For those looking to experience the festivals behind a country’s culture, a visit to Bad Hofgastein, Austria is a good place to start.
From May 2013 through the summer months there are a variety of festivals all with something a little different to offer.
Located within the Gastein Valley, Bad Hofgastein is perfect for those who want to explore whilst still having authentic cafes and shops, with marked footpaths off on either side of the village through woodlands up into the surrounding mountains. Whilst here explore the Kurpark, a relaxing area next to the Alpen Therme a spa centre, where thermal waters fill the pools. The resort also provides its guests the opportunity to delve into the local culture through nature meditation by the waterfall; rafting, climbing, horse riding and even summer skiing on the nearby glacier, are just some of the activities available.
The harvest festival during the end of August through to the beginning of September, celebrates those who work and live in Gastein valley. Experience folk customs, music and fun and games to keep the little ones entertained. Children can watch a Punch and Judy show with the chance to bake bread at a mountain hut, while parents can explore the surroundings of the valley through guided hikes.
To get involved in the celebrations, the four-star Hotel Österreichischer Hof is available for seven nights from £639 per person. Those staying at the Hotel Österreichischer Hof receive unlimited free entrance to the Alpen Therme Spa, guided walks, Nordic walking, Aqua aerobics, a herbal aroma bath and drinks with evening meals.
Visitors staying in the resort will receive a free Gastein Card which entitles them to discounts and free activities within the valley: free guided walks, full day hike, free use of the local bus, discounts on regional buses, summer lifts and outdoor sports and wellness facilities.
Whilst in Bad Hofgastein don’t miss a visit to the Gastein Thermal Gallery where the healing climate of the cave is a unique and tailored treatment known worldwide. Considered to be the most effective form of therapy, the gallery takes you 2.5km into the depths of the mountain where individual therapy stations allow treatments to be tailored to the person’s symptoms and heat tolerance.
All packages include flights with a choice of 17 UK airports, transfers and accommodation provided as standard.
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