06. Jul 2021

ALONG THE ARLBERG TRAIL

AN ALPINE CHALLENGE

Arlberg celebrates its first joint summer project in 2021 with the new long-distance hiking trail. The LONG-AWAITED dream of merging together has shaped the region since the end of the 19th century.

 

The new, sporty long-distance hiking trail Arlberg Trail will connect all five Arlberg resorts of Lech, Zürs,Stuben, St. Anton and St. Christoph from summer 2021. In three stages and with the help of cable cars, a total of 40 km of hiking trails in spectacular alpine scenery are to be mastered. A special Arlberg Trail Ticket, partner hotels and special services such as luggage transport crown the unique mountain experience.

Hike once around the Arlberg Pass, which connects Tyrol and Vorarlberg. Right into the middle of a fascinating, mostly high alpine landscape, which demands a lot of endurance and surefootedness for three days. In the evening, enjoy authentic hospitality and well-deserved comfort in the villages, before the mountain calls again the next morning ... It is scenarios like these that make the hearts of passionate hikers beat faster. The new Arlberg Trail makes it possible to discover the pass region in a wonderfully decelerated way and at the same time in the usual top quality. The signposted circular hiking trail covers a total length of 50 kilometers (including lifts), of which just under one fifth is covered by mountain railroad. In total, it takes about 18 hours of walking time. A nice challenge even for mountain experts who have already seen and achieved a lot.

WE'VE COME FULL CIRCLE

You start in St. Anton, Lech or Stuben and ideally hike in a clockwise direction. In this direction, the routes and schedules of the cable cars interlock perfectly. A possible route would be from St. Anton via Stuben (1st overnight stay) to Zürs, via the Seekopf to Lech (2nd overnight stay) and from there back to St. Anton (3rd overnight stay). Partial sections are overcome by hikers with the cable cars, so of the total 9,550 meters of altitude "only" 6,038 hm remain to be mastered with calf strength. Due to the special altitude, where snowfields persist well into the summer, the Arlberg Trail is only accessible in the months of July, August and September and with good weather forecasts. The official opening of the trail is planned for mid-August 2021.

SUPPORT AT ALL LEVELS

In addition to the impressive natural experience, the Arlberg Trail is characterized by first-class general conditions. Partner hotels in three towns welcome long-distance hikers with customized offers. If desired, luggage can be transported between the accommodations so that hikers can tackle the stage with their daypacks without a care in the world. The specially designed Arlberg Trail Ticket is available for the five mountain railway rides. Those who can't or don't want to run the entire loop can get a taste of the "trail spirit" on individual stages or easier alternatives. Exit points along the route serve to ensure the safety of hikers in the high alpine terrain.

FROM PIONEERING SPIRIT TO A SHARED VISION

The Arlberg Trail crowns the history of the Arlberg and connects what has belonged together for decades. Just like the RUN of FAME, the 85 km long ski circuit through the Ski Arlberg ski area, the long-distance trail leads through the spectacular nature of the pass region - and threads the five legendary towns like pearls on a necklace to boot. Lech, Zürs, Stuben, St. Anton and St. Christoph derive their charisma from winter sports, which were raised from the cradle on the deep snow-covered slopes between the mountain villages. Many pioneering achievements such as the first ski race in the Alps (1904), the first ski course (1906) or the first ski school in Austria (1920/21) established the world reputation of the Arlberg. Technical innovations such as the first T-bar lift and the first cable car in Austria designed for winter sports (1937) as well as the invention of technical snowmaking (1970) consolidated the legendary status. Finally, in 2016, a long-held wish of people on both sides of the mountain pass came true and the Arlberg grew even closer together as Austria's largest connected ski area. The Arlberg Trail fits seamlessly into this series of milestones. The Arlberg's first joint summer product once again bridges the gap between sporting challenge, nature experience and quality tourism. In short: It shows the Arlberg as it lives and breathes.

 

Hiking the pass region between Tyrol and Vorarlberg wonderfully decelerated and at the same time in the usual top quality: The new Arlberg Trail makes it possible. The signposted circular hiking trail covers a total length of 50 kilometers, almost a fifth of which is covered by cable cars. In total, it takes about 18 hours of walking time and 6,038 meters of elevation gain with calf strength. A nice challenge even for experienced mountain experts who have already seen and achieved a lot. Ideally, you start clockwise from St. Anton, Lech or Stuben, so that the route and the cable car ride are perfectly intertwined. Partner hotels in three towns welcome the long-distance hikers with tailor-made offers. If desired, luggage can be transported between the accommodations, and the specially designed Arlberg Trail Ticket is available for the four mountain railroads. Those who do not want to walk the entire round can get a taste of the "trail spirit" on individual stages or easier alternatives.

FACTSHEET: ARLBERG TRAIL: NUMBERS & FACTS

  • Total distance: 52.1 km
  • Trail without lift: 40.2 km
  • Pure walking time: approx. 18 h
  • Altitude difference incl. lifts: 9,550 m
  • 5 mountain railway rides
  • 1 Arlberg Trail ticket
  • Highest point: 2,647 m (Valluga I mountain station)
  • Lowest point: 1,304 m (St. Anton am Arlberg)
  • Overnight stay in St. Anton, Stuben and Lech
  • Walkable in July, August & September
  • Type of route: loop trail
  • More about the Arlberg Trail www.arlbergtrail.com