Bad Hofgastein is situated in one of the more open and sunny sections of the Gasteinertal, where the valley widens out before rising to the neighbouring resort of Bad Gastein.
Like its more renowned neighbour to the south, Bad Hofgastein is also a spa town, with a thermal bath area as well as an extensive ski resort. But the destination itself is more of a traditional style of Austrian resort, rather than the more historic and "town"-type setting of Bad Gastein.
Elevation: 857 metres
Location: 5630 Bad Hofgastein - Salzburg - Austria
Bad Hofgastein was originally the main administrative town, market and court (thus the "Hof" in the name) in the Gastein valley.
The position was one reason - it was located on an important trade route through Austria between northern Europe and Italy. Another was the important mining industry situated in the mountains around the settlement.
Once the minerals ran out the town declined until the boom from the thermal baths in the 19th century (along with the more 'adventurous' radon pools) The ski resort was opened in the late 1940s and has since been extended and linked to the neighbouring Bad Gastein area.
Most of the hotel accommodation can be found around the pedestrian centre of the village, although there are some establishments in smaller hamlets up and down the valley.
The Bad Hofgastein ski area is on the Schlossalm and reaches an altitude
of 2300m on the western side of the valley. It connects to the Bad Gastein
ski area via the Angertal ski centre.
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The Gasteinertal (the Gastein valley) is relatively easy to access, with good
road and rail connections. The most convenient airport is Salzburg airport.
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Bad Hofgastein has a different ambience from its neighbour Bad Gastein. Both share thermal baths, "Kur" promenades and spa centres, but Bad Hofgastein is far more a typical type of Austrian village with a good mix of luxury through to family hotels clustered around a central pedestrian area.
Most of the accommodation is located in this central area located on the other side of the main road and river from the ski lifts. Befitting its status as a spa town, there are plenty of open spaces and greenery and the settlement has a completely different feel to some of the more compact ski villages higher up in the mountains.
The boxes below detail five and four star hotels offering half board in Bad Hofgastein. A wider selection of star ratings and different types of accommodation can be found by using the search box to check availability in the resort for your stay.
A-5630 Bad Hofgastein
Tel: 06432 8450
Fax:: 06432 8450 85
The Zum Stern is a four-star superior hotel located in a small hamlet just outside the centre of Bad Hofgastein. The quiet position offers good access both to the main Bad Hofgastein ski slopes and to the Angertal which connects directly into the Bad Gastein area.