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@haushirt is Evelyn & Ike Ikrath’s homage to both the old and new world. A small and ever so special hotel, feat. an in-house Alpine spa & pool, where the very best of Austrian Gemütlichkeit meets international inspiration. With only 28 rooms, the boutique hotel offers charme & lots of laughter within a casual and unpretentious ambience. Appealing to the creative crowds, families from all over the world are welcomed in this quiet and exclusive location on our car-free Kaiserpromenade overlooking the entire Gastein Valley. Swipe for more interior love!

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Created by BG enthusiast Olaf Krohne and art director Jason Houzer, the @reginahotel awaits with 32 spacious and charming hotel rooms feat. breathtaking balcony views of our city center, a bright lounge & bar, cozy library fireplace, tiny spa & sauna, private movie theatre and popular restaurant! Swipe for more interior love!

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Ever so retro chic @hotelmiramonte is a magical mountain retreat with stunning views of our historic city center. Featuring 30+ cozy yet minimal & bright hotel rooms feat. large balconies, a charming retro lounge & bar, an Aveda alpine spa & sauna with access to hot springs baths, co-working space, delicious dining halls, and romantic movie nights, Miramonte is a favourite amongst lovers and groups of friends alike. Swipe for more interior love!

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Bad Gastein is a small city located in the eastern part of the alps, in the Salzburg region in Austria .

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"Gastein" means gray rock, and "Bad" is spa. The area has been settled from around the 10th century AD, and originally thrived on agriculture and gold-mining. In the 19th century, the waters of Bad Gastein became a fashionable resort, visited by European monarchs as well as the rich and famous. It is located in the middle of the Hohe Tauern National Park in the Salzburg region, and gets visitors all year around. Most people visit for skiing purposes during the winter season. For summer activities, there are hiking trails, running and Nordic walking routes, biking and bike tours in and around the Hohe Tauern National Park.The town centre is located at the Gastein Falls, about 1,000 metres (3,300 ft) above sea level. It is characterized by numerous historic multi-story hotel buildings erected on the steep slopes.

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Fly to Salzburg , Munich (München) or Klagenfurt . From there you can go by car or train. When coming in from Salzburg, take the A10 and exit it for Bischofshofen / Pongau onto the B311. From the B311, take the B167 towards the Gastein Valley (German: Gasteinertal), which will take one past signs showing the path into town. When driving in winter, snow tires or snow chains are recommended.

There is a railway station in the center of Bad Gastein, and trains go by approximately every second hour. Connections are available from many Austrian cities like Vienna , Linz , Salzburg and Graz .

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  • 47.11427 13.13643 1 Gastein waterfall - the main thing to see within Bad Gastein. The waterfall is 341 meters in height and cascades down in three steps through to the valley floor.
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Bad Gastein – The fascinating history of its tourism

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Bad Gastein is not a typical alpine Austrian winter destination. This is because it has a fascinating history, which cannot be overlooked during a walk through the historic town center. With its current population of 3,961 at 1000 meters above sea level, Bad Gastein adorns itself with the name “Monte Carlo of the Alps”. In this blog post, you will learn more about the heyday of tourism in Bad Gastein and the now mysterious-appearing Belle Epoque hotels.

I couldn’t stop looking out of the window as the train passed, I was fascinated by this city from a very young age. Over the last few years, I have had the opportunity to visit it many times and it is definitely one of these places I will return to. If this place fascinates you as much as me, let’s dive into the history of Bad Gastein:

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Why Bad Gastein become popular

The history of Bad Gastein includes myths and legends involving the steaming waterfall’s healing power. For example, one legend is about two hunters who shoot a deer. While following the blood trail of the animal, it led them to a steaming waterfall, where two mysterious men put water from the waterfall on the wounds of the deer. And so was the animal able to run away without limping.

In the Middle Ages, simple wooden bathtubs were used to enjoy the thermal waters. Men and women were allowed to use the baths together, which in these times was uncommon. The healing thermal waters attracted dukes and counts. An additional major economical factor that brought wealth to Bad Gastein was mining for gold and silver. They earned great yields in the 14 th and 15 th centuries.

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The health aspect of the thermal waters of Bad Gastein

The alpine town of Bad Gastein, has 19 thermal springs, most of which are near the waterfall. This water comes out of the ground with a temperature of 46 °C and has high mineral content, especially the mineral radon (low radioactive ingredients). Studies have been conducted on the contents of thermal water and it has been found that chronic diseases of the musculoskeletal system can be cured.

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All the springs contained spend close to 5 million liters of thermal water daily. This water is used for various spa houses and is piped to the valley town of Bad Hofgastein. There they also used it in thermal baths and spa houses.

In the place where now the Hotel Austria is, in former days, there was even a horse thermal bath . After bringing guests to the alpine village with the horses, the animals could enjoy a bath in the thermal water.

Historical high times for Bad Gastein

Bad Gastein was very popular during the imperial period. Tourists from all over the world came to the place to enjoy the healing waters. This resulted in the construction of bigger accommodation facilities : Around 1840, they converted the former tavern directly next to the waterfall into a hotel, Grandhotel Straubinger. As well as the associated bath castle, which was built in the former pigsty. Together with the Hotel Austria, the hotels offered 200 rooms. In addition, the Hotel Straubinger has an important historical significance: during the Habsburg Monarchy, the Gastein Convention, an agreement between Austria and Prussia, was signed in the building.

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The construction of the train line that connected Vienna to Bad Gastein was finished in the year 1905. It brought even more tourists to the town. A few years later, one of the most remarkable buildings in town opened – the Grand Hotel del Europe. A 10-floor building in neo-renaissance style offered 148 guest rooms, breakfast and restaurant rooms, ladies’ salon, a reading room, a men’s and smoking salon and thermal bathing rooms. Each room had a hot and cold water supply, electric light, and room telephone. This was a rarity at that time. Therefore, the Grand Hotel del Europe in Bad Gastein was considered the most modern hotel in the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

In addition to this Belle Epoque architecture and the hotel’s future along Kaiser-Franz-Josef-Street, the small alpine town is given a metropolitan cityscape.

