Badgastein Travel Guide

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Badgastein Highlights

  • Pro
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     Mountains, Spas, Caves 

  • Con
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     A little bit too cold in summer 

  • In a nutshell
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     More than just skiing - nice small town too 

Badgastein Things to Do

  • Burg Klammstein

    Burg Klammstein is or better said was a ruïn, untill the curren owner decided to restore it with his own money. It is an enthousiastic person telling you hundreds of stories. It's not a particular beautiful sight, but the enthousiasm of the castle lord is more than charming. Burg Klammstein stands at the entrance of the Gasteinertal and was used to...

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  • Sankt Preims Kirche

    Next to the Gasteiner Ache, first mentioned in 1333, is the church for the upper village from the outside it's a nice church. The inside is not very special, but since we were here we had a look.

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  • Gasteiner Ache

    Beautiful powerful river cutting through Badgastein. Power and violence coming down from the mountain.

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  • The Waterfall, Part II

    After admiring the waterfall from the bridge in the centre of town, it is worthwhile to have a look at it from other vantage points. In Straubinger Platz you will see steps going up, they are part of the path that winds uphill by the side of the brook, ending at the level of the upper bridge. The view of the upper segments of the waterfall is...

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  • Kaiser Wilhelm Promenade

    Nice walks in Bad Gastein have been named after famous patrons, and it seems fair that the most beautiful walk of all has been named after a king and emperor who spent many holidays here. The narrow road, where cars are not allowed, starts within the village, in the Bismarckstrasse, and goes into the Kotchach valley, ending at the Grüner Baum. Its...

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  • Sportgastein

    This is a suggestion for an out-of-town trip. Sportgastein has a name, but it is not a village or even a hamlet. There are just two or three houses there. The reason for going there in winter is skiing, and in summer the wonderful view and hiking paths. Sportgastein lies in a valley, but its altitude is 1589 metres above sea level. The view of the...

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  • The Warm Fountains

    Bad Gastein has been a thermal resort for many years, because of its waters that spring from the earth at a temperature between 44 and 47 degrees Celsius. There are today 17 of these springs, in the Badberg, and they provide water for the spas. However, not all the thermal water is used for this business. Some of it is free and flows from two...

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  • Churchyard

    Behind the little church of St Nicholas there is a graveyard, where the graves are actually only commemorative, because the bodies of these deads are not buried here. These men lost their lives in the II World War, most of them in Russia.The folly of blood-thirsty tyrants sent these men to their deaths, and caused the deaths of many many others....

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  • Paracelsus

    This statue represents a man with a cloak that makes him invisible, so we can see only his head and hands. The man is Paracelsus, and I don't think he ever had, or even tried to obtain, an invisible cloak.Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim, this was his real name, was born in Switzerland in 1493 and died in Salzburg in 1541. He was an alchemist...

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Badgastein Restaurants

  • When the weather is good

    Dining in the open air is very nice in summer, but it becomes wonderful when the view is beautiful as the one you get here.This café-restaurant (and bar!) is just out of the town, with a panoramic view of the Gastein valley. Is is located on the charming Kaiser-Wilhelm-Promenade, just before the road gets into the wood. When you look around you see...

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  • Austrian tradition

    K.u.K. always accompanied any reference to the name of the Emperor and everything related with him. The acronym stands for Royal and Imperial, so the name of this restaurant and café evokes nostalgia for those times. Actually, although nicely furnished and decorated, the restaurant is not as formal as one may imagine, and not expensive.It is closed...

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  • Dine in style without spending a fortune

    The clientele of the Kaisehof Bistro consists mainly of those staying at this apartment-hotel, but it is open to the public as well.The staff are nice and welcoming, the food is good and the setting is elegant. In addition, the tables near the windows have a wonderful view of the Gastein Valley. There is also a large terrace to eat outside in the...

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Badgastein Nightlife

  • Dance

    I confess I have only seen this place from outside, but I have never been in it. It is advertised as Bar-Disco-Club. It opens at 9 pm every night of the week, and according to the adverts there are a "Fashionbar" and an "Almbar" with billiard, darts and table-football.

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  • Ready to risk some money?

    Bad Gastein has had a casino since 1937, but it has not always been at its current location. It is from 1984 that the casino is located at the Grand Hotel de l'Europe. It is not open all year round, but just during holiday season. The summer season goes from the beginning of July to the end of September. There are American and French roulette,...

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Badgastein Transportation

  • Taxi

    Those who go to Bad Gastein without a car will find there a good service of taxis and minibuses. Not only you will find them parked outside the railway station but you can book with them a transfer from Salzburg or trips to places of interest.To give you an idea of the rates (up-dated in 2007) a transfer from the station to some place within the...

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  • Trains

    Bad Gastein is on the railway route that connects Salzburg to the southern part of Austria. It takes about one hour and a half to get to Salzburg, while Villach, in the other direction, is about one hour away.It is nice to look at the timetable of trains, because they show also their further destinations: Venice, Croatia, Belgrade ... It gives a...

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  • Autoschleuse Tauernbahn

    Those who travel to Bad Gastein from the South, i.e. through Carinthia, will find that the most direct route is through the railway tunnell.Between the stations of Mallnitz and Boeckstein there is a regular service of special trains that carry cars. They are scheduled every hour (every 30 minutes on weekends in the high season). The train can carry...

