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The Gastein Valley is located in the region Pongau - State Salzburg  -  Austria. The 40 km long valley stretches from north to south from the border with the austrian State Carinthia. The largest river is the Gasteiner Arche. The Gastein valley consists of three towns: Bad Gastein, Bad Hofgastein and Dorfgastein. First major settlements were founded by Bavarian and Slavic settlers in the 9th Century. The first written mention of the Gastein valley is from the 10th Century.

Very well known, is the district of Bad Gastein Böckstein because the Gastein valley from the south of Mölltal (province of Carinthia) only via the car lock through the Tauern tunnel is reachable. In Böckstein and Mallnitz the cars are loaded onto the train.

       

Bad Gastein in the Gastein valley is at an altitude of 1,000 m and in Austria known as an excellent ski resort. About  6.000 people live in Bad Gastein. Since the Middle Ages is the healing effect of the thermal springs were already known and therefore many people came to Bad Gastein. From the Middle Ages to 1938, with some interruptions in the district Böckstein also a gold mine. The waterfall in the center is the symbol of Bad Gastein. Here, the falls the water oft he Gasteiner Arche in 3 levels about 200m down. Attractions Bad Gastein: Many houses in the natural history center, waterfalls, potholes, Preimskirche, Nicholas Church, Church of Mary of the good advice, healing cave.

           

The market town of Bad Hofgastein has about 6,800 inhabitants and is also a popular spa resort of Bad Gastein and St Moritz. With over seven thousand beds reaches Bad Hofgastein over 1.1 million overnight stays per year. Bad Hofgastein is situated on 858m.

Dorfgastein is with 1,700 inhabitants, the smallest village in the Gastein Valley. The beautiful place in the Gastein Valley is located at 812m and has an area of 54.07 km ². The ski area in Dorfgastein is connected with the ski area in the Großarltal. The merger of the two valleys is at 2.027m. Between Dorfgastein and Bad Hofgastein is a shuttle bus for connection to the ski resort Schlossalm - Angertal - Stubnerkogel in Bad Hofgastein. Bad Gastein and Bad Hofgastein have a common ski resort - the skiing Schlossalm - Angertal - Stubnerkogel. The skiing in the Gastein Valley is part of the Ski Amade ski slopes and offers 81 km, 5 gondolas, 8 chairlifts and 7 drag lifts. In addition to a special children's lift, there is also a permanent moguls, fun park and a slalom slope. Dining options and après ski, there are a number of huts and mountain restaurants. Access to the ski resort of the Gastein valley offer the villages Bad Gastein, Dorfgastein, Bad Hofgastein, Luggau and Klamm. In addition, the Gastein Valley have about 90 km cross-country ski trails, at a height of up to 1,600m in Sportgastein are partially snow-sure. The floodlit toboggan run in Bad Gastein has a length of about 3 kilometers.

Leisure activities in Bad Gastein : cycling, mountain biking, hiking, skiing, snowboarding, indoor pool, sauna, spa, tennis, tennis club, golf, ice skating, curling, ice climbing, winter hiking trails, fitness center, sledding, swimming pools, roller - skating - tennis court, beach volleyball, climbing, mountain climbing, paragliding.

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