If you cross the valley north to south, you'll first come to Dorfgastein and its local mountain, the Fulseck.
Begin with a gondola ride up to the Fulseck mountain station at 2,033 meters above sea level. Even this lift ride will leave you speechless. To the south, Gastein Valley and its alpine peaks reveal themselves before your eyes, while to the north you will catch sight of the Hochkönig massif as well as the Steinernes Meer. Awaiting you at the top is every form of outdoor recreation you could wish for, true to the motto “Adventure - Water and Wind”. The elements of water, earth and air promise an ideal blend of hiking and biking action.
At 1,860 meters above sea level, it will be time to pull off your boots and take a walk along the "Barefoot Path". The different surfaces will massage your feet, and the cold water in the mountain lake will feel marvelously refreshing. You will be overcome by a sense of complete wellbeing, and, after your invigorating foot massage, a number of oases of relaxation alongside the lake invite you to pause and enjoy. Kids hungry for added adventure won't be able to resist the adjacent forest playground, where they can climb, jump and dig around. The Mirror Lake wellness oasis is located just a little below the mountain station, easy to reach even pushing a pram thanks to the broad pathways.
Hiking paths aren't just incredibly relaxing and rejuvenating, they can often be insightful and educational. That's definitely the case on the Fulseck, for example, where you will discover self-guided theme paths, as well as hikes leading to places of extraordinary natural power and beauty.
On the Mushroom Path, children and adults alike will learn all about the fascinating mushrooms that grow naturally in Gastein Valley. Info boards along the way explain which can be collected and safely used for cooking.
If you take a walk from the Fulseck mountain station along the Biotope Trail towards the Arltörl and then downhill to the mid-station, you might already be able to sense them: “places of power”, where the Earth's energies are tangibly more intense, flank the path, inviting you to pause, reflect and re-energize.
If, in addition to relaxation, you are looking for adventure during your vacation, that's definitely what you will find on the Fulseck. You are also allowed to bring your bike with you on the gondola. The leisurely lift ride up is followed by an exhilarating bike ride back down. Or would you simply prefer to explore the Fulseck itself on two wheels? If you are in the mood for a much more physical challenge, then follow the clearly marked mountain bike trail from the valley, via the mid-station to the summit. Great views await you all the way up.
On good days for flying, the sky above Dorfgastein is a colorful sight. A large number of hang- and paraglider pilots take full advantage of the outstanding thermals. If you are also a "free as a bird" type, you are welcome to transport your equipment to the top of the Fulseck on the summit lift as well. If you are not yet an experienced pilot, but would still like get to know Gastein Valley from high in the air, you might wish to book a tandem flight during your stay in Gastein. You will be astonished how light and free you feel.
25.05.-28.05. / 03.06. - 05.06 / 10.+11.06. / 15.06. - 08.10. daily
09.10. - 25.10. every Tuesday, and Friday through Sunday
26.10. - 02.11.
30 July: Kids' Summer Fest at Mirror Lake, program begins at 10 a.m. and includes grilling hot dogs.
10 August: “Summit Dinner" accompanied by classical music, exclusive concert by MozArte along with a 4-course meal at 2,033 meters above sea level.
20 August: “Musical Heights”, hike across alpine pastures punctuated by folk music.
18 July and 22 August: Sunset Hike with National Park ranger Hans Naglmayr, lift departs the valley at 6:30 p.m.
3 September: Fairy-Tale Hike with Helmut Wittmann at 1:30 p.m., with music, Alpine fairy tales and legends.