Gorgeous gorgeous hiking, beautiful alpine setting, rolling hills and working dairy farms
Even a visitor who knew nothing about Gstaad would be able to assume that it must be an upscale location, thanks to the presence of several luxury shops. Jewelers' shops are very conspicuous, but I must confess that I was paying more attention to the buildings that hosted them that to the goods on display in the shop-windows. I don't want to sound...more
At the very centre of the village there is an area for pedestrians only, where it is very pleasant to walk. It is not big, because the village itself is not big, but it is clearly the heart of the social life, with several cafes and restaurants. The pedestrianized area comprises the Promenade, part of the Hauptstrasse, part of the Altelaunerstrasse...more
Take a trip to the ''Swiss famous'' Lauenensee (Popular song of a swiss band called Span). It offers a very nice and quite setting in the mountains. It is a very easy walk around the lake (good for kids waggons and even wheelchairs) for 45 minutes. You will see waterfalls, flowers, dragon flies and so on. You can even rent a boat for CHF 12.- an...more
Eggli is the smallest hill served by cable cars in Gstaad, at 1660m. You can hike up it or take the cable car (in winter there is skiing, provided it is cold enough to keep the snow on the hill!). On the top, past the summit a bit there is a lovely dairy farm (in summer season only). At the right time of year/day (such as when the farmers are in...more
This is the main hill you can see in Gstaad. It is a ski hill in the winter and a way to get to good hiking and mountain biking in the summer. It is just under 2000m in height.My husband used this hike (from Gstaad to the top of Wispile) as a guage of his fitness while he was living here and did the hike at least once per week. He could make it to...more
This was another amazing train ride from Montreux to Gstaad. Because of the limitations of a digital camera, I was unable to take any quality photos of the train ride. But once I had the whole train car to myself, I was moving from one side of the train to the other, with ever twist and turn, to catch a glimpse of some of the most breathtaking...more
It is a very nice place for luxury holidays. You will find it on a liddle hill in the middle of the...more
Small , cozy , clean and comfortable hotel. Very center location at the upper point of the...more
A Swiss youth hostel with 72 beds which caters to all ages. I am presenting this because I think...more
here is the place to relax with hot chocolate or tea...( dont recomend coffie anywhere in swiss..or atleast where we tried it...very weak) and not forget the chocolate cakes and the pies with diffrent fruits...all i can say is ...YUMMY to much to choose from but start with the hot chocolate , cakes and pies :-)))more
acording to the ROUGH GUIDE this is the cheapes place to eat in Gstaadhere u hang out with the pensionist and the snowboarders... the food is nice but simple but dont expect it to be super cheap...even a road side diner in norway are cheaper :-)good quick food worth a try if u are on a budget and still wants to go out to eat we tried the dish of...more
The Arc-en-ciel is a large hotel/residence/restaurant complex a little bit outside the main downtown area of Gstaad. The outdoor cafe area is large and pretty - the hotel has an amazing display of flowers adorning it in the summer. There are several places you can sit (there is a rare non-smokers area indoors!) but in summer definitely pick outside...more
This is a locals hangout that previously was full of older men, and not much else! But now with new management (same owners) they are attracting a younger crowd. Pool table, outdoor patio area in summer provides relief from smoke, which gets very thick inside. Not over-priced!! A place to hang out w/friends, not a place to dance - lots of tables and some couches outside. Rock music from CDs. Live music on some nights.
During the day you can sometimes get snacks served here from the Cafe Pernet. It is in the same building as the Cafe Pernet.
The owners (and many of the staff) speak of course Swiss German, German and also very good English & French.
Dress Code: casual
As I already disclosed in the title, Gstaad is one of the stations on the route of the GoldenPass train, which goes from Montreux to Interlaken and vice-versa. It is one of those railway routes that are very well-known by tourists, so the company of Swiss railways recommends to make reservations, however they are not obligatory. Personally, I did...more
64 Reviews and Opinions
When I arrived in Gstaad by train I noticed that the station's shop seemed to have a much wider choice of magazines and newspapers than any other similar shops in the other villages I had visited. A quick browsing confirmed this impression, and I found a wide choice of magazines and newspapers in several languages from many countries, including USA.
So if you happen to be in the area and you run out of reading material, keep this in mind.
One of the things I noticed during a walk in Gstaad was the considerable number of banks. I soon found out that there are even more than those I had actually seen: 30 banks in total, most of them branches of big investment banks.
Considering that the village has about 2500 inhabitants, one can reasonably think that the supply of banking services exceeds the local demand, and that wealthy people who come here for skiing take advantage of the opportunity to avail themselves of the Swiss banking system.
The Sarine (French) / Saane (German) river is the unofficial linguistic border between Switzerland's French and German speaking regions. Château d'Oex is in French-speaking Switzerland, in the canton of Vaud. Gstaad is in the German-speaking part of the canton of Bern. Only 16 kilometers between them. There are a couple of well-marked paths between...more
Château d'Oex is in French-speaking Switzerland, in the canton of Vaud. Gstaad is in the German-speaking part of the canton of Bern. Only 16 kilometers between them. There are a couple of well-marked paths between the two places, and the trip is easily done in 3-4 hours. The trail runs more or less parallel to the Sarine (the French name) / Saane...more
Skiing in the Gstaad (and surrounding Saanenland) areas is very nice in good snow years. The rolling cow pastures of summer are run as ski hills in winter, and provide very nice all-round family skiing. A little bit (but not a lot!!) of adventure for those who are expert skiers and mostly great beginner to intermediate slopes with long runs. The...more