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Ten chalet villages make up the holiday region of Gstaad. Visitors will find an unparalleled range of leisure activities on offer here amidst the gentle and unspoiled Alpine landscape.

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Gstaad: World-renowned, sophisticated traffic-free chalet village

Gstaad (1,050 m above sea level) is the region's main attraction, combining style, Swiss Gemütlichkeit and tradition in a delightful way. The traffic-free centre of the village is a harmonious mix of restaurants, shops, hotels and bars. The recreational areas surrounding the village are accessed by three mountain railways.http://www.thevirtualcity.ch/gstaad


Saanen: Living history on the language border to French-speaking Switzerland

Saanen (1,010 m above sea level) the historical heart of the Saanenland, is one of the most beautiful chalet villages in the Bernese Oberland. The village is listed amongst the townscapes of Switzerland most worthy of protection. Tradition, handicrafts and a rich history give Saanen its special charm.


Schönried: Sport and enjoyment on Gstaad's sun terrace

Schönried (1,230 m above sea level0 is situated on the sun terrace of the Gstaad region. The chalet village is a paradise for nature lovers as well as winter and summer sports enthusiasts. Mountain railways and cable ways access the Horneggli and Rellerli mountains direct from the village centre. In winter Schönried offers direct access to the largest ski area in the region and a cross-country skiing paradise.

Village square named after Mike von Grünigen

Years after retiring from the sport, the local multiple world champion, Olympic medallist and World Cup overall winner in Giant Slalom , remains a role model and motivator for young, up-and-coming ski talent in the region. The village of Schönried dedicated its main square to Mike von Grünigen, commemorating the milestones of success in his unique sporting career. The official website of Mike von Grünigen: www.mvg.ch.


Saanenmöser: At the height of the pass with sun-soaked views

The sun-soaked chalet village of Saanenmöser (1,270 m above sea level) is situated at the same height as the pass that connects Zweisimmen and Saanen. Winter and summer sports enthusiasts will find a wide range of leisure facilities here. In winter the mountain railways accesses the region's largest ski area directly from the centre of the village. Gstaad's golf course is only a few minutes drive above the village.


Zweisimmen: The gateway to Gstaad, set in the region's largest skiing and hiking area

Zweisimmen (945 m above sea level) is the eastern gateway to the Gstaad region. The village is the entrance to the region's largest ski area and also shares attractive hiking areas with the Saanenland. The village offers a wide range of shopping opportunities in its traffic-calmed village centre. The medieval parish church, theObersimmentaler Heimathaus and the Caste Trail showcase history and tradition in a very compact space.

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Lauenen: Romantic mountain village famous for its much-sung-about lake

The fox and hare still say goodnight to each other in the romantic mountain village of Lauenen (1,241 m above sea level) The old timber houses and the beautiful church are testimony to an awareness of tradition. The nature reserve on Lake Lauenen features impressive waterfalls, glaciers and upland moors.Lake Lauenen is regarded as a place of great energy. The band "Span" dedicated a song to it, which has become one of the classics of Swiss folk music.

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Turbach: Scattered settlement in Gstaad's most romantic side valley

Turbach (1,320 m above sea level) the idyllic side valley of Gstaad, offers romantic summer and winter hikes, bike tracks and cross-country trails. The famous Tiger Run on the Wasserngrat, Gstaad's exclusive skiing mountain, is situated opposite the village. Gstaad and the surrounding ski areas can be reached in a matter of minutes.

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Feutersoey: The stepping stone to Lake Arnen

The small village of Feutersoey (1,185 m above sea level) is part of the municipality of Gsteig and lies on the River Saane between Gstaad and the Col du Pillon. The surroundings boast many lakes and beautiful hiking areas. In winter the village is the starting point for ski tours and the destination for many off-piste skiers. In the summer challenging mountain bike routes start from here.

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Gsteig: Historic hamlet on the Col du Pillon

The village of Gsteig (1,200 m above sea level), which is under Cultural Heritage Protection, lies in the deep valley of the River Saane at the Col du Pillon, framed by the Diablerets massif and the Sanetsch region . The church and the adjacent Hotel Bären are amongst the most photographed villagescapes in Switzerland.

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Abländschen: Dreamlike hamlet set against the limestone backdrop of the Gastlosen

The idyllic small chalet village of Abländschen (1,320 m above sea level), which belongs to the political municipality of Saanen, is dominated by the limestone cliffs of the Gastlosen ridge. The area is popular with hikers, cyclists and climbing enthusiasts.

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The region has a further 9 chalet villages alongside Gstaad, located at an altitude of between 1,000 and 1,400 metres. Yet despite its style and class, Gstaad has remained genuinely Alpine and down-to-earth. It is proud of its tradition and lives and breathes it every day.

Over a thousand cultural and sporting events are available to visitors every year, including top events with an international reputation. In addition, visitors will find first-class hotels, outstanding shopping facilities along the traffic-free promenade and an airport in Saanen.

Contact

Gstaad Saanenland Tourismus
Promenade 41
CH - 3780 Gstaad
Tel +41 33 748 81 81
Fax +41 33 748 81 83
info@gstaad.ch

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