Holzgau

In the heart of the Allgäu and Lechtal Alps, not far from the Bavarian border, lies the idyllic village of Holzgau, home to the second-longest hanging bridge in Austria.

Just 400 people call this municipality in the northern section of the long Lechtal Valley home, many of whom live in farmhouses with intricately painted frescoes from the 18th century. These works often depict local professions and trade relations with other regions. A more modern but no less fascinating attraction is the hanging bridge spanning the Höhenbachtalschlucht gorge. It is the highest bridge of its kind in Austria and at 200m also the second-longest. The bridge features as part of the Lech River Trail, a 125km walking path along the banks of this mighty waterway, and is easily accessible for hikers on the E5 long-distance hiking trail leading through the gorge and up to the impressive Simms-Wasserfall. Skiers and snowboarders will find a small ski area in the village itself, the Gföllberglift, as well as another good beginners’ area just a few kilometres away at the Jöchelspitze. Intermediate and advanced skiers and boarders have the option of accessing the world-famous Arlberg ski area via the nearby village of Lech.

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