Family Summer in Gastein

Between high mountains and lush green meadows - family holiday the way it was meant to be.


In the morning at breakfast, you can already feel the anticipation of what the new day will bring. During the day, run, jump, climb, ride or fish in the mountains and breathe in the clear mountain air. Later, enjoy the cool water in the lively swimming pool or crystal clear mountain lake and cool down your temperament a bit. At dinner in the cosy accommodation, have a head full of beautiful stories of the past day. Afterwards, fall into bed tired but happy with shining eyes, to wake up again the next day full of anticipation.

The Gasteinertal is the ideal destination for a family vacation:

  • Horseback riding, climbing or fishing while breathing in the clear mountain air
  • Bathing fun with water slide in the swimming pool or in the crystal clear mountain lake
  • Pleasure and culinary delights in the family hotels & children's hotels
  • Bright children's eyes that fall tired but happy into bed, to wake up the next day full of anticipation.

This is what a vacation day in the Gasteinertal can look like for your child. And if the children have fun on their summer vacation in Austria and are happy, so are the parents. And can enjoy time for two even on a family vacation.


In Gastein, all possibilities for a successful family summer are open to you - you just need to seize them. The best thing is to "Hike and Experience with GASTI" - the mascot of the valley!

Active in the summer holidays: Holidays in Gastein for little adventurers

Gastein is the perfect holiday destination for young and old explorers. Whether you are planning your family summer holiday as a single with child or travelling with the extended family. In Gastein, adventures suitable for children await you almost behind every hilltop and bend in the path, as well as exciting excursion destinations. Along the Legend Trail, for example, children experience enchanting stories from times long past and solve little riddles along the way.

Another family-friendly activity is baking bread. On a family holiday, you learn to knead the dough yourself and shape it into loaves, and enjoy the aroma of freshly baked farmhouse bread when you taste it afterwards. So what are you waiting for? Find an accommodation & experience unforgettable holidays in Austria.

Family activities & excursions in Gastein

During guided Horseback riding over green meadows and through shady forests your children will experience why the happiness of the earth can be found on the back of horses. On a leisurely bike ride, they pedal hard and can race along the safe bike paths.


You can also enjoy relaxation for parents and child in Gastein. The family pool "solar bath" in Dorfgastein, located in a sunny spot in the greenery, promises bathing fun for the whole family. And on the four adventure mountains Fulseck, Schlossalm, Stubnerkogel and Graukogel , little explorers experience great adventures during family-friendly hiking. For example, at the extensive children's playground or while "scrambling" on the family via ferrata.

Fly fishing and panning for gold: Holidays with nostalgic charm

Taking a deep breath and enjoying the beauty of Hohe Tauern National Park. Waiting, as the crystal-clear stream water of the Kötschachtaler Ache babbles cheerfully by you. And feeling the certain sense of excitement in the air before the first fish bites. Fly fishing is an unforgettable experience for children. In Gastein, as you fish side-by-side with your kids, you will be able to experience nature at its most beautiful – in the midst of Hohe Tauern National Park, next to the delightful Kötschachtaler Ache, with countless brook trout splashing about in it.


Fishing of a different kind is also possible at the Gold panning in GasteinAmbitious young treasure hunters can follow in the footsteps of the old gold miners at the many different gold panning sites in the Gastein Valley. Maybe you will discover a great treasure during your family vacation?

Hiking with children in Gastein Valley

If you are spending your summer holidays in Gastein with your children, you are looking for a different kind of hiking experience than if you were here alone or purely with your partner. With children, it is those little experiences along the way that assume greater importance, plus the hikes shouldn’t take too long and not be too strenuous. And maybe you even have a very young family member who would like to tag along in a pram as well.


In fact, there are more than enough pram-friendly hiking paths in Gastein. In general, promenades alongside the river and not-too-steep forestry roads are your best options. In Gastein, you will find a number of these in Sportgastein, in Kötschachtal, along the Gasteiner Achenpromenade, or on the Gasteiner Höhenweg. Many of Gastein's theme paths are ideal for children, too. All that’s left for you to do at this point is choose the hike that jumps out at you most.

Kid-Friendly Hikes in Gastein

Angertal in Bad Hofgastein

Angertal in Bad Hofgastein isn’t only an insider tip for enthusiastic youngsters. In fact, if you pan for gold in the Angerbach, with a little bit of luck you might actually come across a glimmering treasure or two. The hiking path alongside the stream is also suitable for prams, all the way out to the valley head.

Astenalmen in Böckstein

The Astenalmen in Böckstein near Bad Gastein is an especially popular destination for the kids, not least due to its beautiful, big playground and a nicely maintained petting zoo for them to enjoy. At the upper Astenalm, visitors are treated to farm-fresh products as well as delicious regional specialties.

10 things to look forward to during a family summer in Gastein:

  1. Children's eyes gleaming with joy

  2. The excitement of panning for gold

  3. A real bear cave.

  4. The crystal-clear water of the Kötschachtaler Ache.

  5. Memorable family hikes and adventures

  6. The fragrance of freshly baked farmhouse bread

  7. The magical world of ancient legends 

  8. Setting new speed records on slides

  9. Making friends with the animals

  10. Stepping out onto a mountain summit with the world at your feet

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