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Winter holidays in Gastein in the province of Salzburg

Winter paradise Gastein Valley

No winter day without the magic of the hut-studded scenery, quaint and cozy. They are a meeting place for families, skiers, gourmets and winter hikers. Experience exciting winter holidays in Gastein, which unites different ski areas and also provides plenty of experiences for non-skiers.

Experience deeply snow-covered forests on a snowshoe hike, holding hands during a horse-drawn sleigh ride, skiing a freshly groomed cross-country trail, gasp for air during a challenging ski tour, whiz down a fun sled run or push your limits while ice climbing – that’s your winter in Gastein.

cross-country skiing in Bad Hofgastein
sledding in Gastein


Unique experience in the middle of a winter wonderland, snowshoeing through deep snow in pristine nature. Stomp through the snow with two modern snowshoes made of light materials and two poles. The guide shows the right technique and gives expert advice. Guided hikes take off regularly from the ski center Angertal and in Dorfgastein. Snowshoeing does not require any special previous knowledge and can be learned by anyone.

Sledding in Gastein

Three long sled runs provide amazing tobogganing fun:
Strohlehenalm: Ascend on foot or by horse-drawn sleigh before racing downhill on a sled.
Bellevue-Alm: Length 8,200 feet (lighted), ascent by Bellevue-Alm chairlift, until midnight!
Aeroplan: Length 10,800 ft, start: Aeroplanstadl; finish: Haitzing (stable), ascent by Schlossalm cable car to the middle station, then a brief walk to Aeroplanstadl

Cross-country skiing

The ski resort Gastein offers over 55 miles of groomed cross-country runs for your cross-country winter holidays in Gastein – classic and skating. The perfectly valley and mountain runs are groomed daily and nestled in a panoramic landscape, all within a radius of 9 mi. As it gets dark, you are tempted to a last lap on the floodlit trail in Böckstein (6 mi) or on our Kurparkloipe (1/2 mi).

The runs

  • Sportsplatzloipe near the hotel
  • 25 mi of altitude runs in Sportgastein (8 mi) at an altitude of 5,200 ft
  • Böcksteiner runs (6 mi away), 3.5 mi of runs
  • Himmelwandloipe in Prossau (9 mi)
  • In Angertal, 2 mi away, at an altitude of 4,000 ft, distance up to 8 mi
  • Valley runs between Bad Hofgastein and Dorfgastein

The breaks during cross-country skiing should not be neglected. You will regularly pass small inns near the cross-country ski runs. They serve typical Salzburg dishes that warm you from the inside and replenish your energy reserves.

Your extra: Use of all trails is FREE!

Horse-drawn sleigh rides

Experience a unique horse-drawn sleigh ride through the breathtaking snow-covered landscape of Gastein Valley during your winter vacation!

  • In Prossau – wildly romantic to the valley end
  • In Angertal – through the darkness, torches light the way
  • Directly from the hotel through the valley
  • Or from the Torbauer “through the villages” onto the Strohlehenalm.

Wrapped in thick blankets, the snorting of the horses is the only sound and the tinkling of the bells ringing the romantic clock...

Ice skating

In winter, the Alpen Arena in the village center is transformed into an ice-skating rink. Use is free, with a small skate rental fee. Maybe you will discover your talent for this popular sport here?

These and other winter activities in Gastein await you during your stay at Hotel Zum Stern. Have you already booked your winter holidays in Gastein? No? Better get going!

Winter packages  Skiing & Snowboarding

horse sleigh ride in Gastein