Lech is a favorite winter ski trip destination for many Europeans. Couples and families plan their visit annually for winter sports, tasty fondue, and sweeping mountain views. This means accommodations tend to book up a year in advance! If you’re lucky enough to find yourself in this quaint Austrian town, you’ll be surrounded by locals and visitors who know their way around the slopes. Somewhere between the tasty Austrian delicacies and cozy tucked-in cabins, Lech just might convince you to start planning your own annual visit. Our friends ski trip in Lech last month was one of those trips that I know we’ll talk about for years!
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Where to Stay
Sandhof Hotel – this upscale family-run hotel is just a couple minutes walk from the nearest cable car in downtown Lech. You’ll love sitting in their cozy lobby to enjoy the fire, or trying out treatments in their in-house spa.
Gasthof Pension Auerhahn – this budget-friendly, 400-year-old guesthouse is located just outside of Lech. Don’t be surprised if the owner, Hans, greets you with schnapps upon arrival. Light sleepers beware – the walls are paper thin!
Gasthof Pension Alphorn – located just one town over from Lech in Zug, this cozy hotel in the mountains has everything you need for the perfect ski vacation: an Austrian restaurant, sauna, bar, and free buffet breakfast.
Hotel Gasthof “Post” – this luxurious hotel is located in the heart of Lech. I couldn’t help snapping a photo of the painted mural on the front of the building! Splurge here for a room with your own balcony, fireplace and steam room.
Hotel Arlberg Lech – for a real treat, stay at Hotel Arlberg Lech. Their spa features an indoor pool, a long list of treatments, a sauna and steam area, and a yoga studio and gym…if you can leave their plush rooms!
Where to Eat
Gasthof Pension Auerhahn – some of the best restaurants can be found in Austria’s ‘gasthofs’, and this one is no exception. Dine on schnitzel, risotto, and spaetzle with views of the alps from your dinner table.
Der Wolf – a modern lunch spot located on the slopes, with fresh soups rotating daily. Beer is always recommended.
Hus Nr. 8 – traditional Austrian fare is served in large portions at this cozy old-fashioned restaurant. Order the pork knuckle in advance, or indulge in their classic fondue.
Burg Schenke – this hotel-restaurant in Lech serves up rustic, seasonal dishes with sweeping views of the mountains.
Schneggarei – perfect for an après-ski drink or a group dinner, this local restaurant is loved for its charming ambiance and homemade pizzas.
Gampen Restaurant – the ideal lunch stop during your ski day, this large restaurant with a patio features homemade spaetzle as their specialty (and trust me, it’s a must-order).
Gasthof Restaurant Alpenblick – you’ll find typical Austrian and German fare in this old-fashioned restaurant in Zug. Save room for their mouthwatering desserts!
Where to Drink
Hotel Krone – start at the outside bar located adjacent to the lifts for glühwein and roasted chestnuts. Or, move inside to select some local wine and beers and cozy up in a corner.
Mooserwirt – arrive here after 3pm and you’ll have some trouble finding a table. The après-ski scene at this legendary bar/restaurant gets rowdy. Pace yourself though — there’s still one hill to get down once you’ve had your fill of drinks!
Rud-Alpe Gastronomie – for afternoon drinks, this après-ski locale in the mountains has a dreamy patio and lots of seating to take in the alpine views.
Hotel Goldener Berg – wine aficionados will love the variety at this hotel bar with a wine cellar. According to the staff here, they house wine from 1,250 different regions around the world.
What to Do
Hit the slopes – our favorite ski areas are Zurs and Lech, but there’s also St. Anton, Zug, and more. Take a look at this interactive map for reference. There’s more than 305 kilometers of ski slopes to explore!
Shop in downtown Lech – head to Lech’s town center to find the best outerwear around. Hit up Strolz for the most high-end ski gear you can find, or Sagmeister for typical mountain wear.
