Combining the quiet elegance of an old nineteenth-century spa destination with modern trappings and reasonably modest price tags, the resort of Bad Gastein, 94km south of Salzburg, is one of Austria’s best budget mountain getaways. Note, however, it’s a seasonal destination for winter skiing and high-summer hiking only.
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Boats can be rented from the boatshed just south of the landing stage (1hr/€15). The tourist office can advise on hiking routes and sell local hiking guides. At the southern end of town in Lahn is a “Badinsel”, an artificial island for sunbathing and swimming (changing facilities nearby).