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This Charming Austrian Town Is a Favorite Among Skiers, and Royals

There’s no shortage of mountain towns in the Alps, but finding the right one can be a bit of a Goldilocks process — this one is too small, that one is too big, this one doesn’t have the best hotels, that one doesn’t have the best slopes. Austria’s sleepy village of Lech, however, amply delivers on all fronts. It’s difficult to find someone who has visited and not immediately fallen for its charms.

Lech is a quick 20-minute bus or taxi ride up and over the mountains from the more well-known St. Anton am Arlberg (a.k.a. the birthplace of modern skiing as we know it). Once you arrive, Lech’s storybook charms become immediately apparent: snow falling gently on wooden houses; walkable streets and trails weaving around town, over rivers, and through forests; and tradition reinventing itself for the modern age. Read more…

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