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The Beautiful Spa and Ski town in the High Tauern Mountains.

Bad Gastein, located south of Salzburg, is an Austrian spa and ski town nestling high in the Alpine High Tauern Mountains. The charm of this village is its harmony with the environment and it is famous for its beautiful belle epoque hotels and villas that are built on its steep, forested slopes. Its surroundings combine the soothing tranquility of nature and the fresh mountain air, and this famous historiacal spa cure resort with the presence of a thermal spa in Bad Gastein guarantees to the tourist a truly relaxing and refreshing stay. The area also hosts international skiing competitions. Thus, in addition to being a winter sports resort it is also a popular summer holiday destination. There are good shops, theatres, cinemas and, of course, the casino. Beautiful mountain walks abound. Go via cable car up to the tops of the Stubnerkogel for a breath-taking view of the Tauern. The spring waters of Bad Gastein are famous for their rejuvenating powers. Bad Gastein has many excellent hotels at a range of prices and also small Tyrolean lodges high up in the mountains. If you have a longing to stay in one of these small lodges with the world outside your balcony, make your reservations early. Among the visitors of Bad Gastein was the empress Elisabeth and her husband emperor Franz Josef . She stayed in the villa Helenenburg , which today is converted to a hotel.