Thermal Baths in the Gastein Valley

The Gastein valley in the SalzburgerLand is one of the most traditional health destinations in Austria. The valley is best known for its therapeutic thermal waters.

Literary figures, composers, aristocrats and bourgeoisie or anyone else who felt a twinge of pain travelled to the Gastein valley to find relief during the 19th and early 20th centuries. The Gastein thermal water is rich with natural radon and stimulates the body’s immune system. To this day, numerous hotels in Bad Hofgastein and Bad Gastein rely on therapeutic treatments and wellness centres.

One special feature that is unique in the world is the healing tunnel in Bad Gastein. Visitors relax on loungers inside a mountain and breathe the warm, moist, radon-rich air. This form of therapy contributes to long-lasting pain relief and has a positive influence on the immune system.

The Felsentherme baths in Bad Gastein
© Felsentherme Bad Gastein | Max Steinbauer

Those who prefer to relax in the water or in saunas can visit one of the two thermal baths. The now modernised “Felsentherme” in Bad Gastein was Austria’s first public thermal bath when it opened in 1968. Bad Hofgastein is home to the “Alpentherme”, expanded a few years ago to include outdoor thermal water lakes.

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