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Travel – Gstaad, a good place to go for skiing, in Switzerland




Gstaad is in the Canton of Berne, located in the southwestern part of Switzerland. Gstaad is a village in the German-speaking section of Berne. It is a municipality of Saanen. It is a very famous ski resort. The Institute le Rosey’s winter campus is held here every year. It is located 1,050 meters (3,440 ft) above sea level. Gstaad has a population of approximately 2,500. It is known for its luxurious hotels, chalets and costly shopping, dining and international stars. It is the home for skiing in the Alps, located in Berner Oberland. It has exquisite shops and gourmet restaurants. It also has hiking and walking trails with enjoyment of mountain air and view. The Gstaad-Saanenland region comes in pair for touring. Gstaad is known for its international celebrities like actresses Julie Andrews and Elizabeth Taylor, legendary French actress Jeanne Moreau, French singer Johnny Hallyday, violinist Yehudi Menuhin, Prince Rainier and author Richard Scarry etc.
In summer, Gstaad offers hiking trails of over 300 kilometers, mountain biking, paragliding and golf. Take a ride on river Saane, cross-country skiing in the glacier and toboggan run in Schönried via ferrata and the Lake Lauenen are other places of interest in summer.
In winter, 250 km of pistes at altitudes of up to 3000 meters above sea level attracts skiers and snowboard riders. The snow parks and toboggan runs of about 80km trails and skating, curling and skiing are the winter attractions of the place. This place is also known for Bavarian curling in the centre of Gstaad and glacier- and heli-skiing and riding a horse-drawn sleigh.

Top Events
In Gstaad, the following regular events are held:
• “ProCivitas week” 10-17 February
• International Balloon Festival in Châteux-d’Oex – This event takes place in January and is the most important Alpine balloon event with about 90 hot-air balloons in a variety of shapes and colours.
• The Allianz Suisse Open Gstaad tennis tournament: – This event takes place in July and is an international ATP Tennis Tournament with elite players.
• Davidoff Saveurs Gstaad – This event takes place in July and is a celebration of authentic flavors from kitchen, cellar and humidor.
• The “Menuhin Festival” classical music summer series: – This event takes place from July – September and is a summer music festival in honor of the great violinist and conductor.
• The “Hublot Polo Gold Cup” polo tournament: – This event takes place in August and features an international team riding fiery Arab horses fighting for victory.
• Country Night Gstaad – leading country event encompassing a wide musical spectrum (September).
• Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad or the “1to1 energy open” beach volleyball tournament: – This event takes place in February – March and is an intimate festival of classical music in spring.
There are many neighbouring resorts of Saanen, Rougemont, Schönried, Saanenmöser, Zweisimmen, Gsteig and Lauenen. The Saanenland is the nature preserve by Lake Lauenen with its waterfalls and high moors, the narrow streets in the historic village centre of Saanen.
The Saanenland ski and hiking arena has more than 60 transport facilities which can be accessed from several villages. The Montreux-Oberland-Railways (MOB) and buses connect Gstaad with other base stations in Saanenmöser, Schönried, Zweisimmen, Gsteig, Reusch, Lauenen Rougemont and Château-d’Oex in the French-speaking neighbouring region of Pays d’Enhaut.
Highlights
• Gourmet restaurants – There are almost thirteen renowned restaurants in the gourmet’s paradise of Gstaad. This includes the Restaurant Chesery which has been awarded 18 Gault Millau points.
• Lake Lauenen – This is an idyllic mountain lake. One can take a dip in or just walk along it. It also has a restaurant for mountain bikers and walkers.
• Scooter fun – Wispile-Gstaad or Sparenmoos-Zweisimmen offer fast descents on special scooters.
• Golden Pass panorama railway – The journey from Montreux on Lake Geneva via Gstaad to Lake Thun and from there on to Lucerne in Central Switzerland can be taken by the Golden Pass railway.

How to get there:

Gstaad is in the MOB (Montreux Oberland Bernois) railway line which runs from Montreux to Zweisimmen. The other trains are Golden Pass Panoramic or Classic trains. These Panoramic carriages enables one to see the splendid views of Lake Geneva.The Classic carriages are all wood-lined and with service. The trip from Montreux to Gstaad is beautiful with the scenery. During the Montreux Jazz festival there is a special jazz train with live music in dedicated carriages.

Best time to visit / climate:

In summer, Gstaad offers hiking trail of over 300 kilometers, mountain biking, paragliding and golf. Take a ride on river Saane, cross-country skiing in the glacier and toboggan run in Schönried via ferrata and the Lake Lauenen are other places of interest in summer.
In winter, 250 km of pistes at altitudes of up to 3000 meters above sea level attracts skiers and snowboard riders. The snow parks and toboggan runs of about 80km trails and skating, curling and skiing are the winter attractions of the place. This place is also known for Bavarian curling in the centre of Gstaad and glacier- and heli-skiing and riding a horse-drawn sleigh.

Location on Google Maps:


View Hallenbad im Sportzentrum Gstaad in a larger map

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers):

• http://wikitravel.org/en/Gstaad#Eat (list of restaurants)
• http://wikitravel.org/en/Gstaad#Sleep (list of hotels)
• http://www.myswitzerland.com/en/hotels/index.cfm/berneroberland/gstaad
Booking.com
• http://www.gstaad.ch/en/
• http://www.palace.ch/
• Tripadvisor (hotel, restaurant)
• http://www.frommers.com/destinations/gstaad/2582_inddin.html (list of restaurants with reviews)

Blogs / Sites about Gstaad:

• http://www.gstaad.ch/en/
Tripadvisor
• http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog-city/Switzerland/Gstaad/tpod.html
• http://ladyantebellum.com/media/videos/blog-gstaad-need-you-now
• http://www.hereorthere.com/members/charlotte/experience/356
• http://www.travellerspoint.com/budget-accommodation-en-ci-475.html
Virtualtourist

Images and photos of Gstaad:

Google Search
Tripadvisor
• http://www.picture-newsletter.com/country/index.htm
worldtravels.com
mlmagazine
• http://www.trekearth.com/gallery/Europe/Switzerland/West/Bern/gstaad/
virtualtourist.com

Videos of Gstaad (on Google search)

Gstaad Palace, Hotel, Schweiz – Magic in the Mountains

GSTAAD – Skiing

Extreme skiing in Gstaad, Switzerland

Gstaad Switzerland

Snowboarding in Gstaad




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