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Winter Hiking in Gstaad, Switzerland

Sheets of white snow all around, snowy mountain tops… There are scarcely more impressive views than when winter magic sweeps over the hiking trains in the Swiss mountains. The Bernese Highlands and the region around Gstaad offer opportunities aplenty for idyllic winter walks. Here are our top tips for hiking on your winter holiday in Switzerland.

Ein junges Paar macht einen Winterspaziergang an einem sonnigen Tag.

30+ Winter Hiking Trails near Gstaad

The Gstaad Palace is surrounded by impressive hiking trails. For every level of difficulty, and especially suitable for winter walking, there’s something for everyone. This includes trails that loop around for easy navigation home to the hotel. Find a helpful overview of the routes – along with up-to-date information on accessibility – at the following link.

Winter Hiking Report Gstaad

Hiking in Snowshoes Around Gstaad

Winter hiking with snowshoes – available to hire locally from suppliers around Gstaad – are becoming increasingly popular in Switzerland. Using snowshoes gives you the opportunity to explore the Swiss countryside in deep snow and off the beaten track.

Snowshoe Hikes

Themed Walks in Gstaad

Aufnahme einer Winterlandschaft in der Schweiz im Saanenland mit mehreren Chalets, die mit Schnee bedeckt sind, und Blick auf die Berge.

Themed Walks in Gstaad

Winter walks in Switzerland are also a good excuse to explore some of the enriching historical and cultural elements of the region. Several of these themed walks are available around Gstaad. Admire some of the town’s exquisite carpentry on a winter tour, for example, or walk in the footsteps of philosopher Lord Yehudi Menuhin, who worked for a time in Switzerland.

Themed Hikes

Aufnahme von einem kleinen Tisch mit typischen Zutaten für ein Raclette und einem Rucksack in der Winterlandschaft

Fondue Hikes in Gstaad

Switzerland is known around the world for a rich fondue culture. It’s understandable to want to enjoy this Swiss speciality in its natural habitat: the winter mountainscape of Switzerland. Hike with a special fondue backpack and look for a spot with a dream view to enjoy this delicacy out in the fresh air.

Fondue Hikes

Popular Swiss Winter Hikes near the Hotel

Some of the most beautiful winter hiking routes in Switzerland can be found near the Gstaad Palace Hotel. We can recommend the circular route from Gstaad via Nüweret to Oberbort to Wintermatte and back to Gstaad. Passing by traditional chalets, you’ll hike along a magnificent high-level path into the Turbachtal valley.

Popular Local Winter Hiking Trails

Winter Hiking Tips

Hiking isn’t just for the summer, but the colder months too. The winter hike does however place different demands on the hiker:

  • Warm clothing is an obvious requirement, but it makes sense to dress in layers to protect yourself from moisture absorption.
  • Experienced winter hikers swear by gaiters – these prevent snow from falling into the tops of your shoes.
  • A headlamp is also a must – since it gets dark quickly in the winter months, even a small detour can turn your day hike into a night walk.