How to get to Alpine Retreat
Badgastein is a small town almost at the end of the Gastein Valley. If you stay on the main road as you enter the town, you will arrive on the upper western slope which comprises the newer, livelier part of town. This is where you will find the Shell fuel station, Eurospar, railway station and the ski centre with the main lift station of Stubnerkogel. If you continue along this road, you will drive through Bockstein and arrive 8 km later at Sports gastein which is the highest ski area in the valley.
Turning left before the Tourist Bureau, as you enter town, will take you through the old town on the lower slope of the western side of the valley. The centre of this part of town is dominated by the waterfall which can be heard before it is seen! Continuing along this road takes you around to the eastern side of the valley where our apartment is to be found.
Although hiring a car is more convenient and recommended, it is possible to get to Bad Gastein by train from either Salzburg or Munich.
The best airport to fly into is SALZBURG AIRPORT which is 95 km from the airport. From the airport, head for the A10, southbound, then he B311 at Bischofshofen, and finally the B167 up the Gastein Valley. It is an easy, fast and very scenic drive passing through 11 tunnels all in all!
MUNICH AIRPORT is very doable, cheaper and more available in the season when flights to Salzburg become very expensive and booked up. The drive is along excellent motorways and takes 3 hrs to do the 264 km. Just remember that you will need to buy a VIGNETTE (Austrian road tax disc) when arriving in Austria. This is just before Salzburg. You WILL get fined if you don’t do this and it only costs €8.50 for 10 days.