Gstaad tourist information & hotel reservations.
We warmly welcome you to visit Gstaad and wish you a wonderful vacation.
Gstaad is located 61 kilometers away from Thun and 42 kilometers away from Bulle. The resort is located in close proximity to gorgeous lakes and glaciers and is often visited by world-famous people like King Juan Carlos II of Spain and Elizabeth Taylor.
Gstaad is situated near the southern end of the Bernese Oberland, on the junction of 4 cozy valleys. The village was once a quiet and unknown place, but with the development of the railways it turned into a preferred resort. When the Alpina Grand Hotel was opened, many rich Russian and Hungarians became coming with their huge entourage. In 1912 was also opened the Palace hotel, which is now the symbol of luxury in Switzerland. In the near Tolle you can also find the Le Rosey School, which holds the world record for the most expensive prep school in the world. It also made Gstaad famous as popular people like King Leopold of Belgium came to visit their kids.
Gstaad is a glamorous resort on the Bernese Oberland but it has preserved its look from the end of the 20th century. Some say that it’s best if you can afford the Palace hotel, but there are also many moderately-priced hotels, diners and other places for accommodation. You should know that most of the cafes and bistros are closed from April to June and from October to December.
Gstaad has many entertainment and sport amenities to offer. Usually the skiers sleep in the resort, but circle through the other near ski resorts during the day. There are cable cars which reach to 1 500 and 3 000 meters elevation where skiing is possible even in the summer. There are also tennis courts, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and around 320 kilometers of well-kept hiking paths. Some of the hiking trails are open throughout the whole year and offer some amazing landscape views. The tennis-lovers can go to the Gstaad International Tennis Tournament, which starts the first Saturday of July and is an important event in Switzerland.
If you are into skiing, from Gstaad you will have access to about 70 lifts, gondolas and railroads. The highest mountain in the area, from which you can ski is 1 965 meters high and has a vertical drop of 1 066 meters. In Eggli you will find ski tracks for beginners or intermediates. Another famous track, preferred for afternoon skiing is Wispellan-Sanetch, which goes down to the resort. Its summit is the Glacier des Diablerets, located at 2 970 meters elevation. Another skiing place is the Wasserngrat which steep slopes are suitable for advanced skiers.
If you need ski training you can get it in the Swiss Ski School at Gstaad which offers professional teachers and guides. There are also children classes and private instructors. Another nice school is the Schweizer Schi Schule in the close resort of Schönried.
There are many beautiful resorts in close proximity to Gstaad. Such are Saanen, Saanen-Möser, Sankt Stephan and Schönried, suitable both in summer and winter. Saanen is located east of Gstaad at 1 051 meters elevation and some of its chalets are from the 16th century. There you can visit the Menuhin Festival which is for music-lovers from July to September. Saanen can be reached by the Montreux-Oberland railway and there is also a little field for airplanes.
Schönried is located only 4 kilometers away from Gstaad and some people prefer its snow conditions and the accommodation – the Alpenrose Hotel in particular.
No matter where you stay in the area, you will surely see some amazing views as this part of Switzerland, called Saanenland, is considered among the most beautiful ones in the country.
Via the funiculars and chairlifts of Gstaad you will have access of minimum of 6 other resorts in the area of the Bernese Oberland.
From all of the funicular stations in the area you can by the "Ski Gstaad Pass" which grants you access to around 250 kilometers of ski slopes and about 70 chairlofts and gondolas. The price may vary according to the season and the pass can be bought for 5 or 7 days. If you will stay only one day in Gstaad you can buy a limited pass for some of the slopes and lifts. It is valid for one day and is known as pass for Eggli-La Vide Manette. But if you are going to stay for more than two days you’d better buy the all-inclusive pass.
Gstaad is on the way of the trains connecting Interlaken with Montreux. The last two towns have many other comfortable connections with bigger stations and have many trains going to Gstaad. From Montreux you can reach Gstaad in less than an hour and a half. From Interlaken the trip takes around 30 minutes, but you may need to change the train in Zweisimmen. By car from Spiez you should travel southwest along the Route 11 and from Bulle – south and east again on Route 11.
Not all of the streets have names, but there are signs pointing the hotels and restaurants everywhere. You can ask for more information in the Gstaad-Saanenland Tourist Association. It is open the whole week from July to August and all days without Sunday from September to June.
For flights, trains and car-rental reservations as well as for buses, coaches and taxi ski transfers refer to the general Switzerland Transportation page!