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Switzerland’s beautiful villages comprising Destination Gstaad are undeniably breathtaking in the Canton of Bern. The ski region is expansive, rambling across classic Swiss countryside, numerous villages, and the Bernese Alps' highest terrain, Glacier 3000. Winter holidays in Gstaad have a long pedigree, offering a considerably more relaxed style of ski sojourn, unlike St Moritz and Courchevel, nevertheless luxurious — it has the exclusive mountaineering club Eagle Ski and its very own Gstaad Yacht Club. In essence, destination Gstaad is an ideal marriage of two diametrically opposing qualities: its reputation as the winter escape of choice for the international jet set, royals, and industrialists, and a laid-back, slowed`-down, rural Alpine idyll — both parts elegantly intertwined in a celebrated ski resort. The likes of Hermes, Brunello Cucinelli, Prada, Ralph Lauren, Louis Vuitton stores, and luxury accommodations are juxtaposed against traditional village architecture and haybarns dotting the forested mountainside. This Swiss ski village, 58 miles east of Geneva, abides by the slogan "Come Up — Slow Down" and has successfully remained the unspoiled, understated high-class retreat, or as an acting legend, Julie Andrews once said: "The last paradise in a crazy world." Ultimately, though Gstaad enjoys international renown, it has remained truly Alpine, with its chic charm and authentic traditions.
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Surrounded by a crown of majestic Swiss Alps, Gstaad, is collectively known as the German-speaking cluster of 10 chalet villages. Despite its craggy environs, the valley itself has a welcoming elevation–roughly 3,600 feet (1100 meters) above sea level. Here in the Bernese Alps, you will find an unparalleled range of leisure activities amid the gentle and unspoiled landscape.
The idyllic small chalet village of Abländschen has the highest elevation, 4,300 feet above sea level. It is dominated by the limestone cliffs of the Gastlosen ridge. The area is popular with hikers, cyclists, and climbing enthusiasts. There are more than 30 well-prepared winter hiking routes around Gstaad, and due to Abländschen’s high elevation, it is easy to reach pink and red signposts of winter hiking routes. Along the way, plenty of welcoming restaurants welcome you to grab a bite to eat and recharge your batteries.
Zweisimmen (3,000 feet above sea level) is the eastern gateway to the Gstaad region. The village is the entrance to the region's largest ski area — the access to 65 miles of ski slopes, a snowpark, and a ski cross directly from the center of the village. Other highlights include attractive hiking areas within reach, circling picturesque Lake Seeberg above the chalet village. Zweisimmen has already served as the venue for the Swiss cross-country skiing championships and has the Sparenmoos cross-country ski trail above it. The village also offers a wide range of shopping opportunities in its traffic-calmed center. The medieval parish church, the Obersimmentaler Heimathaus, and the Caste Trail showcase history and tradition in a very compact space. It is also the starting point of the MOB, the famous railway line whose panoramic trains cross magnificent landscapes connecting Montreux to the Bernese Oberland.
The sun-soaked chalet village of Saanenmöser is at the same height as the pass that connects Zweisimmen and Saanen, i.e., 4,100 feet above sea level. Winter and summer sports enthusiasts will find many leisure facilities here. In winter, mountain railways access the region's largest ski area directly from the center of the village. Directly adjacent to the railway station and right in the heart of the village is Gstaad's natural ice rink. The area's golf course is only a few minutes drive above the village.
The village is nestled between its local mountain, the Horneggli, and Rellerli, on the sun terrace. It is a paradise for nature lovers as well as winter and summer sports enthusiasts. A mountain railway accesses the Horneggli Mountain direct from the village center. In winter, Schönried offers direct access to the largest ski area in the region and a cross-country skiing paradise. It is also a gateway for high-altitude hiking trails. The village square was named after Mike von Grünigen, the local multiple world champion, Olympic medallist, and World Cup overall winner in giant slalom commemorating the milestones of success in his unique sporting career. He has remained a role model and motivator for the region's young, up-and-coming ski talent. One of the distinctive experiences you can book is a day skiing with the Swiss legend.
The village of Saanen, the historical heart of the Saanenland, owes its unique character to its narrow streets and lanes, lined with old timber houses. It is one of the most beautiful chalet villages in the Bernese Oberland. The Church of Saint Maurice, dating back to the 15th century, is also impressive. Tradition, a rich heritage of craftsmanship, and history all lend the village its particular charm. The village is listed among the townscapes of Switzerland most worthy of protection. Tradition, handicrafts, and rich history give Saanen its special charm.
Gstaad village, at the elevation of 3,400 feet above sea level, is the region's main attraction, combining style, Swiss Gemütlichkeit — a state or feeling of warmth, friendliness, and good cheer, much like Danish “hygge” and tradition in a delightful way. The traffic-free center of the village is a harmonious mix of restaurants, shops, hotels, and bars. Recreational areas surrounding the village are accessed by three mountain railways.
Turbach is on the edge of the large ski area of Gstaad Mountain Rides. At 4,300 feet, the idyllic side valley of Gstaad offers romantic summer and winter hikes, bike tracks, and cross-country trails. Gstaad and the surrounding ski areas can be reached in a matter of minutes. Just opposite the village is the famous and steepest slope in the entire ski area, Tiger Run on the Wasserngrat, only recommended for experienced and tenacious skiers! But the actual local mountain is the Giferhorn — Gstaad's exclusive skiing mountain. The Giferhorn is one of the most popular mountains in Saanenland, be it for hiking in summer or skiing in winter, considering its summit is the highest point in the municipality of Saanen at 8,400 feet.
The small village of Feutersoey is part of the municipality of Gsteig on the River Saane between Gstaad and the Col du Pillon i.e., Glacier 3000. Surroundings boast many lakes and beautiful hiking areas. In winter, the village is the starting point for ski tours and the destination for many off-piste skiers. In the summer, challenging mountain bike routes start from here.
The romantic mountain village of Lauenen, set at a 4,000-foot altitude, consists of old timber houses and a beautiful church testifying to an awareness of tradition. The chalet village is part of the nature reserve on Lake Lauenen, featuring impressive waterfalls, glaciers, and upland moors. Lake Lauenen is regarded as a place of great energy. The village and lake are even immortalized in a song that has become one of the Swiss folk music classics.
The village of Gsteig (4,000 feet), is under Cultural Heritage Protection. Center chalets dating back to the 15th to 18th century — lie in the deep valley of the River Saane at the Col du Pillon, framed by the Diablerets massif and the Sanetsch region. The church and the adjacent Hotel Bären are among the most photographed village scapes in Switzerland.
