Nature in the Arlberg
One of the Arlberg’s most spectacular features is its untamed nature. Even the most enthusiastic city dweller will be awed by the views from the Valluga viewing platform
at 9,000 feet above sea level. The Valluga peak is at the heart of the Arlberg's mountain lore, yet you don’t have to be a mountaineer to reach its top: The ascent via three gondolas, the Galzigbahn, Vallugabahn I and Vallugabahn II, is an extraordinary and effortless experience. On a sunny day you can see the peaks of five countries: Italy in the south, Switzerland and Liechtenstein in the West and Germany in the North. Don’t forget the surrounding peaks of Austria, as well. If you want to explore the region’s wildlife, sign up at the Lech Zürs Tourist Office for guided hikes
. Wild animals, particularly the native red deer, are shy forest dwellers. However, during the hard winter months when food becomes scarce, deer venture very close to populated areas. This means you can watch them feeding at close range.
Culinary delights in the Arlberg
The Arlberg also has the highest density of gourmet restaurants per capita in Austria. There are so many excellent dining options you’ll need more than one vacation to cover them all. One of the most rewarding experiences is a meal at the award-winning Verwallstube
. High above St. Anton, overlooking the snow covered peaks of the Arlberg, skiers in ski clothes sit at chic and stylish tables enjoying noble wines and delicious culinary creations. Here, the head chef Bernhard Neuhold from Lower Austria is busy working his magic. The weekly Candlelight Dinner on Thursday evenings is a very special treat that includes an evening ride with the Galzigbahn
, beautiful views of the starlit mountains, award-winning cuisine and romantic piano music. Already known far and wide as “Gourmet Village” for its numerous award-winning restaurants, Lech Zürs turns into a veritable hub for top sommeliers, chefs and gourmets for the duration of the event series.
Of course, the Arlberg offers lots of other winter outdoors activities
, from cross country skiing to snowshoeing, tobogganing on floodlit runs to winter climbing. Enjoy a sleigh ride through the snowy landscape, soar above the mountains on a paraglider or take to the ice for some skating or curling.
If you want to stay active, but would rather stay out of the cold, there’s bowling, tennis, squash and indoor climbing at the arl.rock Sport Park
. There is also the sport.park.lech
which features a gym, tennis and badminton courts, climbing, bouldering, slacklining and more. After all this exertion, relax at their wellness area and the comfortable sportslounge.cafe. St. Anton offers two dedicated spas, the ARLBERG-well.com
and the Wellnesspark Arlberg Stanzertal
where you can relax at the pool, in the sauna or treat yourself to a massage. Many hotels throughout the region feature excellent day spas!
Last but not least, you’ll find that Arlberg features a pleasant variety of boutiques and specialty stores. Spend a leisurely afternoon shopping
for the latest ski fashion, local traditional costumes, crafts or specialty food items. The famous custom-fit Strolz
ski boots have been made in Lech at the store of the same name since 1921!
If you want to explore the Arlberg without a car, an excellent bus network connects all the villages in the Arlberg region. Many buses are free of charge with a valid lift-ticket. St. Anton itself lies right on the train route from Vorarlberg’s state capital, Bregenz, to Tirol’s state capital, Innsbruck. Both cities are only about an hour and a half away and excellent destinations for a day trip.