The holiday destination of Gstaad is unique in so many ways. Visitors to this region will find leisure activities and room for enjoyment combined with a virtually unprecedented range of cultural and sporting activities – nestled in a magnificent Alpine landscape.
Despite a history of tourism dating back more than 100 years in the region, a genuine Alpine lifestyle still prevails in the destination of Gstaad. For instance, there are approx. 150 agricultural businesses, 80 alps still in operation and about 7,000 cows. Houses with a chalet architectural style dominate the villages in the region. Forests, meadows, streams and lakes – surrounded by a magnificent mountain panorama – create an impressive backdrop.
Diversity in summer and winter
Gstaad has a wide range of winter sports on offer with 250 kilometres of ski slopes and the only glacier ski area in the Bernese Oberland. Gstaad is one of the top three cross-country ski areas in Switzerland and is considered a toboggan fan’s and freerider’s paradise. In the warmer months, Gstaad attracts visitors with its 300 kilometres of walking tracks, mountain railways, bike touring and climbing opportunities as well as an idyllic 18-hole golf course. In the area of beauty and wellness, Gstaad is one of the leading providers.
First class cuisine
More than 100 restaurants ranging from a cosy raclette restaurant to a gourmet restaurant are available to choose from. The renowned Gault & Millau restaurant guide recently awarded 14 chefs from the region a total of 207 points. The Alpine businesses also offer various accommodation options.
Alpine ‘capital’ of major events
Visitors to the region can choose from more than 1,000 different events listed in the event calendar. Some of these events have a top international format, such as the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad, the Menuhin Festival or the Crédit Aricole Suisse Open Gstaad tennis tournament.