Hoteldorf Grüner Baum- Bad Gastein, Austria

Loved for so long by true connoisseurs, this family-run hotel has been somewhat of a best-kept-secret since 1925. What began as a small country inn constructed by the family’s great-grandmother has blossomed into a gorgeous high-altitude hideaway welcoming guests with traditional Alpine-style guest rooms, library, delightful restaurants and cozy open fires. Nestled quietly in a quaint pure valley outside the famed spa town of Bad Gastein, the hotel continues to be a spectacular draw for skiers in the winter, avid hikers in the summer, and spa enthusiasts year round. For, this is no ordinary center of wellness…its thermal indoor pool resplendent with water straight from the hot springs offers a wonderfully soothing sensation for the joints and a revitalization of circulation. It’s rumored that magical powers also exist in their special healing gallery caves, once providing an inexplicable cure for rheumatism for gold miners, and now boasting revitalizing cures for chronic illnesses countless times over via an amazing blend of altitude, air pressure, mineral concentration and a dash of mystical wonder.

Rooms and suites are charming and spacious, adorned with rich fabrics, hand-carved wood furniture and balconies offering stunning views of the magical mountains. A stunning feature to note is that the hotel offers a completely revitalized holiday experience each season! While winter brings with it the fabulous skiing, sledding and skating adventures, summer takes on a whole new life of its own in Bad Gastein. Guests here can indulge in a variety of unique experiences designed for outdoor adventure and plenty of family bonding. Consider rock climbing, a Jacob's Ladder rope climb in the forest, a visit to the petting zoo, rafting along the Gasteiner lake, and a delightful rustic mountain breakfast with the Blumschein family complete with sunshine, music and breathtaking scenery.

EXPLORATEUR EXCLUSIVE- Complimentary horse-drawn carriage ride through the national park complete with picnic lunch in the forest, plus children 16 & under stay free in room with parents, or their own room for only 60 Euro per night. Click HERE for more info and as always, be sure & tell 'em The Explorateur sent you!

*7 nt min required for carriage ride/picnic