On crystal clear paths

On this hike you discover the source of the Lech spring water, which is also fondly referred to as ”Chateau Madloch” or ”Schwarzbach Riesling”.
4,1 km
The family-friendly hike starts at the starting point at the Rüfiplatz from where you walk along the signposted Lechuferweg to Zug. Alternatively, you can also take the local bus to Zug. Pass the fishpond in Zug and go upriver on the left bank of the river Lech. When you reach the barbecue site, you can cross the river Lech over a bridge, then you come across the saw. Another level 100m into the valley you will find the source of the Schwarzbach. Back at the barbecue site you follow the river slightly uphill until you reach the restaurant Älpele.


Difficulty easy
Highest point 1562 m
Lowest point 1491 m
Best time of year
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On crystal clear paths
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

From the hike starting point at the Rüfiplatz, take the ”Lech riverbank path” hike described above to Zug, or take the hiking bus to Zug. When you have passed the (1) fish pond, continue on the left bank of the Lech River going upstream. You can cross the Lech at a bridge and will soon reach the (2) sawmill. Here is the natural spring of the (3) Weissbach River. Just 100 m into the valley along the paved toll road, you will find the spring of the (4) Schwarz bach River. Walk over the bridge back to the (5) barbecue site and follow the hiking trail alongside the river until you cross the Lech when you reach the (6) Gasthof Älpele.Here you can rest for a while and then take the hiking bus back to the starting point.

Special features: Sections of the Lech have been made available for fly fishing. Fishing permits are available at the Lech Zürs Tourist Office.

Sights: The water treasure of the Lech municipality – fulfils all the criteria for the designations ”suitable for a low-sodium diet” and ”suitable for the preparation of baby food”.

Refreshment stops: Restaurants in Lech am Arlberg or Zug, fish pond and Gasthof Älpele.

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, snachk, Lech Card and bus timetable.