Bad Gastein

November 24, 2011 Austria Write a Comment 9,692 Views

Why Bad Gastein In Salzburg Is Worth A Trip.

Bad Gastein is one of these towns in Austria, that even Austrians adore. Not only because of the wonderful townscape, which is characterized by historic multi-storey hotel buildings erected on the steep slopes, but also because of the many spa resorts and of course the various winter activities. It is situated in the “Hohe Tauern” region of South Salzburg – one of the nicest areas in Austria (at least I think so).

Because you’ve always wanted a spa treatment.

Bad Gastein is a real spa town (the word “Bad” even means “spa” in English so this fits). Here’s the history on why this town became one of the most famous in Austria: The town gained early fame because of the Heilstollen’s (which means “healing tunnel”) spring water. The Swiss  physician & biologist Parcelsus studied the spring water to discover its secrets. Marie Curie and Heinrich Mache helped to discover that it contained radon and as a result radon therapy began in the town. Today there are many resorts that offer all kinds of spa therapies. If you feel like going there for a treatment, be sure to bring cash … Bad Gastein is not a cheap.

Because you love winter activities.

Bad Gastein is also a popular destination for winter activities (as are pretty much all the towns in Salzburg). The town has held the alpine skiing world championships once and is regularly a scene of the snowboarding and boarder-cross world cup.

Because there are many places to visit.
  • Gasteiner Waterfall: It’s one of the most famous waterfalls in Austria and Bad Gastein’s landmark. The waterfall is located right in the center and has been used as a motive of many well-known painters.
  • Churches: Preimskirche (the church with the red roof in the first photo) and Nikolauskirche – both beautiful old historic buildings & must-sees if you’re there.
  • Bad Gastein’s surroundings: As you will see in the photos below, the area of Bad Gastein is absolutely breathtaking and it would be hard to name all the wonderful spots. Feel free to write us if you want more exact information ;) Until then, take a look at some impressions.
The townscape of Bad Gastein is characterised by historic multi-story hotel buildings erected on the steep slopes.
The townscape of Bad Gastein is characterised by historic multi-story hotel buildings erected on the steep slopes.
The historic multi-storey hotel buildings erect on the steep slopes of the center.
The historic multi-storey hotel buildings in Bag Gastein erect on the steep slopes in the center.
A castle turned into a hotel & restuarnt in Bad Gastein.
The name “Bad” means “spa”, reflecting the town’s history as a health resort. It is located at the head of the Gastein valley.
Snow can be found up in the mountains all year around.
Snow can be found up in the mountains near Bad Gastein pretty much all year around.
The landscape of the "Hohe Tauern" region is one of a kind.
are a mountain range on the main chain of the Central Eastern Alps, comprising the highest peaks east of the Brenner Pass.
The alps of Austria.
With an area of about 1,834 square kilometres, the Hohe Tauern National Park is by far the largest of Austria’s seven national parks as well as the largest nature reserve in the Alps.
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