Lech (Vorarlberg)

Lech is a municipality with 1523 inhabitants (December 31, 2013) on the eponymous river in the district of Bludenz in Vorarlberg in Austria and is an internationally known ski resort at the Arlberg.

  • 3.1 Demographics
  • 6.1 townscape design


Lech is located at 1,444 meters above sea level in the westernmost province of Austria, Vorarlberg. 14.1% of the area is forested, 58 % of the area Alps. Geographically and historically belongs to Lech Tannberg. Tourist However, the municipality is counted in the Arlberg region.

In Lech, the headwaters Formarinbach unite ( source close to the Formarinsee ) and Spullerbach which flows from the Spullersee, for Lech.

Community structure

Lech ( 90.01 km ²)

Lech (D)

The most important of the abbreviations used are:

  • M = center of the municipality
  • Stt = district
  • R = Rotte
  • W = hamlet
  • D = village
  • ZH = Scattered houses
  • Sdlg = settlement
  • E = bowery (only if they have their own locality code)

The complete list that uses the Statistics Austria, can be found at Topographic settlement Labelling according to STAT

Please note that some places may have different spellings. So Katastralgemeinden write differently than the same localities.

Source: Statistics Austria -


Lech was in 13-14. Century founded by immigrant Walser. It was to the 19th century Tannberg, then the resultant of " Tannberg am Lech " name Lech prevailed. Probably built in the early 14th century parish church of St. Nicholas was to the 16th century, the parish church of the district court Tannberg, also, the Courthouse was Tannberg 1806 until the dissolution of Tannberggerichts in Lech. The small town has also developed in recent decades, first by the influence of winter tourism in the sequence augmented by summer tourism into a thriving community.

In August 2005, large parts of the town were devastated by a flood disaster. The sometimes considerable damage has been largely eliminated in December 2005 to the beginning of the winter season.




  • Municipal Council: The municipal council consists of 15 members. The choice was made not by party lists, but by a majority vote, which is common in Walser communities. In the local council elections on April 10, 2005 party lists were asked for the first time. In the 2010 election, in turn, the majority vote was conducted.
  • Mayor Ludwig Muxel.

Coat of arms

The coat of arms was created in 1968 after a design by the artist and Schrunser heraldist Konrad Honold. It was awarded on 18 February 1969 by the State Government of Vorarlberg. Blazon: " Divided by a silver pile shaft; front in blue a golden sun, back in red on a black Dreienberg a black pine. " The fir is the classic symbol of the Bregenz Forest communities and a commitment to this region.

Culture and sights

  • St. Nicholas Parish Church: The church was built in Gothic style around 1390 and 1987 extensive renovations. The original Romanesque church is still visible on frescoes - the complete interior was remodeled in 1791 in the country rococo style. Particularly striking is the tower with 33 meters height and a unique onion dome. In the belfry there are six bronze bells. The oldest bell dates from the early 15th century.
  • Kastle - Mountain Museum: In December 2008, was opened in the mountain station of the Rüfikopfbahn Kastle Mountain Museum. The permanent exhibition shows the history of the ski Kastle brand and their close connection with Lech am Arlberg.
  • Museum Huber Hus: The Huber Hus, built in 1590, invites visitors on the ground floor, first to discover rustic living and working, the kitchen is the historically oldest part of the house. Exhibits from the Baroque to the present comes from the original owners, the Huber family. Especially valuable are the numerous exhibits in the " cooper's workshop ", some of which date from the 18th century. In the basement of the house is the archive of the Lech. Upstairs the renovated rooms for changing twice a year special exhibitions are available.
  • Nature reserve Gipslöcher: Above Lech is the nature reserve " Gipslöcher "
  • Opera in the snow: the Bregenz Festival always guesting end of January in Lech -Zürs. To see and hear there are samples from the opera, which is then played in the summer on the Bregenz Floating Stage.

Townscape design

Within the European competition " Entente Florale Europe " Lech in 2004 won a gold medal in the village.


The Lech ski area has currently (as of season 2008/ 09 ) 278 km of groomed ski runs and 180 km of designated tour departures. About 63 % of the slopes are covered with snow. In total there are 85 lifts and gondolas with a total capacity of 123,600 passengers per hour in operation. On Lech Lech and upper ( area Arlberg West ) account which 22 lifts and cable cars, and 17 ski slopes and 18 ski trails. Since the winter season 2013/14 the gondola connects the ski areas Auenfeldjet Lech and Warth Schröcken.

Regular events

  • Philosophicum Lech: Since 1997, the Philosophicum Lech in Lech is an annual event, a prestigious interdisciplinary conference that deals with philosophical issues.
  • The White Ring: The longest ski race in the world takes place in Lech -Zürs than 22 kilometers of slopes and 5,500 meters in altitude. The start number is estimated at about 1,000 participants.

Economy and infrastructure

At the site there were in 2003 253 companies in the industrial sector with 2,956 employees and 27 apprentices. Taxable wage -employed, there were 1,163. Tourism and tourism are extremely important. In the winter season 2004/ 05 there were 870 593 in Lech and in winter 2006/ 07 849 477 overnight stays and in the 2005 summer season, 123 260 and 117 272 overnight stays in summer 2006.

Lech is the destination of many winter sports enthusiasts, including since 1959 the Dutch royal family. Numerous hotels from tourist class to luxury class provide the guest with a great selection.

As of 2010 was Lech to Warth than the town in Austria with the second highest financial strength per capita ( € 6,110 ).


Accessible Lech is from Kloster from a not winter -proof former main highway - the Lech valley road with the flexing Gallery (Flex Pass) - so that it happens in the winter months and over again that the place is cut off for a time from the outside world.

In the summer of Lech can be reached from the other side of Warth from. On this road section the Lech valley road, however, is consistently closed in winter due to avalanche danger.

The nearest railway station is Langen am Arlberg and on the Tyrolean side of St. Anton am Arlberg. These stations are approached from Lech to the country bus line 91 or 92. In the summer, connects the country bus line 40a Lech Schoppernau in the Bregenz Forest and on to Dornbirn.

Several private providers offer in winter shuttle service to get from the nearby airports in the area to Lech.

Within the municipality of Lech a local bus connects the hamlets.


Locally there is a secondary school with 75 and a primary school with 74 pupils (January 2005) and a kindergarten.


  • Germany Kampen (Sylt ) on the island of Sylt, Schleswig -Holstein, Germany: Guest gift to the North Frisian municipality was the pod of the former Mohnenfluhbahn, which is now situated at the Kampen beach. In turn, there is now a thatched bus shelter in Lech.
  • United States Beaver Creek Resort, Colorado: Beaver Creek Resort is the largest U.S. winter sports area and is privately owned. There is also the famous World Cup downhill "Birds of prey" ( Bird of Prey piste ).
  • Japan Hakuba, Japan: the village of Hakuba is the birthplace of Japanese skiing and venue of the Alpine events at the Olympics in Nagano in 1998.


Regulars get from the community after 10, 15, 25, 35, 45 and 55 consecutive years with stays of at least seven consecutive nights each awarded a badge of honor.