126 Route 11. WILDBAD GASTEIN.
place, with numerous handsome houses and villas. The chief rally-
ing-points of visitors are the small Straubinger-Platz, between the
Straubinger and Badeschloss hotels, and the Wandelbahn, a long
covered glass-gallery, used as a promenade in wet weather. At the
W. end is the Cur-Casino, with reading-room, etc.
The Ache, which flows through the valley, is precipitated here
through narrow gorges, forming two magnificent "Waterfalls, the
upper 207 ft., the lower 280 ft. high. The upper fall is best viewed
from the bridge by Straubinger's, the lower from Moser's cale-
pavillon or from the bridge at the foot of the fall. In summer the
falls are illuminated on Wed. and Sun. at 8.30 p.m.
The springs (77° to 120° Fahr.) rise on the slope of the Badberg
and yield about 770,000 gallons of water daily. The water, which
has neither taste nor smell, contains a very small proportion of
mineral ingredients, but possesses invigorating properties, and is
beneficial in cases of debility, nervous affections, gout, etc.
"Walks. The road to Hof-Gastein on the left (W.) side of the valley
passes the Villa Meran. Higher up, on the left, are the Bellevue (cafe1; fine
view) and the Villa Hollandia. The road next reaches the Solitude (right)
and the small Protestant Church. At this point, to the right, below the
road, begin the Schwarzenberg Promenades, with various views of the water¬
falls, while the Konig-Ollo Belvedere here overlooks the Gastein valley.
Farther on, by the Erzherzog-Johann (lodgings), to the left, the shady Eri-
herzog-Johann Promenade leads to (1 M.) "Stockl's Restaurant (view).
On the right (E.) side of the valley a charming walk is afforded by
the "Kaiserweg, which follows the slope of the hill above the Church of
.S7. Nicholas, and leads past the Memorial to the Emperor William I., with
a bronze bust by Kokolsky (1889), to (20 min.) the Habsburger Hof Restaurant
(fine view) and to (25 min.) the Cafe' zum Griinen Baum in the Kbtschach-
Thal (see below). — The Schicurze List, a cafe with an admirable view,
on the road to the Kdtschach-Thal, is reached in 10 min. by a path di¬
verging to the right near the Habsburger Hof. — Shady paths with steps
ascend from the Badeschloss Hotel to the (5 min.) Hohe Briicke, with a view
of the upper fall, and to the (74 hr.) Pyrkershbhe (cafe). — The best ascent
to the (5 min.) Schiller-Hohe is from Gruber's.
Lonoee Exclusions. The Windischgrutz-Hbhe (3/< hr.), on the slope
of the Badberg, affords a survey of the valleys of Gastein and Bockstein,
the Schareek , etc. The path to it ascends from the Hohe. Briicke (right
bank), and an easier route leads from the Patschger. — The picturesque
Kbtschach-Thal is reached by the road leading to the (2 M.) Cafe' zum
Griinen Baum (see above), whence a bridle-path ascends past the (U/< hr.)
Himmelwand to (U/2 hr.) Prossau, the last Alp (4220 ft.; refreshments).
Bockstein and the Nasskeld are the two favourite points for excur¬
sions from the Wildbad. (The shady Kaiserin Elisabeth Promenade, which
leads to the left from the Cafe' Bellevue over the hill and then follows
the left bank of the Ache, takes walkers I74 hr.). The road leads from
the Hohe Briicke (see above), following first the left, then the right bank
of the Ache, and passes the (1 31.) Patschger (Inn). 1/3 hr. Bbckstein (3700ft,;
"Curhaus, with garden; Miihlberger) is a straggling village, charmingly
situated opposite the mouth of the Anluaf-Thal, which stretches to the
S.E. towards the Ankogl. A good path diverging to the right near the
(1 hr.) Tauern Fall leads via the Hohe or Korn-Tauern (8080 ft.) to (7 hrs.)
the Hannover-HUtte (8830 ft.) or (8 hrs.) Maltnitz (p. 127; guide, 7 fl., un¬
necessary in fine weather). The Ankogl (10,705 ft.) is easily ascended from
the Hannover-Hiitte in 272-3 hrs.
The route to the Nassfeld (fmni Bockstein 2 hrs.: guide unnecessary)
is a carriaL'e-road for IV2 M. Wr then ascend by a tolerable cart-road