Come up, Slow Down
The region has a further 9 chalet villages alongside Gstaad, located at an altitude of between 1,000 and 1,400 metres. Yet despite its style and class, Gstaad has remained genuinely Alpine and down-to-earth. It is proud of its tradition and lives and breathes it every day.
Over a thousand cultural and sporting events are available to visitors every year, including top events with an international reputation. In addition, visitors will find first-class hotels, outstanding shopping facilities along the traffic-free promenade and an airport in Saanen.
Come up, Slow Down
In the early days, guests used to vacation for several weeks at a time in Gstaad: they went for walks and played tennis. They wore white, for elegance rather than for sporting reasons, their faces were tanned and they laughed in a carefree way. Or they skied and in the evening enjoyed the international clientele in the stylish restaurants and lively bars. Fortunately everything has remained the same today.
Gstaad in the Saanenland region is well-known to almost every traveller, in the same way as St Tropez or The Hamptons. The mix of Alpine authenticity, serenity and understated luxury makes it one of the best-known destinations in Switzerland. In spite of its great fame, the village has remained down-to-earth.
With its gentle topography and varied speciality cheeses, the region of Gstaad offers the perfect mix for sophisticated bons vivants. In Fondueland Gstaad, there is nothing more natural than enjoying a delicious fondue surrounded by the mountain landscape. In a place where fresh air, lush pastures and herbs provide the best possible foundation for outstanding cheese.
Places to Visit
A monument to cheese! Molkerei Gstaad have taken over 3,000 cheeses – including historical rarities – and beautifully displayed them in impressive ways. Learn all sorts of interesting facts about the Bernese Hobelkäse AOP and its origins in this former water reservoir 25 metres underground.
Gstaad (1,050 m above sea level) is the region’s main attraction, combining style, Swiss Gemütlichkeit and tradition in a delightful way. The traffic-free centre of the village is a harmonious mix of restaurants, shops, hotels and bars. The recreational areas surrounding the village are accessed by three mountain railways.
Gstaad Indoor Pool
Gstaad indoor swimming pool is located in the Sports Centre and is centrally located. One highlight of this indoor pool is the magnificent views of the surrounding mountainous scenery guests enjoy when swimming. So regardless of whether you’re working out, doing Aqua Fit, just splashing around or having a sliding party on the water slides – Gstaad indoor pool has something for water lovers of all ages.
The Glacier 3000 is the only glacier ski area in the Bernese Oberland and allows to offer winter sports from late October to early May. It presents a spectacular view over the Bernese Alps, 24 summits over 4000m high such as the Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn. Do visit the mountain station conceptualized by famous designer Mario Botta and explore the Restaurant Refuge de l’Espace on its magnificent location.
Lake Lauenen – immortalised in a Swiss folk classic
“I gloub, i gangä no meh a Louenesee”. This line is from the 1982 song by the Swiss german rock band Span, who almost created a classic overnight. You’ll struggle to find a Swiss man or woman who cannot sing along to this ballad. Lake Lauenen thus was immortalised in music almost overnight.
The wonderfully laid out museums in the Destination Gstaad provide a stimulating insight into the culture, traditions and craftsmanship of the region: The Obersimmental Heimatmuseum, a local history museum, is located in a farm house dating back to 1647, while the Museum der Landschaft Saanen, an agricultural museum in Saanen, captivates visitors with its interesting temporary exhibitions. And the Menuhin Centre Saanen is dedicated to the life and work of Yehudi Menuhin.