Situated 90 kilometers away from Salzburg and train-linked, Bad Gastein is one of the most famous spa towns in Austria. The town is located in the middle of the National Park Hohe Tauern free from fog, at one kilometer altitude, in fresh mountain air. The characteristic charm of this beautiful village plus the buildings from the “Belle Epoque” era, harmonize in the natural surroundings. This beautiful health resort with a unique ambience offers its visitors to relax and rest in clear mountain air, and perfect climate altitude. Also Gastein’s thermal water guarantees a very special holiday for sophisticated guests! Various sports and leisure activities are available for improving health and wellness in the well known Spa and Healing Gallery of the Gasteiner Thermal World. Attractive snow runs, cross-country tracks, covering all levels of difficulty and even more. The summer also offers great leisure experiences, while running and Nordic walking, or just strolling along the wonderful paths in and around the National Park Hohe Tauern. With a programme of various events, the resort ensures that its guests will receive great entertainment.
Bad Gastein Spa
In the centre of Bad Gastein there are eighteen thermal springs containing radon, which are particularly well-suited to underwater therapies. And the Gastein steam gallery has proven its worth convincingly when it comes to healing qualities. The water with temperatures from 37 to 41.5°C and relative humidity of between seventy and almost hundred percent, combined with the high radon content creates a climate which is unique. Additional treatments here feature Gastein bitter water drinking, inhalation, mouthwashes and thermal fango. Conditions that can be healed here include: arthritis, asthma, rheumatism, morbus Bechterew, damage to the vertebrae and discs of the back, nerve inflammation, etc.
Another place not to be missed is the Gasteiner Museum. The museum keeps a great collection of minerals and provides interesting information about hunting and mining. Also there are exhibitions related to the local customs, like traditional wooden masks.
Nikolauskirche would be a place of great interest for historians. The church from the fifteenth century is regarded as a gem in the area of Bad Gastein. Especially worth seeing are the late Gothic frescos and the impressive baroque altar, both well preserved. In addition, in this church is the oldest stone chancel in Salzburg province.
Another great attraction for those who are interested in culture is the Pfarrkirche, which was built in the nineteenth century. The church houses art treasures created several hundred years ago, such as baroque and late gothic sculptures. An impressive example is the gothic wooden Madonna in the high altar, dating from 1450.
An excursion to the "Gletschermuhlen" is also worthwhile, where one can appreciate the natural beauty of the Gastein Valley. The renowned Gastein waterfall is a breathtaking subject for photography, which in addition is easily accessible in the center of the resort.
Bad Gastein Skiing Holidays
The Austrian ski resort of Bad Gastein is also very popular destination for snow sports. It is is part of the Gastein skiing area and has access to one hundred and two individual slopes. In addition to the skiing and snowboarding in the resort itself, which includes 250 kilometers of ski slopes, the appropriate Lift Pass will allow one to enjoy snow sports in the nearby ski resorts in the Gastein Valley
Bad Gastein Accommodation
Bad Gastein is situated in the region of Gasteinertal, where many resorts can be found, connected with ski routes or cable installations. One of those is Bad Gastein, a resort with 80 kilometers of performing ski routes, with all the degrees of difficulty and with 14 lifts that would help the tourists to get to the top of the mountains. From Bad Gastein to Stubnerkogel, which is situated to 2200 meters altitude, skiers will benefit of 1200 meters altitude difference that makes this resorts one of the most interesting in Austria.
Besides ski and snowboard, there are numerous other possibilities to spend free time, such as sledges, skating, ice bowling and indoor gold or tennis.
Bad Gastein is connected with riding courses with Bad Hofgastein, where we can find 50 more kilometers of routes and 11 cable installations. Another interesting resort is Sportgastein, situated 8 kilometers away from Gastein, which offers the perfect safety considering the snow, and a great panoramic view.
Bad Gastein is the most modern resort in the Gastein Valley. The city is situated in the sunniest part of the valley. It is an attractive city, with an alpine atmosphere, in an area with numerous stores, restaurants and hotels. In the middle of the city, you can find a business center, and a thermal bath surrounded by a huge park.
For families, this place is ideal, as it offers courses of all degrees of difficulties, and even lessons with experienced instructors for children that want to learn how to ski.
The snowboarders are waited in the area with half pipes, where they can find numerous possibilities to practice their favorite sport off tracks. The ski park is one of the best in the area, making Bad Gastein the ideal attraction for any kind of tourists. It is also a paradise for hiking fans, because of the numerous routes.