Gstaad is the Swiss alpine resort of fairy tales. The town’s most prominent feature is a romantic, palatial castle that sits on a hill overlooking the village. At night the eves of every chalet in the village are illuminated by strings of small white lights. Adding to the charm of this winter marvel is that the town is car free and all destinations are a close walk away.
Gstaad is well known for its luxury hotels and shopping, as well as being one of the largest interconnected ski areas in Europe. Switzerland is a multicultural nation with the two largest ethnicities being French and German speakers. The dividing line between these two distinct parts of the country is located but a few miles from Gstaad, enabling anyone spending time in the resort the opportunity to experience both cultures.
There are a vast array of activities year-round to be found in Gstaad. Skiing and snowboarding are the most popular and are abundant for both the novice and the advanced skier. Visitors can ski the entire Gstaad “Super Ski Region,” which is comprised of some six sectors, over 70 lifts, and 150 miles (220 kilometres) of trails. This vast array of runs and lifts can satisfy skiers of all levels and abilities. You won’t have to worry about lines here; the major lifts and popular slopes will have you waiting only five minutes or less. Modern high speed lifts are one of Gstaad’s best assets.
Among the rather more unusual activities on offer is Bavarian curling in the centre of Gstaad and glacier- and heli-skiing.
Geneva is the best option, from where it is a 2.5 hour drive or train ride to the resort. Flying into Zurich adds only 20 minutes to the journey time.
We have over twenty hotels and apartments available in Gstaad. Here are some of our favourites.
Hotel Alpine Lodge, 3***
Located in nearby Saanen, this friendly hotel offers tremendous wellness and relaxation facilities.
A modern lodge hotel with relaxing and sportive atmosphere, bar, restaurant, own ski and snowboard school (free ski bus to the school included), ski and snowboard rental, internet corner, billiards, sauna, steam bath, indoor and outdoor pool, & gym, plus free wifi.
Swiss Q Hotel Gstaaderhof, 4****
Cosy family and holiday hotel. Generously-sized comfortable rooms, chalet-style hotel, peaceful location. Near village centre and mountain railways. Free pick-up service from the railway station.
NEW – spa facilities: Finnish sauna, aroma-steam bath, jet shower, massage jacuzzi and solarium.
Telephone: 705-949-1710 or 888-297-4786
Station Mall, 293 Bay St., Sault Ste Marie, P6A 1X3
Monday to Friday: 9.30 am. to 5.30 pm.
Saturday: by appointment