Conveniently positioned along a major motorway, near large airports, and with its own railway station, Bad Gastein is very easy to reach by any transportation method.
Bad Gastein is an hour (100kms) south of Salzburg and two hours (237kms) from Munich. Salzburg Airport provides the main gateway to the resort; however, Munich Airport has more European and transcontinental flight options. There are direct train and bus connections from both airports to the ski resort.
Total road distance from Calais is around 1,400kms, with an extensive system of motorways making the journey fast and comfortable. Road access is via the A10 motorway. Take the Bischofshofen exit and follow route 311 to Lend, then route 167 to the resort.
Bad Gastein train station can be reached via Salzburg or Munich. From London’s Waterloo station, take the Eurostar to Bruxelles-Midi, Thalys to Koln, InterCityExpress to Munich, and then Nacht-Schnellzug to Bad Gastein. The trip takes around 17 hours in total.
Located 90kms from Salzburg and train-linked, Bad Gastein is one of the most well known spa towns in Austria. It is also at the centre of the Gastein Valley ski area, with four domains totalling 250kms of pistes.
The old world resort town is a great base from which to ski the surrounding region and boasts a wide range of accommodation to suit every budget, from elegant hotels to simple but comfortable bed-and-breakfasts. It is reputed to have more overnight guests than any city in Austria, except Vienna.
With a longest run of eight kilometres and 201kms of prepared runs on both sides of the valley and at Sportgastein (10kms away), Bad Gastein has ample slopes to justify its 70,000 skiers per hour lift capacity. The ski resort has a total of 48 lifts, comprised of one funicular train, one cable car, nine gondolas, 19 chairlifts and 18 surface lifts.
The skiing favours good intermediates, with lots of challenges and tree-lined skiing. For experts, there is a wide range of off-piste, while great powder can be found on the Kreuzkogel. There is also the World Cup downhill run to test the best. Snowboarders are provided with a park and half-pipe, and the high number of draglifts will challenge the most adept. Cross-country skiers will love the 91kms of Nordic tracks.
After dark, popular activities include swimming in the thermal waters of some hotels or in the community pool; while the nightlife is quite sophisticated and prices are predominantly high. The ‘bath and beer’ option is also very popular for afternoon après-ski. Alternatively, you can visit the fine folk museum, try your luck in the casino, or browse the many shops. Other recreational opportunities include: hiking, horse-drawn sleigh rides, ice-skating, indoor swimming, sauna, tennis, paragliding, hang-gliding, winter golf and local curling.
The ski season lasts from early December through to May, with peak seasons around the Christmas and New Year holidays, as well as February and March. Bargain rates and cut-price packages can be had during mid-December, mid-January and April.
Salzburg and Munich airports provide convenient aerial gateways to Bad Gastein, and the resort is also convenient to visitors travelling by road or rail.
Located at 1,038m, with a waterfall backdrop, Bad Gastein is the main town in Austria’s Gastein Valley and is famous for its year round spa that attracts visitors from around the world. The region has been renowned since medieval times for its hot mineral springs, which are claimed to cure a wide variety of ailments.
With its history steeped in providing relaxation to vacationers, Bad Gastein is well equipped to make stays enjoyable and comfortable, with plenty of facilities to suit even the most discerning travellers. Quaint old buildings line the streets, and there are numerous tasteful restaurants and cafés in which to pass the time when not on the slopes. The waterfall that drops hundreds of feet through the town is sometimes only a trickle through the ice; however, in spring thaw, it becomes a raging torrent.
Snowboarding and skiing is afforded by 48 lifts and 250kms of prepared runs, with slopes mainly catering to intermediate and advanced level skiers. Beginners have several runs to choose from, however, they are spread out. The ski school has an excellent reputation, and is a great place to undo any bad habits. There is a kindergarten and ski kindergarten, and babysitting can be arranged.
The lift circuits link Bad Gastein and Bad Hofgastein – a more modern ski resort with its own network of exhilarating runs. If bad weather hits, there are the cultural and architectural delights of Salzburg and Vienna, a short distance away.
The ski season runs from December to May, with the best months being February and March. Bad Gastein is easily accessed by air, road or rail, with most visitors arriving via Salzburg or Munich airports.