World-class slopes are not the only thing setting nthis ski destination above the rest. A visit to the world’s most picturesque mountain range brings you close to some of the region's heartiest and most delectably creative cuisine. You can enjoy both regional and international fare from the finest gourmet restaurants to traditional raclette lodges. The choice of restaurants is just as endless. Since Gstaad is a popular wellness destination, it’s only natural the meat-free, plant-based scene is flourishing. There is also a fresh crop of restaurants catering to vegan and vegetarian diners.
The exclusive and impressive Alpina Gstaad Hotel has triumphed with its appealing restaurant. Sommet is something special in several respects: the distinctive decor — an elegant and harmonious blend of rustic charm and modern elegance; the fantastic panoramic terrace; and, last but not least, the elaborate seasonal set menu created by Martin Göschel. The Mannheim-born, Michelin-starred chef combines classic cuisine with modern influences, as in his langoustine pot au feu and winter vegetables with a fermented pepper sauce. Alternatively, you can order classics à la carte nor choose a vegetarian menu. Gault Millau awards Sommet 18/20 points, and the Guide Michelin rates the restaurant one star for service, wine list, and décor.
At this chic offshoot of the New York flagship restaurant, you can enjoy a highly successful combination of traditional Japanese cuisine and modern influences. Head Chef and Sushi Master Tsutomu Kugota takes diners on a journey through some of Japan’s most pristine and rare ingredients and presentations. The restaurant interior, designed by Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance, incorporates antique kimonos, Alpine fir wood, accents of vermillion, and slatted wood partitions inspired by the temples of Kyoto and traditional Japanese houses. Megu also offers one of the largest sake collections in Switzerland and curates an exquisite selection of Japanese whiskies. The menu ranges from tuna tataki served with Kanzuri radish, ponzu, and nori vinaigrette to seared scallops with truffle miso to fermented lemon with Szechuan pepper and Sablé Breton. Gault Millau has named Megu as Switzerland’s top Asian restaurant.
Set in the triangle formed by the cantons of Fribourg, Bern, and Waad, the restaurant takes you to heights of culinary enjoyment and refinement some 3,000 feet above sea level. The magnificent mountain landscape sets the background for the chic decor, where Alpine wood, contemporary furnishings, and designer interior elements are combined. Chef Benoît Carcenat creates modern and seasonal French cuisine embracing both tradition and innovation. He masterfully highlights local produce grown in Pays-d'Enhaut, Saanenland, and Intyamon.
The restaurant delivers impeccable, and delicately balanced cuisine prepared by a subtle and talented chef served in a warm décor of untreated wood and enhanced by delightful service. Devised by Alexandra Müller, menus reverently keep pace with the seasons, regularly changing in line with market availability, guaranteeing fresh flavors with an element of surprise appreciated by its patrons. Additionally, the bistronomy-inspired brasserie (bistronomy combines bistrot dishes cooked with haute cuisine methods) specializes in well-crafted, feel-good regional classics.
La Bagatelle has been one of the best restaurants in the Bernese Oberland for many years. Set in the Hotel Le Grand Chalet, the restaurant serves excellent classic French food made using the best ingredients in a relaxed and friendly environment, whether you eat in the rustic restaurant or on the terrace with its stunning views. You can also rely on charming service and a great wine list.
The elegant yet comfortable interior is challenged by the delightful balcony terrace complete with mountain views. Taking inspiration from the hotel’s home in Saanenland, Avenue Montagne offers local specialties in a cozy and contemporary setting. Sustainability is at the heart of the cuisine, and a genuine connection to nature runs through every dish. Seasonal Mediterranean cuisine, including house-made pasta and risotto, Panzerotti with raclette cheese, spinach, and tomatoes, or saddle of mountain lamb (Scaletta Pass) in a wild garlic crust is what's on the menu at this restaurant.
Expect culinary excellence at Ultima Gstaad Restaurant with dishes fit for an art gallery, delivered with unexpected twists. Renowned chefs have traveled the world and excelled in creating unique dining experiences for discerning guests. Whether you are looking for a menu à la carte or a surprise tasting menu, the selection of dishes has been curated by Head Chef Andrea Franceschi who sources seasonal and naturally grown ingredients surprising even its most loyal patrons! Think Aeolian Island prawns with a pink peppercorn emulsion or thick Wagyu steaks with piquillo pepper foam balanced by sweet & sour red onion — these are just some palatable delicacies at the ski resort’s gourmet rendezvous. Ultima Restaurant invites you to embark on a culinary voyage and enjoy a gourmet culinary experience and private group events in the vibrant atmosphere of Ultima Gstaad.
If you are in the mood for upmarket Italian food and finely prepared Italian dishes, visit Gildo’s Ristorante at Palace Gstaad, where select internationally renowned chefs prepare authentic Italian cuisine. Try the line-caught sea bass, cime di rapa, garlic, pine nuts, and peperoncino. Expect excellent service, plus a stylish Alpine ambiance. The restaurant is named after Gildo Bocchini, the hotel’s maître d’, who cooked for 47 years. His worthy successor Maurizio Paglino continues to honor his mastery achievements and the established prestige of the place. If “la Cucina Italiana” is to your taste, look forward to southern hospitality and divine dishes in Gildo’s Ristorante.
In an intimate and warm setting of the Hôtel de Rougemont, discover the relaxed atmosphere of the Le Roc by Edgar restaurant. Tastefully decorated with an Alpine touch, the place conjures up classic French cuisine with a contemporary flare. The foie gras “au torchon” and the roasted medallions of Roscoff monkfish are fine examples of the gourmet dishes on offer here. Creative cuisine combines exceptional fresh and local products. In addition, the Hotel de Rougemont & Spa has a wine library and a smoking room with your comfort in mind.
Set against a picturesque mountain backdrop, everything about Le Grand Restaurant & La Grande Terrasse exudes grandeur and glamor. Upon entering, you are surrounded by high ceilings with lavish chandeliers, charming décor, and formal servers. Let yourself be indulged by the chefs’ haute cuisine and creativity while you ponder the views over the stunning garden and breathtaking mountain panorama. Ready yourself for an elegant dining affair from start to finish.
Spettacolo restaurant offers a three-course set menu and a tasting menu with a new selection of 16 dishes. Each dish represents a journey of the senses and flavors. The menu often changes according to produce in season and is mainly composed of local and Swiss delicacies. A la carte diners can also enjoy modern creations such as Zweisimmen char served with peppers and barbecue sauce. The Spettacolo restaurant of Hotel Restaurant Lenkerhof, a member of the Relais et Châteaux, is rated with 16 points in Gault et Millau. A special service is offered to children. The centerpiece is their cheese buffet with 30 cheese specialties. Hotel Lenkerhof is sensitive to the impact of its activities on the environment around it!