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Badgastein Shopping

  • Images from the past

    Passing by this shop you are bound to notice it, especially because the street is narrow, and there are no shops on the other side. The shop-window is full of framed paintings and engravings, most of them portraying places in Bad Gastein or its surroundings. I was attracted especially by engravings that show how Bad Gastein used to be in the XIX...

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  • From the caves of these mountains

    A phantasmagoric variety of colours and shapes attracts the passer-by from the shop window of Nagina. This shop, that is advertised as "The World of Crystals", sells minerals and also jewels and other objects made with the same minerals. Onyx, quarz, amethist and many other less "noble" stones can be bought here, in their natural shape or...

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  • Tasteful bling

    The beautiful and famous Swarovski crystals and costume jewels are made in Austria. The wonderfully shiny Swarovski crystals are used also by other makers of costume jewelry, and the Oliver Weber Collection is a good example. Also this company is Austrian and in this shop you can find jewels of both makes, all of them with genuine Swarovski...

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Badgastein Local Customs

  • Some History, Part II

    Also Bad Gastein developed, probably thanks to the fact that authors of the Romantic wave, in the early 19th century, discovered the charms of the Alps, so the high peaks, the deep narrow valleys and the waterfalls became an attraction. Wildbad Gastein had many illustrious visitors, among them the Emperor Franz Josef, the Empress Elisabeth (the...

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  • Some History, Part I

    These valleys have been inhabited since ancient times. The latin name of this valley, as mentioned in medieval documents, was Gastuna. By the 16th century the reputation of its warm waters and their therapeutic power was widespread, and many people travelled here for this reason in the summer. At that time the name of Bad Gastein was Wildbad...

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  • Shopping time

    Visitors from other countries may find the opening times of Austrian shops to be very short. This can cause inconvenience especially when one wants to buy foods and drinks, so I am posting some information to help you plan your shopping. There are two supermarkets in Bad Gastein, Billa and Eurospar, both open from 9 am to 6pm Monday to Friday, and...

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Badgastein Warnings and Dangers

  • No shelter

    Almost all the marked paths have some Huette or Alm as destination or in the middle of the course. These places provide food, drinks and toilets, all things for a pause before going back or going on walking.The problem is that we found some were closed when we arrived there. One had a sign that said - Closed for Holidays - one was being redone, so...

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  • Pedestrians beware!

    The area of the old town near the waterfall is the kind of place where tourists tend to walk in the middle of the street, but this is NOT a pedestrians-only area, so one may suddenly come face-to-face with a car or a bus. By the way, the noise of the waterfall covers that of motors, which makes the approach of vehicles even more unexpected. As soon...

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Badgastein Off The Beaten Path

  • Bike ride to Böckstein

    During our stay in Badgastein we rented bikes (at our hotel, but there is also a sports store near the train station where you can rent bikes) and went on a bike ride to Böckstein, south of Badgastein. It's a short but beautiful trip. Unlike the streets of Badgastein, there are no steep hills on the way to Böckstein.

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  • Liechtensteinklamm

    Liechtensteinklamm is a narrow gorge with walls up to 300m high which located in the Austrian Alps about 50km south of Salzburg. The gorge is around 4km long and it was named after Johann II of Liechtenstein who had walkways built there in 1875.

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  • Hüttenkogel

    Not far from Badgastein is an easy hiking trail around the Hüttenkogel mountain which is 2,231m above sea level.This is a short but highly rewarding walk with impressive views around the Hohen Tauern National Park which encompasses one of the most beautiful areas in this part of the Alps.

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Badgastein Sports & Outdoors

  • A Walk into the Natural Park

    The walk into the Kötschachtal is rather long but easy, in a beautiful, scenic landscape. The footpath from Grüner Baum to Prossau follows the course of the Kötschachbach through meadows and woods. Part of it is inside the area of the Hohe Tauern Natural Park. The destination is the Gasthof Prossau, where a good meal can add further pleasure to the...

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  • A beautiful destination for your hike

    The path to the Bockhart Seen is one of those that depart from Sportgastein and one of the most scenic you can imagine. The path is rather steep, because it reaches in a very direct way the Bockhartsee Hütte, at an altitude of 1933 metres above see level, whereas the starting point is at 1589. At the Hütte you will find food, a panoramic view of...

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  • Use your legs!

    In Summer the Gastein area is a paradise for hikers. One of the best aspects of this valley is that there are many chairlifts and gondolas to take one up on the mountains, and from the highest stations, most of them at about 2000 metres above sea level, it is possible to follow paths with breathtaking views. Hiking shoes, and of course clothes...

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Badgastein Favorites

  • Gasteinertal

    I can't speak of a fondest memory, more memorable memory. At the time we were in Austria there was very bad weather in the first days of our holiday. Several roads were difficult to drive on. River Salzach was almost flooding and in Mittersill the town really flooded. On our way to Badgastein the road was full of mud that came down the mountain....

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  • The Old Ladies

    Bad Gastein has been a place for holidays long before the time of mass-tourism. In the 19th and early 20th century aristocrats (even kings and emperors) spent time here, as well as artists and many people who were rich although not famous. Reading a biography of Winston Churchill I discovered that his first trip abroad was a holiday with his family...

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  • Up-hill and down-hill

    The oldest part of Bad Gastein is the one near the waterfall and to the North of it, which means a bit downhill, towards the valley. Evidence of it is the fact that the oldest churches are there. Now also the Congress Centre and the Casino are there, as well as most hotels.The modern part, where most of the permanent inhabitants live, is the one...

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