Mountains, thermal spas and numerous traditional events – that’s what makes summer holidays in Gastein a treat for the entire family. The authenticity of the people and the scenery are what life in this valley is all about.
The hiking hotel Zum Stern and the tourist board offer free guided half-day and full-day hikes. All our highly qualified hiking guides work hard to make your summer holidays in Gastein memorable.
... on the promenades along the river, far away from any traffic. The numerous trails are mostly flat and adequate for everyone, banks everywhere invite to rest.
Practicing and proper rides - whiz through the region after a brief introduction.
... on the nearby golf course, Hotel Zum Stern is a golf partner hotel.
Flying Waters, the new attraction
This is a ride on rollers on a tightrope - hanging over the gorge of the Gastein Ache, risk-free adventure fun for the entire family thanks to perfect safety measures by pros. Glide over the world-famous Gastein Waterfall and experience Bad Gastein’s spectacular nature and architecture from a bird's eye view.
In the Gasteiner Ache (river), by the whitewater of the mountain streams and mountain lakes at up to 1,800 m: brown trout, brook trout, grayling, lake trout. The clean waters are rich in oxygen and nutrients, fishing in its naturalness and the originality of our unique landscape. We’ll take care of the fishing cards for you. All you need is to enjoy your summer holiday in Gastein.
Riding and dressage is an absolute pleasure with the right equipment! The greatest pleasure on Earth... the highlight during riding holidays is, indisputably, a ride through the beautiful alpine landscape. Is there a better way to get to know the mountains around Gastein? The offer at the riding schools in the Gastein Valley is varied: Iceland horses or ponies, dressage, jumping or western riding? Riding training and therapeutic riding are offered as well. We will be delighted to help you choose the right riding categories.
Paragliding, tandem flights
A dream during your summer holidays in Gastein comes true: a few steps and you’re flying!
After a short theoretical briefing and the unfolding of the paraglider, you run a few steps down the gentle starting slope and quickly float in the air. Your experience is photographed during the flight using a special camera. The landing is smooth and is like jumping half a meter. As a passenger, you need no previous knowledge. Anyone can participate.
Outdoor courts in scenically enticing surroundings as well as indoor courts. And in the evening, you can cap off your sporting day with sociable bowling. 30 outdoor courts (clay and artificial turf) and 6 indoor courts ensure unlimited tennis enjoyment.
18 crazy golf holes leading past lovingly designed motifs and providing sufficient shade for a pleasant game of crazy golf thanks to numerous trees. A wooden bowling alley is also available.
Gastein is known as an El Dorado for climbing tours in Austria for all levels and for all ages. Gigantic ice formations and waterfalls in winter and challenging high-alpine tours in summer. Introductory climbing courses and guided climbing tours for beginners and advanced are available.
About 20 km away - the whitewater world awaits you with incomparable adventures. Giving someone just a hint of the indescribable feeling you experience on the torrent is a joy and an immense satisfaction. One of the best adventures in the direct vicinity of Bad Hofgastein in summer. A team of highly qualified professionals awaits you.
Fun and excitement for the whole family in the Angertal (4 km away).
After a short introduction directly at the Waldgasthof, the hunt for lifelike animals leads you across open terrain and onto an idyllic forest path. "Kill" the animals with bow and arrow to collect reward points for every hit. This truly is a brilliant idea for your family vacation in the Alps.
On marked mountain bike trails to the highest-situated mountain farm in the province Salzburg or to a rustic alp, where you can watch the milkmaid making cheese and, of course, the wonderful feeling of achievement. Bikes can be hired for a small fee. Book guided mountain bike tours with Bike Gastein.
I can do it! Ambitiously uphill or through the valley with an e-bike. Guided tours for beginners, intermediates and experts, or do you want to go alone? Learning to ride e-bikes, riding safety training - everything is possible. You’ll definitely find YOUR bike at the various bike rentals.
With the five big Gastein cable cars up to 2,700 m to some of the best summer activities in Gastein:
The gigantic suspension bridge on the Stubnerkogel, the centuries-old stone pine trees on the Graukogel, the rock creatures on the Schlossalm, the Biotopen-Kraftplätzeweg (habitat power spot road) on the Fulseck and the remnants from the gold rush in Sportgastein.
Montan Museum Alt Böckstein
The history and technology of gold extraction in mining are shown impressively and understandably. A striking journey back in time to the era of mining in the Gastein mountains. A story about wealth and hard labor. Very educational and perfect for a family summer holiday in Gastein.
Entrische Kirche show cave
Or "sinister cave". The largest natural cave in the Salzburg Central Alps and a power spot.
A fascinating subterranean world which was created by nature over millions of years with wonderful stalactites and strange rock shapes.
Unique smelting installation with late medieval gold and melting furnaces. The furnace was in operation from 1490 to about 1520. Featured archaeological discoveries provide an insight into the barren, everyday life of miners in Austria. A wonderful journey to a different time.
The castle at the valley entrance reflects history and adventure. How did the ancient knights eat? Try it yourself here!
Gold panning still frequently meets with small successes, the yield of wash gold and minerals belongs to the gold panners. GOOD LUCK!
Horse-drawn carriage rides
The team unhurriedly trots through the natural Kötschachtal in Prossau. By the wayside: green forests, high cliffs, thundering waterfalls. The pounding of hooves, soothing to the soul.
How is the cheese really made? Watch the milkmaid when she manufactures her traditional alpine cheese, help out and taste it afterwards. Try the best selection of cheeses in Austria.
Bread baking on the Amoseralm
Learn how bread baking is really done! Everyone makes their own bread during a summer holiday in Gastein, then you taste together – making it taste even better!
Harvest festival in Gastein
When summer comes to an end, the time of festive events begins, the Salzburg Harvest Festival. Experience Salzburg customs, music, dance and crafts, as well as the seasonal delights of Salzburg’s cuisine. The festivities frequently take place directly on the farms ("Einheiga") or during transhumance.
The five brass bands are on the go. Known beyond the valley, they accompany many occasions. Smaller formations, dancing music and alphorn players guarantee wonderful sounds of home. Different compositions by the well-known composer and author Sepp Gruber have been premiered by the local brass bands.
The popular summer concerts by the orchestra Bad Hofgastein and Bad Gastein have a decades-long tradition. The repertoire includes a comprehensive mix ranging from classical to modern music.
THE place for open-air events: concerts, farmers’ markets, summer festivals, putting up the maypole, …
Outside the valley
Salzburg is just an hour's drive away. It offers small festivals, performances by big stars and, of course, the famous Salzburg Festival with excellent performances by world-famous artists. Inquire about other excursions around Gastein Valley at the hotel reception.
You have found plenty of activities to enjoy during your summer holidays in Gastein? We look forward to your inquiry.