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The holiday resort of Lech boasts a reliable annual snowfall that attracts those (who can afford it) to this charming little hamlet, who look forward to skiing as much as the energetic nightlife, often spent mingling with celebrities and royalty. Together with neighbouring Zürs, the two resorts in the Arlberg mountain range are Austria's most exclusive.

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In the general area, including Lech, it is possible for holidaymakers to go snowshoeing, sledding, hiking, ice skating and even play tennis or squash.


The official language in Austria is German.


The unit of currency is the Euro (EUR), which is divided into 100 cents. Currency can be exchanged at banks and bureaux de change available in all towns, but it may be easier to use the ATMs. Banks are closed on Saturdays and Sundays, but exchange offices at airports and major city rail terminals are open seven days a week. Major credit and debit cards are widely accepted though some small hotels and restaurants may only accept cash. Travellers cheques are also accepted.


Lech is a very exclusive resort, and therefore quite pretentious and expensive.

Night Life

The après ski in Lech is world famous and many holidaymakers staying in Zürs venture out to sample some of the atmosphere. The Tannbergerhof is a great place to spend the night dancing away to oompah music, alternatively there are the two hotels Burg and Sonnenburg, which attract mixed crowds for teatime. The fancy Hotel Krone sees the well-dressed clientele as well as the Hotel Arlberg, both with some great discos, and the champagne bar at the Hotel Montana is a very popular after-ski stop.


There is an appetizing amount of dining to be enjoyed while on holiday in Lech. There are more than 50 restaurants in town, most in hotels. Some of the most popular are Hûs Nr 8 and Rote Wand for traditional Austrian food, Don Enzo Due for pizza, and Fux for modern Asian fusion cuisine. Balmalp serves food like pizza and ribs, and enjoys stunning views of the valley.


Most of the shops are to be found on the Hauptstrasse that include major winter sports stores such as Sportalp, Sporthaus Strolz and Pfefferkorn, which sell all the latest branded equipment as well as souvenirs and trinkets and traditional Austrian clothing.


Local time in Austria is GMT +1 (GMT +2 from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October).

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