The kitchen at the La Vue Restaurant of Huus Gstaad delivers an authentic taste of the Alps with straightforward and contemporary cuisine. Influenced by the earthiness of the surrounding mountain landscape enjoyed through the restaurant’s panoramic windows and the expansive terrace, chefs prepare dishes using regional and seasonal produce. To honor the restaurant’s maxim, “freshness is paramount, the flavor is key,“ craftsmanship is at the highest, and ingredients used are of the finest quality, ensuring the feel-good Huus atmosphere comes to life. Try the local lamb – coated in fresh herbs plucked straight from the Huus garden – it’s a classic.
In Pizza Basta, even the most traditional pizza classics are made with a special touch evoking desire, love, and a unique Bernerhof touch. Pizza dough is made with flour from the Dittligmühle, a renowned mill in Gantrisch nature park, and is cooked for at least 36 hours. That is how the pizza crust stays crispy when taken out of the "Izzo" oven (Electric Brick Pizza Oven). Puccia Bernerhof pizza, a specialty from Apulia, is a highly recommended choice from the extensive menu list. Try delicacies from the dessert trolley, including homemade Tiramisù or Cassata Siciliana — they don’t disappoint. To pass the time while you wait for your steaming pizza to arrive, treat yourself to delicious aperitifs such as Negroni and a fine selection of gin and tonics and various vermouths.
Set in one of the Big Four luxury hotels in town — Le Grand Bellevue, Leonard’s keeps up with the prevailing vibe of extravagance. Le Grand Bellevue is a positively underrated luxury hotel of rare tastefulness, and such is its a la carte restaurant. That being so, reserve a table in the stylish dining room of Leonard’s and enjoy Chef Francesco de Bartolomeis’ elegant international cuisine. Using locally-sourced ingredients from nearby farmers and trusted suppliers, Francesco combines fresh, lighter plates with warming seasonal dishes and mouth-watering sweet treats. Leonard’s welcomes you to Gstaad with the warmth of genuine Alpine hospitality.
The Hotel Olden, surrounded by Gstaad's world-famous mountain landscape, magically mixes an elegant chalet-style interior and stylish modernity. As a symbiosis of traditional charm and modern elegance, it suggests an exclusive, contemporary culture of indulgence. It is never more evident than in its restaurant, where true culinary artists create the international composition. A place "where the world dines" — it is a rendezvous for cosmopolitan bons vivants and gourmets. No expense is spared in serving you the most delicious and finest highlights of international cuisine. Welcome and prepare to be whisked away to a world of pleasures at the Olden Restaurant.
Le Petit Chalet is a cozy local restaurant in the gardens of the Le Grand Bellevue Hotel. It is the “it” place to taste delicious Swiss food in a traditional chalet setting, making it one of the best and a must restaurants to visit. It’s situated outside of the heart of the village, just a five-minute walk from its center. The restaurant is a log cabin, and everything about it is inspired by Swiss tradition. The furniture, the decorations, and even the menu are all glaringly Swiss, which just adds an additional level to the experience of fine dining.
Chesery remains the criterion of Swiss Alpine fine dining for many ever since. This icon delivers exceptionally delicious cuisine in a warm and relaxing environment. Tucked in a chalet, the elegant eatery defined farm-to-table long before the trend went worldwide. Fish dishes like bass in salt crust and seafood pot au feu remain the guests’ favorites. Drop in early for an aperitif in the diminutive, atmospheric bar. Lucky diners often have the chance to converse with the chef.
This Eggli mountain restaurant is located high above Gstaad on a clearing, surrounded by woods and yet in the heart of the area. It welcomes guests to Gstaad's local mountain. Whether for a break on a beautiful day from winter sports or as a destination for connoisseurs, it is a mountain space for everyone. The surrounding panorama can be admired from the spacious terrace. On colder days, the comfortably furnished interior invites you to stay. During the summer season, the Eggli mountain restaurant is closed, while the Eggli Lounge opens its doors on selected days.
This is a cozy restaurant in the mountains and on the slopes with a fantastic 30-degree view high above Gstaad at 6,000 feet. A paradise for families and children — a starting point for snow sports activities, tobogganing adventures, and extensive panoramic hikes in winter and summer. The comfort is on the menu, Swiss comfort food — Alpine cheese. Comfort, courteous hospitality, a selected range of local specialties, plus the large sun terrace with sun loungers at great height make this place inviting.
A leisurely stroll down the Gstaad promenade leads you to a host of designer stores to help lighten your pockets. The pedestrian walkway is lined with trendy eateries, bars, and shops. Built in traditional alpine style, luxury brands provide the perfect opportunity to splurge a little. Local shops selling regional products are great for picking up mementos of your stay.
Get your bearings and soak up the alpine atmosphere of this gorgeous village with a stroll along the pedestrianized Gstaad Promenade. Also known as Shopping Mile, you’ll find designer stores to your heart's content, from luxury skiwear to coveted timepieces and jewelry. Whether you are on a spending spree or just want to enjoy an afternoon of window shopping, you won’t be disappointed. Some names include:
Trois Pommes Gstaad Loro Piano Moncler Luis Vuitton Prada Hermes Burnello Cucinnelli
Visit Boutique Bach Sign in Gstaad, and you are guaranteed to make a fashion statement at après-ski parties, thanks to a wide selection of hot designer names, including D&G and Matthew Williamson.
This is the only place in Gstaad where you can buy apparel of the official Lorenz Bach brands as well as many world top fashion names such as Ralph Lauren, Bogner, Fendi, Prada, Dior, Dolce&Gabbana, Alexander Wang, Celine, Goldengoose, Brunello Cucinelli, Ermanno Scervino, Tods, etc. Make sure you fit in with the jet-set ski crowd with designer fashions from Boutique Lorenz Bach.
Marina Anouilh Gstaad is a place for one-of-a-kind timeless items. This is an authentic luxury marketplace for talented designers who share the owner’s love for elegance and style. Marina Anouilh’s concept store is a must-see stop for retail therapy. Teeming with irresistible pieces, you will find a sharp selection of niche designers meticulously chosen by the owner and timeless items from her own brand of clothing and accessories in a boho-chic style.
The trained saddler Emil Charles Hermès started his career in 1837 with the production of riding tack and bridles. With the introduction of the automobile, Hermès realigned his ambitions toward the making of suitcases and travel bags, which kept his typical saddle stitching and became his trademark. Now a well-established and prestigious French fashion brand, Hermès has a lot to thank TV series, Sex and the City, where Hermes’ Birkin bag gained international fame and turned into every fashionista’s sought-after collector's item. Indulge in a visit to redesigned Hermès boutiques in Gstaad, stocking fabulous luxury pieces and accessories. like the long-established company's hand-printed large silk scarves, handbags and the coveted Birkin bags as well as gifts.
