They still exist – genuine Alpine villages. Gstaad is one of them. And that is as much due to its harmonious village appearance. The homely chalets belong here, just like the mountains and cattle. They give the holiday region of Gstaad its timeless charm.
What makes holidays in the mountains successful today? Perhaps the mix of unique experiences, harmony and authenticity. In short: If the village and its people remain true to themselves, that is to say exude Alpine authenticity. Then guests and visitors will also feel happy and at home. The architecture of the Saanenland upholds the traditions of the region and contributes to this sense of well-being.
Chalets then and now
The beautiful Bauten-style chalets are one of the hallmarks of the Saanenland. Rich ornamentation, flower decorations on the balconies in summer and almost disappearing under a blanket of powder snow in winter. Since the 1960s, legislation has attached great importance to retaining the typical character of the villages. Today the Saanenland people construct the majority of the new chalets in red brick, but then clad them with timber. That is what gives the villages such a warm and homely feel. Even if they don't all conform to the original "Saanenhaus" template, they nevertheless remain true to the broader approach to chalet-building.
Underground Floors and Tunnels
From the outside, Saanenland chalets exude well-kept understatement. However some chalets belonging to famous guests go several floors underground. Or chalets are connected by tunnels. A convenient solution to maintaining the natural and harmonious village appearance, at the same time as providing every comfort you would expect with a stately holiday home.
When outside the snowflakes fall like round balls of cotton wool from the sky and the sun disappears behind the mountains, nothing is lovelier than sitting at home in your chalet in front of a snugly warm open fire. With a glass of "Vin brulée" in your hand and the scent of wood in your nose. And that's when you sense it: the certainty of unwinding, undisturbed in your cocooned, Alpine hideaway. Come up, slow down