Check out the après-ski scene – starting around 3pm, stake out a spot in town or on the slopes and get ready for the music, beer, and bar snacks. The Mooserwirt is a classic and always fills up fast.
Go cross-country skiing – there’s plenty of trails in and around Lech. Rent skis in town and plan your journey for some incredibly peaceful forest trails.
Visit a local spa – most hotels in the area have indoor spas with treatment rooms, like Gasthof Post or Hotel Aurelio. There’s nothing like rewarding yourself after a long day of skiing with a relaxing massage!
Hike to lunch – where the road ends just after Gasthof Pension Auerhahn, take the path for a 40-minute walk to Gasthaus Aelpele, a local lunch spot. You can also get there by cross-country skiing.
The photos above were taken during our walk to Gasthaus Aelpele restaurant. Our trip to Lech made us want to plan a yearly ski trip! There’s a reason it books up a year in advance…don’t say I didn’t warn you. 😉
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Hello Selena, how are you?
I have been following you on instagram for some years now. You do an amazing job, great curation, photos and so well written.
I’m planning a ski trip this winter with my husband and I must say I have been checking all the available guides you have up on the blog. We were considering Innsbruck but you just gave me the to visit Lech.
Would you say they have enough slopes for a week getaway? Do you by chance happen to know Innsbruck and region for skiing?
Thanks so much for any tips.
XO from Brazil
Selena SaysPost author
So nice to meet you Giulliana! I really appreciate the kind words. : )
I haven’t personally experienced the Innsbruck area for skiing, but you will definitely not find a shortage of slopes in Lech. Between Lech, Oberlech, Zurs, St Anton.. you can ski to different areas or take lifts and we’ve never run out in a week. Enjoy, it’s wonderful there!
I’m planning a trip to Lech for Christmas and your blog came up in my research. The photos look stunning! I was wondering what kind budget to expect for eating out in Lech? Did you do half-board or eat out most nights? We are deciding between the two. Also, I saw you recommended some local spas, can people use hotel spas for a day/afternoon or do you usually have to be a guest there? Thanks so much for any tips.
Selena SaysPost author
Hey Alex – Lech is on the pricier side, but not as bad as towns in Switzerland! I’d say our average lunch on the slopes or in town was between 12-28 EUR a person, and dinner was around 20-35 EUR person if we ate out. That being said, it can easily go up if you order drinks, etc. And yes, some spas offer a day pass — it’s best to call prior to confirm though, as each one is different. Hope that helps!
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As someone who went to Lech literally her entire life (My mom was pregnant with me hitting the slopes in Lech, I was put on skies the moment I was able to stand stable on two feet and now being 22 I have been in Lech over 20 times in my life) I can tell you Lech is magic and you really captured that. For me I always get a feeling of coming home the moment our car drives up the Flexenpass from Stuben all the way up through Zürs to Lech. It is just the way Lech and it’s people welcome you that makes you feel like family. I have an one addition to you list: the breakfast at the “Backstube Lech” is really great and you are seated in a kind of parlor which is so cozy. Also my favorite skiing routes (for all of you who have at least have intermediate skiing skills) are the “Zürser Täli”, “Länger Zug” and the very popular “Madlochjoch”.
Thank you for your wonderful article and the fotos are stunning.
Selena SaysPost author
OK, your mom has the best taste! I would love Lech even more if it was my childhood/growing up destination! Thank you for the additional recs, will definitely keep these on our list for our next visit…hopefully soon 😉 xx
Jon P Says
First of all thanks a lot for sharing this wonderful information. Actually, I’m planning to go on a ski holiday next year with my family and I must say this is really great as well as helpful info for me. Thanks for sharing.
Selena SaysPost author
I’m so glad, thanks Jon! We’d return to Lech in a heartbeat.
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Michael @ Mile in My Glasses Says
Such beautiful photography! Austria is definitely on my bucket list!
I hope you’re having a lovely Wednesday!
Selena SaysPost author
Thanks Michael. 🙂 Austria is always at the top of our list for winter!
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