Water has a key role to play in various ways in Gastein Valley. The Alps of the Austria province of Salzburg, with their forested area, are perfect reservoirs and water filters.
Gastein mountain water, crystal clear, fresh and pure, trickles down the valley into numerous little surface and underground streams, collecting in the lakes, then you can see it flowing through the wide, lush Gastein Valley, as the River Ache. Refreshing yourself at a stream during a hike is a rare luxury and is something which you are still able to enjoy in Gastein Valley.
Even the common-or-garden drinking water has Gastein in it – so don’t be surprised if you are also offered ordinary tap water in a restaurant as an alternative to mineral water – it simply tastes delicious. For those of you who prefer sparkling water, reach for the local product - Gastein mineral water, which is very well-known and popular. Experience Gastein water, either as a beverage or as an invigorating element in the lakes, outdoor swimming pools and in the world-renown Gastein thermal springs.
Cool bathing lakes offer welcome refreshment during or after a good long hike in the Gastein mountains. Though the clear, cold mountain water is not necessarily suitable for longer bathing - the outdoor pools and the solar pool in Dorfgastein are better for that.
NEW: Austria’s first thermal water swimming lakes
In the outdoor area of the Alpentherme Gastein there are two thermal water bathing lakes. The new 1300 m² emerald lake and the 370 m² "small" crystal lake are located in the midst of the impressive mountain world. Every day around 150 m³ of fresh thermal water bubble into the two beautiful lakes. The special thing about it is that they are cleaned without the addition of chemical substances such as chlorine. Always worth a visit!
Bathing fun at its very best - the Alpine thermal springs in Bad Hofgastein
Whoever is speaking about water in Gastein, can’t ignore the thermal springs – Alpentherme and Felsentherme. The modern Alpine thermal spring in Bad Hofgastein scores points with its six different adventure and health areas. The glass Sky-Bar with a 360-degree panoramic view which is beyond compare will also enthral you! Multimedia-Erlebnisdom, water slides and geysers, the spacious sauna area which has its own mountain lake, place a completely new emphasis on experiencing Gastein’s domain of thermal springs.
In Relax-World you will find the quiet thermal springs for recovery and relaxation, while families with children will have wild fun in Family World. The hottest village in the Gastein Alps awaits you in Sauna World, and in Ladies World, a unique saunarium, ladies find themselves amongst their own kind. In Sports World sporty holiday-makers are in the best of hands. In Gusto World, the thermal spring’s restaurant in Alpentherme Gastein, everyone finally gets to meet up!