In the footsteps of the Walser people

This route takes you to numerous sites that are significant in terms of culture and natural history. An adventurous hike with historical highlights and culinary delights.
7,0 km
Take the hiking bus from the starting point at the Rüfiplatz to Oberlech. Alternatively, you can also take the Oberlech mountain railway to the Schlössle terminus. The asphalted road leads to the viewpoint Tannberg. Downhill you reach a barbecue area. Continue uphill via the Gaisbühelalpe and chives fields uphill and downhill to the Auenfeldsattel. When you reach Bürstegg you can choose the steep descent to Wang-Hus in good weather. In bad weather, it is better to choose the alpine path until you reach the bus stop.


Difficulty easy
Highest point 1808 m
Lowest point 1453 m
Best time of year
Jan Feb Mär Apr Mai Jun
Jul Aug Sep Okt Nov Dez

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In the footsteps of the Walser people
Safety information


140 Alpine Emergencies Austria-wide

144 Alpine Emergencies Vorarlberg

112 Euro emergency call (works with any mobile phone/network)

Turn-by-turn directions

Take the hiking bus towards Oberlech directly from the hike starting point at the Rüfiplatz. Get off at the last stop ”Schlössle”. Follow the road. Soon a paved back road branches off to the right, so you will get to the (1) view point ”Tannegg” incl. barbecue site. From here, a narrow path on your right takes you downhill to the far side of the Tobel River. Now take the wooden bridge to the other side and then ascend steadily to the (2) Gaisbühelalpe. Across colourful mountain pastures with extensive (3) chive fields, you will ascend leisurely to the Auenfeld saddle. Turn right and follow the hiking path, initially uphill and then downhill again, until you reach an alpine path just before Bürstegg. Go to the left until you reach (4) Bürstegg. You can rest here and take in the unique landscape and peacefulness. On nice days, descending to the (5) Wanghus house is definitely worth the trip. To get there, follow thepath through the pasture behind Bürstegg going right. Soon, the path becomes a narrow track that goes downhill fairly steeply to the Wanghus and ends at the bus stop. In the event of rain, the descent from Bürstegg to the Bodenalpe via the alpine path is recommended. Here, too, the path ends right at a bus stop. The hiking bus will take you back to the starting point.

Public transport

By train to Langen am Arlberg station or St. Anton am Arlberg. From there, buses (No. 750+760) run regularly to Lech Zürs am Arlberg.

Getting there

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, drive through Flexengalerie and over the Flexenpass to Lech Zürs am Arlberg.


You can either park your vehicle directly at your host or park it in the underground garage in Anger. The underground car park is located directly in the centre of town opposite Raiffeisenbank Lech. Opening hours 07:00 - 20:00 o' clock.


Good footwear (ankle high, profile sole), rain protection, drinks, snacks, Lech Card and bus timetable.

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