The Grand Hotel del Europe attracted celebrities from all over the world, including Edward Henry Harriman American financer and railroad executive, Sheikh Ali bin Abdullah Al-Thani Ruler of Qatar, Shah of Persia, the Japanese ambassador and the delegation of the Supreme Soviet, to just name a few.

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Bad Gastein in the mid and late 1900s – the last heydays

In the 1950-60s winter tourism started to grow in Bad Gastein. The Grand Hotel del Europe had closed since it was hard to maintain and was faced with strong competitors. After extensive modernization, the hotel opened again. Bad Gastein and Grand Hotel del Europe experienced again a massive tourism boom.

In 1958 the ski world championship was held in Bad Gastein. Guests poured into the alpine town for this event. Much more than expected, since it was the first big event in Austria after the postwar period.

However, many of these enormous hotels suffered from the increasingly difficultly maintaining their buildings and the move from summer tourism to winter tourism made it even more difficult. In 1988 the Grand Hotel del Europe got insolvent . Multiple Belle Epoque architecture buildings have been empty and decaying for years. Including the congress center built in the 1970s.

Real-estate businessman Franz Duval bought several historical buildings (Hotel Austria, Congress House, Hotel Straubinger, Badeschloss). He never renovated any of those houses. The future of the historical center of Bad Gastein was uncertain for years. That brought frustration to the locals that could see the empty, enormous concrete structures with a huge potential day after day.

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Natural stem bath inside the mountains

The Heilstollen is a tunnel inside the mountain with hot natural steam. In the years 1940-1950 medical experts  discovered the healing power  of this steam and its minerals. It became very famous for treating rheumatism, asthma and skin problems. It is a worldwide unique natural healing method.

Locals of Bad Gastein enjoy going to the Heilstollen every autumn to boost their immune systems for the winter.

I myself had the privilege of experiencing the natural steam bath. During yoga autumn, I book an event called Meditation at the healing tunnel. So, there I was with a bounce of other participants sitting in the seminar room of the building to enter the healing tunnel. First, we got some information about the tunnel and the healing minerals. Then a quick check at the doctor. Finally, dressed in a bathrobe, we were sitting in a tiny train which brought us inside the tunnel where the loungers are. In the beginning, lying on the loungers in such steamy hot air inside the mountain was a strange feeling. But over time, I got used to the hot air and relaxed. After the meditation, the train brought us back to the entrance. I felt super relaxed and at peace.

If you want to do something for your health or are just curious, I recommend you go there!

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The clientele of the town today

Nevertheless, even though the historical center consists of old, empty hotels. Other hotels around the center got back on track, belonging to a Swedish investor and attracting a lot of Scandinavians every winter. In addition, the destination management organization of Bad Gastein is very active in promoting the region, also as an all-year-round destination. The focus of the tourism board is on nature, health, sports, culture and art.

Artists, exhibitions and concerts are now bringing back life to the once-called Monte Carlo of the alps. Especially artists from Germany got captivated by Bad Gastein and brought their art into the town. Philipp Hochmeier a German actor, is amazed by visiting these old hotels or how he is calling them “the forgotten worlds… to travel into the worlds of yesterday”. The actor Lars Eidinger describes likewise his fascination with the town. Friedrich Lichtenstein used Bad Gastein’s historical buildings for his music video:

A regular summer event with the name “summer frische kunst” offers artists since 2011 in Bad Gastein a place to showcase their art and creates a platform for exchange.

And so the investors realized the upcoming cliental of Bad Gastein..

The future of Bad Gastein’s historical hotels

Hotel Straudinger is currently getting renovated, exciting times for the town. As this listed building was empty for such a long time. The Munich-based Hirmer real estate company bought the buildings under the condition of converting them into a 4 or 5-star hotel within three years. The planned finishing of the renovations is in 2023. The roofers Arno Kofler who is involved in the new construction of the hotel, is worried about Bad Gastein losing its identity. But also points out the development is positive.

I believe many involved parties and the local society are curious about the development that Bad Gastein will take.

Also, the once so well-known Grand Hotel del’ Europe changed. For some years, the rooms were used for a casino. Now it belongs to various owners and is an apartment house. In the basement is also a restaurant/bar.

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More Lost Place Pictures of Bad Gastein. 

If you were inspired by this post and want to learn more about the history of Bad Gastein: Every Wednesday at 3:30 pm is a historical walking tour in Bad Gastein. It is best to inquire at the tourist information office whether it takes place (it is possible that it only takes place in high season).

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Lisi is an adventurous, mostly solo traveler from Austria. She likes to travel slowly, discover underrated countries/regions, and of course, learn about cultures. She has been traveling the world and creating travel content since 2016. With a degree in tourism management and a passion for travel and cultures, she wants to tell stories that inspire her readers and help them travel more consciously.

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Bad Gastein is a renowned ski resort in the Austrian Alps, located in the Salzburg region. It is a stunning town situated in a valley surrounded by majestic mountains and is a popular tourist destination in Austria. It is renowned for its thermal springs, ski resorts, and 19th-century spas.

