Bad Gastein

Ski Chalets & Apartments for sale, Austria

Expert's Opinion

"Perched high on the mountainside in the impressive Gastein Valley, the town has wonderful rugged views, a remarkable waterfall, natural thermal spas and a unique architectural style that dates back to the Belle Epoque period. Combining fantastic facilities, tonnes of amazing skiing, and charm; Bad Gastein is a winner." - Jessica Delaney

The Town

Thanks to the thermal spas and the famous waterfalls, Bad Gastein has been a popular destination since the Roman times, and has seen imperial visitors like Kaiser Wilhelm himself visit the town. The vibrantly coloured Belle Epoque period buildings are incredibly distinctive, and offer an air of faded grandeur unlike anywhere else. At its heart, the resort is built around the original spa area, laid out in a horseshoe on the steep slopes. 

The striking architecture of the resort was inspired by Emperor Josef I, who enjoyed the hunting and the natural healing thermal waters in the area. The arrival of the Tauern Railway at the beginning of the 20th Century made the area more accessible than ever, and since its arrival, Bad Gastein has been an enduring favourite amongst skiers and snowboarders.

Bad Gastein's spa facilities are fed by seventeen thermal springs, and the town has a superb selection of swimming pools, saunas and steam rooms, making this the perfect place to unwind at the end of a day on the slopes. The thermal pools, complete with waterfalls, geysers and slides offer something a little different, and there are natural, cave based saunas too. 

The Skiing

With over 290km of slopes, the Gastein ski area is one of the largest in Austria. It is separated into five areas, served by three resorts. The skiing is predominantly intermediate, but there's more than enough for experts to enjoy too. The progression from beginner slopes to more challenging pistes is good, and the area is exceedingly family friendly. 

Dorfgastein, at the start of the valley, has several special 'children only' runs amongst its 72km of skiing. Further up the valley, Bad Gastein and Bad Hofgastein have a linked ski system that covers everything from well groomed carving pistes to powder fields and mogul runs. The last area is Sportgastein, which boasts high altitude and superb off piste. 

Additionally, Bad Gastein is a part of the huge Ski Amade ski region, which boasts 860km of skiing on one pass. Amongst others, the Ski Amade pass covers the Schladming and Sportwelt ski resorts, boasting some of the best skiing in Austria. 

Summer

Located in the Tauern National Park, the Gastein Valley is popular year round. The beautiful backdrop of one of the largest national parks in Europe means spectacular scenery throughout the 350km of marked hiking trails and numerous mountain biking routes. The cable cars remain open throughout the summer, meaning cycling is incredibly accessible for those who just want to enjoy the downhill part of mountain biking. 

The thermal spas are as much of an attraction during summer as they are in winter, and with their range of waterfalls and geysers they make distinctive features amongst the pretty architecture of the town. Elsewhere in the resort, popular summer activities include horse riding, paragliding and golf.

The 18 hole Gastein Golf Club was founded in 1960, and it is one of the oldest golf courses in Austria. The course occupies a beautiful position between Bad Hofgastein and Bad Gastein, and the picturesque fairways wind through the pretty Alpine landscape. The golf course is par 71, and the club also has a driving range and putting green close to the clubhouse. 

Properties

Most of the properties for sale in Bad Gastein are new build developments ranging from modern Alpine chalets to the famous Belle Epoque architectural design that matches the historic centre. As Bad Gastein is well known for being a favourite amongst royalty, and one of the more distinctive spa towns in Austria, resale property rarely comes up for sale. 

The spread of new build chalets and apartments is fairly even, with some luxury chalet developments complete with spa and swimming pool areas dotted around the resort. Elsewhere, there are some more reasonably priced apartments, many of which have full hotel and management services.