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Set among the majestic Bernese Alps in Switzerland, Gstaad offers a truly stunning experience. The breathtaking ski region comprises many villages, meandering through the classic Swiss countryside, and culminating in Glacier 3000, the region's highest peak. For those looking for a luxurious winter ski escape, Gstaad is the ideal destination. With its exclusive mountaineering club, Eagle Ski, and the Gstaad Yacht Club, this winter retreat offers an incredibly relaxed atmosphere compared to St. Moritz and Courchevel. At Gstaad, you can experience the best of both worlds - the international jet set, royalty, and industrialists communities and a laid-back, slow-paced, rural Alpine paradise - all intertwined in one magnificent ski resort. 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 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. Discover storybook hamlets and idyllic Alpine landscapes seemingly plucked from the “Sound of Music” with the following gorgeous areas.
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.
From its perch at 3,000 feet above sea level, Zweisimmen is the eastern gateway to the Gstaad region. This charming village is the ideal starting point to access the area's most extensive ski terrain - 65 miles of slopes, a snowpark, and a ski cross, all directly reachable from the village center. There are also attractive hiking areas nearby, with breathtaking views of the picturesque Lake Seeberg, nestled in the chalet village. Zweisimmen has already served as the Swiss cross-country skiing championships venue and has the Sparenmoos cross-country ski trail above it. 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. 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.
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. Seize the invigorating winter elements and discover the majesty of the Bernese Oberland under a fresh layer of snow with the following winter activities.
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 numerous 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 impressive 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.
Gstaad's world-renowned ski slopes are only the beginning of what makes it stand out from the rest. Amidst the stunning Swiss mountain range lies a plethora of delicious cuisine, from exquisite gourmet fare to traditional Swiss raclette. As it is also a renowned wellness destination, the vegan and vegetarian scene is flourishing with plenty of restaurants catering to those diets. No matter your preferences, the choice of restaurants in Gstaad is endless.
The Alpina Gstaad Hotel has impressed the world with its exquisite restaurant, Sommet. Not only does the decor feature a beautiful blend of modern elegance and rustic charm, but it also offers a spectacular panoramic terrace and Michelin-starred chef Martin Göschel's seasonal set menu featuring classic cuisine with a modern twist. If you're not feeling adventurous, you can always order à la carte classics or select the vegetarian menu. Worth noting that Gault Millau awards Sommet 18/20 points, and the Guide Michelin rates the restaurant one star for service, wine list, and decor.
At this luxurious outpost of the iconic New York restaurant, you are invited on an exquisite culinary journey of traditional Japanese cuisine with modern twists. Under the masterful guidance of Head Chef and Sushi Master Tsutomu Kugota, diners are treated to the finest and rarest ingredients from Japan. The stunningly designed interior by Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance is a stunning visual feast of antique kimonos, Alpine fir wood, vibrant vermillion accents, and partitions modeled after the temples of Kyoto and traditional Japanese houses. With its immense sake selection and unique Japanese whiskies, Megu boasts an array of remarkable dishes - from tuna tataki accompanied by Kanzuri radish, ponzu, and nori vinaigrette to seared scallops with truffle miso to fermented lemon with Szechuan pepper and Sablé Breton. Gault Millau has recognized Megu as Switzerland’s most eminent Asian restaurant.
Allow yourself to be swept away to a place of true gastronomic sophistication in the triangle of the Fribourg, Bern, and Waad cantons, towering 3,000 feet above sea level. This restaurant's tasteful design featuring modern furnishings alongside alpine wood creates a setting for an unforgettable evening. Indulge in the tantalizing tastes of classic French cuisine, masterfully infused with Chef Benoît Carcenat's unique and modern twist. All the dishes are made from fresh local ingredients from Pays-d'Enhaut, Saanenland, and Intyamon. Experience the sublime heights of culinary refinement!