The main reason to visit Bad Gastein is to experience the breathtaking views of the Alps and enjoy its many winter activities, such as skiing, snowboarding, and tobogganing. The ski resort is known for its excellent skiing conditions and is served by a variety of ski lifts and cable cars. Bad Gastein is also known for its thermal springs, which offer visitors a unique spa experience with thermal baths, saunas, and therapeutic treatments. Tourists can explore the town's historic center full of 19th-century buildings, a casino, and a variety of shops and restaurants. The Felsentherme Gastein, an underground thermal spa, is a popular attraction in the area. Other attractions include the Gastein Waterfall, the Stubnerkogel cable car, and the Stubneralm ski area. Bad Gastein is a great destination for outdoor enthusiasts. The area offers plenty of hiking trails and walking routes, as well as a variety of biking trails. In the summer months, visitors can enjoy activities such as horseback riding and mountain biking. In the winter, visitors can ski and snowboard in the Gastein Valley and explore the region's ski resorts. Bad Gastein is also a great destination for those looking for a relaxing holiday. It is home to a variety of spas and wellness centers offering a range of treatments and therapies to help visitors unwind. When visiting Bad Gastein, visitors should keep in mind that the region experiences a lot of snowfall during the winter months and the roads can be slippery. It is advisable

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8 Best Hikes in Bad Gastein with Maps and Personal Experience Tips

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Austria is like a paradise for hiking enthusiasts. Sure, some might argue it's a haven for ski lovers too, and they're not wrong. But since this article is about my hiking experience , not my ski experience (which is also substantial), let's stick to the trails. Picture this: Mountains as far as the eye can see, breathtaking nature, and crystal-clear lakes.

Bad Gastein is no exception. Nestled in the Gaseirnetal Valley, east of Salzburg, this picturesque mountain setting offers stunning views of the surrounding peaks. And it's also a famous spa town , thanks to the healing waters from its thermal springs.

In Bad Gastein, you'll find a plethora of hotels, apartments, and restaurants. That’s because it's also a popular ski resort (surprise, surprise), making it the perfect base camp for hikes in the area. The cable cars here go in every direction (usually up). And even though we're not planning to strap on ski boots and skis, having the option to hitch a ride on a cable car is always nice. Always good to have a plan B , in case you overestimate your stamina (like we did).

Best hiking trails in Bad Gastein

Here’s a list of my favorite day hikes around Bad Gastein:

  • Graukogel hike
  • Grossglockner hike and Grossglockner drive
  • Hike to Stubnerkogel
  • The Sigmund Thun Klamm Waterfall hike
  • Prossau Valley hike
  • Vorderschneeberg hike
  • Lichtenstein Klamm (gorge) hike
  • Bockhart trail

Famous spa in Bad Gastein: A bit of history

History about Bad Gastein, Austria

Bad Gastein is a natural spa destination  

Want a quick history lesson about the town you're staying in? Thought so. Bad Gastein has a surprisingly rich history that dates back to the Middle Ages , primarily because of one main attraction: its mineral healing springs.

During the Middle Ages and Early Modern Period, locals began using these mineral springs for medicinal purposes . Thanks to some solid marketing (ha!), the 16 th and 17 th centuries saw an increase in visitors. The 19 th century brought significant development as a spa town, with the Belle Époque era ushering in an architectural boom and many new buildings. Bad Gastein maintained its reputation as a spa destination between the wars and continues to do so today.

Bad Gastein has kept its historical charm and remains a significant spa location in the Austrian Alps.

But enough nerding out, it’s time to hike!

1. Graukogel hike: The customizable winner

The view on Graukogel hike in Austria

This view stole my heart...  

Hike length : 11.4 km (7.1 mi) out-and-back (If you decide to take the cable car, you have two options. The first will shorten your route by 1.7 km (1.05 mi), and the second one by 2.8 km (1.7 mi).) Elevation gain : 1,117 m (3,665 ft) Difficulty level : Moderate

Hiking time : 5–6 hours (Using the first cable car will save you 50 minutes, and the second one will cut your time by approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.) Trailhead :  Google Maps link to trailhead

One of my favorite hikes in all of Austria, the Graukogel hike is amazing!

On this hike to the summit of Graukogel, standing at 2,492 m (8,176 ft), you have two options. Choosing the challenging way means that you will do the entire journey on foot . And I will tell you it will be quite a challenge (I tested it for you), demanding your full effort.

On the other hand, even if you use the cable car both up and down, it's still quite a hike. From the cable car to the summit, it's approximately 1.5 km (0.9 mi) with a significant ascent . Don’t make the mistake of taking your frail granny on the hike thinking it’ll be a piece of cake.

Graukogel hike in Bad Gastein, Austria

Even if you take the cable car, this hike will give you a hard time. I advise walking the whole way only for determined and experienced hikers  

We set off (and that was our fateful mistake) from Bad Gastein (check out the article about the  7 Top Tourist Cities in Austria  to see my opinion on Bad Gastein). We left early in the morning, so we spent the previous night at the  Johannesbad Hotel Palace .

More about the hotel:  For me,  Johannesbad Hotel Palace  is a great hotel with a delicious breakfast and a nice (but small) spa . We haven’t been there during the peak ski season, but I cannot imagine myself trying to squeeze into the spa with tons of other semi-naked people.

Now,  here's a valuable tip : I recommend taking the cable car up and then starting the ascent on foot from 1,950 m (6,398 ft). It's much better because once you get off the cable car,  the path practically turns into stairs , which is much easier on your knees than traversing through the mud in the forest (where you won't see anything interesting anyway). As you might suspect, I tried walking on foot from Bad Gastein to advise you definitely not to .

At the top of Graukogel hike in Austria

My knees still hate me..but the endorphins and the final view made up for it  

Additionally, you will save roughly 950 m (3,117 ft) of elevation gain if you take the cable car. This gives you enough energy savings for a real trip through some of the most breathtaking scenery I've seen in the Alps , including views of the Grossglockner trail and other breathtaking mountain peaks. The majority of aspiring trailblazers and bloggers claim that the hike takes three hours in total, and guess what? They’re not wrong.

Don't expect any extra-groomed paths on this hike. The trail goes through the forest, over rocks, and in some places (especially just below the summit), it's truly steep. Adding the remnants of snow that you might encounter, this hike requires caution, physical fitness, and good footwear.

There are amazing views from the summit. The very hazardous final 300 m (984 ft) along the cliffs is the only drawback. Why Austria hasn't yet secured that section is beyond me. The fact that you have to descend the same way back is something else about which I wasn't too thrilled. Conversely, you can then return to Gastein via the cable car , resembling a respectable adult (your knees will thank you).

