Long known as a wondrous playground for the rich and famous, Switzerland's stunning town of Gstaad provides the perfect year-round vacation experience for couples, families traveling with children of all ages or groups of friends who are looking for a great time. It's impossible to visit Gstaad without feeling as if you've just stepped into a picture postcard, and you'll quickly discover a rich abundance of festivities, activities and special sporting and cultural events that are sure to enhance your experience. These are just a few of the wonderful things that make Gstaad one of the world's most beloved vacation destinations.
A High-End Shopping Paradise
If you're a great shopping enthusiasts, then you're going to be beyond excited to discover Gstaad's amazing shopping opportunities. You'll find entire stores that are dedicated to specific designer brands that include Prada, Cartier, Ralph Lauren, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Moncler, Bruno Cucinelli and Chopard. Smaller boutiques boast such labels as Dior, Marc Jacobs, Oscar de La Renta, Burberry, Chloe, Tod's and Dolce and Gabbana. One of the best parts about your shopping experience is that each shop is within walking distance of the other, and there are many incredible restaurants and prestigious art galleries as well.
With a winter season that runs all the way from October to May, Gstaad attracts a huge number of skiers and snowboarders every year. There are many miles of ski runs and cross-country trails that offer something for every skill level and a ski school to get you ready to safely enjoy your holiday on the snow. While there's plenty of snowfall in the Swiss Alps, you'll never need to worry about missing a day on the slopes because snow machines keep the trails covered even when Mother Nature doesn't cooperate. Some 22 ski lifts, 17 chair lifts and 14 gondolas are available to transport you to just about every mountain located in the lovely Saanen region.
Most mountain towns offer some beautiful hiking during the summer months, but many of Gstaad's nearly 200 miles of hiking trails are accessible all year long. You may have to share a path now and again with the town's many cows or even mountain goats higher up, but you're sure to enjoy your trek in the fresh mountain air.
International Sporting Events
Tennis is big in Gstaad, and both the Swiss Open and the Ladies Championship tennis tournaments are held each year. There's also a yearly Beach Volleyball world tournament, the Hublot Polo Gold Cup tournament and many other exciting sporting events.
Whatever your pleasure may be, you're likely to discover a festival in Gstaad that will get you excited. Music festivals are abundant, and many attract the hottest names in the industry for the concert of a lifetime. Expect to enjoy music that ranges all the way from country to classical and everything in between. Other popular festivals include the Snow Bike Festival and the Hot Air Balloon Festival.
Something for Everyone
Gstaad offers a little bit of everything that is wonderful. You may like to spend the day being pampered in a world-class spa, or head up in the air for some parasailing or paragliding. Swim in an Alpine lake, take a boat tour or try your hand at pulling in a prize trout. Other popular offerings include horse-drawn carriage rides, incredible restaurants and bars, a hopping retro disco club and fun activities for children and the entire family.
German is the official language of Gstaad, but many of its 9,000 residents also speak fluent English. Each activity and event is staffed with those who speak English and many other languages, so you'll have no trouble understanding and being understood.
The Best Time to Visit Gstaad
Any day is a great day to visit Gstaad, and you should plan your vacation based on your interests. Activities and events are literally held all year long, and you're welcome to stay any time and enjoy whatever wonderful thing happens to be going on at the moment. Be sure to visit our site often for information on upcoming special events and seasonal activities.
Getting to Gstaad
Most visitors to Gstaad fly into the Cointrin International Airport in Geneva. That makes getting to Gstaad exceptionally convenient because the train station is right there, and you can travel to Gstaad in just a little over 1.5 hours in the comfort of the train. You won't have to worry about waiting long either because trains depart every hour. If you happen to be arriving by private plane, then you may want to fly directly into the Gstaad-Saanen Airport. Of course, car-hire companies are represented at most every airport for those who wish to drive or be driven into Gstaad, and transportation directly to your vacation residence may be arranged for those lodging with us here at Exceptional Stays.