Bad Hofgastein: Mountains, Ski & Spa
Picturesque alleys and little boutiques in the center surrounded by a large spa park – this is Bad Hofgastein, approx. seven kilometres away from the spa resort Bad Gastein. Bad Hofgastein is marked by its great architecture in tune with the natural surroundings as well as the diversity of mountains, spas and skiing facilities. The Alpine Spa with the Cascadia sauna area revitalises body, mind and soul. The sparkling healing water relaxes tensions with ease. The mountains attract guests in summer due to the great variety of hiking, mountain biking and climbing routes. And in winter, it is the perfect place for winter sports fans. Whether you are looking for a spa holiday, hiking or skiing pleasures, holidays in Bad Hofgastein are dominated by easiness far away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Where emperors spend their holidays
There are places where you will definitely find stories of times that have long gone by. And the Gasteinertal valley is such a place – still well-known for the most famous spa in Austria. Bad Gastein was once the “diplomatic bath” for the notables in the Habsburg era. Emperor Franz Joseph and his wife Empress Elisabeth, Grillparzer and Schopenhauer and a lot more were guests who made the healing baths in Salzburg internationally known. But history goes back even further: Already in the 16th century, the healing springs in Gastein were known for their soothing effect.
And still today, holidays in Bad Hofgastein stand for relaxing hours in sparkling healing water, in the Rock and Alpine Spa, in the healing galleries in Gastein or the Alpine Solar Bath in Dorfgastein. Bad Hofgastein, located at the widest spot of the valley, is the historic center and promises imperial relaxation amid mountains and spas. In summer, there is also a lot to discover high up in the mountains: The ancient stone pine wood on Graukogel peak, the Stubnerkogel round trail with a spectacular suspension bridge as well as numerous mountain biking and climbing routes. After an active day out in the mountains, very brave guests can take a plunge in the Gasteiner bathing lake for some sparkling refreshment.
Skiing pleasures times: The Gasteinertal Valley
Bad Hofgastein is not only a health resort but also a popular winter sports location. Guests can choose between four different ski resorts in the Gasteinertal valley. The Dorfgastein-Großarl, Graukogel and Sportgastein ski resorts are nearby. If you spend your holidays in Bad Hofgastein, you will find the Schlossalm ski resort at your doorstep, which is connected to Stubnerkogel via the Angertal valley. The giant suspension bridge at Stubnerkogel, the “Gasti” snow park in the Angertal valley and the “Hohe Scharte Nord” slope are special highlights in this region. The “Hohe Scharte Nord” slope with a length of eight kilometres and 1440 m difference in altitude is one of the longest slopes in the Eastern Alps. Guests can get detailed information on ski passes at the various hotels.