Tip:  If this hike isn't challenging enough for you, you can merrily continue another 45 minutes to the summit of Hüttenkogel at 2,231 m (7,320 ft) from Graukogel.

Map of the hiking trail in Grossglockner from Kaiser Franz Joseph Höhe to Pasterze, Austria

Map of the hike from Bad Gastein to Graukogel. See route details on Alltrails  

If you don't heed my recommendation and go the entire way on foot,  you'll definitely get hungry during the hike . But from what I've seen and had the chance to try, I recommend not stopping anywhere. Along the way, you'll come across several average-looking restaurants . I know, don't judge a book by its cover, but we followed that rule once and I'll say just one thing: if you don't want to get into a conflict with an unpleasant waitress, then don't forget to bring cash. But if you  hold out until you're back in Bad Gastein , try the  Wirtshaus Windischgrätzhöhe restaurant , which is definitely worth a visit.

What is special about Graukogel hike?

On this hike, the best thing for me is the option to tailor it to your needs (and abilities) . So, even if you set out on a tour with a lady who claimed in her messages that she's a great athlete and loves mountain hikes, but in reality going up to the third floor using stairs is challenging for her, you don't have to cancel this trip; you'll just end up spending more money on cable car tickets.

2. Grossglockner hike and Grossglockner drive: A double whammy that should’ve been in 1 st place

Grossglockner hike in Austria

These Grossglockner mountains are not far from Bad Gastein  

Hike length : 6 km (3.7 mi) loop Elevation gain : 430 m (1,400 ft) Difficulty level : Hard

Hiking time : 2.5 hours Trailhead :  Google Maps link to trailhead

This hike could easily snag the top spot on this list of best hikes in Bad Gastein if it weren’t for the fact that it's not exactly in Bad Gastein. So, it gets a few points docked and lands at a still-impressive second place. From Bad Gastein, it's about a 1.5-hour drive to the starting point of the Grossglockner Hike.

Grossglockner is  the highest peak in Austria  at 3,798 m (12,461 ft). So, get ready for a proper climb, but also for stunning nature and views. But if you've read my article about  The best places to see in Austria , you'll probably know that the  Grossglockner High Alpine Road  is, for me, the best spot in all of Austria.

There are many trails to choose from, but if you don't want to spend more time selecting a route than on the actual hike, choose the trail based on my recommendation:

Map of the hiking trail in Grossglockner from Kaiser Franz Joseph Höhe to Pasterze, Austria

Really hard one but really good one (see the map on Alltrails )    

This hike isn't particularly long, but it's quite challenging. If you're imagining a relaxed walk up a gentle hill, then choose a less demanding route. But  if you're a badass like me , then you'll be thrilled.

The trail leads you from Kaiser Franz Joseph Höhe to Pasterze,  the largest glacier in the Eastern Alps . And that's something you definitely want to see. Be prepared for steep descents at the beginning and rocks where you  sometimes have to use steel cables  to safely cross them.

Next, follow the straight route to Gamsgrubenweg. It is a challenging mountain path that requires determination or prior mountaineering experience . For nearly the entire duration, one must scramble or climb rocky, steep slopes. But you are going over glaciers, so it should be expected that it won't be the easiest hike.

If you want to choose an easier way, you can use the Gamsgrubentunnel , 6 tunnels that lead directly from the garages across from the Grossglockner and Gletscher Pasterze. In the corridors resembling mine shafts , you can see exhibitions on the themes of water, gold, and mountain crystal, and thanks to sound effects, you can also hear them.

You can park (for free) in what’s probably  the most scenic parking garage  I’ve ever seen. Next to it is also an information center, which could be useful when you’re deciding on a hiking route (are you seriously doubting my choice?? How dare you!).

Tip : Want to combine the hike with a visit to other great places in Austria? Then be sure to get inspired by my meticulously planned  10-day itinerary for Austria .

What is special about the Grossglockner hike?

Driving the Grossglockner High Alpine Road in Austria

This road with these views is the best thing about this hike!  

The special thing I want to tell you about the Grossglockner hike isn’t about the actual hike (though it is, obviously, special because it’s stunning)—it’s the drive to get there. If you can appreciate a spectacular scenic drive, pay attention:

The extremely picturesque Grossglockner High Alpine Road is 48 km (30 mi) long and starts in Bruck an der Grossglocknerstrasse and ends in Heiligenblut, and provides epic view after epic view of the Alps.

Along the route, there are several parking lots with hiking trails that lead to the most well-known lakes and peaks, too. How much time you wish to spend on the High Alpine Road on the way to the Grossglockner hike is up to you, but I’d give it at least a couple of hours. You could easily spend the entire day here if you choose to pause at each viewpoint and take in the surroundings (just like us).

Good to know : Before you blindly get into your car and head towards the High Alpine Road, check your calendar, because this road has opening times! It’s  open roughly from late April to early November  (depending on the weather and snow conditions).

  • Grossglockner High Alpine Road official website
  • Day ticket per car: EUR 37.50 
  • Day ticket per motorcycle: EUR 27.50

3. Hike to Stubnerkogel: A challenge worth every step

Tourists on Stubnerkogel hike in Austria

Stubnerkogel is a tough one!  

Hike length : 13.8 km (8.6 mi) loop Elevation gain : 1,140 m (3,740 ft) Difficulty level : Moderate

Hiking time : 6.5 hours Trailhead :  Google Maps link to trailhead

The hike from Bad Gastein to Stubnerkogel is on the tougher side , mainly because of its length. I usually lean towards shorter hikes, but this one is more of a full-day affair. However, the destination is totally worth it. For those of you put off by the distance, there's a cable car option . You can just ride up and enjoy the best parts without breaking a sweat.

For those who believe the best views are earned , strap on some sturdy hiking boots and make a pit stop at Stubneralm-Hütte . It's an inn with accommodations. Can't vouch for the sleeping arrangements, but the food? Pure Austrian delight .

