The miracle cure that Gastein is famous for it its thermal water, which contains the noble gas radon. The gas was discovered by pure chance. While digging for gold in Radhausberg mountain near Böckstein, workers discovered a natural steam bath in the middle of the mountain instead. The miners noticed that the back problems they would normally suffer after this type of heavy work were suddenly better. After some investigating, it became clear that the miners had discovered a rare treasure here. Bad Gastein quickly entered a new era of prosperity.
The ins and outs of the therapy
A cure in Gastein is based on three parts: the radon therapy in the Gastein Heilstollen healing caves, thermal tub baths and vapor baths. Additionally, Gastein offers therapies and treatments in a variety of alternative healing methods including kinesiology or the established F.X.-Mayr cure.
Taking a cure in the Gastein Heilstollen caves
- has a success rate of 90%
- achieves pain relief for up to 9 months
- means saving on medicine
- stabilises the immune system
The treatment itself takes place deep inside the mountain. Any fear of closed spaces and darkness are therefore not appropriate for this type of therapy and must be excluded in a preliminary medical consultation. The effect of the radon gas unfolds in the cave at a depth of 2.5 km. You get there with the tunnel train in about 20 minutes.
Video Gastein Heilstollen healing cave:
Treatment with radon is offered in several locations in Europe. However, the combination of radon, warmth and the Alpine mountain climate is unique to Gastein. The climate has a particularly positive effect on the oxygen supply in the body – even in healthy people.
Taking a cure in Gastein is particularly effective for
- chronic musculoskeletal disorders
- respiratory diseases
- skin diseases
- general immune system stimulation and circulation improvement
Knowledge of the health-enhancing effects of the right climate dates back to the 19th century. Even then, the effect of healthy air was recognised and sanatoriums were built. Today, we know that this healing climate is mainly due to the high alpine altitude. It is a scientifically proven fact that a stay at an altitude of over 1,000 metres has a positive effect on health.
The tourism association “Salzburger Sonnenterrasse“ (Salzburg Sun Terrace) with its villages Schwarzach and St. Veit uses this knowledge to concentrate on the healing powers of their locations. Nature provides this with the pristine lakes, soothing Alpine mountain pastures, colourful flowering meadows, deep green forests and abundant sunshine. All of these factors work together to make your spa holiday a relaxing and regenerating experience. Numerous hiking trails lead you to the most beautiful places in the region. On the way, you will find many “oases of peace”, where your senses lead you back to inner peace and strength: deckchairs right on the mountain peaks, recliners under a canopy of green leaves or a refreshing Kneipp facility.
The healthy climate in St. Veit is effective for
- chronic respiratory diseases
- sleep disorders
The 34 degrees warm water at Bad Vigaun health spa is beneficial for joints, the spine, muscles, ligaments and intervertebral discs. The thermal baths are filled with water from the St Barbara spring at a depth of about one kilometre. The positive effects of the thermal water is combined with modern therapeutic concepts including hydrotherapy, balneotherapy and physiotherapy. Holistic medical treatments such as reflexology and acupuncture complement the therapy.
Besides the modern spa and rehabilitation centre, guests can benefit from the well-equipped private clinic, the four-star Health Hotel and enjoy the adjoining thermal health spa. The Bad Vigaun thermal health spa is also open to day visitors.
The thermal water in Bad Vigaun is effective for
- diseases and degeneration of the musculoskeletal system
- soft tissue rheumatism
Hohe Tauern Health
The health initiative Hohe Tauern Health in Hohe Tauern National Park is based on the healing effects of the Krimml Waterfalls. A stay in the therapeutic mist of the famous waterfalls is extremely healing in cases of allergic and asthmatic diseases in both adults and children.
The Krimml Waterfalls therapy is effective for
- allergic respiratory diseases