Bad Hofgastein Holidays
At a glance
Walk trails once used by gold miners
Make a splash in the thermal waters of a world-class spa
Sample regional delicacies in charming cafés
Destinations in Bad Hofgastein
Top things to See and Do in Bad Hofgastein
Gastein swimming lake
Make a splash in the clear waters of Gastein Valley’s swimming lake, which covers a massive 2.3 hectares. Sitting between Bad Hofgastein and Bad Gastein, next to the Achenpromenade and cycling path, the lake is a popular spot to refresh yourself after a day of hiking or biking.
The Gastein swimming lake doesn’t have a typical sand or pebble beach - instead, the water’s edge is lined with large sunbathing meadows. Here you’ll find a beach volleyball court, a diving platform, a range of watersports and a number of fun slacklines to wobble across.
Rest and relax
At the lake, you can borrow parasols and sun loungers to make your visit as comfortable as possible. Kids will be furthered entertained by the slide and sandbox area. There’s a great little café on site, too, for food and drinks.
Take yourself off to the weekly farmers' market, which takes place on Thursday mornings in the centre of Bad Hofgastein. Here you can sample and browse delicious produce from the local agricultural scene.
During the summer months, the town of Bad Hofgastein holds Star:Shopping evenings across several Thursday nights in July and August. Instead of traipsing around during hotter days, the shops in the pedestrianised area stay open until 10pm, for a more pleasant experience.
Potter through the pathways of the pedestrian area on a dry, clear night, window shopping as you go. If the evening is too damp to venture out, enjoy a quiet drink in the comfort of your hotel instead.
For a bit of live music and a few drinks on a Friday, head to Hotelbar Nortica, just off the lobby of the main body of the hotel. There are all kinds of musical acts, from oompah to rock ‘n’ roll. There’s also the odd open-air summer concert in town, so keep an eye and ear out.
The charming streets of Bad Hofgastein are lined with inviting pavement cafés and atmospheric restaurants. Here you’ll typically find the traditional cuisines of the region – a mixture of Tyrolean, Italian and Austrian – though some places incorporate some American touches to their menus. A lot of eateries are located near the Alpen Therme or in the town centre, though you’ll also find some quaint huts up the mountains.
A royal meal at Schlossl Weitmoser
Inside a hilltop castle built in 1530 is Schlossl Weitmoser, a fine-dining restaurant with great views of the mountains. Sample their homemade sweet, Indianer – it’s meant to be amazing.
Meal-free at Kraut & Ruben
For vegetarians, or those looking for something light and refreshing, Kraut & Ruben is a great option for inventive meat-free dishes. All the food is beautifully presented and the restaurant itself is spacious and modern.
Quality local fare at Gastein Alm
Close to the thermal spa is Gastein Alm, a rustic yet modern restaurant offering regional and Italian dishes and top-class hospitality. Their cherry strudel is highly recommended.