And before you digest your dumplings, you'll reach the majestic Stubnerkogel Mountain , towering at 2,246 meters (7,369 ft) above sea level. The mountain offers breathtaking views of the surrounding Salzburg ranges. Besides soaking in the panoramas, you can take a stroll across the suspension bridge or step onto the viewing platform. And this brings us to...

What is special about the Stubnerkogel hike?

A suspension bridge on Stubnerkogel hike in Austria

The suspension bridge on Stubnerkogel  

The suspension bridge , hands down. If you take the cable car, you'll see it as soon as you step out. If you're hiking, well, you'll see it when you see it. The bridge sits 28 m (91.9 ft) high and stretches a whole 140 m (459.3 ft).

It's officially open all year, but I'd recommend going only in good weather . Trust me, you don't want to be swaying side to side in the middle of a 28-m-high "walkway" during a crazy windstorm. There’s also an unwritten rule that you walk in one direction only, as the bridge is just 1 m (3 ft) wide. Believe me, leaning over the railing to dodge oncoming people is not an experience you want.

If you make it across the bridge, just a bit further is the Glocknerblick viewing platform . From there, you get a fantastic view of Austria's highest mountain, Großglockner, which you'll recognize instantly if you’ve followed all my advice and already hiked that beast.

The way from Stubnerkogel back to Bad Gastein is not the best in my experience; it's too steep and practically follows the cable car . But you probably already found that out if you decided to walk up as well. However, once you get up there, you'll find well-maintained gravel paths along the ridges and benches where you can chill and watch the cows for a while .

Map of hike from Bad Gastein to Stubnerkogel

Map of loop Stubnerkogel hike, which is definitely worth a visit. (see full details on komoot )

4. The Sigmund Thun Klamm Waterfall hike: A seasonal must-see

The Sigmund Thun Klamm Waterfall in Austria

Walk the trail right next to the waterfall!  

Hike length : 4.2 km (2.6 mi) loop Elevation gain : 175 m (574 ft) Difficulty level : Easy to moderate

Hiking time : 1 hour 30 minutes Trailhead :  Google Maps link to trailhead

No wonder this hike clinched a solid fourth place. Unless you're a die-hard fan who reads all my articles, you might have missed that The Sigmund Thun Klamm Waterfall is actually among the top 11 tourist attractions in Austria (as curated by yours truly). That's why I've sneaked it into this list , even though, technically (again), it's not exactly in Bad Gastein . But trust me, once you read my thoughts and see the photos, I doubt the less-than-an-hour drive from the Johannesbad Hotel Palace  will put you off.

This hike is more like a leisurely walk . The Kapruner Ache river chose to show off its strength and chisel its way through the rocks immediately after the town of Kaprun. And it really is impressive, I have to say. A 320 m (1,050 ft) trail with pools and ponds has been carved out by the river through solid rock and stones.

Narrow and  slippery wooden walkways and bridges  run alongside the river. The entire path is really easy except for the last part, where the path steeply descends, but nothing you can't handle. You’ve been hiking in Bad Gastein, for goodness sake, you’re practically a pro!

A map showing the hiking trail to the Sigmund Thun Klamm Waterfall, hiking trails in Austria

A map showing the hiking trail to the Sigmund Thun Klamm Waterfall (thanks, Alltrails !)    

If you’re planning a trip to the Sigmund Thun Klamm Waterfall and it’s getting close to winter, visit their website first . You might come across a message that clearly states: "Due to the weather conditions, our gorge is already on its winter break . See you next year." And that’s how you know you can’t go to the waterfall.

  • Sigmund Thun Klamm official website
  • Open during June and July from 9:30 am–7 pm, 9:30 am–3:30 pm in October, closed from November to May 15
  • Tickets cost EUR 6.50

What is special about the Sigmund Thun Klamm Waterfall hike?

Sigmund Thun Klamm Waterfall hike near Bad Gastein in Austra

Oh, definitely go chasing waterfalls!  

Despite the fact, that TLC are telling you to “ don’t go chasing waterfalls ”, my advice is to ignore them and do the complete opposite. Because those waterfalls are what make this hike so interesting. When you walk there on those wooden (slippery) stairs, and the waterfalls are really close beside you, it's truly an experience.

If you thought of bathing in the water, I'll disappoint you right away;  swimming in the river is prohibited . At least that's what the signs we encountered along the way claimed. As they say “what the eye doesn't see, the heart doesn't grieve over”, but I’m on Santa’s nice list , so I didn’t jump in.  

5. Prossau Valley hike: The one with the rock wall

Prossau Valley hike in Austria

Another hike through amazing Austrian nature  

Hike length : 10.6 km (6.59 mi) out-and-back Elevation gain : 294 m (964.6 ft) Difficulty level : Moderate

Hiking time : 3 hours Trailhead :  Google Maps link to trailhead

This trail isn't as well-known, so if you set off early in the morning, you'll have it all to yourself . And what more could you wish for than to walk alone in peace and quiet (unless you sing while you hike) through the beautiful Austrian nature ? All around you, you’ll see hills, lush trees, waterfalls, rushing crystal-clear water, and views of snow-capped peaks.

I expected a very easy hike and got a medium level because there's one challenging section on the trail with an elevation gain of about 300 m (984 ft), and also, an 11 km (6.8 mi) round trip is quite long. If it hadn’t been for the demanding previous day, I'd rate the Prossau Valley hike as a 3-hour leisurely walk in a beautiful high-mountain valley . We were a bit tired already, so it seemed harder than it probably was.

Regarding the hike, the main feature is  an amazing rock wall that's about 300 m (984 ft) high , and judging by my well-traveled experience, it's beautiful and worth seeing.

Map of a hike from Kötschachtal to Alpengasthof Prossau.

Three hours stroll in nature which reminded me of Yosemite Valley (see the map on Alltrails )    

For me,  the most breathtaking part , where even the staunchest opponents have to pull out their phones and capture the beauty, was the final part of the trail. It was so epic that it  reminded me of Yosemite Valley .

