A weekend in a Wes Anderson film? In SalzburgerLand, that is possible. Bad Gastein stands for buildings from the Belle Époque surrounded by the Gastein Mountains. When you stroll through the town, a special charm is noticeable. A few years ago, Bad Gastein was in a so-called sleeping beauty sleep. Today, however things have changed with the young Gin bars, a Flying Fox across the valley and a coffee house near the waterfall all showing that Bad Gastein is cheerful and awake. Nina Radman aka Berries & Passion was on the ground with her camera and even convinced herself.
Step 1: Get an overview – with the Flying Waters
On arrival in Bad Gastein you are greeted by a valley through the middle of which a roaring waterfall flows. For some time now, locals and guests alike have been amused while getting a view over this town on a ride on the “Flying Waters”-Flying Fox. Nina was also immediately harnessed into the Flying Fox and swung from one end of the valley to the other. Once she arrived “over there”, it was just a few minutes’ walk to the Power Plant Café where she treated herself to a cup of coffee on the terrace. The backdrop: the charming Bad Gastein.
The old houses totally remind one of the Sissi time and you can certainly imagine why I felt so comfortable. We were also greeted with fantastic weather and it could not have been any better – great spring weather in the valley and snow and sunshine at the summit. – Nina Radman
Step 2: meander through the streets of Bad Gastein
The best thing in Bad Gastein? The charm of yesteryear! As you stroll through the streets of this small town, you can see why it was called “World Cure Town”. And then all of a sudden, you see a Scandinavian style coffee house. The Blonde Beans opened its doors in November 2015. Johan & Nyström serve coffee and home-made goodies.
Step 3: Gin tasting & eating Fusion Food
The Grand Hotel de l’ Europe is located in the centre of Bad Gastein and screams formally ‘Belle Époque’. Entering the building through the basement, you encounter the Ginger & Gin – a modern bar which offers numerous gins to taste. Add to that the Asian Fusions Food – rice noodles, stir-fried vegetables, chicken and more.
Tip: dogs are welcome at the Ginger & Gin – Nina’s dog Tobi also felt comfortable on the cosy carpet.