The beautiful Gastine Valley is located in the heart of the Alps, surrounded by the picturesque mountains of Hohe Tauern. Thanks to its healing thermal springs, it has become known all over the world. All 5 resorts in the valley - Bad Gastein, Bad Hofgastein, Dorfgastein, Beckstein and Sporthgastein - are popular holiday destinations with excellent health and wellness facilities. In addition, the region offers excellent conditions for sports activities, including skiing.
The most important treasure of the valley is the unique radon tunnels in Radhausberg Mountain. Originally they were used to mine gold ore. Later on, scientists conducted a number of studies and established the healing effect of radon tunnels on the human body. For more than 50 years, the galleries have been used for therapeutic purposes. The secret of their miraculous power is a combination of three factors: radon content (up to 4.5 nanocurie per 1 liter of air), air temperature (37.5 to 41.5 ° C) and high humidity (70-95%). The inflow of radon-rich warm water vapours from underground springs creates a unique healing climate that stimulates metabolism and regenerative mechanisms at the cellular level.
Radon tunnels are recommended for diseases of the musculoskeletal system, respiratory tract and skin. In 90% of cases, microclimate treatment is successful in the long term. This type of therapy is also excellent for maintaining health and immune prophylaxis.
Bad Gastein is one of the few resorts in Austria, which not only offers excellent opportunities for recreation and treatment, but is also perfect for ski lovers. It is called the pearl of the Gastine Valley resorts.
The city, which stretches in the form of a horseshoe in a mountain gorge, is located at an altitude of about 1000 m above sea level. The resort is distinguished by multi-storey stone buildings, built in the XVIII-XIX centuries. Ancient hotels, together with a modern recreation and entertainment complex, give Bad Gastein a special charm. One of the symbols of the resort is the waterfall, which is located in the city center.
The main advantage of Bad Gastein is 17 thermal springs. After the Duke of Styria Frederick recovered from the old wounds at the beginning of the 15th century, rumours of the healing power of the local waters spread rapidly throughout Europe. In the XIX century, the aristocracy rushed here, and since then Bad Gastein has been known to be one of the most popular and largest resorts in Europe.
On the territory of the national park in Bad Gastein there is a famous health complex Felsenbad Gastein. In addition to indoor swimming pools with attractions, as well as outdoor thermal pools (water temperature from 24 to 34 ° C), there is a fitness club and a large wellness area with various saunas and baths.
Bad Gastein is a great place for skiing enthusiasts. The ski season at the resort lasts from November to the end of April. The height difference is 900-2246 m. The routes are 118 km long and are equipped with 25 lifts. There are a lot of difficult slopes in the resort, which can only be carried out by well-prepared skiers.
In the evening, life in the city doesn't stop. Holidaymakers will find local bars and discos, as well as the Central Amusement Park at the Congress Centre.