Funny story : During our journey, apparently some logging was happening in the forest, so we heard strange sounds.  We thought it was a bear , so we really picked up our pace. Then I realized that there are no bears in Austria... but then I remembered that bears are in Italy, and therefore, there could be bears in Austria too, so we sped up even more (something between running and speed walking). Fortunately, we soon realized it was just logging, so we could return to our comfortable pace, pretending that didn’t just happen.

What is special about the Prossau Valley hike?

Alpenhaus Prossau in Austria

The renowned Alpenhaus Prossau  

I will repeat myself, but it's that virgin nature all around you that makes the Prossau Valley hike special. And no crowds of tourists to avoid. But I will probably make this hike popular now, thanks to my article, so it might become a favorite tourist destination. Go now while you can still beat the traffic jams of humans!

Another thing that makes this hike special is that you have a clear goal (and I like goals). At the end of the valley, a divine inn, Alpenhaus Prossau , awaits you with local cuisine. The staff is dressed in traditional attire, and the food here is excellent; you can even have fresh fish and homemade sausages.

6. Vorderschneeberg hike: More than just a trek

Bad Gastein in Austria

Trek around the famous waterfall!  

Hike length : 8.5 km (5.28 mi) loop Elevation gain : 262 m (859.6 ft) Difficulty level : Moderate

Hiking time : 2,5 hours Trailhead :  Google Maps link to trailhead

Never heard of Vorderschneeberg? No worries, it's not exactly headline news . It's just a small village within the Bad Gastein area, home to about 600 souls. Its claim to fame? It's the 'finish line' of our hike starting right from Bad Gastein and leading straight to Vorderschneeberg.

Am I overdoing it with waterfall talks? Maybe, but just a few hundred meters in, you'll hit Gasteiner Wasserfall , one of the most famous and intriguing waterfalls in all of Austria. It's also the main attraction of Bad Gastein. There's an educational trail, Wasserfallweg , running along the waterfall. And guess what? That's exactly the path we're taking (walking and getting educated at the same time... priceless!).

Hope you like water, because this whole route follows the banks of the Gasteiner Ache river . You'll start descending, then it's mostly level until halfway. But logically, what goes down must come up— the second half is mostly uphill . Bad Gastein itself sits pretty high, about 1,002 m (3,287 ft) above sea level. Where I come from, the highest peak is 1,603 m (5,259 ft), so this is quite a climb in my book.

Map of hike from Bad Gastein to Vorderschneeberg

Map of loop Vorderschneeberg hike (see full details on Alltrails )  

Tip : Right past the waterfalls, you'll pass the Gasteiner Museum . It's a small museum where you can soak up some cool facts about Bad Gastein's history.

At the other end of the trail is Gasteiner Badesee, a natural lake and a popular swimming spot. Perfect for a refreshing dip before heading back. Just brace yourself for the summer crowds...

What is special about the Vorderschneeberg hike?

Ba Gastein waterfall in Austria

There are many things to do on this hike  

For me, it's the mix of activities . I love that you're not just walking and admiring mountains and trees (not that there's anything wrong with that). On this hike, you see waterfalls, learn about technical wonders related to them, visit a museum, and even take a dip in a lake. It's a fantastic combination .

Oh, and almost forgot—if you're up for some adrenaline, there's an exhilarating zip line ride over the Gasteiner Ache canyon . They say you'll be 'safely seated in the best seat of the Gastein valley and will comfortably fly 90 meters high over the Gasteiner Ache Canyon.' Not sure if being scared stiff qualifies as 'comfortably flying', but hey, that's just my take.

  • Zip line official website
  • Price for an adult EUR 22

7. Lichtenstein Klamm hike: A gorge that’ll leave you awestruck

Lichtenstein Klamm in Austria

The Liechtenstein Gorge  

Hike length : 5.26 km (3.27 mi) out-and-back Elevation gain : 220 m (720 ft) Difficulty level : Easy (relatively)

Hiking time : 1.5 hours Trailhead :  Google Maps link to trailhead

This gorge absolutely blew my mind. For the slower ones among you, 'Klamm’ in German means ‘gorge’. And a hike along it is a no-brainer for this list. If you want to get all geographical about it, Lichtenstein Klamm isn't in Bad Gastein, but a mere 45-minute drive north . If that’s too far for you, I don’t think we’re the same type of traveler. But it’s all good: if you're thinking of spending a night outside Bad Gastein in a more strategic location, then check out the fabulous four-star Aktivhotel Alpendorf in Sankt Johann im Pongau , just a hop away from the starting point of the Lichtenstein Klamm hike.

A little tip : Start the hike early. Based on photos on the internet we could see that the pathways that lead through Lichtenstein Gorge are narrow, so  I didn't want to be in a traffic jam  with e-cyclists and other day trippers.

According to  the official website , the gorge is visited by  170,000 visitors annually . Universe forbid we all show up there on the same day! We left the car in the parking lot, which is a short distance from the ticket counter, about 400 m. Inside the building where the ticket counter is,  there's also a restaurant (if you are already hungry) with outdoor seating .  

Map of Lichtenstein Klamm hike

Map of out & back Lichtenstein Klamm hike (see full details on Alltrails )  

Even though the trail is relatively easy, I recommend wearing comfortable shoes for climbing all those stairs . There are quite a lot of them here—I counted 440 (just kidding, I looked it up online). If you were planning on going with a stroller,  leave it in the car . Not the kid, the stroller (use a carrier if you can’t get it to hike yet).

  • Lichtenstein gorge official website
  • Open from beginning of May until end of September: daily from 9 am–6 pm, October: daily from 9 am–4 pm
  • Tickets cost EUR 14

What is special about the Lichtenstein Klamm hike?

Lichtenstein Klamm in Austria

Very unordinary hiking trail  

I mean the path through the gorge itself is magnificent. You walk along a wooden walkway under various overhangs, tunnels, and valleys bordering transparent waterfalls . It is just not like the other hikes. It's not about the views of the surrounding mountains and nature, but the place has charm all on its own.

