Bad Hofgastein: Ski and Alpentherme Paradise

Our plain reversed and the chassis touched the takeoff stripe – we are back to Vienna. But we won’t stay here at all for today – our target is Bad Hofgastein – ski and alpentherme paradise.

720 km of splendid Austrian roads ahead. Here we can see Alps already.

Austrian Alps

Beautiful! What can be greater then a mountains!

Bad Hofgastein in Alps

OK. What for should a non-ski persones visit a ski Mecca?
Here’s the answer: for sun, air and water.

The town Bad Hofgastein, that we were reaching for, is located in the Gastein valley and characterized by the Asutrians themselves with three words – ski, berge, thermen.

We are going to locate in Hotel Astoria for the upcoming week. Just a brief glance inside and we will take a walk through the town and breath the mountain air – you can not find such at mega cities.

Astoria Hotel in Bad Hofgastein

Bad Hofgastein town

Bad Hofgastein Astoria Hotel Pub

Bad Hofgastein town

Bad Hofgastein

Bad Hofgastein is tiny, and as elsewhere in Europe there is a church right in the centre.

Bad Hofgastein Church

Bad Hofgastein Church inside

It’s enough impressions for the first day, time to make ourselves at the room at Hotel Astoria, have a rest and dine. Most likely they will serve Wiener Schnitzel.

Bad Hofgastein Astoria Hotel room

The darkness fell and all that we could see from the balcony was the Hotel Spa.

Bad Hofgastein Astoria Hotel SPA and Pool

While the restaurant is closed, why don’t we bath in the local mineral water? The Spa in Astoria is rather small: a swimming pool, a whirlpool and three types of saunas. I guess that’s the right thing for the tired and cold skiers.

Bad Hofgastein Pool of Astoria Hotel

And now definitely to the restaurant! Wiener Schintzel is waiting for us!

Bad Hofgastein Astoria Hotel restaurant

Bad Hofgastein Astoria Hotel restaurant

The sun did not came up early in the morning, however the view to the mountains still gladdened.

Bad Hofgastein Alps

Today we need to find and visit Alpentherme.

Bad Hofgastein town

Bad Hofgastein town

Bad Hofgastein town

Several years ago the modern thermal complex Alpentherme was built in Bad Hofgastein, now it is the biggest in Gastein valley and you can easily spend the whole day in there. As far as we are not the skiers we visited it with pleasure, only if we were not left to Salzburg or Hohenwerfen.

Children’s playground, SPA-world, fitness-world, warm and cold pools with nature mineral water outdoor and indoor at Sauna World. The Sauna World is not allowed for children as it is a nude zone. It contains dozens of different saunas and several salt grottos.

However the most impressive feeling is when hot from a sauna you swim to the open air through the artificial river.

Bad Hofgastein Alpentherme

You bath in the warm mineral water +33С, the steam is curling above – after all it’s a winter and -10С, and Alps covered with snow are all around but you don’t feel any cold at all.

Bad Hofgastein Alpentherme Outdoor Thermal Pool

Bad Hofgastein Alpentherme Outdoor Pool

We take a short scamper to the pool with a cooler water, +24 in here – some contrast procedures and back to the sauna, afterwards we go to sleep at one of the numerous relax zones.

Bad Hofgastein Alpentherme

You lie and do not know whether to sleep or to enjoy the mountain views, the time is a water, flowing away drop by drop. Winter holidays in Austria is not only ski, sleigh and skates, everyone can find something after their own heart. We for example did not miss a chance to taste glint wine from the street stalls (to be truth it is the only one at Bad Hofgastein).

Bad Hofgastein glint wine

White Austrian wine is great too.

Still the majority of the tourists in winter Hofgastein – are the skiers, and we were not able to enjoy all that beauty available to these hotheads of all ages. The infrastructure is on the highest level as well. You may use different ski-lifts of three towns at once: Bad Hofgastein, Bad Gastein и Dorfgastein. Alps are marvelous everywhere, especially when the sun comes up.

Bad Hofgastein Alps

Bad Hofgastein Alps

Bad Hofgastein Alps

Bad Hofgastein Alps

More about Austria:

One Day in Gray City of Mozart, Salzburg

45 Responses to “Bad Hofgastein: Ski and Alpentherme Paradise”

  1. travelingchicha Says:

    Gorgeous photos! I wish I was there!


  2. taraisarockstar Says:

    These photos are breathtaking. I’m definitely adding Austria to places I want to visit in my lifetime! Thank you for the post!


  3. themanwhodoesntwork Says:

    Beautiful, simply amazing photographs!

    I’m currently in the midst of writing an ebook on traveling to Singapore! Was hoping you (and your readers if you guys don’t mind) could share with me on what you’d like to know about Singapore if you plan to travel here (or anywhere for that matter)


  4. photosfromtheloonybin Says:

    Oh I so want to go there now. Your photos are amazing!!


  5. Garden Walk Garden Talk Says:

    I used to be a big time skier, so I am quite jealous of this location. I love the interior of that church. and as always, your images are exquisite.


  6. 2 Rivers Photos Says:

    Victor, I love the way you review places & experiences… your writing style is as if we’ve been friends for many years and you are sharing stories over a coffee… very enjoyable to read 🙂


  7. Travel Spirit Says:

    Gorgeous photos! I’m a skiier, but haven’t been in a couple of years. Once I stayed at a resort where you could swim from the inside to the outside…loved it!!


  8. Paula Says:

    Thank you for following my blog Victor. It is always nice to see pictures of the Alps. I absolutely love them, but as I am not a friend of snow I tend to avoid visiting them in winter when I move southward.


  9. Ford Prefect - Hitchhiker Says:

    so nice, i’m jealous, can’t remember the last time I was there, gues must be good 20 yrs by now.
    brilliant and thanks


  10. seekraz Says:

    All beautiful photos…thank you.


  11. Sherry Says:

    Non-skiier here who hopes to find new fun for winter. Recently I discovered snow shoeing. It was fun and relaxing! But I think perhaps winter can be fun so long as you have a beautiful destination like this one.


  12. rommel Says:

    glint wine? Elaborate please…

    You naked in a pool with snow all around you … Aces!

    Your pictures … they look like toys, it’s so sharp… unbelievably sharp! The snow really makes the views on the road so much better.


  13. Doctor Quack Says:

    This entry is pretty much porn to me.


  14. Purely.. Kay Says:

    This certainly looks like a skiiing paradise. I love all of these photos Victor.. simply wonderful


  15. nelson RN Says:

    All beautiful photographs! It was like being with you on the trip! Thanks for sharing!


  16. Imagery Photography Says:

    Wow what a trip! AND the images to prove it.


  17. eof737 Says:

    Hope all is well… You haven’t posted in a while!


  18. Tracey @ Says:

    Looks beautiful, would love to visit one day!


  19. Storm Rider Says:

    Looks like you had fun.. nice pics!


  20. True STORIES. Says:

    Lovely photos! I especially love that first one.


  21. dovergirl Says:

    It looks so beautiful and cold! Wish we could transport the thermal spas!!!!!


  22. Adytzu, Romania Says:

    Very nice place. I was in Bad Hofgastein in summer 2007 and also, it’s beautiful. I recommend you this location any time of year!!!!


  23. Moon Says:

    Breathtaking scenery, quiet unpolluted surrounding and living in luxury ..paradise indeed! Your blog is a treasure trove of travel info and photography.


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