Graff, a British multinational jewelry and Swiss watch brand based in London, was founded by British jeweler Laurence Graff in 1960. The Gstaad Promenade Graff Boutique is home to the most fabulous jewels in the world. Step inside the boutique and discover extraordinary beauty, perfection, and unrivaled rarity.
In 1847, Louis-François Cartier opened his first goldsmith's workshop laying the foundation for the company. After Napoleon's niece, Princess Mathilde, purchased a piece of jewelry at the Paris store, Cartier it gained in reputation and became the official jewelry supplier at many aristocratic courts. Today, the brand represents primarily exclusive jewelry and luxury watches. The most popular collections are Panthère de Cartier, Love, and Trinity de Cartier.
Established in 1984, Cave la Tine is one of the region's most acclaimed wineries. It features an expansive cellar holding an exhaustive collection of wines available for tasting on-site. The wine comes from the wine estate on the mountainous slopes of Sion and Vetroz, spanning nearly five hectares. The cozy wine bar decked in wood is the perfect place to enjoy a tipple or two.
A small region with great treasures – the range of the art scene in the area is enormous. From traditional paper cutting to modern sculpture, paintings, and objects by renowned artists from all over the world. This comes as no surprise since Switzerland has long enjoyed a rich history of collecting, and the country is home to a discerning audience of collectors. In that sense, Gstaad is no exception. Adding to it the wealth of cultural heritage, old traditions, legends, and artifacts meticulously and reverently collected and preserved by the community visiting Gstaad’s museums is like a journey into the past, offering exciting background information on the culture, history, and old craftsmanship of the region. The high-quality art offering in the destination is also reflected in the existing sculptures. Some of Gstaad’s most well-known regular guests have paid homage to the region with very special art objects.
In 2005, The Zentrum Paul Klee, a museum in Bern, dedicated to the artist Paul Klee, opened its doors. Designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano the wave-shaped steel and glass structure is worth a visit all on its own. The building’s three curved “hills” and gently contoured lines blend into the surrounding rolling landscape. Enclosed by fields and a spacious park, the center provides a lovely area for walking. Paths that circle the Zentrum Paul Klee, a total of 18, are named after Klee’s masterpieces. The Zentrum features about 40% of Paul Klee’s entire pictorial oeuvre and awaits visitors at the intriguing address of “Monument im Fruchtland 3” (Monument in a Field 3). After you’ve finished viewing the exhibitions, how does a little snack sound? The Museum Café in the foyer area serves tasty refreshments and snacks. For à la carte meal, Restaurant Schöngrün offers a small but delectable selection of menu items.
Founded in 2019, Tarmak 22 exists to breathe life into the cultural landscape of the Swiss Alps. Located one floor above ground level at the Gstaad Saanen airport in Switzerland, Tarmak 22 is a 3,000-square-foot gallery bringing contemporary art to new heights. The space has been open to the public, whether they are planning to travel or not, and has been hosting a yearly program of conferences and performances. The gallery takes its name both from the tarmac on airport runways and the Saanen airport code.
Founded by François Chabanian, an art collector and dealer for over 30 years, the international group of galleries Bel Air Fine Art is also present in Geneva, Crans Montana, Verbier, Paris Place des Vosges, Saint-Tropez, and Pietrasanta. Bel Air Fine Art also regularly organizes prestigious exhibitions in the Middle East (United Arab Emirates, Lebanon …). Opened in 2013, Bel Air Fine Art Gallery Gstaad has been celebrating the work of painters, sculptors, and internationally renowned photographers such as Igor Mitoraj, Mr. Brainwash, Lorenzo Quinn, Christian Voigt, Yves Klein, Arman, Alexi Torres, Patrick Hughes, Omar Galliani.
One of the best places to find art masterpieces among the mountain peaks. Established in Gstaad in 2005, with outposts in Geneva and St. Moritz, Patricia Low Contemporary is the leading destination for contemporary art in the famed Alpine town. The reopened gallery is designed by sought-after local architecture firm Rieder Architektur AG and situated in the center of Gstaad on the cobbled promenade. Not limited to high season, the gallery program of solo and curated exhibitions will take place throughout the year. Pieces by the likes of Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, and even Robert Indiana populate the space owned by Patricia Low, an expert contemporary art dealer.
Contemporary art gallery Gagosian first appeared in the town through various pop-up events back in 2018. It featured artists such as Giuseppe Penone, Andreas Gursky, Marc Newson, and Ed Ruscha to name but a few. Joining the Basel and Geneva locations, the Gstaad gallery opened along the historic promenade in the heart of the village and featured an inaugural exhibition of works by Damien Hirst on February 14, 2022.
Hauser & Wirth found a permanent home in Gstaad in the former chalet of Gunther Sachs, the Vieux Chalet. It has been used by the gallerists as a private space since 2015. It functions as an unorthodox setting to view art, where eclectic art hangings — works by modern masters such as Picasso, Joan Miró, and Philip Guston, combined with ones by more contemporary artists, including Rashid Johnson, Nicolas Party, and Lorna Simpson — are curated to resemble that of a collector’s home. Art exhibitions are open by appointment only. Hauser & Wirth have also presented other public art projects in the area in collaboration with the Gstaad Palace, Tarmak 22, and Casa Gstaad, such as the Jenny Holzer truism projections, the Martin Creed neons, and outdoor, large-scale sculptures by Alexander Calder or William Kentridge.
Samhart Gallery presents contemporary art in all its forms: painting, sculpture, digigraphy, customization, lithographies, and screenprints. A bold selection of artworks for all sensibilities. Besides Gstaad, Samhart galleries are spread around Switzerland in Neuchâtel and Villars-Sur-Ollon.
The Menuhin Center Saanen Association has become the bearer of the great artistic and spiritual heritage of Yehudi Menuhin. Lord Menuhin, the world-renowned violinist, conductor, educator, humanist, founder, and mentor of the Gstaad Menuhin Festival & Academy for almost 40 years, has left behind a tremendous musical and spiritual legacy. The vivid presentation in the historic Chalet Salzhüsi in the center of Saanen is intended to express thanks and recognition. In the Menuhin Center Saanen, you can expect a small but fine exhibition about Yehudi Menuhin and his work in Saanenland. Special attention is paid to his most important legacy for the region, the Gstaad Menuhin Festival and the IMMA (International Menuhin Music Academy).
The Obersimmental local history museum is in a farmhouse from 1647 that has been preserved almost in its original condition. Richly furnished with antique residential and cultural assets, it bears witness to the life of the ancestors. In addition to rural and handicraft utensils, artistic works are also shown to their best advantage. The small medieval garden offers a selection of useful plants and herbs already cultivated earlier.
