Fairytale Wonderland
Beside the Slopes

When did build your last snowman? Get into a real snowball fight with friends? Or leave your tracks in freshly fallen powder snow? Discover off-piste Gastein and experience this region from a different angle!

Fairy tales do come true on romantic horse-drawn sleigh rides, exciting toboggan descents, beautiful winter hikes or snowshoe tours through a powdery white winter wonderland. Nostalgics and connoisseurs will discover hidden natural beauty here and there and thus always be on the trail of adventure.

Snowshoeing in Gastein

Do you love the peace and quiet of nature? Then snowshoeing is the sport for you! On guided tours, which are offered throughout the winter in the Gastein Valley, you can hike uphill through the glittering snow over sunlit slopes. Ahead of you are only the forest dwellers, whose tracks you can find here and there.

Winter Hiking

Or simply walk on over 60km of cleared winter hiking trails and feel the warm rays of the winter sun on your skin. This is one way to enjoy nature up close and to feel part of the nature around you. Thoughts of everyday life are silenced and give way to a feeling of serenity.


There’s quite a bit less introspection when tobogganing! On small wooden sleds you’ll race downhill during the evening under floodlights –when the sun has set your ride to the darkness of the valley below will be a special experience.
Bellevue-Alm Toboggan Run: 2.5km-long, floodlit and ski lift access. A very special experience that you shouldn’t miss!
Aeroplanstadl Toboggan Run: approx. 3.3km-long, floodlit, evening ascents with the Schlossalmbahn cable car everything Tuesday and Thursday (mid-December to March).

Ice-Skating Rink & Curling

In the newly built ALPEN ARENA Bad Hofgastein you will find a large ice rink (skate rental with Gastein Card Euro 2,--) and space for curling. The ALPEN ARENA is just 3 minutes’ walk from Hotel Bismarck.

Horse-Drawn Sleigh Rides

Not interested in ski runs yourself? Then take off on a horse-drawn sleigh ride! These four-legged beauties trot through the snowy winter landscape and the enchanted winter forest. Wrapped in warm blankets and in close proximity to your favourite people, enjoy the jingling of the sleigh bells as they keep a romantic beat.

A sleigh ride in the Koetschachtal nature reserve is a very special experience. Unspoilt winter nature – experience a winter wonderland unlike anywhere else. This unforgettable trip takes three hours: one hour each way and with a one-hour break at an authentic Austrian alpine chalet.

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