The holiday region of Gstaad stands for enjoyment in many different ways.
The slogan `come up, slow down’ sets new standards. Gstaad uses it to emphasise its wide range of offers, which can be consumed in peace and quiet. In doing so, Gstaad is providing a very deliberate counterpoint to the general societal trend of ‘achieving more in less time’.
Despite a history of tourism dating back more than 100 years in the region, a genuine Alpine lifestyle still prevails in the destination of Gstaad. 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, of which Gstaad represents the tourist centre. Some of the cosy buildings date from the 15th century.
The holiday region of Gstaad stands for enjoyment in many different ways. There are 53 cableways and 140 miles of ski slopes available at an altitude ranging from 3,280 to 9,842 feet above sea level for the pursuit of outdoor leisure activities. Everyone who is looking for fun winter activities off the ski slopes will find a wide range on offer. Freeriders consider the holiday region an insider tip.
Gstaad also offers visitors 84 miles of traditional and skating tracks in five sub-areas – some of which are in the glacier area – and is therefore considered one of the three best crosscountry skiing destinations in Switzerland. Whether on a conventional wooden sled or a snow cart – the destination also enjoys an excellent reputation as a tobogganist’s paradise. The mountain lifts spare tobogganists the difficult ascent. In winter, 99 miles of walking tracks stretching across mountains and valleys are perfectly prepared.
No other holiday region spoils its guests’ palates like Gstaad does. More than 100 restaurants ranging from a cosy raclette restaurant to a gourmet restaurant are available to choose from. The renowned Gault Millau restaurant guide recently awarded 15 chefs from the region a total of 220 points. The Alpine businesses also offer various accommodation options.
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- ELEVATION: 3444ft - 9842ft
- Beginner: 60%
- Intermediate: 28%
- Advanced: 12%
- LIFTS: 47
- Number of piste kilometres: 220 km
- Number of hiking route kilometres: 300 km
- Number of moutain biking kilometres: 280 km
- Lowest point in the region: Zweisimmen 945 m.a.s.l.
- Highest point in the region: Wildhorn 3247 m.a.s.l.