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Taking in Peace and Tranquillity in the Alps

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When people mention the term Alpine you immediately think skiing and other winter sports, but many of these resorts do a bustling summer trade. With the chairlifts still in action in many of the resorts people can take advantage of the mountain air and the brilliant views on alps walking holidays.

Lech is one of these resorts, the resort is synonymous with luxury skiing, but the area is also home to amazing summer alpine walking. The village in Austria is great for walkers and sight seers alike, with an incredibly interesting history and amazing scenery. Quite simply this mountain village is a holidaymaker’s paradise.

One of the most impressive things about the landscape is the 100 life size art installations by sculptor Antony Gormley. The sculptures have been installed around the mountains of Lech, dotted around the landscape. Some of them perch on ledges by chairlifts and cable cars. While others are set away from the travel routes and are left to stand in solitary splendour among the rocks and streams of the mountain landscape. Some of the men are only accessible by foot but others are clearly visible, they will be displayed until spring 2012.

The village has a rich historical past and many of the buildings reflect this, the church of St Nicholas, which was built in approximately 1390, has some intriguing features. The church was extensively renovated in 1987, and the fine rococo interior dating from 1791 is astounding. Some earlier Romanesque frescoes can also be seen. There is also a 33 metre high tower with a distinctive onion shaped dome and bronze bells, some of which date from the early sixteenth century.

There is also the historic Huber House, which was built in 1590, is now a museum. The exhibition shows examples of the earlier way of life and work of this alpine village.  



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