In 1987, the Museum Association of the Saanen Region was founded, having been given a comprehensive collection of artistic and agricultural cultural assets as a legacy. This led to the opening of the Saanen Landscape Museum. The freedom-loving subjects of the Counts of Gruyeres, who were once hunters, farmers, and loggers, became ski instructors, hoteliers, and entrepreneurs over the course of four centuries. A rich cultural heritage bears witness to the multifaceted work displayed through artifacts and other assets. With a permanent exhibition on Saaner customs and regularly changing temporary exhibitions, locals and guests are given the opportunity to see the past and present in a dignified setting.
Gstaad's spellbinding natural surroundings are a wellspring for innovation and bold contemporary art projects. Such is The Mirror House or Mirage Gstaad, made by the American artist Doug Aitken as a project within the high-altitude arts festival Elevation 1049. This totally reflective pavilion sits in an idyllic meadow with its ever-changing mirror surface. Minute passings of the seasons and the drifting of clouds dramatically change the structure's appearance accounting for a genuinely unique chameleon-like entity totally foreign yet embedded within its vast Alpine surroundings. The mirrored sculpture in Gruben has experienced a real run over the past two years. The installation has become a destination for art lovers all over, regardless of age. Children, in particular, have enjoyed the mirrored walls and ceilings.
Housed in a traditional Alpine chalet, Maddox Gallery has welcomed some of the world’s most prominent art collectors since it opened its doors in 2017. Situated on the main promenade, Maddox Gallery is at the heart of the relaxed and emerging art scene in this exclusive ski resort. Open seasonally for the duration of the ski season, the Gstaad outpost of the gallery is where some of the finest artworks done by the blue-chip and established artists the gallery represents are exhibited.
You can visit and admire more than 100 rural houses and farm buildings from all over Switzerland. Magnificent farmhouses, humble workers’ quarters, alpine huts and stalls, barns, storehouses, washhouses, and drying ovens provide architectural as well as socio-historical testimony to the everyday life and rural culture of the past. These historical buildings could not be maintained at their original location and were, therefore, carefully dismantled and transported to the museum’s 66 hectares of land to be reconstructed. Collectively they provide insight into the daily life of rural Switzerland.
You can come up and slow down in Gstaad but let’s not forget that Gstaad is the OG party spot for the rich and famous. Since 1971 the likes of Grace Kelly, Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor and Michael Jackson have made their way to the nightclub scene in the Gstaad. Party the night away in the 70s-themed nightclub and flashback to a time when legends graced the dance floor. Alternatively, end the day at modern and sophisticated lounge bars around the village and let yourself be mellowed and lulled into the night.
The Yart Gstaad is an intimate bar with a real party atmosphere. Yurts have been used by nomads for ages as their mobile home, it’s a wonderful space to come together and celebrate life. Nestled in the grounds of Bellevue Gstaad, round and very cozy, it is a bit edgy with a bohemian touch, spreading a soulful atmosphere throughout while DJ spins tunes and the bartender carves ice from a slab. In a nutshell, it is “a temporary bar and event space for a timeless experience.”
It is said to be the best place to party in Gstaad. Film Director Blake Edwards propelled the resort of Gstaad into popular culture with his 1975 film, The Return of the Pink Panther, starring Peter Seller. And by the same token, it catapulted the GreenGo nightclub to fame as a groovy space-age disco. Set in the Palace Hotel, it is the Annabel’s of the Alps, the Studio 54 of the Saanen region, and it celebrated its half-century in 2021. With its unparalleled design, an unbelievable dance floor floating above a swimming pool, the perfect music mix, and a jet-set party crowd, every night is bound to be one to remember. So, come and find out for yourself!
The name of the place comes from one million Swarovski crystals adorning the bar, sparkling, shining, glittering, and emitting an ever-changing myriad of colors every evening. Enjoy this fascinating light show with a glass of champagne or a signature cocktail from the bar’s mixologist.
For the best in classic and modern home-inspired signature cocktails pull up a stool at the Huus Bar. Home to an extensive whisky and gin selection, the floor-to-ceiling display boasts some 450 spirits, making it the highest bottle wall in the region. The bar team serves utmost quality drinks complimented by only the finest ingredients, with lemons, oranges, limes, and pineapples all squeezed by hand. The cocktail making is executed with precision boasting exquisite presentation. The Huus Bar is the ideal place to meet and enjoy a glass of local wine or a post-dinner coffee in front of the fireplace or amid fresh Alpine air on the terrace.
The 16 Art is on one of the prettiest back roads in the village of Saanen. The Mittelgässli Nr. 16 was the former bell factory and is now home to a lovely yet trendy bar and restaurant. The place offers a daily changing menu inspired by local dishes using fresh and authentic products. It is famous for delicious barbecue specialties paired with thoroughly selected wines.
This cozy café-bar and lounge lies on the promenade. This lounge bar – with a DJ and live music every Wednesday during the winter season – smells of warmth and coziness and is the ideal stop after skiing. The bar offers an excellent selection of cocktails, tapas, craft beer, and lovely soups.
The Alpina Gstaad’s striking modern design helps it stand out among the stylish and lavish competition of the chalet-packed resort. The wood-and-steel staircase takes you to leather sofas or stools at the hammered bronze bar of this sophisticated lounge. On all sides, you are surrounded by the hotel’s art collection – works by more than 30 artists, including Richard Aldrich, Dan Colen, Tracey Emin, Jana Euler, Terence Koh, Roy Nachum, Henrik Olesen, – but one. There, instead, is an enormous floor-to-ceiling window connecting the interior with the bar’s outdoor terrace opening to the heart of the mountains. Wine and cheese pairings are offered in a space featuring a dramatic painted ceiling, a crackling fireplace, and soft-glowing lanterns. Craft or classic cocktails can accompany irresistible light lunch or dinner.
The Alpina Gstaad’s Cigar Lounge takes its inspiration from the famous establishments of Havana. A warm color palette celebrates the glamor of the 1930s in design and atmosphere. True connoisseurs can joyfully choose from a selection of over 60 different cigars stored in the walk-in humidor. From the classic deep-buttoned armchairs, guests enjoy unparalleled views across the Alpine peaks and rolling hills of the Bernese Oberland.
Nestled in its own niche at restaurant Megu is a brand-new space dedicated entirely to the world of Japanese whisky. The beautiful bar decorated with handcrafted shingles welcomes the most discerning whiskey connoisseur and enthusiasts of this precious spirit in the utmost intimacy. The bar hosts have been curating a meticulous selection of Japanese whiskies, which are proudly displayed behind the bar. Some of the most exclusive bottles in the world are housed here.
