86 756km // BAD GASTEIN // AUSTRIA

Bad Gastein | How Far From Home

86 756km // BAD GASTEIN // AUSTRIA

Travel is a strange thing. Every new place you visit leaves an impression on you.

Sometimes, it’s filled with hidden gems that blow you away, turning you into a renegade travel ambassador, selflessly promoting this new place you’ve found; and sometimes, you experience a massive let down that leaves you underwhelmed and with a bad taste in your mouth.

Sometimes though, you visit a place that you didn’t even know about; a place you stumble upon, and a place that paints its own picture in your canvas thoughts.

Enter Bad Gastein.

We were recently fortunate enough to be invited to an Instameet, hosted by @VisitBadGastein, in this town we hadn’t even heard of. Grammars from all over Germany and Austria descended into the Alpine town, to meet, explore, and take some pictures, of course.

As soon as we stepped into the town, we knew this was something different. We were greeted by incredible architecture uncanny to that of The Grand Budapest Hotel. Vibrant colours broke through the white blanket of snow. Steam filled the valley from the natural thermal waters that spilled out the mountain, melting the ice as it flowed (and in case your German is a little rusty, the name “Bad” means “Spa”, symbolising the importance of the four million litres of thermal water that flows through the town on a daily basis – and is said to have magical healing powers). It was unlike anything we had seen before, but why hadn’t we heard about Bad Gastein before?

It might be because the town is a shadow of its former self; well, that’s at least what the general public thinks. The town is filled with magnificent hotels that are abandoned, collecting dust instead of tourists. The town feels awkwardly more quiet than it should be – besides the odd foreign man dressed to tackle the ski slopes. After speaking to some locals, we found out that there are a few reasons why visitors are few and far between. A Viennese business has something to do with it, but it’s not important anymore. What is important, is that Bad Gastein, the small gem in the Austrian alps, is in a revival. More and more unique boutique hotels are popping up; a youthful undercurrent is stirring – out with the old and in with the new. We wouldn’t be surprised if pictures like the below started to fill our travel feeds in the near future.

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Bad Gastein | How Far From Home

Bad Gastein | How Far From Home

Bad Gastein | How Far From Home

Bad Gastein | How Far From Home

Bad Gastein | How Far From Home

Bad Gastein | How Far From Home

Bad Gastein | How Far From Home

Bad Gastein | How Far From Home

Bad Gastein | How Far From Home

Bad Gastein | How Far From Home

Bad Gastein | How Far From Home

Bad Gastein | How Far From Home

Bad Gastein | How Far From Home

Bad Gastein | How Far From Home

Bad Gastein | How Far From Home

Bad Gastein | How Far From Home

Bad Gastein | How Far From Home

Bad Gastein | How Far From Home

Bad Gastein | How Far From Home

Bad Gastein | How Far From Home

Bad Gastein | How Far From Home

Bad Gastein | How Far From Home

6 Comments
  • Kevin Clarke
    Posted at 00:01h, 04 February

    great find, how can I book a trip

    • howfarfromhomeblog@gmail.com
      Posted at 12:37h, 04 February

      Happy to hear you like! The best way to book is probably to get in touch with Nadin (who runs the Visit Bad Gastein Instagram account) and she’ll advise – nadin@sweettalkcreative.com. You can let her know we referred you 🙂

  • Christine Callaghan
    Posted at 04:47h, 17 February

    Found you by accident on the Internet. Thanks for the great pictures of Bad Gastein. It Bad Gastein has always been a destination for its spas. A wonderful place to visit both in the winter as well as the summer. Thank you for the great pictures. As Austrian I always appreciate if I see pictures from my country.

  • Scott Sherry
    Posted at 18:16h, 19 February

    Absolutely Gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing the information in the article and your wonderful photos. This truly looks like an amazing escape, and one I would love to make. Thanks again!

  • Jo Ellen Ryan
    Posted at 23:12h, 19 March

    23 Canterbury Shore Drive

  • Pat Ladds
    Posted at 15:54h, 13 May

    Of all your travels so far, these are my favorite pics. Would love to see this one day

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