History of the Kriegeralpe

The 73 ha Walser-Alpe most probably derives its name from the word ‘Chriager’ which in the Walser dialect means ‘Means of transporting manure and topsoil up steep slopes’.

Locals also think that the name ‘Krieger’ may be derived from a plant which grows in the Alpine region. It could be the case that arnica, known for its healing powers, gave rise to the name Kriegeralpe because the word Krieger is used for arnica in other areas.

The community of Lech is home to 25 mountain lodges and the Kriegeralpe is one of them. Despite its rapid transformation from a mountain village into a tourist community, only two mountain lodges in Lech have been abandoned since the 1950s.

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