Without water, Bad Gastein wouldn't be what it is. Without bathing culture, there would be no Badeschloss. Our hotel embodies a centuries-old ritual that heals, relaxes, cleanses, refreshes, and is, above all, sociable. Here, you immerse yourself in a historically significant location, experiencing the reinterpretation of bathing, embarking on a revitalizing journey centered around the theme of water. Right at the source. Where a waterfall shapes life and lifestyle.

Seven fun facts about swimming

Did you know that ...

  • ... 14 June is International Bathing Day?
  • ... the first flats were equipped with their own bathrooms from 1900?
  • ... 200 bottles of champagne fit into a standard bathtub?
  • ... King Ludwig II had a marble tub with a capacity of around 60,000 litres built in his castle on Herrenchiemsee?
  • ... Cleopatra and Sissi bathed in milk?
  • ... Archimedes of Syracuse probably invented Archimedes' principle while bathing?
  • ... Japanese snow monkeys treat themselves to a warm bath to relax?


While bathing in ancient Greece was more commonly viewed as a routine and necessary activity after physical exertion, the Roman Empire established a true bathing culture. In their so-called "Thermes" (public baths), bathing became the focal point of social interaction. It is said that even political decisions were made in these public bathhouse.

In large parts of Europe during the 16th and 17th centuries, bathing was considered unhealthy and unhygienic as vanity and body-consciousness were strictly rejected. It was only gradually that people rediscovered the natural healing power and cleansing effect of water. Initially reserved for the nobility and the wealthy, the enjoyment of baths became accessible to the general public with the opening of public bathhouse in the mid-19th century.

Different bathing traditions can be found all over the world. Deeply rooted in Oriental tradition are hammams. Breaks in the style of Japanese culture can be experienced in onsens. In Iceland, political and societal questions are addressed during bathing sessions, solving both big and small problems.

Bathing is a blessing for the body, mind, and soul, catering to both healthy individuals and those seeking healing. Hence, spa towns emerged near thermal and medicinal springs, where diverse crowds gathered for various reasons – from recovery to social gatherings.


Until today, Bad Gastein, with its radon-rich thermal water, continues to be one of these popular destinations for regeneration and holistic well-being. In 1791, the Badeschloss first opened its doors to spa guests, establishing itself as the premier address extending far beyond the region.

Over 230 years later, guests are once again welcomed in both the historic and newly constructed buildings. Even though the focus remains on holistic well-being in the 21st century, needs are redefined.

We preserve tradition while embracing the modern spirit. The old bathtubs are freshly prepared, and the bathwater is newly drawn for you. Become a part of the continuation and a new, quite exciting chapter on Straubingerplatz.


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