GstaadGstaad is a city in Switzerland.
In summer, if you're staying three days, buy the Easy Access Pass (Fr. 12 a day for adults) which gives you virtually unlimited local travel, including most of the cable cars. It also gives access to some of the fantastic outdoor swimming pools, including the enormous one at the Palace Hotel.
Take your time to enjoy the spectacular scenery and breathe in the mountain air!
In the winter, ski, snowboard, sledge or hike. There are 220 km of trails served by 53 lifts. It's ideal for beginner or intermediate skiers, and what it lacks in serious black runs it more than makes up for in its off-piste and ski-touring opportunities.
Gstaad – ZweisimmenUnlike other ski areas, this resort is spread out over several villages and not all lifts are linked.
phone: +41 848 00 3000This ski area has its base station outside of the village, towards Les Diablerets. Highlights of this ski resorts are the alpine coaster and a suspended bridge between two peaks.
In the summer, many of the lifts run. You can hire mountain scooters to career back down, or have a go on one of the summer luges. Hiking is magnificent in the summer: there are dozens if miles of marked trails. You can find a via ferrata on the Horneggli and the Videmanette, with routes ranging from the trivial to the downright frightening.
Le GrillUpscale rôtisserie.
Gildo’s RistoranteItalian and typical Mediterranean food in a "Casual fine dining" atmosphere. Only open during winter season.
La FromagerieSwiss specialties. Open winter season only.
Le RestaurantInternational cuisine. Saturday formal buffet. Jacket required in evening. Reservations recommended.
La Grande TerrasseInternational cuisine.
Early BeckStop in to sample some of the local pastries
Richi's PubA much cheaper option: good beer, great food, and frequented by locals, ski instructors and backpackers.
phone: +41 33 748 50 00address: Palacestrasse, GstaadLandmark hotel featuring a spa and healthclub with indoor and heated outdoor pool, one squash court and 4 outdoor tennis courts.
phone: +41 33 729 80 80address: Saanenstrasse 15, ZweisimmenDistance to Gstaad is approx. 15 km.
address: Gstaad, CH-3780Four star hotel in typical Swiss chalet style located only 0.5 km from the railway station in the center of the charming village. There is a free shuttle service from the station to the hotel. Two different restaurants and a great wellness area. The ski lifts are reachable by foot in a few minutes. Single room Fr. 154 Double room from Fr. 392 (low season 2009).
phone: +41 33 744 13 43address: Spitzhornweg 25, Saanen