Fabulous Bad Gastein in winter: Think of snow-covered Grand Hotels, cosy afternoons by the fireplace, festive dinner parties and long evenings at the bar. And of course walks through the fairytale winter wonderlands in Tiny Tibet (Sportgastein).
Speaking of snow: Due to its location facing the north this mountain valley in particular is extremely snow-safe – and therefore popular with skiers and snowboarders. Insider knowledge anyone? Bad Gastein’s local mountain, the Graukogel, is well-known among freeriders. And the longest downhill run in the Salzburger Land area (a 10-kilometre run down to the valley of Bad Hofgastein) is just around the corner.
On another note: Bad Gastein is has a slightly different approach to typical Austrian aprés-ski parties. In the village, they like to entertain you with a rather cultural and artsy vibe. More Negroni, less Schnaps.
This is mainly due to the town’s clientele, who tend to come from urban areas like Hamburg, Amsterdam or Berlin and these modern Zeitgeist people have created a cosy home away from home here. If you want to enjoy a long breakfast and then attend a yoga class first, Bad Gastein will always be the place to go.
And if you’re still looking for the right accommodation, here are three hotels and flats that we’ve had in our family for a long time and can always recommend.
By the way: There are great train connections to Bad Gastein. And – as you know – travelling by train is a treat for body and soul, even in winter.
This place is one of our true jewels in the mountains. Hostess Evelyn enchants every guest with the Haus Hirt magic in no time at all. This is not only due to her own energy, but also that of her team and the unique atmosphere of this house. Like-minded people meet to spend their holidays in a place they love – with happy people around them. Most of them are active during the day and enjoy a festive dinner in the evening.
Doubles with full board from 91 euros per person (small room in low season) to 181 euros per person (suite in high season). All of the prices can be found here.
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+43 6434 27970
The Miramonte is one of these places we’d always recommend to the younger generation. The boss, architect Ike Ikrath, created a mix of a cool bed and breakfast and design hotel from a typical 1970s building. The 36 rooms are bright, modern, not playful, but still somehow cosy. In the evening, guests first meet in the restaurant – occasionally for common dinners together at a large table – and then later in the large bar, which has the exact opposite feel of a typical hotel bar in an Austrian ski resort. You really want to stay here and listen to the DJ’s beats.
Doubles from 80 euros per person incl. breakfast.
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The Alpenlofts are located just above the Haus Hirt on a beautiful slope overlooking the Hofgastein valley. What we like most about the Alpenlofts? You live in your own mountain chalet at first-class level, so there is a lot of space to unwind. Or you share it with your family. If you like you can cater for yourself, but you can also walk down to Haus Hirt for dinner (3 min.) or to Miramonte (10 min.) – or into the village (12 min.).
All the chalets have a minimum of two bedrooms available, a modern kitchen with appliances from Miele and tableware by the classic Finnish designer Iittala. The generous living areas are made up of chairs by Ray and Charles Eames, there are lamps by Josef Frank and television by Loewe, therefore only the best is good enough.
Small price example: The first floor of the “Tessa” loft with two bedrooms (for four people), is available from 340.- euros per night (high season 460.- euros per night).
Booking and contact
A -5640 Bad Gastein
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Tel.:+43 6434 2797-0