Invite your friends to relax in the charming ambiance of the Chlösterlis and enjoy a fine selection of wines, cocktails, and more. Start the evening full of culinary adventures or end on a perfect note with many experiences for the taste buds. This is especially true when good music is playing. Dancing takes place on fluorescent mosaics made from old slate. The elaborate lighting concept changes to the beat of the music delivered by well-known DJs. Bales of straw serve as seating, and real rock crystals shine on small cow tables. No real bar comes without an inviting lounge area! The bar’s cozy gallery lounge is open on weekends, and selected evenings and reservations are desired.
La Cave, a household name all over the world, causes a sensation every year. Mediterranean cuisine combined with a great atmosphere provided by live music. The celebrations held here are legendary. The perfect place for lively nights and unforgettable parties.
La Cave is Huus is a cheekily subterranean-styled space underground bar and lounge area serving tapas dishes. It is available for your private parties and events. If you are interested in booking La Cave for your special events, let us know.
The Bar at Bellevue Hotel is where the heart beats and vintage melodies transcend time. It sets a warm and vibrant tone as patrons sip on whimsical pleasures and dine award-winning burgers or club sandwiches which appear aplenty. The zinc-topped bar and 60 feet-long chesterfield sofa welcome guests from morning to late night, be it for fresh pastries, bubbles, or the bartender’s exquisite cocktails.
How could a place like Gstaad exist without equally lavish, appealing artisanal pastry and coffee shops with mouth watering delicacies? Of course, it couldn’t. Here is a selection of some of the finest cafés and artisanal food stores in the village.
Charly’s history dates back more than a century. It was built in 1912, and since then it has been a family-owned business. Charly’s is authentic and rustic. The interior design applies lots of reclaimed wood and plank flooring. The successful concept of the tea room/coffee shop, Charly's offers various hot and cold drinks and dishes, specially made baked goods, confectionery products, and fresh snacks. A meeting point for locals and guests who value quality and comfort. The shop enjoys the sunshine on the terrace all year round and is nestled right on the pedestrian promenade.
Housed in a traditional and historic chalet, Cappuccino enjoys an ideal position in the heart of Gstaad close to the fashion boutiques. Cappuccino is a modern bar where you can taste very nice cocktails such as Mojito de Palo or Japanese Caipirinha. And if you need to regain some calories after skiing, take a slice of their Banoffee cake.
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This is a bakery, confectionery, and chocolate shop with an extensive range of specialties on offer, including Saane gibeni, Gstaad nut cake, and Pavés de Gstaad. A traditional tearoom open for five generations. Very cozy ambiance, you can taste their homemade chocolates, pastries, or sandwiches while you are sipping their fabulous homemade hot chocolate. Very central location in the promenade, facing the train station.
The innovative juice bar is the brainchild of local wellness enthusiast Blanca Brillembourg and marketing guru Diana D’Hendecourt. Their à la carte recipes, with the right enzymes and vitamins to meet your specific needs, produce tasteful bespoke smoothies that energize and replenish. Signature juices, smoothies made with fresh hemp/rice/almond milk, and power shots such as wheat grass, lemon ginger, goji powder, tahini, and collagen are all on the menu. All ingredients are organic and farm-grown in Switzerland, including the kale and wheatgrass grown locally in the Saanenland.
The bakery, patisserie and chocolaterie in one, creates the most exquisite and finest specialties and delicacies for discerning clientele. Owners craft sweet creations using the best ingredients and local products like fresh milk and fresh cream from the Gstaad dairy and the best Grand Cru chocolate with Madagascar, Ecuador, and Bolivia as countries of origin. Owners put a lot of expertise and passion into making exquisite and unique sweets.
Every destination has unique landmarks and attractions. That's part of the allure of travel. Whether your vacation takes you to exotic mountainous terrains or areas replete with sand dunes, bustling metropoli, or rural backcountry, the symbolism and power of landmarks put a strong and indelible mark on your vacation. Here are a couple of distinctive ones.
The igloo village is near the Saanerslochgrat mountain station above Saanenmöser at an altitude of about 6,500 feet. From here, you can enjoy the overwhelming view of all the surrounding valleys and mountains. The igloo bar is open for you during the day. Come and enjoy a delicious fondue with regional cheese and homemade white igloo mulled wine. On selected nights, a very special fondue experience can be booked.
Enjoyers of a fine Emmental, Jarlsberg, or Raclette should not pass up the opportunity to visit one of Switzerland's most beloved cultural institutions, the La Gruyere Cheese Factory. Delve into the history of one of Alps’ most iconic organoleptic products and uncover the region's centuries-old history of cheesemaking at its very source, the charming medieval town of Gruyere. An interactive exhibit immerses guests in the ins and outs of Gruyere AOP making, setting guests on a sensory journey leading to blissful degustation and enjoyment. Step away from this experience with an increased appreciation of indulgent apres-ski fondue rituals.
Nestled in an enchanting Alpine valley lies the famed Chocolate factory of Gruyeres. Discover the ins and outs of the fascinating artisanal traditions behind Switzerland's most luscious and decadent export. The finest cocoa meets a unique Alpine dairy farming tradition within this beloved family-run business. With guest workshops, interactive activities, and tastings, this is the ultimate activity for a family outing or the dedicated chocoholic – a treat for every taste and every age group; the Chocolaterie de Gruyeres delights far and wide.
Discover the delicate art of dairy fermentation at Gstaad's famed Fondue Caquelon or cheese grotto. These fantastic artisanal products are the ultimate organoleptic expression of the Swiss Alps' untouched landscapes. Fresh air, lush pastures and herbs provide the best possible foundation for outstanding cheese. Local farmers convene at this location to mature their cheese to perfection for up to three years. Sample some of the Alps' finest delicacies, and be sure to document your adventure by the giant fondue pot outside. Delve into the pleasures of a silky hot fondue perched in one of the world's most scenic picnic locations.
Glacier 3000 comprises a dazzling network of gondolas, pavilions, and infrastructure offering total immersion into the region's sublime natural majesty. Serving the highest point of the Vaudois Alps, Glacier 3000 promises unforgettable thrills, including the Tissot Peak Walk suspension bridge connecting two snow capped summits at a staggering 11,000-foot elevation. Soar above the clouds and soak in incomparable mountain vistas over the Alps' foremost titans, including Eiger, Monch, Jungfrau, the Matterhorn, Grand Combin, and even Mont Blanc in the far distance. For additional thrills, claim a seat on the Alpine coaster for a rousing descent or opt for dog sledding across an ancient glacier.
