Lech – St. Anton

Trail description

Right at the start of the tour, Rüfikopf cable car provides valuable assistance in surmounting the first 900 metres in elevation, where the most challenging stage of the Arlberg Trail begins at 2,350 m above sea level. Accompanied by views of Rüfispitze Peak, the route descends initially just above Lake Monzabonsee into Ochsengümple. At Rauhkopfscharte, you then cross the border between Vorarlberg and Tyrol. With Stuttgarter Hütte at 2,310 m in your sights and surrounded by fantastic mountain scenery of the Arlberg, you head towards your lunch break. This is followed by a descent to Erlachalpe at 1,922 m, before heading steeply uphill again through the hidden hollow to Knoppenkar. From there it is only a few metres in altitude to the mountain station of the Vallugabahn I, with fabulous views towards the first stage designation village of St. Anton am Arlberg. The 1,300 m downhill journey is covered by the Vallugabahn I and Galzigbahn cable cars. Please observe cable car operating times!

Be sure to note the operating times of the cable cars and start the Lech – St. Anton stage with the first possible ascent of the Rüfikopf cable car at 08.30 am!

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Distance
12,4 km

Ascent
1.220 m

Lifts required
Rüfikopf Seilbahn, Vallugabahn I, Galzibahn

Hiking time
ca. 06:30 hours

Descent
918 m

Opportunities for refreshment

  • Rüfikopf Panoramarestaurant
  • Stuttgarter Hütte
  • Valluga restaurant
  • St. Anton

St. Anton – Stuben

Trail description

This stage of the Arlberg Trail starts with a climb up the Galzig. A wide path with great views of St. Christoph am Arlberg leads leisurely towards the pass, from where the “Berggeistweg” (Mountain Spirit Trail) begins. Behind Gasthaus Valluga, follow signs to the Kaltenberghütte (trail no. 19). From the next junction, the Berggeistweg Trail is signposted. The trail leads initially gently uphill, before getting steeper up to a mountain ridge. With views in the direction of Pateriol and Kaltenberg, the trail continues to the Maroiseen Lakes near the Albona II lift station. The path leads along a short supply road to the old Albonagrat mountain station (closed). Accompanied by fantastic views of the valley into Klostertal, the trail finally leads to the 2,089 m high Kaltenberghütte. After a stop for refreshments, the trail continues with a direct view of Flexenpass and Zürs across meadows and moorlands towards the valley. Hidden from view, the trail leads ever more steeply downhill past Lake Stubener See with a magnificent view of the second stage destination village of Stuben am Arlberg.

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Distance
15 km

Ascent
674 m

Lift required
Galzigbahn

Hiking time
approx. 06:30 hours

Descent
1.351 m

Opportunities for refreshment

  • Galzig restaurant
  • St. Christoph
  • Kaltenberghütte
  • Stuben

Stuben – Lech

Trail description

From picturesque Stuben, the gateway to the Arlberg, take the village road along a forest path past the E-Trial park in the direction of Flexental. Shortly after the Mondscheinhütte (closed), Flexenbach Stream is crossed, and the route briefly becomes steeper along the Franz Josef Trail in the direction of the Flexen Pass. During this section of the tour, you will enjoy fantastic views of Stuben at 1,407 m above sea level. Soon you will reach the great European water divide on the way to the Flexenpass. The trail descends gently towards Zürs. After briefly traversing the village, you reach the Seekopfbahn cable car on the village outskirts. This whisks you up to 2,212 metres above sea level, where at the top, you not only have a fantastic view of Lake Zürsersee, but also an excellent opportunity for refreshments at Seekopf Panorama Restaurant. After Lake Zürsersee, the trail climbs steeply up to a small and tranquil cotton grass plain. This is followed by the final uphill metres to the 2,450 m high Madlochjoch. From there, the trail follows in the tracks of the White Ring, a famous winter ski circuit, over rocks and alpine meadows with views of Lech am Arlberg and on via Gstütalpe down into the valley. Before the end of this stage, wonderful views of Lech am Arlberg, 1,450 m above sea level, are particularly inspiring.

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Distance
12,8 km

Ascent
667 m

Lift required
Seekopfbahn

Hiking time
approx. 5 hours

Descent
1.144 m

Opportunities for refreshment

  • Flexenhäusl
  • Hotel Enzian, Zürs
  • Seekopf Panoramarestaurant
  • Lech

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ASI Reisen is the official booking centre of the Arlberg Trail. You can book your perfect tour in just a few steps. We organise accommodation, luggage transport, trip notes, guide if necessary and 24/7 service number for you.

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Book with ASI Reisen

ASI Reisen is the official booking centre of the Arlberg Trail. You can book your perfect tour in just a few steps. We organise accommodation, luggage transport, trip notes, guide if necessary and 24/7 service number for you.

The Tyrolean family business has been offering sustainable active and adventure tours since 1963. These lead to more than 100 countries all over the world, from the pleasure region to the high alpine. Where fresh air, the sounds of nature and narrow paths await.