Today, as we enter into the Gastein Valley, we’ll see the Klammstein Ruins, a fortified barrier at the valley’s entrance, which served to protect “Gastein” and its gold mines. In the 16th Century, a prominent merchant family, Weitmoser, built a small palace in Bad Hofgastein from the gold mining revenue. The early Romans suffered from rheumatism as well, and sought treatment in the same medicinal springs, and to this day the thermal springs provide recovery and pleasure. The paths in Bad Gastein offer an inviting atmosphere for a stroll on the same grounds where royal guests once enjoyed health cures. The late 19th Century dwellings found along the waterfall reflect a glimpse into the elegant World of that period. Böckstein lies at the very end of the valley with its Pilgrimage Church and the Mining Museum.