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Bad Hofgastein

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Our walks takes us to high peaks, remote lakes and meadows flush with wild flowers where you can contemplate towering snow-covered and glacier-adorned alpine summits.
  • Product Code 19680
  • Holiday Type Holidays With Two Grades Of Walking, No Single Room Supplement
  • Grade

    Grades 1, 2 & 3 - Leisurely grades

    Grades 4, 5 & 6 - Moderate grades

    Grades 7, 8 & 9 - Challenging grades

    Grade 4, Grade 6
  • Holiday Duration 7 Nights

An hour south of Salzburg lies the small spa of Bad Hofgastein. Don’t worry that you may never have heard of it - we think it is set to become a star of our Austrian holidays as it has everything you could want from the Alps. There is a well marked system of paths both above and below the tree line whilst mountain rail and cable ways, combined with an efficient Post Bus network, enable us to wander up into this mountain region. Our walks takes us to high peaks, remote lakes and meadows flush with wild flowers where you can contemplate towering snow-covered and glacier-adorned alpine summits. Lower down we can explore the forests and pastures and catch glimpses of Gastein’s gold mining past and the thermal springs that attracted royalty and celebrities in the 19th century and still attract visitors today.

Bad Hofgastein is located at the confluence of several valleys, so there are many and varied walks. Several of the walks take us along the ‘Salzburger Almenweg’, a long distance trail linking picturesque alpine farms where local cheeses and hams are produced. Peaks well over 2000m such as the Hüttenkogel can be reached as well as panorama paths and impossibly picturesque mountain lakes.

At the end of the day we return to the spa resort of Bad Hofgastein with its vast spa complex of pools and green areas in which to relax.

Why not combine our Bad Hofgastein holiday with our Maria Alm holiday? Please see our Salzburgerland Alps holiday for more details.

Holiday Highlights

  • Walk to the peak of the Hüttenkogel followed by a stroll through fragrant pine woods to the Palfner lake.
  • Ascend the Wetterkreuz with scenery of spectacular cliffs and verdant meadows.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights Heathrow to Munich (British Airways)
      Airport transfers
      Half board en suite accommodation
      All local transport costs.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 4 & 6

  1. Day 1

    We fly from London Heathrow to Munich Airport. On arrival we travel by road for 2 hour 30 minutes to Hotel Carinthia, Bad Hofgastein, for 7 nights. 

  2. Day 2 to 7

    During our time in Bad Hofgastein, we will explore the area through a variety of exciting walks which may include one of more of the following examples.

    Grade 4

    Hüttenkogel and the Palfnersee. This walk is ideal for a clear day as we make our way to fantastic views at the Hüttenkogel view point by continuing upwards from the top of the Graukogel chairlift. We will then follow the trails through the pine forest to the Palfnersee. A perfect photo opportunity to capture the beautiful rich turquoise of the lake and the mountainous back drop. 6.8 miles (11km), ascent/descent 460m, 4 hours 15 minutes.

    The Kaiserin Elisabeth promenade, the Naßfeldtal Weg and the Naturschauweg.  An enjoyable walk linking two hikes. We will walk along the valley floor in Altbockstein and Naßfeldtal where we can discover the remnants of the area’s mining past. We will take the easy ascent of the narrow and sheer Naßfeldtal. We will break for lunch at Sportgastein before following the Naturschauweg looped trail back towards the bus to return to Bad Hofgastein. The trail is dotted with information boards (in German) describing the area’s natural and human history.  Total walk 10 miles (17km), ascent 500m / descent 200m, total walk 5 hours 15 minutes.

    Grade 6

    The Schuhflicker. The Schuhflicker is one of the few limestone peaks in the area, producing incredible scenery of spectacular cliffs and lush meadows. This beautiful walk leads us to the Schuhflicker and to the idyllic Schuhflickersee below. We will utilise the Fulseck Gondola to reach the ridge line for more impressive views and descend to the valley from the mid-station before making our journey back to Bad Hofgastein. 6.8 miles (11km), ascent 620m / descent 1000m, 5 hours.

    Three Lakes Walk. This is a fine exploration over the Palfnerscharte visiting the much photographed Reedsee and the contrasting but equally scenic Windschursee. We walk the picturesque route from the Graukogelhütte to Palfnersee. The walk finishes on a long descent into Kötschachtal. 9 miles (15km), ascent 450m / descent 1350m, 6 ½ hours. 

    There will be a rest day offered during the week. You can explore the local area or go further afield to places such as Salzburg (2 hours 15 minutes by train.) You can use the Almorama Card to receive free or discounted journeys on lifts in Gastein. You can also use the Gastein card for free or discounted bus rides around the local area. These cards are included in the holiday price. The tour leader will discuss the options available.


  3. Day 8

    Transfer by road to Munich Airport for return flight to the UK.

Travel Details

  • Return flights Heathrow to Munich (British Airways)
  • Airport transfers by road c.1hr
  • We can offer regional flight options but due to the location and travelling time to our resort we operate just one transfer coach between the airport and our hotel to coincide with our main group. This may mean that there is a wait at the overseas airport in one or both directions.
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats. 

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

Hotel Carinthia

We stay in the very comfortable 4 star Hotel Carinthia. The location is perfect – surrounded by extraordinary mountain views and just a couple of minutes’ walk from the town centre, spa centre and cable car station. The hotel has a garden, restaurant and bar area. There is a leisure area including a gym, indoor pool, sauna and steam room. Massage and spa treatments are also available at an additional charge.

The rooms are traditionally furnished with ensuite facilities and balconies. Facilities include a minibar, satellite TV and free WIFI. Twin bedded rooms usually contain typical ‘Austrian type beds’ which consist of one bed frame fitted with two single mattresses and bed-packs with individual duvets.

Breakfasts and dinners are taken at the hotel. Breakfasts are a delicious buffet with a selection of organic and local products. Dinners feature international and traditional Austrian cuisine.

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