Gstaad – Breathtakingly Beautiful Ski Resort, Favored By The British Royal Family Offering Fabulous Skiing Opportunities
Gstaad is ski resort, situated in Bernese Oberland (Berner Oberland) at an altitude of 1050 meters above sea level and is a world famous holiday destination, known for it its chic beauty. Ski enthusiasts as well as professional racers come here to enjoy h its vast ski areas. It is also popular for its beauty walking and hiking trails. Right in the middle of this village is a beautiful promenade, which is surrounded by hotels restaurants, shops and art galleries – a literal feast for the enthusiast tourist.
Interesting Facts About Gstaad
Gstaad is a bilingual village. It is home to Institute Le Rosey, which is the oldest privately run boarding school in Switzerland and a highly reputed boarding institution along with the Gstaad International School – both known for charging highest fees in the world. Frequented by celebrities ranging from Julie Andrews to Prince Charles, this quaint village is a major tourist station with the jet-set crowd. Though it has seen the most famous in the celebrity list, yet its down-to-earth nature has never changed. Modern resorts and hotels here retain their traditional design elements and are made from wood. Gstaad‘s Golden Pass train offers panoramic view of the surrounding areas as you travel to Lucerne or Montreux. Another interesting feature here is that children under the age of nine are provided free pass on lifts, cable cars and hotels. Many shops have special offers for children under nine. The famous Simmental or purple cow lives in this region and there are an astounding 7000 of them in just this village. Legend Julie Andrews once said “Gstaad is the last paradise in a crazy world”. The most famous hotel here is the Gstaad Palace, known for its remarkable architecture. By holidaying here you can enjoy a truly authentic ski holiday vacation. This ski resort is a wellness-pioneer and the Swiss tourism board has awarded it the wellness destination quality seal
Summer sports that can be enjoyed here include mountaineering, Nordic walking, river rafting, fishing, trekking, horseback riding, paragliding and much more. Winter sports opportunities available are ice skating, curling, ice-sick shooting, ice climbing and sledding.
Gstaad plays host to many events such as Hot Air Ballooning event which happens in January, the Gstaad Promenade Party in September, the Menuhin Festival Gstaad (summer classic music series), Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad, ( winter classic music series) and many others. Currently it is host to the Gstaad Züglete a cultural festival reflecting alpine authenticity.
How To Reach Gstaad?
You can reach Gstaad from Geneva by 3 hours train journey. You can also reach by bus shuttle service or by car which will take you two hours from Geneva. Commuting inside the village can be done though minivans and minibuses as well as chauffer driven cars.