This is our last day in Bad Gastein. We had a great staying in Austria and for sure we will miss it!
We loved the towns, specially Bad Hofgastein because it is not steep and we can ride our bikes easily there!
As yesterday we had a very long day with a lot of hiking / walking along the 1400 steps of the ice cave, today we decided to take it “easy”. What can be easier than lying down in into a warm pool? Yes! That’s what we did! Straight to Alpentherme Gastein! 🙂
In my opinion, this is the best indoors attraction in the city!
After walking along the narrow streets taking pictures of the morning fog, I bought two hours of Internet use (1.50 Euro) and updated my travel diary.
Bad Gastein and Bad Hofgastein are known as places carrying waters with excellent medical properties. There are many fountains all over the town! Since Celtics times a lot of people come to these towns to get health benefits.
Another good thing is that there we can drink water directly from the tap as it is 100% pure!
The guy who works at the reception of our hotel told us that children from 3 to 10 years old can not drink juice or soda when they are at school. They must drink only water, that is really light and marvelous here in Austria.
Before entering in the Alpentherme facilities we went biking to Gastein Castle and to the Pub where we ate a pizza with 3 large beers (500 ml each!) 🙂
From the Castle to the thermal pool it’s another lovely ride…
Before entering the pools we had one more thing to do: Have a beer at our local pizzeria! lol
Pizza and beers before going to Alpentherme Gastein
Ok… after biking…after castle… after beers… it was time to get into the hot water! Remember this was supposed to be “an easy day” to rest from the cave activities yesterday? 🙂
So… time to go straight to Alpentherme Gastein, he?
We bought 4 hours at Alpentherme Gastein. There you can buy 2 hours or 4 hours or even the whole day. Four hours cost 22.50 Euros (each). It deserves every penny!
The water comes warm (or very hot depending on the pool) directly from the ground! While it was sunny we were outside. When it started to get chilly we moved to the inside pools that are exceptionally good! 🙂
I loved the “chaises” inside the pool! It was possible to lie down and feel the bubbles all around your back and neck! Super relaxing!
This is quite funny! There are jets coming from the bottom of the pool every 20 minutes. We could stand in calm pool and every 20 min a “geyser” came from the bottom! Amazing!
Unfortunately, good things don’t last forever. It was time to leave the pools and return to the hotel. We had to pack our belongings as tomorrow is “travel day”!
We are almost packed because tomorrow after breakfast we will have a long day driving from Gastein to Valbella-Lezenheide in beautiful Switzerland!