Bad Gastein, Austria

Hotels in Bad Gastein, Austria

Where to stay in Bad Gastein

For a ski resort with health, wellbeing, tranquillity and nightlife, you can’t get much better than Bad Gastein.

Before you worry about the word ‘bad’ in the title, worry not, because there is nothing bad about this town. ‘Bad’ actually means ‘spa’, which is highly appropriate consider this town is a spa town within the Hohe Tauern National Park, within Salzburg province. With cheap flights to Salzburg, this means this beautiful alpine town is easy to get to, fantastic for your health and not at all expensive when you look at booking cheap hotels in Bad Gastein.

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Fresh, fresh mountain air in Bad Gastein

The elevation means the air in this part of the world is as fresh as it’s ever going to get, and with stunning scenery, like something from a picture postcard winter scene, this Austrian spa town offers action and adventure on the nearby ski slopes, relaxation in the spas, and rejuvenating thermal therapy and hot springs. Felsentherme Spa Resort is a great choice, with treatments and relaxation as standard, but the best hotels in Bad Gastein will have their own spa sections, and pools fed by fresh mountain spring water, for sheer relaxation. Accommodation in Bad Gastein is ample, whether you plan to hit the slopes or not, and there is much to explore in this spa town, making it a great two-centre activity holiday without even leaving the area!

Mountain hiking is hugely popular in the summer months, as well as cycling and mountain hiking, although a wander through the town’s historic multi-storey buildings is certainly to be recommended. There are quaint stores to explore, restaurants and cafes too.

Taking to the Bad Gastein slopes

Having said all the above, most visitors to Bad Gastein will be looking to spend at last least some time skiing, and you’ll find fantastic skin runs for all ability levels, including cross country, and nursery runs for beginners. Along with neighbouring Bad Hofgastein, this is the largest ski area in the Gastein Valley, and offers four separate areas to test out your ability. This is a great area for family skiing too, meaning the little ones can learn their skills, with kids’ ski school on offer.

Following a day’s strenuous skiing activity, the shining light in relaxation is the local thermal baths and hot springs we were talking about earlier, which is something most ski resorts can’t offer. Once you’re rejuvenated, Bad Gastein has some fantastic nightlife, with bars and restaurants on offer, as well as plenty of après ski until the early hours of the morning, before starting all over again the next day.

The hardest decision will be where to stay in Bad Gastein, and there is a wide range of hotels on offer, with varying budgets on offer. Apartments, B&Bs and hotels are plentiful, as well as accommodation closer to the slopes. The choice is truly yours, and whether you choose to ski, relax, or both, your holiday will be truly memorable in this alpine gem.