The Gastein Valley, the 3 villages summer/winter activities
Bad Gastein, is the southernmost town in the Gastein Valley and is located in the Hohe Tauern National Park in the province of Salzburg. The centre of Bad Gastein lies at an altitude of about 1000m above sea level and impresses with the fascinating construction of numerous hotels and buildings, most of which were built into the hillside, and the world-famous Bad Gastein waterfall.
Bad Gastein, written Badgastein until 1996, is world-famous as a holiday resort and health resort. Especially the numerous thermal springs, the Gasteiner Heilstollen and the Felsentherme Gastein (formerly Felsenbad) regularly attract many visitors and holidaymakers to the Gastein Valley.
In winter Bad Gastein has a large ski area. Via the Stubnerkogel you are directly connected to the Schlossalm ski area in Bad Hofgastein by the Angertal ski swing. The highest located skiing area Sportgastein is especially snow-sure and offers attractive downhill runs and fantastic cross-country skiing tracks. The third ski mountain is the Graukogel with particularly difficult downhill runs for the best skiers - the alpine ski world championship was held here in 1958.
In summer, countless hiking trails for every level of ability tempt you to hike in the mountains or along the promenades of Gastein, which are steeped in history. In any case, Bad Gastein has for decades been providing relaxation and recreation in one of the most beautiful regions of Austria thanks to the purest mountain air, clear spring and drinking water combined with the ideal altitude. Innumerable possibilities for sports and leisure, such as an 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, tennis hall, bike & bike routes, fishing, horse riding, archery, climbing and much more.
Bad Hofgastein is situated between Dorfgastein and Bad Gastein and offers a successful mixture of tradition and modernity. The centre of Bad Hofgastein is designed as a pedestrian zone and has developed into a meeting place worth seeing, with numerous hotels, inns, pubs, bars and modern shops.
Only a few metres away lies Europe's most modern alpine health and leisure world, the Alpen Therme Gastein. Bad Hofgastein has years of experience as a venue for large congresses and has the most modern technology for conferences.
In winter, Bad Hofgastein is especially famous for the extensive Schlossalm ski area. The Angertal ski area is directly connected to the Stubnerkogel ski area in Bad Gastein. Of course many other activities are offered, e.g. in the ice arena.
In summer, hiking and health are the most important topics, here Bad Hofgastein offers countless possibilities.
Dorfgastein is the northernmost village of the Gastein Valley and is known for its customs and traditions. Here almost everything is a little bit smaller, but therefore designed with love and cosiness. In Dorfgastein you will find excellent hotels, some with spacious wellness areas, modern holiday apartments, pensions and private rooms. Also in the accommodations you will quickly get to know the natural and warm friendly way of the Dorfgastein people.
In winter, Dorfgastein has a ski area with 80 km of ski slopes, which has received several awards, and is considered to be particularly family-friendly. Skiers and snowboarders can expect perfectly groomed slopes and rustic ski huts. Of course, many other activities are also offered, such as cross-country skiing, tobogganing, paragliding, curling, horse-drawn sleigh rides, snowshoeing, paragliding and many more.
In summer Dorfgastein is considered a paradise for mountain lovers. Numerous hiking trails of all levels of difficulty offer nature enjoyment at its best. The gondola lift takes hikers and mountaineers up to the Fulseck and also allows paragliders and hang-gliders to experience the Gastein panorama up close.