Savour delicious, perfectly balanced dishes crafted with exquisite skill and care by Alexandra Müller in a cozy atmosphere of untreated wood, complemented by warm and welcoming service. In tune with the changing of the seasons, the menu is constantly evolving, promising the freshest flavors and just a hint of surprise for you to enjoy, not to mention the delightful brasserie-style bistronomy specialties – regional classics prepared with haute cuisine techniques that are sure to please.
For decades, La Bagatelle, in the Hotel Le Grand Chalet, has been renowned for its exemplary classic French cuisine, made with the finest ingredients. Its welcoming and relaxed atmosphere makes for an enjoyable dining experience, either in the rustic restaurant or on the picturesque terrace with its stunning views. Moreover, the charming service and comprehensive wine list only add to the pleasure of the evening.
At Ultima Gstaad Restaurant, prepare to be delighted with exquisite culinary creations that could have graced an art gallery, complemented with unexpected twists. World-renowned chefs have come together to create an extraordinary dining experience for even the most discerning of guests. Whatever you choose – an à la carte menu or a surprise tasting menu – you can be sure that each dish has been crafted with the utmost care by Head Chef Andrea Franceschi, who uses only the freshest, seasonal, and naturally-grown ingredients, ensuring a pleasant surprise even for loyal patrons! Experience the delectable delights of Aeolian Island prawns with a rosy peppercorn emulsion, or savor a succulent Wagyu steak with piquillo pepper foam accompanied by a tantalizing sweet and sour red onion - these are some of the gastronomic gems that await you at the ski resort's gourmet rendezvous.
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.
Dare to discover the extraordinary beauty and untouched slopes of the Bernese Alps with a customized heli-skiing experience. Carve your way to new heights and take your Alpine journey to the next level! Powder hounds, the stunning peaks of Gstaad are waiting to be explored with some of the world's best snow. Experience a once in a lifetime opportunity with incredible descents from 11,000 feet in elevation atop Wildhorn and get ready to make a lasting mark in this breathtaking terrain. Whether you are an intermediate or seasoned skier, be prepared for the ultimate adventure!
Unleash a unique perspective as you soar in a private helicopter above Gstaad's majestic mountains for an unparalleled experience! Make your adventure an invigorating or calming combination of fitness and meditation with the choice of Heli Hike or Heli Qi-yoga – either way, it's sure to be an unforgettable journey to the summit.
For luxury watch lovers and horologists, let us turn your dreams into reality! Hop aboard a helicopter at Gstaad Airport for a breathtaking trip to Le Brassus and the watchmakers at Audemars Piguet, to experience the intricacies of Swiss watchmaking. And to top it off, tantalize your taste buds with gourmet delights!
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.
Experience the majestic mountain world of Gstaad from the back of some unique porters - llamas, goats, and horses. Embark on an invigorating ride through the Alps on saddleback and marvel at the breathtaking winter landscapes with the gentle sound of llama and goat hooves beneath you. You and your family will be delighted by the close encounters with some of Gstaad's beloved four-legged inhabitants - an adventure that's sure to be unforgettable 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 in 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.
A small region with great treasures – the range of Gstaad’s art scene is truly impressive. Unravel a rich tapestry of regional and international art ranging from traditional paper cutting and modern sculpture to painting and installation pieces. An oasis for the art collector and patron, Switzerland has maintained its international standing as an enclave of fine taste for centuries. Gstaad continues this proud legacy with unique contributions to this cultural heritage. Old traditions, legends, and artifacts are meticulously and reverently collected and woven into unique exhibitions and exciting museums suitable for young and old, the collector, and the aesthete. Here are some of the region’s most celebrated cultural institutions.
In 2005, the Zentrum Paul Klee, a museum in Bern dedicated to the renowned artist Paul Klee, opened its doors to the public. Designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, the eye-catching wave-shaped steel and glass structure offers a captivating sight. Its three curved “hills” and gentle contours blend into the rolling landscape. The center is set in a beautiful park featuring 18 paths named after Klee's masterpieces, providing a beautiful area to explore and enjoy.
