Located near the Alpine passes in one of Switzerland’s most beautiful regions, Gstaad is a small village known for its high-profile guests, luxury hotels and high-end restaurants. The maze of peaked rooves and charming old-world architecture rests in an open valley in the west of Switzerland, which can be reached by memorable train trips through the breath-taking countryside.
The crisp mountain air, soaring peaks and lush alpine scenery make this a wonderful place to explore the great outdoors. Don your walking boots and discover the 300km of hiking trails, or sit back and relax in one of the cable cars that wind their way through moors, valleys and gorges.
In the village itself you’ll find boutiques, art galleries and shops as well as picture-perfect chalets fitted with charming wooden shutters and window boxes overflowing with flowers. Gourmet restaurants abound along with those focusing on more traditional Swiss cuisine and there are plenty of places to stop and drink in coffees and aperitifs as well as the spectacular views.
Whether you visit for a fantastical winter wonderland or to experience the brilliant sunshine and colourful meadows, a journey to Gstaad is one of unforgettable splendour and adventure.
When to go
Gstaad is beautiful in winter when the snow arrives and during the summer when the lakes and meadows are lush and green. Hiking is great during both these seasons, with fun snowshoeing excursions available in winter.
What to do
- Take the cable car to the Glacier 3000 mountain station
- Browse its upmarket boutiques