Besides the epic natural phenomena and incredibly clear water, the pathway itself is a significant experience. At one point, the trail turns into a helix,  a spiral staircase .

The only thing you see is a narrow path in front of you and behind you, with giant rocks towering 10 cm (4 in) apart. It might not be entirely pleasant for some . But if you're afraid the rocks might fall on you, you can rest assured—the trail and its surroundings undergo regular geological inspections, and in some areas, there are nets installed that protect you from any potential rockfall. All you need to do is hope the nets are in the right spots...

8. Bockhart trail: A Hike with pleasant surprises

Bockhart in Austria

The beautiful lake on Bockhart trail  

Hike length : 12.6 km (7.83 mi) loop Elevation gain : 730 m (2,395 ft) Difficulty level : Moderate

Hiking time : 5–6 hours

Trailhead : Google Maps link to trailhead 

You're going to love this trail if you're up for a challenge . You can drive to the trail's start and park comfortably at the lower station of the cable car. It's just a 12-minute drive from Bad Gastein. For this trail, pack a big snack and plenty of drinks, as there's only one restaurant along the way , which you'll encounter at the beginning and end of the trail. During summer, bring your swimsuit too— you'll pass by two lakes tha are perfect for a dip .

About 1.8 km (1.12 mi) in, you'll reach the first interesting stop— a wooden dragon by the trail. Personally, I'm not a huge fan of random animal statues on trails, but if you've got kids with you, it's a neat way to motivate them up the first climb. Even if you're child-free, the sight of the dragon means you've conquered the first ascent. Time to head to the plateau along the lake.

Keep going. The stunning alpine peaks around you make the journey even more pleasant. Below you lies Unterer Bockhartsee , which you'll soon leave behind as you ascend to the lake's upper part, Oberer Bockhartsee . If you're a waterfall enthusiast (like me), you're in for a treat. Like many trails in the Bad Gastein area, this one has its waterfall too. Some folks fill their bottles here, but I'd rather not—you never know if there's a dead cow lying upstream!

Map of the Bockhart trail around Bockhartsee.

Really long one but not that hard (see the map on komoot )    

Catch your breath and keep strutting your stuff. The last major climb awaits , so enjoy it while it lasts. Remember, whatever you climb, you must descend, and that's always, at least for me, the tougher part of any trip. A few more meters, and you've conquered Bockhart Peak , marked by a cross. Surprised? Hope not, haha. The summit offers a stunning view of the valley you've climbed through. On a clear day, you can see the peaks of the opposite mountains.

What is special about the Bockhart hike?

What's nice about this route is that you ascend along one side of the lakes and return on the other, allowing you to see and photograph the scenery from every angle. Feel free to take a swim in the lower lake.

Thanks to the large area where hikers can spread out, you might find yourself, as we did, walking alone for most of the journey. And that, for me, is a big win .  

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From the Bad Gastein piste map to the best ski schools, ski hire shops and après ski bars, here’s the lowdown on the principal ski resort in Austria's Gastein Valley.

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Not your typical Austrian ski resort, Bad Gastein is actually a world-famous grand spa town, set in impressive surroundings and offering a good range of on and off-slope attractions for skiers, snowboarders and non-skiers alike. It's a year-round destination, drawing visitors to its famous natural hot-spring spas and therapeutic climate caverns.

The historic town centre of imposing Belle Epoque buildings sweeps across the steep flanks of a picturesque gorge, bisected by an impressive series of waterfalls. This old quarter of the resort is peppered with smart restaurants, genteel cafés, and upmarket boutiques, which line the hilly arc of the old high street.

The main Stubnerkogel ski area access point is located in the modern upper suburbs at the top of the gorge, close to the town's railway station. The surrounding Gasteiner Valley is a popular scenic tourist area and is ringed by a series of other ski areas, including the resorts of Bad Hofgastein and Dorfgastein, all included on the local Gastein area lift pass and accessible with the great value Ski Amadé lift pass which covers more than two dozen ski resorts in this region.

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Bad Gastein has two local ski areas, Stubnerkogel and Graukogel, both offering good steep red run descents best suited to intermediate-level skiers and snowboarders. Unfortunately these two areas aren't linked together and are based on opposite sides of the town. However, the larger Stubnerkogel area is linked with Bad Hofgastein's Schlossalm ski area, forming a sufficiently extensive linked area to satisfy most visitors' desire to rack up the miles.

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Other options include the separate high-altitude Sportgastein ski area at the head of the valley beyond Bad Gastein, plus, in the opposite direction down at the mouth of the valley, the fairly extensive slopes of Dorfgastein, which are linked with those of Grossarl over in the neighbouring valley. Altogether, the local ski domain is doubled in size to around 200km with the addition of these other areas.

There are nursery areas near the gondola station and at Angertal. But finding good progression slopes is tricky – the mountains here are essentially steep. Because of the fragmented layout, most visitors need to rely on the area's ski bus service to move around between the non-linked ski areas and resort villages. All three principal Gastein Valley resorts are also linked by train, which also presents a viable alternative for reaching other regional resorts including Zell am See and St Johann im Pongau.

Bad Gastein - Off-Piste, Backcountry & Ski Touring:

Gastein is known as something of a freeride hotspot within Austria. The mountains here offer expert powder-skiers wide northern slopes with fabulous all-day powder, fast tree runs, gullies and even big mountain descents.

In Bad Gastein the Stubnerkogel pulls in the freeride crowd, with good options near the Jungeralm, while the Schlossalm offers lift access to many of its best off-piste descents. Reaching up to 2,686m, Sportgastein is another go-to spot, with abundant snowfalls creating deep snow slopes without the need for a long ascent. Three marked routes make access easy for freeriders and waist-deep snow is pretty standard.

