The Lech is a river in Austria and Germany. It is a right tributary of the Danube 264 kilometres in length with a drainage basin of 6,600 square kilometres . Its source is located in the Austrian state of Vorarlberg, where the river rises from lake Formarinsee in the Alps at an altitude of 1,870 metres . It flows in a north-north-easterly direction and crosses the German border, forming the Lechfall, a 12-metre-high waterfall; afterwards the river enters a narrow gorge . Leaving the Alps, it enters the plains of the Allgäu at Füssen at an elevation of 790 metres in the German state of Bavaria, where it used to be the location of the boundary with Swabia. The river runs through the city of Füssen and through the Forggensee, a man-made lake which is drained in winter. Here, it forms rapids and a waterfall.
The river flows further northwards through a region called the Lechrain, and passes the cities of Schongau, Landsberg, Augsburg and Rain before entering the Danube just below Donauwörth at an elevation of 410 metres . It is not navigable, owing to its torrential character and the gravel beds which choke its channel. There is a particularly magnificent view of the Lech valley from Neuschwanstein Castle, near Füssen.
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