Advent is the time of anticipation, music, bewitching scents and shining children's eyes.
Hardly anyone can escape the magic of Advent. When thick snowflakes dance in the sky and the scent of mulled wine and homemade cookies drifts through the Gastein Valley, the time of Advent events has also arrived.
If you plan your vacation in Advent, come to Gastein for a wonderful and a very versatile time! Whether you dare the first turns while skiing in December, leave traces in the snow during a leisurely winter hike or relax body and soul in one of the Gastein thermal spas, you will be thrilled.
Wellness vacation or skiing
During horse-drawn sleigh rides through Gastein, not only the children are happy. A very special experience are the torchlight hikes through the wintry landscape. The wellness offers also have the right thing in store for those seeking peace and quiet in the pre-Christmas period. The active vacationer spends the time on the mountain and enjoys the long downhill runs from the Gastein mountains. In the evening, people meet at the Advent markets for a warming mulled wine.
Experience the magic of Advent 2023 in the three villages of Dorfgastein, Bad Hofgastein and Bad Gastein. It is a time of silence and reflection. Nowhere can you feel the spirit of Christmas more than in the midst of the snow-covered mountains.
Tradition, customs and a little goose bumps: The Krampus runs are a time-honored custom that has been preserved in a very original form in the Gastein Valley to this day. Over 100 Krampus groups, so-called "Passen", parade through the valley on these two days. The Krampuses go from house to house in Bad Gastein, Bad Hofgastein and Dorfgastein to drive away evil and reward good.
Living tradition: Krampus run in the Gastein Valley
The fascination that emanates from the Krampus Runs remains unbroken to this day. Guests from all over the world come to Gastein in Salzburger Land to see the elaborate masks of the Krampuses and watch their wild goings-on.
Regional handicrafts, delicious culinary delights and authentic customs: The Advent markets in the Gastein Valley are the ideal way to get in the mood for Christmas. Craftsmen from the region exhibit their works of art and regional products are available for purchase. Enjoy the magical pre-Christmas season with Christmas markets in the Gastein Valley.
Regional delicacies and steaming mulled wine
Of course, during Advent the physical well-being must not be neglected. Regional delicacies are served as well as homemade mulled wine. The sweet drink, which smells of cinnamon, warms from the inside and tastes particularly good at sub-zero temperatures. These delicacies are not to be missed at Advent markets in Gastein.
Experience regional customs and spend your pre-Christmas vacation in Gastein. The Advent trip in Austria can come.
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