Nature park Tiroler Lech, Austria

The Nature park Tiroler Lech in the northwest of Tirol exists since 2006 and is centered around the landscape of the river Lech, one of the last free-flowing rivers of the Alps. The perimeter of the protected area also includes the mixed mountain forests around the valley. There is a rich biodiversity with rare species of plant and animal life to be found with presences of Junipers, natter jack toads, dwarf bulrushes or sandpipers.

24 communities form the nature park region Tiroler Lech with an area of around 860 km2 of which 40km2 represent the nature park itself and with a population of 22.000. Contrary to conventional ski tourism this region aims at developing a sustainable tourism. Based on its extraordinary natural qualities a model region for sustainable economy and nature-based tourism of high quality should be created with the funding of regional economic programs. The popular hiking trail Lechweg connects as the lighthouse project at the center of this strategy different territories and actors. Over the last years alternative trails, a cycleway and a range of regional products have been developed to increase the touristic offer. By increasing the summer tourism, a valorisation of the agricultural and the gastronomic sector could be achieved. 


For further information

InnovAlps Workshop: First exchange in Tirol

Video: Extract Wanderlust ARTE „le Lechweg“

Official site of the Lechweg

Official site of the Nature Park Tiroler Lech

Official site of the regional development Außerfern