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Blue sky over mountain slopes covered in deep snow, a thin plume of smoke rising from the chimney of a rustic mountain hut. The sound of bells jingling on a horse-drawn sleigh, blissful relaxation in hot springs. That’s a winter holiday in Gastein!

Cross country skiing

With over 45 kilometres of groomed and excellently prepared cross country trails Gastein is a cross country skier’s paradise. Discover fabulous nature in the Gastein holiday region away from the pistes! In Sportgastein the cross country fun keeps people coming right into spring with a snow-sure high level trail at 1600 metres above sea level. In the evening the floodlit trail in Bad Gastein-Böckstein or in the Kurpark in Bad Hofgastein tempts you out for another healthy lap.

Ice climbing

Experience fascinating, shimmering blue waterfalls and the magical variety of ice climbing! Whether beginner or expert, the Gastein valley provides you with routes of the most varied degrees of difficulty. Under the guidance of experienced Austrian mountain and climbing guides you will immerse yourself in a world with its laws of its own.


The white mountains from above – an unforgettable experience:
Dorfgastein is a premier flying area for paragliders and gladly invites you too to tandem flights and beginners' courses.

Snow shoe walks

You love the tranquillity and solitude of nature? Then snow shoe walks are just the thing for you! On guided tours, which are put on throughout the winter in the Gastein valley, you trudge up the mountain through glittering snow over sun-drenched slopes. The forest's inhabitants were the only ones there before you, and you will discover their tracks here and there.

Ice skating

The fabulous artificial ice rink in Bad Hofgastein is open daily up to 22.00 hrs and once a week everyone is invited to the ice disco.

Horse-drawn sleigh rides

How would you like a ride on a horse-drawn sleigh? Our unhurried four-legged friends trot steaming through the magical winter forest. Wrapped in thick blankets you will enjoy the jingling of the bells in a romantic beat ... more information

Llama trekking

Another good idea for families is llama trekking in the midst of Gastein's idyllic mountain landscape.
A real adventure for the whole family….


Tobogganing is definitely the less sedate option! On the wooden sledges you hurtle down into the valley. Technique for the bends and balance are what is needed when parents try to overtake their children! The tobogganing party becomes a special experience when you only toboggan back into the valley after it gets dark. For this the floodlit toboggan run from the middle station of the Fulseck cable car downhill in the direction of Mühlwinkel is available to you.

Once a week there is a toboggan evening: the Dorfgastein cable car takes all toboggan fans up the mountain in the gondola. In one of the cosy mountain huts eats & drinks - music & atmosphere are laid on – and then it’s off with the toboggan down into the valley