Gstaad, the main village of the Saanenland – the western corner of the Bernese Oberland – is unique in so many ways. All year round, the region offers something for everyone: visitors 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, a genuine Alpine lifestyle still prevails in the Saanenland region. For instance, it is home to approx. 150 agricultural businesses, 80 alps still in operation and about 7,000 cows. Local products, such as cheese and meat as well as craft traditions, are very popular. Houses with a chalet architectural style dominate the villages in the region – some of the buildings date from the 15th century.
The combination of the special experiences for which Gstaad is so famous is unrivalled. It cannot be found anywhere else and makes Gstaad the “last paradise in a crazy world” (quote by Julie Andrews, a regular visitor to Gstaad). Gstaad’s internationally renowned reputation is associated with luxury and high society, but this car-free, friendly and charming village full of restored weathered-wood chalets between five gently sloping valleys is pleasing a larger crowd. Gstaad’s slogan “come up, slow down” emphasises its wide range of offers, which can be consumed in peace and quiet.
Many summertime tourists visit Gstaad for the endless walking paths along flowering meadows in a mountain world where the scenery is still unspoilt. In July, Gstaad becomes the “Alpine Capital of Major Events” as it plays host to several world-class events such as the Beach Volleyball World Tournament, the ATP Suisse Tennis Open, or the Menuhin Classic Music Festival to mention just a few of the 1,000 cultural and sporting events each year. During the winter season, the Saanenland provides for an extensive ski region with more than 220 km (140 miles) of wide runs that can easily be reached by nearly 60 mountain rides. But also non-skiers need not feel left out – as mentioned above, Gstaad offers something for everyone.
Visit the wonderful shops
Take a trip to Glacier 3000 for a host of activities
Mountain and Trotti bike hire
Watch the cows be herded down the mountain in August and September
Please click on the following Tour Link which takes you to the Tour Visiting this area