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Group of cyclists on the Lech cycle path past Neuschwanstein Castle

Lech cycle path

From the Alps to Augsburg

7 Days / 6 Nights
Group of cyclists on the Lech cycle path past Neuschwanstein Castle

Along the Lech, you can expect a variety of impressions as you journey from the Austrian state of Vorarlberg to the Bavarian "Fuggerstadt" Augsburg. Observe along the way how the river undergoes constant transformation – from its wild, mountainous origins to the artificial dam at Lechfall near Füssen, flowing through numerous reservoirs, and connecting with other water bodies. During your journey, you'll cycle through impressive mountain landscapes, pass by world-famous landmarks, and traverse historic old towns.

Your journey commences in the town of Lech am Arlberg, from where you'll first cycle to the Formarinsee with the source of the Lech and soon reach Tyrol following the river. You'll spend the night in Elbigenalp. The route then takes you to the Bavarian border, and on to Füssen, Schongau, and Landsberg am Lech.

The journey concludes in "Fuggerstadt" the Fugger City of Augsburg with its beautiful historic center. Upon reaching your destination, make sure to take some time for a stroll through the Lechviertel, where the river meanders through the city in small canals.

  • The picturesque Lech spring: The river originates in the Lechquellen Mountains, which are named after it. Nearby, you'll find the Formarinsee, which forms each year from the melting water of the surrounding mountains. In 2015, the lake, along with the towering Rote Wand (Red Wall) above it, was chosen as Austria's most beautiful spot.
  • The royal castles near Füssen: In the Allgäu region, you'll encounter not one but two castles belonging to the Wittelsbach royal family – Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau. These fairytale castles, famous worldwide, are nestled in a charming natural landscape. Despite the crowds, the opulent interiors are well worth a visit.
  • Historical Augsburg: The Baroque Town Hall, Maximilianstraße, and the Fuggerei are just three examples of notable places in Augsburg. Stroll along the old city wall at the Fischertor, which dates back to the Roman era. There, you'll also find the "Luginsland" beer garden, a perfect spot to take a break and relax.

The Lech River is a tributary of the Danube, flowing for a distance of 256 kilometers before it joins the Danube near Donauwörth. On the accompanying long-distance bike trail from the source in Vorarlberg to the finish of the Eurobike tour in Augsburg, you will cover around 230 kilometers. Split into five stages, you'll have ample time each day to explore the beautiful surroundings and the numerous attractions along the route. We'll provide you with all the essential information about the tour, and we'll take care of transporting your luggage from one accommodation to the next.

In addition to historical cities like Augsburg and world-famous landmarks such as Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria and southern Germany have many other places of interest to explore, perfectly suited for cycling adventuress.

Itinerary at a glance

From the Alps to Augsburg, where the wealth of the Fugger family was based, there is plenty to be amazed by. The river Lech leads you past powerful peaks and green pastures, rushing waterfalls and world-famous castles. In Bavaria, you will enjoy the colourful old towns.

Enjoy your first hours in the breathtaking mountains and marvel at the surrounding peaks with a first small exploratory tour.

Hotel (example): Schneider

In the morning, you’ll pass the Formarinsee, the source of the Lech, where you can enjoy the fantastic views across the sparkling mountain lake. Through idyllic farmland and past lush mountain meadows, the route leads to the Walser village of Warth and further on, to the charming town of Steeg in Tirol. A detour to Holzgau rewards you with historical houses painted with wonderful Baroque facades known as ‘Lüftlmalerei’. The first cycle trip ends in the Lech valley's geographical centre, the stronghold of traditional woodwork and carving.

Hotel (example): Stern

It is worthwhile making a first short stop in Häselgehr, where the decorative exterior of the parish church is stunning. Past the Lechzopf to Forchach, where a suspension bridge lures the daring to cross! You will cycle across the border into Bavaria. The impressive Lechfall greets you in Füssen, with the royal castles of Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau, which are well worth seeing.

Hotel (example): Weinbauer

As you leave the tranquil town of Füssen along the shimmering blue Forggensee, and ride through the Alpine foothills, a last quick glance behind you shows the mountains growing smaller. The Lechsee at Lechbruck is a good place for a short rest on the riverbank. In Schongau, you can explore the unique historical old town and while away the evening in a beer garden.

Hotel (example): Rössle

Schongau – formerly a Bavarian fortress – bears witness to the past, with walkable battlements up on the city walls. Epfach with the Roman museum and the baroque pilgrimage church in Vilgertshofen are good places to pause before you reach the medieval city centre of Landsberg. Nestled in the wild and romantic valley floor, the historical town hall and the Gothic town gate are the main attractions.

Hotel (example): Ana Goggl

From Landsberg to Kaufering is 11km of the best-preserved section of the renowned Via Claudia. You’ll cycle past Königsbrunn and the old Bavarian ducal town of Friedberg to Augsburg. Many monuments of all eras define the cityscape. A visit to the Fuggerei is worthwhile – the world’s oldest continuing social housing project, a small city within the city.

Hotel (example): Dom Hotel Augsburg

Departure or extension

Route information


Mainly on cycle paths or quiet side roads. Approximately 450 meters in altitude must be gained to get to Lake Formarinsee, after which it tends to be downhill to Füssen, with smaller inclines. It is slightly hilly between Füssen and Landsberg. It alternates between asphalted paths and longer sections on gravel paths.

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Prices & Dates

Category: 3***-hotels

Prices per person in EUR

Our rental bikes

Men's bike 21-speed
Dereilleur gears with freewheel

High-quality men's touring bike with classic diamond frame

Body size approx. 165 cm - 205 cm

56-51 "sloping" cm |
60 cm |
64 cm
Unisex bike 21/24-speed
Dereilleur gears with freewheel

High-quality unisex touring bike with comfortable low entry

Body size approx. 148 cm - 190 cm

43 cm |
46 cm |
51 cm |
56 cm
Unisex bike 7-speed
Hub gears with coaster brake

High-quality unisex touring bike with coaster brake on the rear wheel

Body size approx. 155 cm - 190 cm

46 cm |
51 cm |
56 cm
Unisex Electro bike 8-speed
Hub gears with freewheel

High-quality unisex electric bike with comfortable low entry

Body size approx. 148 cm - 195 cm

46 cm "xs" |
46 cm |
51 cm |
56 cm
Rental Bike PLUS 20/27-speed
Dereilleur gears with freewheel

Sportier, lighter and more precise premium rental bike with diamond frame

Body size approx. 155 cm - 205 cm

46 cm |
50 cm |
51 cm |
55 cm |
60 cm |
63 cm

Services & Information

Further details about this tour


  • Accommodation as already mentioned
  • Breakfast
  • Luggage transfer
  • EUROBIKE developed route
  • Detailed travel documents 1x per room (German, English, French)
  • App for Navigation and GPS-data
  • Service hotline

Optional extras

  • Bike rental, including rental bike insurance
  • Return transfer by minibus to Lech every Saturday morning, this costs EUR 89/person, EUR 39 extra for your own bike, to be paid for in advance, reservation necessary

Anreise / Parken / Abreise

  • Bahnhof St. Anton am Arlberg, weiter mit dem Bus nach Lech am Arlberg
  • Flughafen Innsbruck oder München
  • Öffentliche Garage, ca. € 10,-/Tag
  • Die Rückreise mit öffentlichen Verkehrsmitteln ist nur mit mehrmaligem Umstieg möglich


  • Kurtaxe, soweit fällig, nicht im Reisepreis enthalten!
  • Weitere wichtige Informationen gemäß Pauschalreisegesetz finden Sie hier!

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