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Lech and Zürs am Arlberg is a ski resort in Austria. It is reputed to be one of the finest ski areas in the world.
Swiss and British Airways fly directly from London Heathrow and London City to Zürich. From Zürich a 2-3 hour coach or taxi ride with Arlberg Express  takes you directly to Zurs and Lech. You can alternatively take the train from the airport to Langen, and then a short drive with the taxi to the resorts. Ryanair also flies to the nearer Friedrichshafen airport from Stansted, surprisingly also quite popular with the regular Lech travelers! Furthermore, Innsbruck Airport is located one and a half hours by car to the ski resort.
The rich and (wannabe) famous. Royalty. Lambos and Bentleys with snow chains and above all the awesome Arlberg mountains.
As one of Austria's largest ski resorts Lech offers a high quality skiing experience. Queuing might happen during ski school starting hours but normally you don't queue for more than 5 minutes anywhere. There are a number of high level ski schools available for all types of skiers. The Arlberg is the birth place of the ski schools. There is ski terrain for everybody, from the beginner to the alpine tourer. Best skiing though is in Zurs, (lift linked, but a sleepy place to stay).
Lech-Zurs hosts the world's longest ski race known as "Der Weisse Ringe" (The White Ring ) crossing over 22 km of pistes. Any well acquainted skier can try the run out for themselves. Though it may be started in any of the three towns (Lech, Zurs or Zug), most start in Lech at the Rufikopfbahn which connects over to Zurs. The run is very popular and well illustrated maps can be found just about anywhere.
During the Summer months the area is a very popular hiking and wellness destination. It is not unusual to stumble across fossils and other interesting geological finds whilst hiking. The "Sea of Stone" hike in particular has plenty of fossil finds as you are literally walking over an ancient coral reef. For those more interested in a trekking-type vacation, one may hike atop the peaks from hut to hut (with cheap dorm-style accomodation and delicious traditional Vorarlberger/Tyrolean dishes). Rock climbing, canyoning, repelling, mountain biking, etc are all available. In Lech, these activities are all available to children during their day camps.
The "Philosophicum Lech" is an annual meeting of international philosophers & scholars in the humanities with workshops and lectures on related topics. The meeting is held since 1997, is open to the public and takes place in September each year.
mink, diamonds, cartier, patek phillipe, you get it...
Many of the hotels offer "half-board" accommodation and will provide breakfast and the evening meal. This can be good value if you don't mind returning to the hotel to eat. Over 100 restaurants and inns in Lech and Zürs offer everything from international to regional and rustic cuisine. The majority of restaurants is located in Lech. For gourmets Lech has 13 toque-awarded restaurants to choose from.
- The Ice Bar  - a frozen (and freezing) bar not too far up the piste from Lech is worth stopping at for at least one drink of champagne or vodka.
- The Kristiania, Omesberg 331, . A pricey four star boutique hotel. This hotel combines traditional decoration with contemporary art work, and is a 5 minute walk from Lech's main street.
- Hotel Arlberg, Tannberg 187, . This 5 star hotel is another popular and stylish (but maintaining traditional design) choice in Lech.
- Chalet Hotel Bentleys House, Zürs 78, . This luxury boutique hotel, located in Zürs, is the newest five star hotel of this ski resort. It combines a traditional, rustic style with exclusivity and design.
- Hotel Aurelio, Tannberg 130, . If you have no budget, and want supreme style, and an outstanding spa on the slopes, this newly opened hotel has direct access to the main mountain in Lech.
- Lech Lodge - Alpine Residence (Familie Moosbrugger), Omesberg 700, ☎ +43 664 1012220 ([email protected]), . A splurge residence comprising two luxury chalets with four apartments, offering everything from personal assistant to private spa.
- Hotel Goldener Berg, Oberlech 117 A-6764 Oberlech am Arlberg, ☎ +43 (0)5583/22050 ([email protected]), .
- Aurora Lech, Omesberg 209 A-6764 Lech am Arlberg, ☎ +43 (0)5583/23540 ([email protected]), .
- Hotel Jagdhaus Monzabon, Tannberg 228 6764 Lech am Arlberg, ☎ +43 5583 2104, . A 4-star hotel in Lech am Arlberg, where guests from all around the world feel welcome.
If you have time, visit the nearby, but crowded ski-resort of St Anton. It's just 20 minutes on the bus from Lech. Take the telecabin to the top of the Valluga, and enjoy the scenery!