The documented beginnings of cures and baths in the Gastein valley (Wildbad Gastein) date back to the 14th century. Due to the limited space available in Bad Gastein, Bad Hofgastein became a spa in the 19th century after Emperor Franz I granted permission to build a pipeline from Bad Gastein to Bad Hofgastein in 1828. Ever since, Bad Hofgastein has received 1 million litres of thermal water per day from the daily total output (4.5 million litres) of the Elisabeth spring.

  • Thermal water containing radon
    Air containing radon in the Gastein Curative Tunnel

The spa physician, together with the spa guest, determines the therapy programme.

In the case of all acute, serious illnesses.

Caution is advised for patients with cardiac insufficiency, serious pulmonary disease, mania and psychoses. There are no restrictions that apply exclusively to Gastein

For the treatment of evident illnesses, experience has shown that the cure should last 3-4 weeks. For less serious ailments and prevention, fewer treatments are usually sufficient to achieve an improvement.

Consult your family doctor or a specialist.

  • Take enough time for the treatments
  • Adequately observe the rest periods
  • Moderation in all things, no hectic activity
  • Sufficient sleep
  • Drink plenty of fluids (water, tea)
  • Intensive skin care with lubricating skin lotion
  • In the case of vein problems: see the link: Venous illnesses

It has been frequently observed that ailments temporarily worsen during the cure.

Some common reactions are:

  • Insomnia, increased need for sleep, restless sleep, fatigue
  • Agitation, irritability, headaches
  • Abdominal complaints, e.g. nausea, a feeling of fullness, flatulence
  • Heart palpitations, circulatory problems, dizziness
  • Tingling in the extremities, muscle tension and soreness
  • Chronic tooth infections can become acute
  • Motion therapy can worsen tension-related complaints, but pain should never result.

Yes, a radon cure is typically indicated for pain of the musculoskeletal system. The radon thermal–motion therapy combination is advised for these ailments.

Yes, radon treatments especially help to relieve the pain. Of course, the prescribed medications must also be taken and osteoporosis-related exercises must be performed. Lymph drainage has also proven effective as a gentle form of massage treatment.

Thermal applications are usually not a problem for venous diseases, if you consider the following guidelines:

  • Apply cold affusions before and/or after all applications of warmth
  • Cold vein wraps only when prescribed by the spa physician
  • Compression hosiery
  • Do a lot of walking, elevate your legs often
  • Vein medication, if indicated
  • In any case, consult the spa physician

Gentle back massages and visits to the Alpen Therme Gastein (de-emanated thermal water) are allowed during pregnancy / the nursing period. Undertake other treatments only after consulting your gynaecologist.

Since the acute phase of a cardiac infarct is usually concluded after a year has passed, radon therapy can be undertaken again, if approx. 100 Watts of power are easily achieved in a stress test (ergometry) after the infarct.

  • The dosage of your blood-thinning medication should be correct
  • Extra tests are necessary, due to the different living situation
  • Due to the danger of haematoma, mechanical therapies (massage, electrotherapy) must be adjusted accordingly by the spa physician

High blood pressure poses no problem during the cure, provided that the dosage of the medication is correct and that the patient’s blood pressure is checked regularly.

  • At least 6 months should have passed
  • The patient’s blood pressure should be stable and checked regularly
  • The possible causes of the stroke (blood clot, atrial fibrillation) should be treated

Not one case has been documented anywhere in which the use of radon during a cure has shown carcinogenic effects. There are even studies (Cohen, USA) that have shown that this low-level radiation may even act as a safeguard against cancer.

  • Allow sufficient time for the treatments
    Strictly observe the resting periods and rest intervals
    Do not overly exert yourself otherwise - walking, easy hiking and cycling are permitted
    Drink sufficient liquids

The frequent water treatments dry out the skin and these and other treatments also cause a strong mechanical and thermal stimulation of the skin. This necessitates regular applications of an enriched cream or body lotion, up to 3x/day.

The pools in the Alpentherme Gastein are filled with thermal water from which the radon has been removed, i.e. they contain de-emanated thermal water.

  • Only a local spa physician knows the specific radon-related characteristics of our thermal water and has sufficient experience with its application
  • Provincial law requires the examination by a Gastein spa physician
  • Furthermore, your physical reactions at the spa differ from those at home

You should by all means bring your current findings to your check-up with the spa physician. The spa physician must then determine with you what amount of warmth therapy you can presently withstand.

Yes, neuralgias respond well to radon therapy.

Yes, you should not shower for approximately one hour after the bath, because the curative agent in radon is absorbed through your skin and the radon deposits in your skin activate some of the pain-reducing effects.

Centuries of experience have shown that radon therapy may also improve potency disorders, in the sense of being a positive "side effect".

Basically it doesn’t matter when you come for a cure. Many spa guests prefer to come in the autumn in order to better cope with the intensification of their rheumatic ailments during the winter months.

Due to its high elevation, Gastein has an invigorating climate, which can have an adverse effect on very sensitive people. But this is usually a temporary condition, which should pass in about a week.

The Gastein spa area is located between 960 to 1280 metres’ elevation. This elevation has plenty of oxygen and is not dangerous in the least for people with heart conditions. On the contrary, the higher altitude increases the blood’s oxygen-carrying capacity, thus making more oxygen available to you. Athletes, for example, take advantage of this effect during their high-altitude training.