Highlights and top attractions in Gstaad
A favourite haunt of celebrities, rich Swiss residents and international jet-setters, Gstaad is a beautiful town, surrounded by panoramic views of alpine peaks and rolling green hills. This resort town is an ideal place to visit year-round.
Situated in south west Switzerland, Gstaad lies on the boundary between the Vaud Alpes and the Bernese Oberland. The village is car-free, has around 60 ski lifts, and features lots of Swiss wooden chalets spread over four gentle valleys.
In winter, the resort is a favourite with those who enjoy skiing or other winter sports. During summer, there are many picturesque walking paths to explore, as well as the designer store-lined promenade, and the resort’s range of tournaments and festivals are a big drawcard.
Major events in Gstaad
Every March Gstaad is home to a series of Freeride events for snowboarding and ski fans. Parties also take place at Glacier 3000, which can be accessed via bus and cable car from Gstaad.
The Swiss Open tennis tournament occurs during late July, and takes place on the clay courts of the Roy Emerson Arena.
Beginning in mid-July and running until late September, the Menuhin Festival showcases classical music. Around 50 concerts are held during the seven-week period.
How to get to Gstaad
The GoldenPass scenic train route passes through Gstaad on its journey from Interlaken and Zweisimmen to Montreux. By regular train, the trip takes around 3 hours from Geneva, 2 hours and 20 minutes from Bern, 4 hours from Lucerne or 4 hours from Zurich.
By car, Gstaad can be reached in slightly under 2 hours from Geneva, 2 hours from Lucerne, 1 hour and 15 minutes from Bern or about 1 hour 30 minutes from Zurich.
Average high temperatures: January – 3C / 37F; April – 12C / 54F; July – 23C / 74F; October – 14C / 58F.