 20. Hiking suggestions can be requested to Georg Strolz personally.
The Lechweg – Meditation and high suspense
Because the pristine landscape along the Lech is anything but boring.The first 4 stages can easily be hiked starting from the Austria, as the Lechtal bus goes to Lech every hour and so it’s no problem at all to be back at your “mountain home” in the evening. Once you get to the fourth stage of the Lechweg, you are faced with a tough choice: do you test your nerves by crossing Europe’s longest hanging footbridge or take a small detour through the romantic, untamed Höhenbach gorge? Most people decide to test their fear of heights: the bridge is 200 meters long, spanning a 110-meter deep ravine. Just one-meter wide, the bridge runs across the gorge and in itself it is an adventure which is not easy to quickly forget. But the Holzgau Suspension footbridge is just one of the many attractions on the 125-km Lechweg.
Holzgau Suspension FootbridgeA panoramic view and an adrenaline rush, all at once! Welcome to the new suspension footbridge that spans the romantic, untamed Höhenbach gorge. This is the highest, longest and most spectacular pedestrian bridge in Austria!!!
Some technical details:
> 200.5 m long and approx. 105 m high
> 1-m wide, with a grating floor
> The rail is 130-cm high and is lit at night with LEDs
> Up to 630 people would fit on the bridge
> Suspended footbridge with two suspender cables
> 5.2-m pylons located on either end
> The suspender cables are anchored to the ground with 6 rock anchors
> Cable tension: currently 26.5 t
> The breaking load is more than 280 t per suspender cable
> Cable diameter: 50 mm
> Weight of the bridge: 22.8 t
Run in Lech!
Regardless of whether you like to call it jogging, running, Nordic walking, trail running, mountain running or just walking, you’re sure to find the ideal terrain to enjoy your favourite form of ambulation with us. Because the landscape is perfect. The altitude is ideal. And monotony is impossible. With 10 specially designed running and Nordic walking paths, Lech has everything you need for a great run. And everyone is invited to come and enjoy the magical mountains of Lech during the special running events organised by the town. We hope you have a great time and a good workout each and every time!
Take a deep breath and off you go!Back home, your feet are pounded into submission by hard asphalt and despite your high-tech running shoes they feel tired and fatigued. You’re constantly confronted with artificial obstacles, such as intersections and red lights, that break your rhythm. You stand there and breathe in fine dust and car exhaust, both neither healthy nor fragrant. Breathe a sigh of relief, because you won’t find any of that up here with us. Guaranteed! At an altitude of 1,450 m, this high alpine valley is the ideal spot for an active summer vacation.
10 running paths offer you 54 km of running fun to enjoy. You can run on gravelled paths along the river, soft meadows, mossy forest paths and trails strewn with fir branches and you may not even notice that these different kinds of terrain work like a massage on your feet. But as soon as you take off your running shoes and wade barefoot in the cool waters of the Lech, just because you want to, just because you want to breathe in the fresh, pure mountain air, then you’ll know how refreshing and exhilarating a holiday here can be.
The Lech Card
Your entire family will be given a Lech Card for every stay with us, even if it is just for a weekend.
This card allows you to use the following free of charge:
> The Rüfikopf, Petersboden, Bergbahn Lech–Oberlech, and Steffisalp-Express summer lifts.
> The local and hiking buses Our local and hiking buses bring you to Spullersee and Formarinsee lakes in Zugertal valley, to the Hochtannberg pass, to Zürs, and to Steeg in Lechtal valley.
> The forest swimming pool Located directly in Lech, the forest swimming pool offers a rock island, 25°C water, an exciting water slide, large kid’s pool, and a romantic meadow. And there’s a great playground for kids.
> Tennis and beach volleyball courts at the forest swimming pool. Two sand tennis courts surrounded by a breathtaking mountain panorama and one beach volleyball court are available daily from 9:30 to 19:00 when the weather is good.
> Running and walking trails Ten challenging running and Nordic walking trails for different ability levels and with a special guidance system to control your speed and heart rate are ideal for maintaining and improving your level of fitness.
> Day fee at the Lech golf academy Beginners, advanced golfers, and experts are all welcome at the Lech golf academy! With a driving range, putting green, and three holes.
> Buxbaum family fun park: The Buxbaum family fun park offers lots of activities including minigolf, pit-pat, billiards, and tablefootball every day from 14:00 to 19:30 (except when it is raining). The family fun park is lightedin the evening.
> Culture and museums: Enjoy our outdoor concerts at Rüfiplatz or learn about history with Pfiff in the Valaisian Tannberg museum (Wed and Fri 15:00 to 18:00 at the fire station), at Huber Hus museum (Tue, Thu, Sun from 15:00 to 18:00), and at Kästle museum (daily from 08:30 to 17:30, Rüfikopf mountain station), or spend some time in the library (Mon and Fri 16:00 to 18:00; Wed 15:00 to 19:00)
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