Bad Gastein - Restaurants, Bars & The Town:

Whereas Bad Gastein does have a couple of popular bars which are well-known for their rocking early-evening après ski atmosphere, the Silver Bullet Bar at the Hotel Salzburger Hof  being one of the liveliest, nightlife in all of the Gastein Valley resorts is generally quite low-key and focused primarily on convivial dining followed by relaxed drinks in hotel bars. For more exciting late-night entertainment, Bad Gastein also has a grand casino plus a couple of small nightclubs.

Off-slope activities include traditional toboggan runs, the ones at Bad Gastein and Dorfgastein floodlit in the evenings; horse riding excursions; trekking with llamas; scenic walking routes; and ice-skating at Bad Hofgastein's Ice Arena.

The principal non-ski attractions of the Gastein Valley resorts are the two big thermal spa centres: the Felsentherme Spa  in Bad Gastein, and the fabulous Alpentherme Spa + 'Relax World' in Bad Hofgastein; a number of hotels in the valley also have their own in-house spa and wellness facilities.

Bad Gastein - Ski Hire:

There are ample places for ski hire in Bad Gastein, including Skiverleih Lederer , Gastein Sport  and First descent .

Bad Gastein - Ski School:

The options for ski schools in Bad Gastein include the main Bad Gastein Ski School , the smaller Snowsports Gastein school  and the Schlossalm Ski School  in Bad Hofgastein.

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You will find Bad Gastein in the Hohe Tauern National Park , south of Salzburg. The Austrian spa and ski paradise is a gem in all seasons. Built on a steep, forest-covered slope, the town is between the Grossglockner and the Ankogel mountains. One of the most beautiful cities in the Austrian Alps. It is home to 4,000 people who mainly sustain themselves from tourism .

The name "Bad" means "spa," which reflects the history of the city's spa. The local Heilstollen (literally “healing tunnel”) owes its reputation to spring water.

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Bad Gastein is located in the valley of the same name, not far from the foot of Mt Ankogel. It is situated in Hohe Tauern National Park in the Alps . You can reach it from Vienna in about 4.5 hours by car. The nearest big city is Salzburg, only 1.5 hours away.

  • Distance from Vienna : 4.5 hours / 400 km
  • Distance from Salzburg: 1.5 hours / 105 km
  • Distance from Innsbruck : 2.5 hours / 190 km

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History of Bad Gastein

Based on initial rumours, local silver miners talked about the beneficial effects of a river source. They have spread that the source has a healing effect on their joint diseases. The city's healing waters were studied as early as the 16th century when the Swiss physician and alchemist Theophrastus Parcelsus sought the secrets of spring water.

Felsentherme Gastein Spa

The rock bath offers relaxation and regeneration along with a fabulous panorama. You can see the ski slopes directly from its pools. You can choose from seven saunas and steam baths in the area. You can find the spa under the name Felsentherme .

Ski resorts

There is a ski area on both sides of the city. One is on the slopes of the Stubnerkogel mountain (2,251 m), and the other is on the slopes of Graukobel (2,492 m). The other two towns in the Gastein Valley also have ski resorts: Hofgastein and Dorfgastein. The area is part of the Ski Amadé.

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Attractions

What to see and what not to miss?

#1 Bad Gastein Falls

Following the Wasserfallweg trail, you can admire the Gastein waterfall, the city's most romantic attraction. Of course, you don't have to end the trip on the city's outskirts; there are several hiking trails nearby.

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#2 Church of St. Nicholas

The church of St. Nicholas, decorated with Gothic frescoes, is also worth a visit. The building offers a beautiful view from inside and outside, as it fits subtly into the city skyline.

#3 Gasteiner Museum

For an indoor program, visit the Gasteiner Museum, which showcases the city’s thermal springs and famous guests.

#4 Stubnerkogel suspension bridge

The dramatic view of the 1-meter-wide suspension bridge only attracts hikers. If you’re not into space, you’ll want to take a trip to the nearby Stubnerkogel mountain, where you can test your courage and admire the breathtaking panorama.

  • Address: Stubnerkogel, 5645 Bad Gastein, Austria
  • Opening hours: every day, 09:00 to 17:00

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Bad Gastein has a lively pagan tradition that has been assimilated into Roman Catholic traditions. Before the spread of Christianity, they believed in Krampus - the demonic being. It was much more integral in the local's life.

Today, the otherwise demonic character is only present as one of St. Nicholas' companions. A festival called Perchtenlauf (2010, 2014, 2018, ...) is held every four years when Krampus appears in the village.

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Bad Gastein Attractions Information

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Away from the mundane, the three places of the Gastein Valley invite you to switch off, to strengthen and revitalize yourself in a variety of ways. A valley that lets its visitors revive and sometimes even take off - and thus gives them new vitality.

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You love the mountains, but also relaxation in a spa. Only the Gastein Valley offers this unique combination of activation and regeneration. Use up to 7 possibilities per day with the Mountain & Spa Card.

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Vacations with a good conscience are possible in many ways in Gastein. Whether heat recovery through the thermal water or a seamless local public transport network to the arrival by train or e-mobility on site.

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Exciting experiences in nature for the whole family. Gasti accompanies you on your family vacation in Gastein.

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Discover the magic of winter and immerse yourself in a world of winter sports, relaxation and recreation!

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Enjoy unique nature experiences, adrenalin kicks and relaxing wellness moments in Gastein.

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Experience the healing power of the Gastein thermal water - pure relaxation and revitalization for body and mind.

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Experience the healing nature - stress relief, revitalization and strengthening for body and mind in its purest form.

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Skiing, dancing, thermal spa .... Improve your moves on the dance floor under the guidance of our dance professionals.

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Conquer one of the longest descents in the Eastern Alps and put your strength and stamina to the test.

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The insider tip for all jazz lovers! Enjoy jazzy sounds in the midst of the snow-covered mountain landscape of Gastein.

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Kur- und Tourismusverband

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Kur- und Tourismusverband Bad Hofgastein

The office is located in the center of Bad Hofgastein.

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