A summer holiday in Bad Gastein is wonderful and highly recommended. Most people probably associate Austria and Bad Gastein with a skiing holiday – and with good reason. It is a wonderful travel destination as a ski holiday, but did you know that Bad Gastein is also perfect for summer holidays?

Bad Gastein and the surrounding areas offer a sea of activities that are perfect for the summer holiday. There is something to do for both the family with children and the adrenaline junkie.

We recommend staying in one of our chalets and apartments in Bad Gastein and exploring the area.

Austria is incredibly beautiful in the summer and the nature is created to be discovered. We present here 5 of the best activities in Bad Gastein in the summer.

austria-mountain lake

1. Bicycle rides in Bad Gastein

The Austrian nature around Bad Gastein is created for cycling. Feeling the wind in your hair while climbing a mountainside on a mountain bike is quite unique.

Once you reach the top, you can enjoy a wonderful view from over 2000 meters across the valley.

If you want to avoid too much sweat and hard work but would like to experience the view and the bike ride down, you can even take your mountain bike with you in the lift during the summer.

You can take the lift to the top of Fulseck Mountain most of the summer. You can see opening hours and prices here.

You can also take a ride through Bad Gastein and the rest of the valley with a racing bike. There is a myriad of marked bike routes with varying heights, lengths and degrees of difficulty. You can see a lot of the valley with a bicycle and a lust for adventure.

You do not need to bring your own bike if you do not have space. There is ample opportunity to rent one or more bicycles.

If you are not much for exploring Bad Gastein by bike on your own, you can try cycling training or a guided bike ride. Nothing should stop you from experiencing Bad Gastein by bike.

mountain-bike-austria-bad gastein

2. Swimming and water

If you are an avid swimmer, you should try a summer holiday in Bad Gastein. There is no desire for swimming and water that Bad Gastein cannot fulfil.

The river Gasteiner Ache flows down through both Bad Gastein, Bad Hofgastein and Dorfgastein. In the middle of Bad Gastein’s city center you will find the beautiful Gasteiner waterfall that you will have to experience during your stay.

If you want to relax on your summer holiday in Bad Gastein, you should visit Felsentherme. Their 44-degree outdoor hot springs with a mountain view are unique. Did we mention that you will be sitting at 1100 meters altitude and enjoying your view?

In addition to these, they also have a heated indoor pool, an outdoor sports pool and a children’s pool with a slide. There is something for the entire family.

If you are on a summer holiday in Bad Gastein, you should also experience the bathing lake between Bad Gastein and Bad Hofgastein. It is a fantastic experience to enjoy the good weather in mountain surroundings in lovely natural water.

If you are a little more adventurous, you can also try to find one of several cooler mountain lakes found in the mountain sides.

Felsentherme Bad Gastein – picture by Max Steinbauer

3. Golfing

Bad Gastein offers golfing for every level. There is the classic mini golf in Bad Gastein for the whole family.

Bad Gastein also offers some of the most beautiful 18-hole golf imaginable. You are surrounded by mountains and beautiful sights.

You can sign-up for and follow tournaments, become an expert using the golf academy and end the day at the golf restaurant.

You can even follow the weather on the course here. If the weather is bad – or you want to play golf during the winter – you just play in the newly established indoor golf center.

Here you can work on your technique and analyse your own game with video playback in the new Creative Golf 3D Simulator.

golfing-bad gastein-golf

4. Hiking trips

It goes without saying that hiking in Bad Gastein and the surrounding area is a perfect activity for the summer holiday in Bad Gastein.

The beautiful nature and the many mountains are perfect for hiking. Gastein has four experience mountains – Fulseck, Schlossalm, Stubnerkogel and Graukogel – all of which are worth a hike.

To stand 2000 meters up in the air and look beyond the valley is worth all the effort that goes into the hike. However, if you still want to avoid the hike up the mountain, you can take the lift to the top of the mountains instead. Here you can see the summer prices and opening hours.

There are several pre-planned hiking routes to choose from. They are marked and vary in length and degree of difficulty.

You can even pre plan your own hiking route with this 3D map.

summer holiday in bad gastein

5. Climbing

If you want to try something challenging in beautiful surroundings, try climbing in Bad Gastein.

In the middle of the city, you will find the Climbing garden, where you can get professional training in climbing on a beautiful small mountain wall.

In Bad Hofgastein you will find 6 climbing routes with rope ladders where you can really challenge yourself.

There are different levels of difficulty, so both the beginner and the experienced can have a great experience.


Thanks for reading.

You can already now request your summer holiday in Bad Gastein if you are interested.