Gstaad

Gstaad

Gstaad is a charming chalet village set in the Swiss Alps, more specifically in the German-speaking Berner Oberland. Best known for its winter sports, Gstaad has one of the largest ski areas in the Alps, with over 220 kilometers of slopes.

The center of Gstaad has fairytale charm and is suitably picturesque to match the rest of the beautiful scenery of the Alps. The resort has traditional chalets and architecture that gives Gstaad a rustic charm while also being home to many chic designer shops and elegant restaurants. Gstaad is a popular vacation choice for celebrities as it combines idyllic scenery, a wealth of ski slopes and an upmarket town with designer boutiques and gourmet restaurants.

The motto of Gstaad is “Come up, slow down” which shows that at the height of 1050 meters above sea level this is the perfect mountain resort for a relaxing and leisurely getaway.

Atmosphere

Gstaad is an internationally renowned resort that has remained its rustic alpine charm.
It has a charming and chic center that exudes luxury and decadence.
The vast ski area means there is a variety of different slopes, perfect for beginners right through to experts.
The fresh mountain air and car-free center is perfect for a peaceful and relaxing vacation.
Gstaad boasts a diverse range of leisure activities throughout summer and winter.

Best for

Fun and exhilarating snow sports holiday
Family getaways
Cozy retreats in rustic chalets
Invigorating and rejuvenating alpine hiking holidays

Best known for

A stylish and luxurious resort that attracts, royalty, high society, and celebrities.
An extensive ski resort that is one of the largest in the Alps, covering 220 kilometers.
Pretty and peaceful nature trails that are perfect for spring and summer hikes.
Designer shops and indulgent gastronomy.
Traditional alpine charm with a wealth of activities and amenities.

Best time to visit

Between December to April is the best time to take advantage of the winter adventure activities such as skiing, snowboarding, and snow-hiking. Gstaad is a popular winter resort and its cozy inns, and traditional chalets are perfect to warm you up after a day in the snow.
From May to September Gstaad offers many summer activities such as kayaking, mountain climbing, sailing, and biking. The alpine mountain trails are perfect for pleasant hiking to take in the color of beautiful alpine flowers and enjoy a warm and sunny climate.

Best activities

As well as the snow sports on offer such as skiing, snowboarding, sledding and ice skating, there are a wealth of designer shops to peruse and spas and wellness centers to relax in. Gstaad is the perfect place to unwind and get away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. The resort offers natural ways to rejuvenate and re-charge your batteries.
Gstaad is also a great place for families as there is a great range of fun and entertaining activities for children. Gstaad has petting zoos, playgrounds, and fun parks. The resort center is very safe and very family-friendly.

Gstaad is also home to many art and music festivals throughout the year which attract an international crowd, such as the Gstaad Menuhin Festival & Academy, which gives the resort a pleasant cultural buzz.

Best Restaurants

Gstaad takes gastronomy very seriously, and the resort offers many creative and traditional restaurants that serve a range of regional and international dishes. For fine dining, there are many exquisite gourmet restaurants that are highly admired in the food industry. If you prefer a more traditional fare, there are plenty of rustic cabins that serve hearty and warming comfort food.

Le Petit Chalet - An exclusive and compact restaurant that only has room for 18 people. Set in a rustic and charming log cabin, the food is simple and classic but of exceptionally high quality. Sample their fondue or raclette for traditional alpine cuisine.

16 Art Bar Restaurant – This stylish and trendy restaurant is set in a picturesque setting and was once a bell factory. Now the restaurant offers an ever-changing menu that is inspired by local cuisine and uses the freshest produce. The restaurant is perfect for a cozy meal or to pop in for a drink after a ski session on the slopes.

Bergrestaurant Eggli – This restaurant is accessible by using the Eggli cable car and has a mountainside south-facing terrace that is perfect for catching some extra sun while enjoying hearty food or a refreshing drink. The team of waiting staff offers exceptional customer service, and the food is fantastic. It is well worth a visit and a good excuse to marvel at the views below while using the cable car.

Leonard’s – Leonard’s has a Michelin star to its name but is not intimidating with old-fashioned traditions. Leonard’s is a relaxed brasserie that has perfected hearty meals with precision and flair. The menu utilizes the best of the local and regional produce while creating inventive and inspiring flavors. The perfect place to experience the tastiest food of the area while still enjoying a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

Refuge l’Espace – Set high on the mountains to make to most of the glorious panoramic views. The terrace is a perfect setting for sampling tasty regional food while marveling at the view of the Swiss Alps. Refuge l’Espace offers a cozy and intimate setting to indulge in fine food and drink.

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