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Destination guide: Bad Gastein, Austria

Bad Gastein formerly known as Badgastein is an incredible ski resort and also a spa town located in St. Johann im Pongau, in the state of Salzburg, Austria. This beautiful resort is situated in the Hohe Tauern range of mountains, and is famous for Gastein Waterfall and also its hotel buildings of Belle Époque.

Bad Gastein is situated in the Pongau region which is quite a historic place, and it has the largest municipal area in the District of St. Johann im Pongau that extends up to 171 square kilometres. It covers up to the upper Gastein Valley and goes up to the Gastein Ache Creek, which is the right tributary of the river Salzach. The town is situated at the Gastein Falls, which is about 1,000 metres above from the sea level. It also has several hotel buildings that are erected on the steep slopes and are of historical importance.

Bad Gastein Valley offers skiers and snowboarders a total of 208 kilometers of breathtaking and well groomed slopes. You get to have a several adventure skiing events, such as moguls runs, freerides, deep-snow, carving hills as well as family runs that gives skiers the leverage to enjoy a variety of adventure sports. There are around 50 cable cars as well as ski lifts, and also well maintained snowy slopes that make the Bad Gastein Valley one of the most sought after skiing area in the entire province.

Here you will get incredible ski circuits of Dorfgastein-Grossarl and Stubnerkogel-Angertal-Schlossalm. Along with this, you get to enjoy the race hill which offers tough and long runs at the World Championship-caliber Graukogel and Sportgastein, which are situated at 2700 meters which are the high alpine region from where you get to have a view of the expansive and open backcountry.

Offering broad snow coverage and ample of elevations, Gastein is a perfect ski resort and the perfect time to visit the resort would be between November end and April. Talking about its area of attractions, the resort offers a 140 m-long footbridge for pedestrians on the Stubnerkogel, and the most nerve cracking thing is that it has nothing underneath it, but just air for about 28 meters, which is about 2400 meters when measured at the sea level and is highest suspension bridge in the entire European region, and also new “Glocknerblick” platform.

It is famous for water treatments and thus is a perfect destination for family vacation. Apart from this the town is well known for its winter sports. In 1958 it hosted alpine skiing World Championships in and since then had become one of the favorite spots for skiers and snowboarders across the globe. The Bad Gastein as well as Bad Hofgastein resort come under the Ski Amadé which is quite a big ski network, and is good for moderate to good skiers or snowboarders. The resort also offers numerous gondolas and chairlifts. Along with this, there are shops on the slopes that offer food, drinks and warmth.

Every year, the town also hosts the tennis tournament for Ladies, which is an International event on the WTA Tour and is attended by top players.

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