Treat yourself to a short trip to Frutigen. Sustainably harnessing the thermal energy of warm water from the Lötschberg base tunnel to benefit the region, this unique fusion of flora and fauna from the mountains and the tropics has become one of Bernese Oberland's top visitor attractions. Tropical plants and fruits flourish in the tropical garden, inviting visitors to enjoy them with all their senses. The Tropenhaus experience brings together the themes of renewable energy, fish farming, and caviar production with a tropical garden. The focal point is the exhibition on sturgeon, fish farming, and totally unique caviar production in Switzerland.
There is only one suspension bridge in the world that connects two mountain peaks. It is called Peak Walk by Tissot. It is at Glacier 3000, inviting you for an adventure you will remember. The Peak Walk by Tissot highlights the glacier adventure: It connects the smaller peak (View Point) with the central peak (Scex Rouge). The 350 feet long and 31-inch wide bridge offers a stunning view of the Alps: Matterhorn, Mont Blanc, Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau are visible from the bridge extending majestic views far off into the distance. The suspension bridge is open year-round, subject to weather conditions.
The end of the line has never been so breathtaking, with the Jungfrau railway making its journey to Europe's highest-altitude railway station at an astounding 11,000 feet. Marvel at breathtaking panoramas peering into a wonderland of snow, ice, and stone. The famed Sphinx observatory connects to the Top of Europe building, offering wondrous vistas over the Aletsch glacier. A feat of engineering, this rail network connects to incredible infrastructure, including an ice palace, multimedia tours, observation decks, and fine dining, immersing guests fully into the splendor of the mountain world.
Some of Gstaad's most well-known regular guests have paid homage to the region with extraordinary art objects. One such is the Sitting Duck. Oscar-winner Julie Andrews, as a thank you for her honorary citizenship, presented the community of Saanen with the “The Sitting Duck” sculpture created by her late husband, Blake Edwards.
Probably the most photographed object on the Gstaad Promenade is the drinking calf by the fountain near the Posthotel Rössli. The bronze figure, “Rosie,” was created by Elizabeth Taylor’s (Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton owned a chalet in Gstaad) daughter, Liza Todd.
Authors and film directors of international renown have enthusiastically depicted the magnificent beauty of the Saanenland both summer and winter. It’s simply where the world meets up and enjoys itself. Never stay on the fringes of the events and festivals in Gstaad and Saanenland – be right where the action is. Since predominately a skiing destination with this many winter events happening, any skiing vacation is guaranteed to be memorable and unique. Try to work your stay around them.
Sublime Alpine surroundings call for sublime classical compositions. The famed Gstaad Menuhin Festival is one of Switzerland's most enduring classical music celebrations taking place each year since 1956. A beacon for the world's most promising and prominent string musicians, the Menuhin Festival is an institution unlike any other complete with an academy and an unblemished reputation. Proving that natural inspiration knows no bounds, this annual event was borne from violin prodigy Yehudi Menuhin's intense relationship and interaction with the Alpine splendor of the Bernese Oberland
The Hublot Polo Gold Cup tournament's reputation is beyond reproach when it comes to the "Royal Game." The noble game continually attracts audiences with this legendary annual tournament, while a decade-long partnership with Hublot has delivered the level of excellence we expect from this luxury brand. This highly anticipated event is a hallmark of the Gstaad festival season. A spectacular setting in a verdant Alpine valley over a 3,000-foot elevation in Saanen offers world-class conditions for Polo. Witness this gentlemanly sport in full swing seeing Europe's most celebrated teams face to face, with 120 horses among them.
The quaint village of Chateau-d'Oex finds itself at the center of the hot air ballooning world every January, with the upcoming year marking the festival's 43rd edition! Gaze up from down below or take a passenger flight to truly appreciate the sheer beauty of the Swiss Alps. Omnipotent bird's eye views are paired with the otherworldly tranquility and peace that could only be reached 2,000 feet in the air. Nine days of festivities are crowned with the beloved Night Glow event creating a magical nocturnal spectacle. A celebration of balloons, paragliders, fireworks, and more, enchanting scenes of tens of glowing balloons before an ethereal mountainscape never ceases to inspire.
Pair a tantalizing late-night meal soaring above the jagged peaks of the Bernese Alps. The Rindenberg Swiss Alpine lodge serves up a fantastic gastronomic experience in the comforts of an elegantly decorated gondola. Take in the everchanging mountain scenery as dramatic dusk colors illuminate an otherworldly landscape savoring the local cuisine paired with a fine vintage. Embrace the serenity of neighboring clouds for a truly sublime experience sure to jettison your romantic relationships to new heights.
Classic music lovers find a welcome home in Gstaad during the winter season. The Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad is one of the region's leading fine art festivals spanning nine days of performances exclusively held in local churches and chapels. Each year delivers a unique program oriented around the collaboration of the most promising young talent with the most celebrated internationally known artists. Embrace the divine acoustics of the Saanen, Rougemont, and Gstaad's glorious places of worship and experience classical music the way it was meant to be.
The world's foremost tennis stars descend on Gstaad each September for the sport's most thrilling duels. Known internationally as the ATP's most traditional tournament on clay, the EFG Swiss Open flaunts a legacy stretching back a century. Beloved internationally, this tournament offers a one-of-a-kind mountain village setting embraced by old-world cottages and lush Alpine meadows. Witness tennis history in the heart of the Bernese Oberland.
Get a taste of the Wild West deep in the Swiss Alps, Country Night is a fantastic two-day festival lauded for an excellent program of the US's finest country, folk, and bluegrass music acts. A fantastic festival ambiance grips this idyllic Alpine village each September, with full itineraries of activities and celebrations for young and old. Themed saloons, pop-up stores, food trucks, and western stands make for an infectiously jovial ambiance, while bouncy castles and pony rides are sure to excite the little ones.
Gstaad's incomparable natural beauty has earned it a special place in international sport, not least with The Swatch Beach Volleyball Major. The ultimate summer sport meets the Swiss Alpine air at a 3,600-foot elevation for four days of thrilling men's and women's competitions. Undoubtedly one of beach volleyball's most anticipated tournaments, witness Gstaad anew with rousing parties, events, and a festive atmosphere celebrating one of the world's most exciting and fastest-growing international sports.
Take in authentic Alpine folklore with the annual farmer's parade. A fantastic celebration of centuries-old dairy farming traditions, the Zuglete is inaugurated in the morning with the bull's arrival. Cattle navigate directly from the heights of the Bernese Alps, directly convening in Gstaad's enchanting village center, adding a dynamic backdrop for a bustling fruit and vegetable market serenaded by music performances. A unique cultural experience awaits, with The Zuglete conveniently coinciding with the Menuhin Festival for a varied and exciting itinerary.
