A world away from traffic fumes and noisy cities, busting shopping centres and crowded beaches, Lech has been described as one of the most beautiful villages in Europe, and is particularly known for its sophisticated skiing and royal connections in winter. In summer, though, what dominates instead are lush green flower meadows, sun–dappled rivers and dark pine forests skirting the gargantuan peaks of the Alpine mountains with wonderful opportunities for wildlife spotting. The village has a selection of exclusive boutiques to browse, plus cafes for people–watching, and lots of outdoor sports and activities to enjoy. It’s a superb choice for walkers with a range of trails from forest–based walks to high–ridge walks accessed by cable car offering spectacular views of the surrounding peaks.
All visitors staying in Lech are invited to purchase a Lech Card (price TBC) which gives you free use of the Lech and Warth (the adjoining village) summer cable cars and chairlifts, free use of the local and hiking buses (regional bus numbers 42 and 91/92 – though there may be a small environmental charge of around €1) and a range of free outdoor activities.
- Return flight from your chosen airport to Friedrichshafen
- Return transfers from the airport to the hotel
- Seven nights stay at the 4 star Hotel St Anthonys Alpin, Lech with breakfast
- Tea, coffee and afternoon cake
- One piece of hold luggage (an allowance of at least 20kgs per person). Light on–board catering including non–alcoholic drinks
- Services of an English–speaking representative
- All airport taxes and security charges and the Government charge on air travel (APD)
- VAT at 20%
Subject to availability. Single supplements apply.
Sunday – Meet up at your chosen airport for your flight to Friedrichshafen, where on arrival we will transfer you to the 4 star Hotel St Anthony’s Alpin, Lech am Arlberg for check in and free time before the first of seven nights stay.
Monday – Breakfast, and then your representative will host a Welcome Meeting, after which you have the day to explore the surrounding area and use the hotel facilities, including free tea, coffee and cake in the afternoons.
Tuesday – Free day, or join the optional excursion to Appenzell & Liechtenstein
Wednesday – Thursday – Free days. If you fancy an away–day adventure, how about Innsbruck? The nearest rail station is Langen, 20 mins by bus from Lech (line 91), and then Innsbruck is around an hour away by train and it’s a gorgeous journey. Half way along the journey is Imst, where they have a great ‘white–knuckle ride’ in the form of a monorail mountain coaster – you ride down the mountain in your own car, shouting your head off and trying not to hit the brakes. Less hair–raising but definitely smile–raising is the Segway, a bit like an old–fashioned lawnmower that you stand on and tilt to go. Huge fun!
Friday – Free day, or join the optional excursion to Lindau and Lake Constance.
Saturday – Free day. Probably a good time to do your souvenir–hunting…
Sunday – Breakfast and then transfer to the airport for your flight home
Tuesday – Appenzell & Liechtenstein
We embark on today’s excursion to find some really good cheese, and explore Liechtenstein. We travel through the scenic Appenzeller countryside whose rich grazing has for the past 700 years provided the raw material for its famous cheese. The uniquely spicy taste of Appenzeller comes from a trade-secret herbal brine, and while they won’t be giving away this secret at the Appenzeller Cheese Factory, they will give us a fascinating tour showing every aspect of cheesemaking, with hopefully a chance to taste some of the produce.
We continue along the Rhine valley into Leichtenstein. This is a strange little country, double-landlocked, with virtually no crime, no military, one TV station, two newspapers, the highest per capita GDP in the world and more registered companies than people due to its tax-haven laws. We take a late lunch stop in the capital Vaduz, which has a pedestrianised Old Town, lots of museums and restaurants, and a castle. We continue on in the afternoon by way of Werdenberg, stopping for a break in this pretty town which has two museums and a hilltop castle founded in 1230.
Friday – Lindau and Lake Constance
On this full–day excursion we travel to lovely Lake Constance (Bodensee), which is almost 40 times the size of Lake Windermere. We take a boat trip on the lake, during which we will technically be in no country on Earth, due to the fact that neighbouring states can’t agree where the borders are. Part of the eastern shore is Bavarian, and this includes the island of Lindau with what is famously Bavaria’s only lighthouse. There are lots of attractive gardens and parks here, as well as interesting little shops selling clothes, local wines and cheeses, antiques, toys and gifts. But Lindau is best known for its beautiful old quarter, full of picturesque café–flanked squares and higgledy–piggledy building styles. A lot of the houses have crow–stepped or staircase–style gables, making the roofs look as if they were built out of Lego bricks. One of these, the Alte Rathaus (Old Town Hall), is painted with colourful frescoes bustling with muses, cherubs, dignitaries, sailing ships, biblical allegories and trompes l’oeil. Lindau Rathaus is another exuberant example.