In a beautiful, peaceful location in Bad Gastein, you will find the special Hotel Villa Excelsior. This unique villa was built in 1897 and was once a residence of Sigmund Freud. Villa Excelsior is luxuriously furnished, with many original pieces of furniture and an enchanting atmosphere. The attractive centre of Bad Gastein is approximately 700 meters away. Villa Excelsior offers its guests a ski shuttle service to the Stubnerkogel lift.
The excellent food, the friendly staff and the romantic atmosphere make a stay at the Villa Excelsior Hotel & Kurhaus an unforgettable experience.
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The half-board consists of:
- Breakfast buffet
- 4-course dinner choice
Due to Covid-19, different services and facilities may be offered at the time of booking than when your holiday starts. Since the mentioned services and facilities are subject to constant change, no rights can be derived from them.
The massive ski region of Ski Amadé is ideal for ski holidays and consists of five different areas: Salzburger Sportwelt, Hochkönig Winterreich, Schladming-Dachstein, Gastein and Grossartal. Together, they account for around 270 lifts and 860km of perfectly prepared runs. These ski areas are among the best in the world. The world champions are held here regularly, meaning if it’s good enough for the professionals then skiing in Ski Amadé is good enough for everyone.
Ski holidays in the Ski Amadé region benefit from long seasons and the Dachstein Glacier makes the Schadming-Dachstein ski area relatively snow-sure meaning you can usually ski until late April. If, for any reason, there should be less snow than expected, don’t fret, the snow canons will cover up to 88% of the slopes with beautiful white-powder snow making skiing in Ski Amadé possible in any weather condition.
One thing that makes skiing in Ski Amadé special, is the ability to stay connected and share live updates to your social media friends and followers. There are around 300 WiFi hotspots located in the valley, the mountain stations, the huts and the restaurants on the slopes. The WiFi hotspots are also great for planning your ski route for the day. With the Ski Amadé ski pass you can ski in all five areas and use the public transport system to get from one area to another.
The ski resorts of Flachau, Wagrain, St. Johann im Pongau, Radstadt, Altenmarkt-Zauchensee, Kleinarl, Eben and Filzmoos together, from the Salzburger Sportwelt. There is approximately 350km of runs and over 90 ski lifts which makes skiing in Ski Amadé varied and accessible. If you are an avid skier, then this is the perfect destination for you as there is so much to be discovered in this beautiful area.
The variety of the pistes ensure that beginners and intermediate skiers can enjoy the entire ski area when skiing in Ski Amadé. Although, there are also a number of challenging black runs, particularly Zauchensee, which is accessible via Flachauwinkl.
Please note that the ski resort of Filzmoos is not directly connected to the other ski areas.
This hospitable and quaint ski area at the foot of the Hochkönig is a dream for skiers, snowboarders, cross-country skiers, hikers and families with children. In short, skiing in Ski Amadé’s Hochkönig Witerreich is ideal for everyone.
From the picturesque villages Mühlbach and Maria Alm you can enjoy a beautiful day on the snowy slopes. Snow canons make sure that both resorts are snow-sure and the gondola from Maria Alm brings you directly to the 2000m high Aberg top; the starting point for some of the most spectacular runs in Ski Amadé.
Hochkönig Witerreich offers lots of variety. There is approximately 150km of runs and 31 ski lifts and Maria Alm and Mühlbach are connected by a ski bus. For cross-country skiers, there is approximately 47km of trails to explore with the longest trail being 12km located in Maria Alm. The trail is also lit during the evening offering stunning views.
The World Championships were held in the ski area of Schladming-Dachstein in February 2013 making it world-famous and now one of the best-prepared ski areas in the Ski Amadé region. The ski area also hosts an annual night-slalom, which attracts many skiers and snowboarders not only from the region but from around all of Europe.
This modern ski area consists of nine mountains with 3 of them reaching over 2000m high and 4 are interconnected by various ski lifts and gondolas. The 4 mountains that are interconnected are Hauser Kaibling, Planai, Hochwurzen and Reiteralm making the area perfect for day trips and tours. If you wish to have a quieter day away from the slopes then the villages of Haus im Ennstal, Mandling, Pichl, Rohmoos bei Schladming and Schladming are all picturesque and welcoming.
Schladming-Dachstein has lots to offer for advanced skiers. For example, the Planai has very steep and fast slopes and the Reiteralm has, among other things, a black mogul field. For those, who are very competitive, you can even have your speeds measured for free while doing the run. You’ll be able to post you’re action shot online and show your skills off to your friends and family back at home.
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The capital is Vienna.
The official language is German but English is widely spoken as well.
There is one hour time difference with the UK (GMT+1).
The official currency is the Euro.
It is customary in Austria to tip between 5% and 10% in bars and restaurants.
Food & Drink:
Austria is known for its Vienna Schnitzels and Glühwein. Tap water is safe for drinking.
Opening times shops:
Shops are usually open from Monday until Friday from 09.00 AM to 18.00 PM (some shops close during the afternoon). Most shops are closed on Sunday.
Travelling by car:
Snow chains are obligatory in the Alps. You need a toll permit for the motorways in Austria. You can buy the permit at the AA in the UK or in Austria at the major border crossings. The European Commission advises you to wear a safety reflector jacket in the event of a break down or accident. This vest can be purchased from the AA in the UK as well.
The voltage is 230 volt.
UK mobile phones work in Austria as well.
You need to be in the possession of a valid passport to travel to Austria.
You fly with easyJet or Jet2 to Salzburg. This flight takes approximately 1 hour and 55 minutes. Meals and drinks are not included during the flight.
Departures from regional airports
Please note that with departure and/or arrival from a regional airport you may have a stopover on the outward and/or return journey.
In the booking steps it is possible to book a transfer. The average transfer time to Bad Gastein is approximately 1.5 hours. For additional information about the transfer click here.
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A Ski Amadé lift pass is included in the tour price.
You can see the surcharges and discounts for, for example, extending your lift pass or no lift pass in step 1 (preferences) of the booking process. If a child and senior discount apply, this will be shown in step 2 (price overview). Would you like to know which lift pass is included? View our FAQ here .
The lift pass for children born after 1/1/2017 is free. Children born between 1/1/2004 and 31/12/2016 receive a discount on the lift pass. These discounts can be found in the calculation of your travel sum. Identification is required when collecting the lift pass.
The surcharges and discounts are only when booking. Other rates are applied locally. It is not possible to redeem the lift pass to another day on site. An extension of the lift pass can often be booked extra; you will find the price for this in the further course of the booking steps. The discount for “no lift pass” can also be found in the booking process.
The following materials can be booked:
This material is ideal for beginners and intermediate skiers and snowboarders. This material is particularly agile, so it makes turning and breaking easy. Parallel skiing is also possible with these skis.
This is ideal material for intermediate skiers and snowboarders. The material is agile, but also suitable to cut corners sharp. Even at high speeds these skis provide great performance.
These skis and snowboards are made of high quality material, and are perfect for experienced skiers. This comfortable material is suitable on all track types and snow conditions.
These are high performance skis and snowboards with the latest technology, and are suitable for the most experienced skiers.
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