Top things to do in Bad Gastein – Austrian Alps

by gregor

Last Updated on June 17, 2022 by gregor

Exploring Bad Gastein and the impressive Gastein Valley mountain scenery around it is an experience itself – having the chance to enjoy all this with a group of like-minded – means being crazy about photographing – people, which makes a trip to Bad Gastein a thrilling adventure! As Bad Gastein is famous as a skiing destination in winter – spending time there in summer opens up countless opportunities.

Join me in experiencing top locations and magical moments visiting Bad Gastein in Salzburg, Austria


Hiking the Bad Gastein Mountains

The old town of Bad Gastein spreads a scent of belle-époque atmosphere with its artistic architecture – nestled in dramatic mountain scenery all around it! Hiking those Gastein Valley mountains during summer is absolutely worth the trip ….join me in reflecting on unforgettable moments:

We had a 3-hour climbing up the tour to the Gamskarkogel. The ‘Gamskarkogelhütte’ – is the hut located right on the summit at 2,467 meters – and got amply rewarded with stunning panoramic views and a truly impressive sunset………




After spending the night in the very basic and therefore relaxing hut …. 2 surprises awaited us …..the breathtaking sunset that was topped by a more than rich breakfast served by the Foodmoakt_Gastein in the Gamskarkogelhütte… better way to start a day!!!




Enjoy the Best local food in Bad Gastein

Let me share the Top local culinary highlights in Bad Gastein and its impressive surrounding mountains with you.

The  traditional “Brettljause”

We luckily could enjoy a very traditional ‘Brettljause’ at the Schareckalm……a tasteful experience to try a rich assortment of typical Austrian bites like sausages, cheese, pickles, or spreads….and all this while exploring the most spectacular surrounding mountain views ever!









The “Kaiserschmarrn”

Austria in general and especially the country regions are famous for sweet dishes…..impossible to say no…! At least once in a lifetime, everybody needs to taste this one: The more than famous Kaiserschmarrn – one of the preferred dishes of former Emporer Franz Joseph I. – well, we did at Poserhöhe and I am still missing the right words for this delicious Schmarrn!



Curious about this dish? Find the Austrian Kaiserschmarrn recipe here…….:


Discover Bad Gastein luxury within a romantic mountain atmosphere

 Mountain huts mostly are rather basically equipped and offer delicious but simple food …….Travelers looking for high-class accommodation and culinary art can also find this in Bad Gastein …. without sparing the unique magic of the mountains……..

The Haus Hirt Alpine Spa is yet famous among many celebrities – but still sort of a secret hideaway place – arisen from a liaison of hospitality and architectural art – the love story of Evelyn and Ike – hotel manager and architect – founders and owners of the Alpine Spa!

Culinary highlights are perfecting the stay – using local and organic ingredients the restaurant offers creative, internationally-inspired dishes that will please any taste – enjoy a luxurious delicacy in this secret hideaway while watching the sunset and drinking fresh beer from the family brewery….a perfect moment!




Alpenlofts – Chalets in the mountains

Being one of Austria’s finest rural hideaways the Haus Hirt and the Alpenlofts offers various amenities to make the stay an unforgettable memory ……merging traditional style with contemporary comfort is the secret…….the combination with the location in the heart of the alps and the breathtaking 360 DEGREE views of the mountains definitely touches all senses of the guests!






How to travel to Bad Gastein?

If you plan to travel to the Gastein Valley and are still not quite sure what form of transportation will work best for you? 

Here you will find the various ways you can travel to Bad Gastein in the Gastein Valley

Travel to Bad Gastein by Car

Bad Gastein in the Gastein Valley lies in the center of Austria, about 95 kilometers south of Salzburg.

The best is to use your Car Navigation System or Google MAPS

Important! A vignette is compulsory on the Austrian motorways! You can get the vignette at almost all petrol stations and motorway service stations near the border. Here you can find out the current price for the vignette (10 days, 2 months, and an annual vignette).


Travel from Vienna to Bad Gastein by train

The train journey time between Vienna and Bad Gastein is around 4h 46m and covers a distance of around 398 km. Operated by Railjet and Austrian Railways (ÖBB), the Vienna to Bad Gastein train service departs from Wien Hbf and arrives in Bad Gastein. Typically 14 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

It’s safe and comfortable, and you’ll have no problems reaching all of the attractions in Gastein Valley


Travel to Gastein by Plane

Best to  fly into Salzburg, and take an airport transfer to the Gastein Valley


What is the best time of the year to visit Bad Gastein


The best time to visit Bad Gastein is from April to May or September to October. The mild weather in spring and fall brings mild crowds.

Most visitors aim to enjoy the warm, sunny weather that Bad Gastein experiences in the summer months. Between June and August, you can expect Bad Gastein to fill up and room rates to increase.

During the month of July and August, you are most likely to experience good weather with pleasant average temperatures that fall between 20 degrees Celsius (68°F) and 25 degrees Celsius (77°F).


How much spending money do I need for 3 days in Bad Gastein?

How much money will you need for your trip to Bad Gastein? You should plan to spend around €113 ($120) per day on your vacation in Bad Gastein, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, €30 ($32) on meals for one day and €20 ($22 on local transportation.


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