If you're wondering what to do on a rainy day in the Gastein valley, here are some of the things we like to do as a family.
The place where everyone heads to on a rainy day is the Alpentherme Bad Hofgastein. It's divided into different areas and spa resorts:
Or try driving up to Angertal, park at the large car park and then walk in the direction of the Waldgasthof. You could have a go at the 3D bow and arrow course which takes about 1.5 hours and winds through the woods around the Gasthof. Or continue walking along the stream through the beautiful Anger valley. The scenery in the valley is stunning and the Knappenwelt huts at the end of the valley are worth a visit.
On your return, pop in at the Waldgasthof, the food is really good (especially the burgers). Monday is Ruhetag.
The Naturerlebnis Dorfgastein is also a good spot for a rainy day activity. You might want to give the Kneipp facility a miss, but there's a lovely adventure park for the kids and a nice themed walk along the valley and up through the woods. We like to walk back into Dorfgastein via the signed footpath above the play park (in the direction of the dam). It's a pretty path which leads gently up the mountain and then back down to the car park by the cable car station.
You can look forward to returning to the apartment at the end of the day for a hot bath and warming up in front of the fire.
If you've got good weatherproof clothing with you, then you might prefer to go hiking. We like the Höhenweg, starting out behind the church at Bad Hofgastein, as it's fairly sheltered and climbs just above the valley floor, so you can still benefit from the valley views.
Or head up the Wasserfallgasse next to the Hotel Salzburgerhof in the centre of Bad Hofgastein to the Annencafe or Cafe Pirnbacher, both get great TripAdvisor ratings and have picturesque valley views.
Take a drive over to Bad Gastein and park at the gondola station. Stroll around Bad Gastein and discover the famous waterfalls. There are lots of walking trails starting from Bad Gastein, so you could follow one of those, or head back to the gondola and take a 20 minute walk up the mountain to the Bellevue Alm.