Get to know your country – Bad Gastein
Everybody that knows me is aware of how much I love to travel. However the ones that know me the most also know how much I enjoy travelling in Austria. This time I'm going to take you to magical place in the amazing region of Salzburger, namely Bad Gastein!
This region is mainly known for skiing and many other kinds of winter sport. However there is a lot to see and do here during the summertime as well. I visited this town with my boyfriend a couple weeks ago and we enjoyed the highlights of this lovely place together. As we go I will be telling you more about our experience.
The so-called Waterfall Trail is a wonderful circular hiking or walking tour. Therefore it really pays off to take your camera with you. The numerous waterfalls are simply stunning. We would have loved to jump into the fresh water as we explored the trail. But unfortunately, it was not possible since there was no safe way to get in and out. Anyhow there are plenty of ways to cool off in Bad Gastein. For example the Bad Gasteiner swimming lake (Badesee).
Flying Fox aka Flying Waters over the Waterfall in Bad Gastein
Wer genau hinsieht, entdeckt ein Stahlseil direkt im Ort, das über den Wasserfall geht. Und genau das war unser Plan! Denn der Flying Fox lässt sich optimal mit dem Wasserfallweg kombinieren und ist eine willkommene Abwechslung zum Gehen.
If you look closely you can spot a cable that goes across the waterfall. And that was exactly what we were after. You can combine both the waterfall trail tour and a ride over the waterfall. This is also a very convenient option to walking.
If the weather would have been nicer, we'd have surely walked up the Stubnerkogel ourselves. Unfortunately, the weather was not on our side and we ended up taking the Stubnerkogel cable car to the top station. From there we walked to the world's highest suspension bridge. The bridge is quite short and it's not very far from the ground. However, despite the bad weather we were able to enjoy the incredible view from the bridge. AND the visit is free!
A little extra information: If you are scared of heights, I wouldn't recommend you to walk over the bridge. It isn't that high but one can see down to the ground through the bridge's floor.
Once you have reached this point you can also try the Felsenweg or Cliff Trail, which you'll spot on the left side of the peak – when you finish the suspension bridge continue in this direction. The view is amazing here too!
A short hike – the Salzburger Almenweg
The weather wasn't really helping us since it was continuously raining. For this reason, we decided to take a short hiking tour and not a longer one. You'll find all sorts of trails in Bad Gastein: long, short, easy, challenging, …
Thus, we chose to do part of the Salzburger Almenweg. We started at the parking lot of Evianquelle's hotel. Then continued to the Astenalmen (there are two: the Upper Astenalm and the Lower Astenalm), where we ended up by enjoying one of these delicious so-called Bauernkrapfen (fried dough with jam). YUM!
Later on, we continued the Almenweg. This path is wonderful to walk and take pictures. On both sides of the valley, small waterfalls made their way down. As we went we experienced a mystical atmosphere due to the clouds and fog present that day – just a little like Middle Earth.
Our accommodation in Bad Gastein
We stayed at Haus Hirt at the Kaiser Wilhelm-Promenade. If you want to stay in this wonderful place you'll have to book your room well in advance – I'd say several months ahead. It's fully booked for most of the time and all for the right reasons: The view from the rooms, the excellent breakfast buffet, the spa area and the restaurant make this place a very tempting option. The spectacular view of the valley is indescribable, it is just like a dream.
Have you ever been to Bad Gastein in summer? Do you enjoy visiting the mountains in the summer?
Note: Many thanks goes to the Tourism Association Salzburger Land and Bad Gastein. We had a wonderful time!