For Water Lovers
The Gastein bathing lake (5km)
The natural bathing lake in Bad Bruck offers rental deck chairs and umbrellas, changing cabins, toilets and, very importantly, a kiosk with ice cream and cool drinks. A diving tower invites you to small tests of courage. And maybe you will accidentally touch one of the many carps with your hand?
Natural bathing pond at the Bellevue-Alm (3km)
Reachable on foot with a short and comfortable hike, a wonderful natural bathing pond is waiting for you at the Bellevue-Alm. The physical well-being is of course taken care of.
The magic stone at the Evianquelle (6km)
There is a large parking lot at the Evianquelle. From there, if you look closely, you can see a large stone standing to the west. Can you find the carved mandalas? Can you feel the stone under your fingers, sometimes smooth and sometimes rough and tingling? And the moss that grows everywhere on the stone?
Behind it, the Gasteiner Ache is so shallow that you can walk into the water with your feet. The brave ones put their whole body in! There is shade and sun and the place invites you to linger.
And if you come in a quiet time of the year, you might even see a deer jumping away.
The Kötschachtal invites you to cool walks in high summer. At the height of the Himmelwandhütte, or further down towards Bad Gastein, there are many places where you can jump into the water.
Caution: After heavy rainfall, there is too much and wildly flowing water in the stream – not suitable for swimming!
The Anlauftal is nice and cool even in high summer. A little further into the valley a mudflow slid down the mountain recently – here the Anlaufbach becomes quite wide and gentle. Ideal for cooling off!
If you are diligent, you can walk to the end of the valley to the Radeckalm.
High up and easy to explore with hiking boots are the Gastein mountain lakes: Reedsee, Bockartsee, Palfnersee,
The Palfnersee is the easiest to reach: Take the mountain railroad to the summit station from Graukogel and then gently climb to Palfnersee. However, the water temperature is quite high.
In Bad Gastein there is the Felsentherme (2km) and Bad Hofgastein offers the Alpentherme (8km).
The Alpentherme trump with a huge natural bathing pond created in 2017 and a colorful variety of slides. The Felsentherme are built into the mountain – a must for architecture lovers.
In Dorfgastein there is the Solarbad (15km), with a large outdoor area, right at the foot of the mountain railroads.
Lake Goldegg (30km)
Lake Goldegg is a moor lake. The water is so murky that you can’t see your feet while swimming! The best place is at the lakeside bath, from there you can easily get into the water.
If you have a stroller, you can go around the lake for a walk or a running workout!
Lake Zell (45km)
The Zeller See invites you with two easy to reach bathing places: Directly on the south shore, at the campground, there is a very large, freely accessible meadow with beach volleyball courts, a footbridge into waist-high water and a restaurant.
The Strandbad Thumersbach is located at a point from which you can dive directly into the deeper waters of the lake. It also has a solar-heated pool, a toddler pool and a trampoline.