Gstaad Holiday Guide

Gstaad Travel Information

Located beside a river in a picturesque valley, the ski resort of Gstaad is part of the same mountain range which houses Adelboden. The traffic-free alpine village is a quaint early-20th century village which has maintained much of its traditional charm it's an ideal winter tourist location. Amongst the scenery of magnificent mountains, lakes and glaciers, Gstaad is also a great destination for skiers. Gstaad is also a great place to enjoy glacier skiing in the summer months.

Tourists on winter sports holidays will be pleased to find 53 miles of groomed slopes, with the longest run stretching nine miles. Gondolas, mountain railways and funiculars carry skiers to the other resorts of the Bernese Oberland, and the slopes are accessed by the use of 70 lifts able to carry up to 50,000 skiers per hour.

Gstaad Tourist Attractions

Snowboarding is another hugely popular winter sport that is catered for here, and other activities available include sleigh riding, mountaineering, heli-skiing and ice skating. Ballooning and curling are popular activities it has an indoor fitness centre with a swimming pool and tennis courts.

Zweisimmen, Château d'Oex and Rougemont are among the resorts nearby which are easily accessed by rail. On the banks of Lake Geneva, Montreux makes for a great visit and includes attractions such as the 13th century Château de Chillon and Switzerland's first casino.

Transport Around Gstaad

Ski season in Gstaat is from December to mid-April, and in the summer months the Diablerets Glacier offers opportunities to enjoy a variety of sports. Most tourists reach the area by flying to Zürich or Geneva and then taking a train to Gstaad. Within the town there is a range of accommodation to suit everyone's needs, with a choice between youth hostels, international hotels and traditional chalets. Numerous restaurants cater to all tastes, and nightclubs and bars provide lively night-time entertainment. Ski schools and ski equipment hire are located within the resort.

If you are planning on skiing or undertaking in any other winter activity, it is important to purchase the right insurance. Medical expenses tend to be high in Switzerland.