Gastein Valley Guide

A scenic valley with three picturesque historic alpine towns and four modern skiing areas. New ski property comes to market relatively rarely, but there are some great property investment options if you are after a second-sale property with rental income, including in the centre of Bad Gastein. 

  • Elevation up to 2,686m
  • Total ski runs 200km (black 29 / red 108 / blue 63)
  • Lifts 43
  • Cross-country trails 45km
  • Hiking trails 600km
  • 18-hole golf course
  • Two modern spas with a range of treatments
  • Transport Links: 1h by car from Salzburg Airport

Don’t miss: The 40m long suspension bridge at the Stubnerkogel is Europe's highest suspension bridge and a stroll on this star attraction is a breathtaking experience for all adrenaline seekers. 

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Resort Overview

Surrounded by glorious mountain scenery, the Gastein Valley offers countless opportunities year-round for mountain enthusiasts. Whilst the three towns deep in the valley, Bad Gastein, Bad Hofgastein and Dorfgastein offer the quintessential Austrian experience with topnotch spa facilities, cozy restaurants and beautiful Belle Epoque architecture, the interconnected top-of-the-range skiing facilities will satisfy skiers of every level with a variety of ski runs. Thanks to its attractiveness across seasons, the valley is perfect for property investment with high occupancy rates in winter and summer. 

Winter Season & Ski

Part of the ski resort alliance “Ski Amade” (760km of runs), the Gastein Valley is a paradise for skiers, snowboarders and other winter sport fans. Four skiing areas connected by frequent ski buses showcasing modern skiing infrastructure coupled with incredible panoramas. Sportgastein with the highest peak of the area and three signposted “routes” is ideal for freeriders and fans of off-piste powder skiing. The rest of the valley offers a great diversity of slopes for skiers of all levels both in the open terrain and in the forests when visibility is lower. Away from the pistes, there is also plenty of fun to be had dog-sledding, ice-skating, sleigh-riding or snow-biking. Fans of cross-country skiing will find seven trails extending to 45km and leading through some scenic diverse landscape. 

Summer Season

With lush meadows, imposing mountain peaks and plenty of fresh air, there is a lot to experience over summer in the Gastein Valley and each town offers some unique adventures. Some of the lifts in every town remain open in summer and let you conquer the peaks and enjoy the 360 degrees panorama from the top. Put on your hiking shoes and explore the pristine Hohe Tauern National Park that counts more than 600km of hiking paths of all level of difficulty. Thrill-seekers looking for some adrenaline have plenty of options as well including paragliding, flying waters, archery and climbing. If you just wish to decompress, you could unwind during a yoga class in the open nature or immerse yourself in one of the thermal pools in the immense Alpentherme in Bad Hofgastein or the Felsentherme in Bad Gastein filled with the famous Gastein thermal water. Lovers of golf will enjoy the well-maintained 18-hole golf course set against the impressive peaks of the Hohe Tauern as well as the fun mini-golf course and the indoor gold centre  complete with a 3D simulator and video analysis to improve your skills. 

Food scene

With the highest concentration of organic farmers among the Austrian provinces, the Salzburgerland is a true foodie hotspot. The “Via Culinaria” concept assembles select restaurants in the region which offer outstanding quality, authenticity and service. These could be cosy village inns or more formal white table-cloth establishments. In winter, you can taste a different local specialty prepared by an acclaimed chef at one of the “Ski Toques” huts. Alternatively, book a “Summit Breakfast” and enjoy the first rays of morning sunlight over a delicious breakfast from locally sourced ingredients at the top of Sportgastein. 

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