Tarmak 22 was launched in 2019 with the mission to energize the cultural milieu of the Swiss Alps. Perched one story above the Gstaad Saanen airport in Switzerland, the 3000-square-foot gallery introduces modern art to unprecedented heights. Open to the public, regardless of travel plans, Tarmak 22 holds an annual program of events and performances, drawing its moniker from both the tarmac of airports and the Saanen airport code.
GALERIE BEL-AIR FINE ART
Established by François Chabanian - a seasoned art collector and dealer with over 30 years of experience - the acclaimed Bel Air Fine Art is present in numerous places around the world, such as Geneva, Crans Montana, Verbier, Paris Place des Vosges, Saint-Tropez, and Pietrasanta, as well as in the Middle East (United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, etc.). Boasting a gallery in Gstaad that opened in 2013, Bel Air Fine Art showcases the works of painters, sculptors, and world-famous photographers, staging grand exhibitions along the way. Some of the renowned artists represented by the gallery include Igor Mitoraj, Mr. Brainwash, Lorenzo Quinn, Christian Voigt, Yves Klein, Arman, Alexi Torres, Patrick Hughes, Omar Galliani.
This gallery is 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 the sought-after local architecture firm Rieder Architektur AG and is situated in the center of Gstaad on the cobbled promenade. Pieces by Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, and even Robert Indiana populate the space owned by Patricia Low, an expert contemporary art dealer. Not limited to high season, the gallery program of solo and curated exhibitions will occur throughout the year.
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. The gallerists have used it 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). \
A stroll down the Gstaad promenade leads you to several 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 the mementos of your stay. You will encounter Hermes, Brunello Cucinelli, Prada, Ralph Lauren, and Louis Vuitton storefronts juxtaposed against traditional village architecture and haybarns. A bastion of fine taste and high-end retail, some of Gstaad’s most unique shopping venues and luxury boutiques are here.
Experience the height of luxury shopping at LORENZ BACH in Gstaad! Established in 1961, they have supplied customers with top-of-the-line products for over 50 years. Offering an outstanding selection of designer clothing, accessories, and home decor, their personal shopping services, tailor-made clothing, and on-site café make them the ideal destination for a truly remarkable shopping experience. The store carries fashion labels such as Ralph Lauren, Bogner, Fendi, Prada, Dior, Dolce&Gabbana, Alexander Wang, Celine, Golden Goose, Brunello Cucinelli, Ermanno Scervino, Tods and more.
Marina Anouilh Gstaad is an exclusive shopping destination for those seeking one-of-a-kind, timeless pieces. This luxury marketplace is an ode to talented designers who share the same passion for style and elegance as the owner. Her concept store is an absolute must-visit for retail therapy. You'll find an array of irresistible items handpicked by Marina and her own clothing and accessories line with a signature boho-chic flair.
Starting as a skilled saddler in 1837, Emil Charles Hermès honed his craft by producing riding tack and bridles. As the automobile became the vehicle of choice, Hermès shifted his focus to crafting suitcases and travel bags - his signature style featuring saddle stitching became the hallmark of a prestigious French fashion brand. With a massive boost from Sex and the City, the Hermès Birkin bag gained international attention, becoming the most coveted collector's item for the discerning fashionista. Indulge in a visit to redesigned Hermès boutiques in Gstaad, stocking fabulous luxury pieces and accessories —the long-established company's hand-printed large silk scarves, handbags, and the coveted Birkin bags, as well as gifts.
The Gstaad Promenade Graff Boutique is a glittering paradise filled with the world's most exquisite jewels. Founded by British jeweler Laurence Graff in 1960, the illustrious Graff brand is renowned for its exquisitely crafted jewelry and Swiss watches. Step through the boutique's doors and be dazzled by the breathtaking beauty, intricate perfection, and extraordinary rarity.