Do you have any questions about your holiday at the Cresta.Alpin.Sport.Hotel in Oberlech? We have compiled the most frequently asked questions and answers for you. If you would like to learn more, please contact us any time!
Lech am Arlberg is a village in the Austrian province of Vorarlberg. The village is located next to the river that bears the same name and has 1,600 inhabitants (as of January 2020). Together with Ebnit, Damüls and Mittelberg, it is one of the “Walserdörfer” of Vorarlberg. Lech is located at an average altitude of 1,444 metres and is an internationally renowned winter sports resort on the Arlberg.
The village dates back to the 13th/14th century, when the Walser people first settled here. It was called Tannberg for the longest time – “Tannberg am Lech” only became “Lech” in the 19th century. The parish church of St. Nikolaus was built in Gothic style around 1390 AD and was the parish church of the court district of Tannberg well into the 16th century. The “Tannberggericht” court was based here until it was dissolved in 1806.
Oberlech is a slightly elevated part of Lech am Arlberg, located at the heart of the ski resort at 1,750 metres. Due to its ideal location, Oberlech is often referred to as the sun terrace or sun plateau of Lech. From your hotel in Oberlech, you have direct access to the slopes of the Arlberg ski resort.
Travelling by car is the easiest way of getting to our hotel. Coming from Germany, simply follow the A7 until the end of the motorway, then continue over the Fernpass towards Imst. From there, take the A12 towards Bregenz. The road merges with the S16, the Arlbergschnellstraße. Leave the road at St. Anton, before you get to the Arlberg tunnel, and follow the signs to St Christoph / Lech up the Arlberg pass. Just after you have reached the highest point of the pass, turn onto the Flexenpassstraße towards Lech. Alternatively, you may travel past Lake Constance. After passing the border at Lindau, take the A1 Rheintalautobahn all the way to Bludenz, from where the S 16 takes you to Langen am Arlberg. From here, follow the Arlbergpassstraße and take the Flexenpassstraße towards Lech just before you reach the height of the pass. If you travel via the A9, continue all the way to Munich and from there along the A 95 towards Garmisch. At the end of the motorway, follow the Fernpass as far as Imst. Travelling by train is equally straightforward (and might be less stressful!). All regional and intercity trains stop at St. Anton am Arlberg or Langen am Arlberg. From here, take the bus (approx. 25-30 minutes) or a taxi (approx. 20-25 minutes) to Lech. The closest international airports are Innsbruck Kranebitten (INN) and the Bodensee-Airport Friedrichshafen (FDH). Innsbruck is approx. 120 kilometres away; Friedrichshafen airport approx. 130 km. The taxi ride to Lech is approx. 1 hour and 40 minutes.
The distance from Munich to Lech is approx. 210 km, from Stuttgart approx. 305 km. From Frankfurt am Main, it’s approx. 500 km to Lech; from Düsseldorf approx. 700 km. Berlin is approx. 820 km away from Lech, while an impressive 900 km lie between Hamburg and Lech. From Vienna, it’s 600 km to Lech, while Zürich is just 190 km away.
Oberlech, where the Hotel Cresta is located, is car-free in winter. Cars therefore remain parked in Lech. Drive to the Lech-Oberlech cable car (pasts the village centre on the left-hand side). Here, you will receive a ticket for the underground car park that is issued in your name. You can unpack the car here and take your things straight up to your hotel in Oberlech by cable car, linked directly to the hotel through a tunnel system.
Your vehicle should definitely have winter tyres for your drive to Lech. From 1 November until 15 April, winter tyres are mandatory in Austria in case of wintry road conditions. As Lech is located at an altitude of more than 1,500 metres, be prepared for snow and ice on the road throughout the winter months. Please note that the requirement for winter tyres also applies to cars with four-wheel drives. In case of heavy snowfall, it might suddenly become necessary to use snow chains. Have a set in the boot of your car just to be on the safe side.
Of course! Oberlech is home to a first-rate ski resort. After all, it is part of Ski Arlberg, Austria’s largest interconnected ski area, and considered the “cradle” of alpine skiing as we know it. You can swish down the slopes all the way to your hotel door or get that little bit closer to heaven on Valluga mountain with an altitude of more than 2,800 metres. As you can see, nothing stands in the way of a long skiing season that runs from early December until late April!
Ski Arlberg refers to the interconnected resorts of Lech-Zürs, St. Anton-St. Christoph-Stuben and Warth-Schröcken. The Arlberg ski region is thus a winter sports region in a league of its own. No fewer than 88 cable cars and lifts as well as 305 km of perfectly groomed pistes make Ski Arlberg the largest ski region in Austria, with a passenger capacity of more than 126,000 per hour. Varied pistes of all levels of difficulty (131 km of easy/blue pistes, 123 km of intermediate/red pistes, 51 km of difficult/black pistes) and with varying sun exposure cater to skiers of all levels of skill.
Skiing on the Arlberg has a long history. The first skiers, back in 1885, had to hike up the slopes on foot. Hannes Schneider revolutionised skiing technique with the “Arlberg School”. In 1936, Austria’s first T-bar lift opened in Zürs, and the Galzigbahn cable car was constructed a year later. The Ski Club Arlberg was the world’s first ski club and was founded shortly after the turn of the century.
The Cresta.Alpin.Sport.Hotel is just around the corner from the Skischule Oberlech. Whether you are new to skiing, looking to improve your skills, or an advanced skier who’d like to try freeriding – at the Skischule Oberlech, you will find competent support. The Kinderclub ensures that even the youngest skiers are well looked after and helps them learn the basics in a playful, no-pressure environment.
The Arlberg region is among the snowiest in Austria. This is due to the fact that the Arlberg is the first obstacle encountered by precipitation-carrying clouds, which accounts for the region’s particularly abundant snowfalls. According to the records kept by the weather station in Schröcken near Lech, there is snow on the ground on 182 days a year here.
If you are bored with classic skiing or snowboarding, you might want to give heli-skiing a go – a truly unique experience! Alternatively, try a ski tour that starts directly in the village. If cross-country skiing is your thing, look forward to 27 km of cross-country trails for both classic and skater style. From Oberlech, there is also a flood-lit tobogganing run down to Lech that is great fun for all the family. Winter hikers may choose from more than 40 km of cleared hiking trails or set off cross-country on snowshoes. Lech also has a skating rink. Alternatively, experience this winter wonderland during a ride in a horse-drawn carriage, either by day or by night.
See here on our website for the latest weather report for Lech. The climate in Lech is cool and moderate, which is also to do with its altitude. Thanks to its location on the northern edge of the Alps, and the location of the Arlberg itself, this is a precipitation-prone region, which is reflected in the large amounts of snowfall in winter. However, Lech also gets plenty of sunny days, which make the slopes of the Alrberg such a joy to explore.
For everyday shopping, there are two supermarkets. Lech also has numerous fashion and sportswear stores as well as gift shops.