Dorfgastein: a sporting paradise with deep traditional roots

A paradise for mountain lovers and sports fans.

This charming town has successfully managed to preserve its authentic character. Here, the pace of life is a little mellower than in its more bustling sister towns. In terms of all the things there are to see and do, however, Dorfgastein is second to no one. Nestled amid the imposing mountain world of Gastein, Dorfgastein offers everything you could wish for from an active vacation - whether for families with children, seniors, hobby athletes or even pros. And, after a full day of outdoor activity, when it's time for pure relaxation, you will find the perfect opportunity at one of the traditional events celebrating local folk customs, such as Harvest Festival.

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Bergpanorama Dorfgastein
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Ortskern von Dorfgastein
Winter in Dorfgastein

Mountains of Hiking Adventures: Dorfgastein in Summer

Surrounded by the lush green mountainsides, this place is a true paradise in summer, and not only for fans of outdoor sports. It's simply pure joy just to look at. That said, right outside your own front door hiking paths do extend out farther than the eye can see. Setting out from Dorfgastein, around 115 km of hiking routes are just waiting to be discovered by you. With your hiking boots laced up, your provisions stowed and your rucksack slung over your shoulders, it's time to head out into this picture-book countryside. The trails lead you through forests and across fields, past historical buildings such as the Klammstein ruins, alongside cheerfully babbling streams, to crystal-clear alpine tarns and even to the Gastein Gorge. Are you spending a vacation in Dorfgastein with your children? Wonderful! Here, we have many different hiking tours suitable for the whole family. For seniors, too, we have routes that are less steep, yet still promise magnificent views of the Hohe Tauern peaks. Needless to say, the fresh mountain air is certain to work up an appetite, so a refreshment break at a mountain hut will be a welcome prospect. When you sit down on a bench, a long hiking stage already under your belt, with the sun in your face, the traditional Salzburg food you are served is certain to taste twice as good.

Familie beim Wandern auf dem Fulseck in Dorfgastein und anschließender Abkühlung im Bergsee

Discover the hiking and mountain biking paradise on the Fulseck.

From Mountain Biking to Paragliding: Experience the Variety

If you're someone who would prefer to exchange a pair of hiking boots for a pair of wheels, you will also discover numerous clearly posted mountain bike trails here. So, hop onto the saddle and away you go - surrounded by such unique alpine nature, pedaling along has never seemed more effortless. And the rewards are many, not least the rustic mountain huts that await you farther up the trail with cool refreshments and a selection of delicious, nutritious snacks! Since we mentioned "farther up": You should also know that Dorfgastein treats you to truly magical views from a bird's-eye perspective, too. See for yourself, as you embark on your personal paragliding adventure.

Paragleiter über dem Gasteinertal

Feel as free as a bird during your holidays in Gastein.

In a Winter Wonderland: sporty & friendly

Know the feeling? Being one of the first people up on the mountain, looking back down on the town which is just slowly waking up, adjusting your ski goggles, checking your bindings. Then hitting your stride and feeling the headwind in your face. Moments like these can be experienced in Dorfgastein as often as you want. Perfectly groomed pistes with reliable snow conditions are just waiting to be conquered - whether on skis or a snowboard.

Watch your children as they take their first hesitant steps on skis. See the gleam in their eyes as they successfully make it to the bottom of a hill. Priceless moments of happiness with your loved-ones. The conditions in Dorfgastein are simply ideal for a family vacation. The skiers of our local ski schools make sure the youngsters are safe, giving them the opportunity to enjoy their first successful experiences on the slopes.

The extensive network of cross-country ski trails is certain to set your pulse racing in pure anticipation, while snowshoeing is likewise very popular. This unique form of winter hiking is a great way to explore the magical winter countryside surrounding Dorfgastein from a very different perspective. When it comes to romance, a sleigh ride across glistening expanses is practically impossible to beat.

Countless opportunities, numerous moments of happiness. Look forward to a holiday that promises more of everything you long for - in charming Dorfgastein in Gastein Valley.   

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Whether wellness hotel or holiday apartment, here you will find the most beautiful accommodation in Gastein.

The sporting 10: In Dorfgastein, you can...

Kinder in Tracht die ein Seil schwingen
  1. hike across alpine meadows in summer, a blade of grass in your mouth.

  2. be the first on the mountain. Something to be proud of.

  3. see your children's eyes beaming with joy.  

  4. experience living folk customs.

  5. dip your feet in a crystal-clear alpine tarn.

  6. forget the time at a mountain hut.

  7. get to know Salzburg's Harvest Festival traditions.

  8. conquer the ruins of Klammstein Castle.

  9. forget that there is such a thing as "the daily routine".

  10. marvel at the incomparable night sky. Until you can't keep your eyes open.

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