Bad Gastein, Austria

March 2012

bad gastein, austria

bad gastein, austria

bad gastein, austria

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bad gastein, austria

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bad gastein, austria

Taking a walk in Bad Gastein, Austria, is a great crash course in evan­es­cence. A spa dating back to the middle ages, the little town reached a peak of pop­ular­ity in the 19th century, when Europe’s upper class fre­quently trav­elled to Bad Gastein, staying at lux­uri­ous, multi-storey hotel build­ings.

Today, the decay is obvious.

A number of big hotels, mostly those around midtown, have been given up. But rebuild­ing and rethink­ing the whole place is tricky: Many old build­ings were built side by side with almost no space in between, over­look­ing the nearby steep Gastein water­fall valley.

The Con­gress Centre, built in the 70’s and an archi­tec­tural cata­strophe of epic pro­por­tions, increases the misery.

I like about Bad Gastein that it teaches a simple lesson:

Nothing is forever and nothing is granted.

A hundred years ago, nobody would have fore­seen the down­fall of this once so proud spa des­tin­a­tion.

A few sub­stan­tial, often unseen mis­takes are enough to end a success story.

Not good for Bad Gastein. Very good for com­pet­i­tion, though.