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Bad Hofgastein Introduction

Bad Hofgastein is a small town in the picturesque Gastein Valley. Lying at an altitude of only eight hundred and sixty metres, it nevertheless offers excellent skiing conditions throughout the season from December to early April. Bad Hofgastein is a popular family ski resort which, when combined with the four ski areas of Gastein, gives over two hundred kilometres of slopes which offer skiing and boarding for all levels of ability. There are ski schools providing tuition for children as well as adults and there is provision for childcare. Bad Gastein has a range of hotels accommodating most tastes and budgets. Its restaurants serve a wide variety of food and appeal to most palates and there is a good variety of shops. In order to make the most of your holiday and to explore the valley, car hire is recommended as public transport is barely adequate. A Bad Hofgastein ski holiday offers days of excellent skiing in a family friendly resort surrounded by spectacular scenery.

Why Go To Bad Hofgastein?

Bad Hofgastein is a small market town set amid stunning scenery in a beautiful valley. It has a friendly and relaxed atmosphere and offers great skiing and snowboarding for all levels of ability although, it must be said, confident intermediate skiers have the greatest choice of runs.

A Bad Hofgastein ski holiday is popular with a wide range of skiers, including families, as the slopes accommodate all levels of ability from novices to experts. Groups of young skiers who like to party after a day on the slopes may find the après ski scene a little understated.

When To Go To Bad Hofgastein

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

Bad Hofgastein - The Place

Bad Hofgastein is a small town with a long history stretching back beyond two millennia. It is an attractive town which attracts many holidaymakers in both winter and summer. Lying in a wide valley below Bad Gastein, the resort offers a relaxing base from which to enjoy many hours of skiing on its extensive slopes. There are four ski areas in the valley. The main area is the Schlossalm which is linked to Stubnerkogel, via Angertal, above the town of Bad Gastein. Angertal, which can be reached by minibus, has slopes that are ideal for novices. With over two hundred kilometres of pistes, there are runs to suit all levels of expertise. Although there is no snow park, the terrain offers good conditions for snowboarders. In order to get the best that the slopes have to offer, car hire is recommended as only two of the ski areas are connected by lifts. There are ski schools for adults and children and there are childcare facilities.

Bad Hofgastein has a range of accommodation to suit all budgets. Its restaurants serve a diverse cuisine and cater for most tastes and pockets and it has a variety of shops. Bad Hofgastein nightlife is fairly low-key with many of the larger hotels providing evening entertainment. Bars, and the occasional lively club, divert those who have energy to spare after a day on the slopes.

Bad Hofgastein, as the name suggests, is a spa town renowned for the healing properties of its waters. While many of the hotels have pools and offer spa treatments, a visit to 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 Hofgastein also offers many recreational activities including, indoor tennis and squash, sleigh rides, horse riding and ice skating.

Bad Hofgastein Nightlife

Bad Hofgastein nightlife is fairly low key with some of the larger hotels providing in-house entertainment. There are a number of good restaurants, as well as bars and pubs, which provide welcoming venues where you can spend relaxing evenings in the company of family and friends. Those who enjoy a holiday flutter can take a trip to the casino in nearby Bad Gastein where there is a small casino.

Bad Hofgastein Shopping

Bad Hofgastein has a pleasant shopping centre with a variety of shops supplying, among other items, groceries, sports equipment and clothing, jewellery and gifts and souvenirs.

Bad Hofgastein Eating

Bad Hofgastein has many excellent restaurants which serve a variety of cuisine. Traditional Austrian food appears on many menus but international food is also popular. There is also a vegetarian eatery. Some restaurants provide a musical accompaniment adding to the refined atmosphere of the evening. A little piece of Mozart certainly aids digestion.