Each year in mid-June, the promenade comes alive with the sounds of local folk musicians. Delve into the world of traditional sounds and tunes inspired by Switzerland's vast landscapes. Traditional outfits and a beer garden make for a festive ambiance ideal for experiencing Swiss hospitality. An enchanting old-world ambiance takes shape making for a delightful midsummer activity sure to lift the spirits and rouse intrigue!
Whether you encounter an exhilarating landscape of a mountainous destination on foot, skis, snow shoes, or a helicopter, prepare to turn your wildest imagination into an exquisite reality. Remarkably singular experiences bathed in luxury provide ingredients for joie de vivre and create everlasting memories. Explore the peaceful wilderness of the alpine environment and pristine snow away from the busy slopes. You will discover the sheer joy of experiencing nature-imbued adventures extraordinaire.
Experience tropical short breaks in the Bernese Oberland. The most tropical location at the Tropenhous in Furtigen is prepared for an authentic overnight stay. You start your time in the tropics with a welcome drink and a romantic jungle encounter. Your private tête-à-tête for two people with everything that goes with it: a table surrounded by tropical plants, candlelight, aperitif, and a fine four-course dinner with caviar awaits. The following morning you will have a leisurely breakfast in the Tropical Garden Restaurant. If you are in the mood for a tropical getaway and break of scenery in the Alpine setting, opt for a night at the Tropenhous.
Take your Alpine adventure to vertiginous heights with a tailor-made heli-skiing experience. Discover the farthest reaches and savage beauty of the Bernese Alps for the adventure of a lifetime. A powderhound's dream come true, Gstaad's peripheral peaks guarantee hundreds of feet of the world's best snow, offering an unmatched canvas for the skier to make their mark. A fantastic opportunity awaits the intermediate or weathered skier bringing adventurers bringing guests to uncharted slopes up to 11,000 feet in elevation on Wildhorn, straddling the cantons of Bern and Valais.
It’s one thing to hike or ski Gstaad’s mountains, but hovering above them reveals a whole new perspective. Combine fitness and meditation with a private helicopter adventure. Choose either the new Heli Hike or Heli Qi-yoga, which flies you over the Alps for either a heart-thumping or a relaxing session on the summit.
For all fans and connoisseurs of luxury watches: We will make your high-flying dreams come true! A helicopter takes you from Gstaad Airport on a spectacular flight over the Alps to Le Brassus to visit the workshops of Audemars Piguet, where you can get an insight into the fine art of Swiss watchmaking – including culinary flights of fancy.
Learn from the very best with personalized instruction from the two-time world champion, Mike von Grungen. Follow in the footsteps of this local giant slalom racer, get exclusive insights and learn the intricacies of downhill skiing from a living legend for an experience of a lifetime.
Discover the mountain world of Gstaad with porters of a very particular kind – llama, goat, or horse trekking is a pleasurable experience for any age group. Partake in an invigorating ride trekking through the Alps on saddleback. Appreciate the sublime winter landscapes with the mild syncopation of llama and goat hooves beneath you. A close encounter with some of Gstaad's most beloved four-legged inhabitants will prove an instant hit for all ages.
Go on a cleansing journey through the luscious landscapes of the Bernese Highlands. Consciously experiencing the forest with all your senses is the premise of Forest Bathing. Forest bathing, or Shinrin-Yoku, is a health-promoting practice from Japan. This unique experience is the core of self-care nature retreats near Gstaad. Daily yoga and meditation as well as a herbal walk and an introduction to (self) hypnosis, are optional workshops accompanying guided Forest Bathing.
So many travelers just wait for the snow to fly and temperatures to plummet so they can get to those places where they can enjoy their favorite winter activities like skiing, heli-skiing, snowboarding, skating, tobogganing, or snowmobiling. We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention cuddling up under a blanket in a sleigh being pulled by beautiful horses while the moon lights the way. Imagine sitting in front of a roaring fire with a mug of hot cocoa embellished by coffee liqueur and whipped cream. It may be cold outside, but winter can be a real heart warmer when it comes to special times.
Gstaad offers a universe of slope-bound adventure that appeals to skiers of all ages and abilities. From the novice to the professional, you are privy to a dizzying array of diverse slopes, from quaint bunny hills to the infamous Tiger Run on Wasserngrat, offering an average gradient of 45 degrees for nearly two miles. Not to mention that it is Bernese Oberland’s only glacier resort, thus typically maintaining winter operations from mid-October through early May. Excitement for the whole family or the weathered thrill-seeking athlete, Gstaad comprises six different ski areas, offering a world of discovery with 155 miles of terrain and 150 pistes spread across multiple peaks. Cable cars connect surrounding ski areas such as Wispile and Rinderberg, with hundreds of kilometers of all-level pistes and cross-country trails, while Glacier 3000 offers nearly year-round skiing. Proudly showcasing a "classic Swiss" label, Gstaad offers plenty of accessible and highly scenic slopes that go gorgeously with the Bernese Alps.
Discover the magnitude and sublime beauty of the Bernese Alps, navigating a boundless ocean of glistening freshly fallen snow. Gstaad offers a breadth of snowshoe tours allowing you to soak in the sights and the stimulating sensations of an afternoon hike before a radiant winter sun. A rewarding and timeless activity, a snowshoe hike offers the ultimate conduit for soaking in enchanting passages, whether you're starting from Zweisimmen, Schonried, or Lauenen.
Gstaad offers more than 30 well-manicured winter hiking routes that gloriously interact with the sublime beauty of the Swiss Alps. Seize the incredible winter air and invigorating elements and embark on a winter hike encountering amazing peaks and fairytale scenery imbued with an otherworldly silence. Savor precious moments with loved ones with some well-earned repose in the warmth of quaint restaurants that line your journey and embrace the cold season like never before. Well-demarcated with pink and red signposts, come and experience why Gstaad is deemed one of the region's finest winter hiking destinations.
One of Gstaad's most beloved venues, the village center's ice rink by the promenade has solidified the resort's status as an excellent family destination. From October to March, the ice is open daily, resurrecting a fairytale vision of winter wonder with free skating or an impromptu game of hockey on the cards. Wonderful family moments await with nearby cafes providing hot drinks and tasty snacks for the little ones.
Far more than a Scandinavian obsession, the increasingly popular sport of Curling has taken Switzerland by storm. A fantastic activity for young and old, Curling is surprisingly exciting and demands excellent strategy and communication between team members. Learn the ins and outs of this grossly overlooked winter sport in the world-class facilities of the Gstaad Sports Centre.
Offering exhilaration for all ages, Gstaad's legendary Eggli mountain station is home to a fantastic toboggan run. Thrills abound from a 5,000-foot altitude riding down manicured slopes