Begin your day in the heart of cozy St. Anton with breakfast at Das Anton. The menu lets you assemble your own combination of eggs, fresh bread, and pastries, or order an indulgent spread that will give you lots of energy for the day.
The Arlberg is all about its mountains. There’s no better place to start exploring than the region’s tallest peak: the Valluga. You can of course scale the 9,215 feet (2,809 m) of craggy rock, but there is an easier way. Hop on the Galzigbahn cable car down in St. Anton and take it to Vallugabahn I cable car. After a quick look around, zip further up the mountain to 8,694 feet (2,650 m) and hop on your final cable car: Vallugabahn II carries you to the panoramic summit. From the top of the Valluga, the Alps look like a vast ocean of limestone peaks. The 360 degree platform offers breathtaking views all the way to Italy, Switzerland, and Germany.
Linger on the summit, or grab a coffee at Valluga View, the restaurant at the top of Vallugabahn I. A seat by the window lets you soak in more glimpses of the Alps’ awesome mountain backs.
Head to Hotel Alte Post for a cozy lunch in the heart of St. Anton. Order from a traditional Austrian menu with things like cheesy Spätzle, goulash, or fluffy Kaiserschmarren.
Just south of St. Anton’s bustling town center lies the mystical Verwalltal valley. It’s not just a breathtaking nature retreat with babbling brooks and thick fir forests, but an hub for outdoor adventure. Take bus No. 6 from St. Anton into Verwall and discover EldoRADo Bikepark. Rent dirt bikes and e-bikes to complete the different courses.
Next up is the Aerial Park with its suspended platforms, ladders, and zip lines high up in the trees. A series of eight bridges form an “aerial trail” through the forest that let you test the limits of your balance. The kids’ climbing area is perfect for families who want to discover the Verwalltal together.
After you’ve tired yourself out on the ropes, head to Verwallsee lake for a little breather. A gentle walk around the clear blue water is the perfect way to end your day in the valley.
Hotel Gletscherblick welcomes you into its "Alpin Gourmet Stube" - or Alpine gourmet parlor - where chef Paul Markovics gets creative with local flavors. Taste Mediterranean and Asian influences along with Tirolean bacon or veal Schnitzel.
The Arlberg is made up of five picturesque villages: St. Anton, Lech, Zürs, St. Christoph, and Stuben. Stuben is the region’s smallest hamlet with just 80 inhabitants and a truly dreamy atmosphere.
Begin your second morning at restaurant Fuxbau with a breakfast of farm-fresh eggs, muesli, and homemade bread. Thanks to its modest size, the easiest way to explore Stuben is on a walk through its sloped, serpentine streets. On your walkabout you’ll encounter a selection of vintage photographs of the Alrberg. This open air exhibition of 19th century images takes you to the Arlberg’s beginnings: the region quickly developed from a secluded mountain refuge to Austria’s largest ski resort.
Drive 10 minutes east to St. Christoph, which itself played a key role in opening the Arlberg to international visitors. In the 14th century a local swineherd opened an inn for travelers to seek refuge from the mountains in St. Christoph. The amazing thing: this inn still exists and became the elegant Arlberg 1800 Resort, which still forms the heart of the village.
Head to Arlberg 1800 for an elevated lunch at one of the hotel’s superb restaurants. Let the chefs surprise you with their creative blend of international and Alpine flavors.
Take a stroll around St. Christoph (it won’t take you longer than half an hour) and come back to Arlberg 1800 for a special treat: Adi Werner and his knowledgeable team of sommeliers have the world’s largest collection of magnum bottles hidden away underneath the resort. Take a tour of the breathtaking cellar and treat yourself to an Alpine wine tasting by prior appointment.
If the wine cellar and award-winning restaurants weren’t enough, Arlberg 1800 also runs an art gallery and concert hall at 5,900 feet (1800 m). Check the resort’s website for updates on current exhibitions and concerts during your stay! If you get the chance to attend a classical concert at the sleek, wood-paneled hall, take it. Listening to international performers in this Alpine setting is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Hospiz Alm Restaurant in St. Christoph brings haute cuisine into a cozy ski hut with a sprawling terrace. The menu promises a crispy Tirolean duck, freshwater pike, and a cheese selection with local flavors.
Lech-Zürs lies on the region’s Vorarlberg side and is best known as an elegant winter resort. During the summer months, Lech-Zürs transforms into a paradise for hikers, with bright green mountainsides and rustic huts that invite you to take a snack break. One of these hiking trails leads to Formarinsee lake, which was voted Austria’s most beautiful place in 2015.
Start your trek in Lech and follow the Lechweg trail south-west towards Zug. From there, it’s a straight shot along the Lech river, with an altitude gain of 1,692 feet (516 meters). After about 4-5 hours of walking you hit the lake, which gleams emerald green in a dramatic mountain basin. Soak in the well-deserved views and snap some photos before taking a break at Freiburger hut. This Alpine refuge offers hearty Alpine cooking and lodging for adventurous travelers who bring a sleeping bag.
Once you’ve taken in the views, it’s time to get back into civilization. And don’t worry, you don’t need to hike back the 4 hour trail to Lech. A hiking bus leaves from Formarinsee back into the village and lets you digest the speck, fresh bread, and local cheese in peace. Note: if you aren’t up for a hike, just take the bus from Lech to Formarinsee lake and back. The views will be just as impressive.
The village of Lech itself is gorgeous. Think wood-paneled farmhouses, perched between towering Alpine peaks. A stroll down the village’s main street gets you acquainted with the mix of high-end fashion and traditional handcrafted pieces that dominate the Arlberg. Start exploring at shops Sagmeister and Strolz, two true local institutions that combine modern taste with Austrian Alpine charm.
Get ready for an early dinner at Bodenalpe, a 400 year-old traditional hut with a reputation for great local food. The restaurant is just a short drive from Lech and has a small menu with quality meats and Alpine staples.
One of the Arlberg’s newest cultural additions is the Skyspace by American artist James Turrell. The circular structure sits above the last houses of Oberlech and opens up to the sky. During sunrise and sunset the changing light conditions create a spectacle of color inside the domed building. Sit back, look up, and watch as the sky fades from aquamarine, to dove grey, to black.
6580 St. Anton am Arlberg
6580 St. Anton am Arlberg
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Located in the majestic Alps. This region invites you to explore the vast and varied Alpine landscape.The Arlberg Region