I hope you had a great start into 2017 everyone! It’s my first weekend at home after traveling to different places and I finally can show you what I’ve been up to during the Christmas holidays 🙂 Christmas itself was rather quiet: I spent some relaxing days with my bf and family in Salzburg, before we headed off to the mountains of the beautiful Gasteinertal. I was especially excited about taking my snowboard out for the first time in this season but also because it should be the first time since 25 (!) years that my bf is back on skis! I was a bit skeptical at first, but then – he pretty much left me speechless while I had a hard time catching up with him… (is skiing that much easier than snowboarding?)
But first things first: We stayed near the centre of Bad Gastein and the snow situation when we first arrived wasn’t like we hoped for. However there’s lots of pretty things to discover, like a waterfall, steep hills and mountain views. But the most fascinating part to me were the historic and grand buildings – they also could be in a big city – which resemble the prosperity of health tourism until WW II, thanks to the healing effects of the thermal springs found in the area. Also today water plays a major role in Bad Gastein, although the grand public baths and hotels in the historic centre are abandoned. The action has moved to the “new” centre near the railway station, where the ski lifts and spa are located as well.
If you’re into Aprés-Ski, there’s no lack of cool bars in town! We especially liked the Native American inspired interior of Silver Bullet Bar.
And suddenly my prayers have been answered and we woke up with this view the next day!
Within one night the whole town turned into a magical winter wonderland…
Up the mountain it wasn’t that idyllic anymore: We were greeted by strong, icy winds but they didn’t stop us to check out the suspension bridge on the top of Stubnerkogel (2.300m). The views supposed to be spectacular from there but we were pretty much “whited out”.
Fortunately it cleared up during the day and we could finally enjoy some fun on the slopes (and take more photos) #instagramjunkie 😉
The icing on the cake after an exhausting ski day is a warm bath… In Bad Gastein you can almost slide from the slope to the pool of the Felsentherme, it’s that close! And a heated pool with a mountain view makes winter quite bearable doesn’t it?
From Salzburg it takes 1.5 hours by car or train (Railjet or Eurocity trains). Check tickets and schedule here.
As Salzburg may be the most convenient starting point to Bad Gastein, you shouldn’t miss these highlights:
*Disclaimer: In friendly collaboration with Gastein Tourism who provided us with ski and spa tickets. The opinion remains 100% my own.