The Alpine rings of Lech am Arlberg
Lech am Arlberg, the small alpine village will be a delightful surprise for the everyone visiting Switzerland and Austria. A two and half hour scenic drive on the Arlberg Express Bus from the Zurich Airport unfolds the brilliant panorama that it offers. Interestingly, it was founded in 14th century by the Walser migrants from of one of the Swiss cantons. The majestic peaks, the crystal clear lakes and the quaint architecture are simply captivating. Skiers across the world know it as the premier sky resort frequented by the rich and famous like Princess Diana, the royals of Holland and Jordan and the actor Tom Cruise. Such is the charm of this place that even the non-skiers fall for it and enjoy in the horse drawn sleigh rides, walking in the woods, visit the 14th cent. St. Nicholas Church and visit a small museum that displays the lifestyle of the medieval days.
Alpine skiing is a major priority in Lech/Zuers am Arlberg. For centuries Arlberg has been famous for being the “cradle of Alpine skiing” and casts a spell over enthuasiastic skiers year after year, winter after winter. Because Arlberg is where tradition and modernity meet. A ski resort with the very highest standards of comfort and 340 km of adventurous runs makes skiers’ hearts beat faster and guarantees a relaxed and varied skiing holiday in the heart of Arlberg. Around 300 Hotels, hotel garnis, Bed & Breakfast establishments and holiday apartments will make the holiday in Lech/Zuers am Arlberg an unforgettable experience. Both in winter and in summer, whether you are staying in a cosy family guest house or an exclusive luxury hotel, like the Kristiania Lech, you will find friendly and enthusiastic hosts everywhere, who all have the same goals of pampering you and surprinsing you during the stay. Talking of Kristiania Lech, it is more than a hotel, more than a destination, Kristiania Lech is a contemporary lifestyle of the finest caliber and design. Thoughtful modern design is evident as soon as you enter Kristiania Lech‘s doors, with inspired pieces of art including more than 200 paintings, sculptures, original prints, and tapestries. The 29 guest rooms and suites are individually decorated with warm color palates, custom fabrics, and handcrafted furnishings. Homemade chocolates, a complimentary mini bar and wireless internet access are a few of the luxury touches, and the genuine European hospitality of Kristiania’s staff is felt in every detail.
Some even come to learn to ski for it is known for its most modern Alpine skiing techniques. Tourism is the mainstay of the village so it abounds in the owner run exotic hotels and restaurants and cafes. Winter is the high season when the place is completely sold out months before. In summers with the flowering meadows, it offers twenty kilometers long bicycle trips, treks in the woods with and culinary delights from July to mid-September it lures visitors with packages at a bargain price. Among the many activities available in Lech/Zuers am Arlberg, two are more interesting instead others, 1 per each season: the White Ring and the Green Ring.
The White Ring is the legendary ski circuit between Lech, Zuers, Zug and Oberlech. This ski circuit is unique in the Alps and has been celebrating skiing in a special kind of way for over 57 years. The original cable cars, lifts and pistes of the White Ring still form the centrepiece of the magnificient skiing area of Lech/Zuers am Arlberg, developed by daring pioneers of skiing, and whose current 94 cable cars and lifts guarantee boundless adventurous skiing. In 2005/2006, on the 50th anniversary of the traditional “White Ring ski circuit”, the first “The White Ring – The Race” event was run, the longest ski race in the world. The course, which is 22 km long and has 5.500 mt of descent, starts at the Rufikopf and runs round Lech/Zuers Am Arlberg with the legendary Madloch downhill run as the secret climax. The course record is held by former downhill ski racer Patrick Ortlieb with a time of 44:35:07 minutes.
The Green Ring is a hike full of secrets and mythical creatures. Connoisseurs and nature lovers have known for a long time that Lech/Zuers is also an attractive holiday destination in summer. The Green Ring provides hiking trails for all ages with a range of different challenges. This three-day hike takes you through valleys, past mountain lakes and rivers with waterfalls that rise up and are hidden away arount Lech/Zuers, and hikers can get involved in a modern world of the imagination enacted by extraordinary installations just as much as by the stories that have been specifically created for it. Daniel Nikolaus Kocher, a young sculptor with great sensitivity for the beauty of the mountain landscape, has developed the ideas for the Green Ring in close cooperation with the writer Daniela Egger. As a result, mythical creatures and sagas, as well as field names and geographic characteristics are shown in a modern and humorous light. A literary hiking map leads you through formerly unknown areas that are inspiring and entertaining, and which are hard to recegnise with the naked eye. The well-placed benches and sets give you a little help in sharpening your focus on the ephemeral world of spirits so, while you are meant to be looking at the three peaks you are aiming for in the distance, you can also send the fabolous backdrop to a summit register internet site with just a click of the mouse. The Green Ring has given a whole new dimension to summer in the mountains around Lech/Zuers.