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Bad Gastein Introduction

Bad Gastein is a spa town in the Gastein Valley famous for the healing powers of its spring water. It is an elegant town with stylish architecture, its buildings predominantly cream and pale ochre. Bad Gastein is, in winter, surrounded by snow covered hills and mountains offering two hundred and fifty kilometres of skiing. Lying at an altitude of eleven hundred metres and with the highest skiing at over twenty-six hundred metres, Bad Gastein has good snow cover throughout the season. Ski schools provide good tuition for adults and children, either privately or in groups. There are childcare facilities for younger children. Bad Gastein provides a range of excellent accommodation mainly in hotels. Its restaurants serve a variety of cuisine that caters for most tastes and pockets and there are bars, pubs and discos providing a fairly lively nightlife. In order to make the most of the ski areas that are available, car hire is recommended as only two of the four ski areas are linked by lifts and public transport is inadequate. A Bad Gastein ski holiday offers fun and enjoyment for all the family.

Why Go To Bad Gastein?

Bad Gastein is a charming town lying amid the spectacular scenery of the Gastein Valley. It has a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere and offers great skiing and snowboarding for all levels of ability. Although there is no snow park, Bad Gastein has good terrain for boarders. It is a very child friendly resort and offers good childcare.

A Bad Gastein ski holiday is popular with a wide range of skiers, including families, as the slopes accommodate all levels of ability from novices to experts. Young adults can enjoy a lively après ski with bars and discos.

When To Go To Bad Gastein

Bad Gastein ski season lasts from mid December until mid April. Although the resort lies at a fairly low altitude, at a little over one thousand metres, the highest skiing is over two thousand eight hundred metres and has excellent snow cover throughout the season.

Bad Gastein - The Place

Bad Gastein is a charming Austrian market town lying at an altitude of a little over one thousand metres in the beautiful Gastein Valley. There are four ski areas in the valley and these combine to give two hundred and fifty kilometres of pistes which offer skiing and snowboarding for every level of ability. The majority of runs are suitable for intermediate skiers, with sixty kilometres for novice skiers and twenty-four kilometres of runs and mogul fields for advanced skiers. As only two of the ski areas are connected by lifts, if you wish to take advantage of all areas car hire is recommended. The main area is the Schlossalm which is linked to Stubnerkogel, via Angertal, above the town. Angertal, has slopes that are ideal for novices. Although there is no snow park, the terrain offers good conditions for snowboarders. While most of the skiing is above the tree line, there are many trails through the trees which make ideal conditions when the weather is inclement. There are ski schools for adults and children and there are also childcare facilities.

Bad Gastein has a range of hotel accommodation to suit most budgets. Its restaurants serve a diverse cuisine and cater for most tastes and pockets and it has a good number of shops. Nightlife can be as lively or as sophisticated as you wish. You can choose between a classical concert or a night at the disco; a drink in a bar or trying your luck at the gaming tables in the casino.

The waters of Bad Gastein are renowned for their healing properties and many of the hotels have their own pools. The Alpentherme Gastein is well worth a visit. It has something for everyone; a water world with exciting slides and flumes for families, relaxing spa pools, saunas, a sports world as well as bar and restaurant. Bad Gastein offers a range of recreational facilities including thermal swimming pools, tennis courts, an ice rink, and riding stables.

A Bad Gastein ski holiday offers excellent ski conditions amid stunning scenery, good hotels and restaurants and a wide assortment of recreational activities.

Bad Gastein Nightlife

Bad Gastein nightlife differs greatly from the majority of ski resorts in that holidaymakers can enjoy such activities as a classical concert, ballroom dancing or an evening in the casino. There are many fine restaurants, a good number of bars and pubs and three discos. Bad Gastein surely has something for everyone.

Bad Gastein Shopping

Bad Gastein has an attractive shopping centre with supermarkets, specialist shops including sports clothing and equipment and boutiques.

Bad Gastein Eating

Bad Gastein has a number of first class restaurants where you can enjoy a superb meal in sumptuous surroundings. Of course there are many, more affordable eateries where the variety of cuisine, including international dishes, caters for most tastes.