Located in the Hohe Tauern National Park in the heart of the Salzburgerland province, the Alpine town of Bad Gastein is a breathe of fresh air at an elevation of 1,000 meters. “Bad," or "spa" in German, hints at the area's importance as a health destination. Set among the Belle Époque buildings and ski trails are the legendary Heilstollen (healing tunnels) and thermal spring water trail, believed to contain unparalleled curative properties that scientist Marie Curie came to study; and royalty like German Emperor Wilhelm I and Iran's last king, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, came to enjoy. Composer Franz Schubert was so inspired by a summer stay here that he began sketching the Gmunden-Gastein Symphony. Today, Bad Gastein retains its legacy of luxurious health treatments but also hosts year-round adventure activities including skiing, snowboarding, hiking and cycling along the upper Gastein Valley.
A lovely Alpine lodge for families that has had a chic, eclectic refit. Quirky design elements, stacks of well-positioned collectables and lively, modern takes on heritage prints and textiles decorate this boutique interior. An urban family retreat that is alive with positive energy, as inspired by the Aveda Spa, yoga and setting.read more
Discover Austria and her burgeoning collection of art museums, theatres, festivals, cathedrals and seductive cities, none more so than Salzburg, not only the home of Mozart, but a hotbed of old meets new and where youthful creativity is redefining Salzburg’s cultural heritage.read more
This is all about the mix of traditional Alpine style, synonymous with mountainous living and the contemporary hand of private hoteliers. We pulled together a cool style edit of those places that take the traditional dipped into urban sleekness adding a dash of modernity.read more