Dorfgastein was originally the toll collection point for the valley in the Middle Ages (a former trade route from Italy to Austria runs through the Gasteinertal) and the point of administration of the mining activities in the valley. The fortress - Burg Klammstein - at the entrance to the valley is a reminder of these days.
Although the better-known neighbouring resorts are more popular and probably more lively, Dorfgastein is easier to get to and can boast a village charm as well as a decent ski area of its own.
The Dorfgastein ski area rises to the Kreuzkogel and Fulseck at
an altitude of just over 2000m. The ski area connects into the area above Grossarl on the other side of the mountain range.
More information about Skiing in Dorfgastein
The Gasteinertal (the Gastein valley) is relatively easy to access, with good
road and rail connections. The most convenient airport is Salzburg airport.
More information about Travel to Dorfgastein
The village of Dorfgastein with its ski lifts is the centre for most of the accommodation, with the hotels located either near the main road or further up towards the bottom of the slopes. There is some accommodation in the smaller hamlets nearby (such as Klammstein near the historic fortress at the entrance to the valley).
featured dorfgastein hotels
Landhotel Römerhof ****
The map below displays a selection of three- and four-star hotels in Dorfgastein and the surrounding villages, as well as the main lift up into the ski area. (The initial map is a relatively large-scale one because of the distance between different accommodation centres but you can zoom the map in and out by using the controls and also switch between satellite and traditional map views.)