When the snow is still glistening on the mountains and the first harbingers of springtime have already arrived in the valley, Gastein Valley shows us its most beautiful face. Spend your 2019 Easter holidays in Gastein and experience the variety for yourself!
The question of "Where to go for Easter" becomes superfluous if you have ever visited Gastein at this time of year. The variety of options open to you on and around the Easter weekend leaves nothing to be desired. Whether you are high up in the mountains using your skis or a snowboard to cut tracks through the glistening snow, down in the valley enjoying a stroll in the fresh mountain air, on a mountain bike tour with the warm spring breeze in your face, or recharging your batteries at a wellness hotel - during Easter holidays spent in Gastein, everything is possible. Not least because of the most marvelous activity programs and friendliest lodgings imaginable.
In the morning, when everything is still peaceful and the freshly groomed snow is glistening in the sunshine, the mountain has its own unique magic. During your Easter holiday in Gastein, experience the uplifting feeling of being one of the very first on the mountain.
From 18 March to 22 April 2019, Early-Morning Skiing in Dorfgastein, Bad Hofgastein and Sportgastein gives you the opportunity to do precisely that! Participants meet at 7:15, either at the valley station in Bad Hofgastein or Dorfgastein, where a professional guide will be waiting for you. In small groups of 10 people, you will then ride up the mountain with your guide. If you are interested in the Summit Breakfast in Sportgastein, we will meet at the valley station of the Goldbergbahn at 8 a.m.
By the time the sun casts its first rays over the mountain tops, you will already be out on the piste and slicing through the freshly groomed snow. The crystal-clear mountain air is bound to work up an appetite, which is why Early Birds can look forward to breakfast right after their first run of the day. And then, with your batteries completely recharged, it will be time to hit the slopes again – allowing you to get the most out of the rest of your day of skiing with us here in Gastein.
In the valley, by the time the Easter holidays arrive we generally have warm, springtime temperatures and, in many places, the snow has given way to crocuses and cowslips. In contrast, high up in the Hohe Tauern mountains, Jack Frost still has his say. This contrasting natural spectacle makes Gastein an especially attractive Austrian holiday destination on and around Easter.
Would you like to enjoy an active getaway over Easter, perhaps exploring the region on skis, on foot or by bicycle? In that case, Gastein is the perfect choice for you. Whether you are alpine skiing, winter hiking or cross-country skiing, you will already feel the warm spring sun on your face. And at the foot of the Hohe Tauern, you may simply wish to enjoy a leisurely bicycle ride along the flat bike path that runs the length of the valley.
Especially when you spend your Easter holidays in Austria with children, biking presents you with wonderful opportunities: You will get to explore the beauty of the region and make it out to places you might not otherwise reach by car. Ambitious bikers will be greeted by a network of outstanding MTB trails, leading you out into the majestic mountain world of the Hohe Tauern.
Both in the valley and up in the mountains, you will also be greeted by an array of friendly country inns and rustic mountain huts, where you are welcome to take a break and sample some of our delicious local dishes.
In other words, your Easter sporting opportunities include skiing and hiking, cross-country and biking, golf and horseback riding. If you are planning holidays with children in April, there are also lots of other activities in Gastein that will be especially enjoyable for your kids.
That said, in Gastein it is always high season for pure relaxation. At the Alpentherme in Bad Hofgastein and the Felsentherme in Bad Gastein, you will discover new wellsprings of energy along with a rejuvenating timeout from the daily routine: During Yoga Spring Gastein "Breathe the Mountains", our focus is consciously turned inward, allowing us to do something good for mind and body by means of special exercises.
Or, simply lean back, unwind and watch, as nature gradually awakens from its winter sleep. That can work wonders, too.
Even a little removed from the region's gorgeous natural beauty, Gastein has a number of other highlights in store for your Easter holidays. In Bad Gastein and Bad Hofgastein, for example, the festival to mark Jesus's resurrection is celebrated with several atmospheric Easter concerts.
The closeness to Salzburg City, with its broad range of cultural offerings, is yet another argument speaking in favor of Gastein as a destination for your Easter holiday. From Saturday, 13 April, until Monday, 22 April, Salzburg will once again proudly present its Easter Festival. At Easter Festival 2019, the highlight of this year's program is undoubtedly going to be a production of the "Meistersinger von Nürnberg".
Whether you are just planning a short getaway over Easter or you would like to stay in Gastein a little longer, whether you wish to spend your Easter holidays 2019 with the whole family, or simply enjoy time alone together as a couple, whether you prefer to make your Austria visit as affordable as possible or give yourself a luxuriant pampering - in Gastein, you will find all the possibilities you could ever imagine. And if you are just traveling through as you make a beeline for the Tauernschleuse, you are certain to want to stay longer the next time around.
Savoring the clear mountain air as you go downhill or cross-country skiing, admiring the gentle spring flowers as you go biking or hiking, or experiencing that sense of complete freedom as you take a horseback ride through Gastein. And after such a marvelous day out in the nature of Gastein Valley, immersing yourself back into the bustling lifestyle of Dorfgastein, Bad Hofgastein or Bad Gastein, or treating your muscles to countless moments of regeneration at one of our two local spa resorts. All of this, and more, is available to you during your Easter holiday in Gastein, in Salzburger Land.