A family with two girls sitting at a table and studying a map of the Saaniland. ©  CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 Melanie Uhkoetter / ©Gstaad Saanenland Tourismus

Family studies map of the Saaniland


The Gstaad Bucket List for Families

From Saaniland to the family week to the oversized sandpit – the Gstaad summer offers diverse activities for young and old. These 7 experiences definitely belong on the family “to do” list.

Two gondolas going up a mountain, with a mountain panorama behind them.

Breathing in the mountain air and enjoying breathtaking views

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1. Up and away with the Saani-Express

Maybe you already asked yourself, what’s going on with that colourful gondola that recently started going up and down the Wispile. Well, it’s the Saani-Express and it’s there to take you and your friends on an entertaining ride. During the ride, a funny story is waiting for you – and so together we go with Saani and his friends on an adventure! Did you know that once you arrive on top, that there is a large playground with a petting zoo?

Experience can be booked with Gstaad Card.

2. Discover Saani’s Experience Trails

Imagine there is a violin so big that you can climb around on it. Or an instable seesaw, which you can rock back and forth on with your whole family. These are only two of the 35 stations waiting for you on Saani’s Experience Trails between Gstaad and Saanen as well as between Saanenmöser and Schönried. And at each station, Saani tells exciting stories about the sounds in nature and life in the mountains.

A group of children playing on a wooden structure with Saani.

GST playground

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Saani and children balancing on playground equipment.

Exciting experiences as part of Saani’s programme of family events.

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3. Saani's Family Program

Look forward to exciting experiences with Saani's family program. - Fun and entertainment for the whole family is guaranteed with a visit to an alp, a yoga class for kids at the Palace, a visit to an orchestra rehearsal, making musical instruments, mixing mocktails or listening to stories. Participation is free for guests with the Gstaad Card. Registration is possible online or via the tourist office until the day before.

4. Race down the slide in the indoor swimming pool

Don’t worry about being bored on rainy days! The slide at the Sportzentrum Gstaad continues to be a highlight! Play water polo, dive for rings and watch the raindrops hit the water in the outdoor pool – sounds like a pretty good bad weather programme, what do you think?

Experience can be booked with Gstaad Card.

A child sliding down a slide in an indoor swimming pool.

Speed down the slide in the indoor pool

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Four people riding a scooter down a mountain road.

Descending on a scooter

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5. Downhill with a scooter

Whether after a hike or a trip to the playground with the silhouetted facades on the Rinderberg – it’s back down to the valley on two wheels. The scooter is waiting at the middle station and from there the path goes all the way down to Zweisimmen. Those who still have left over energy can visit the dragon at the village playground – by then at the latest, everyone will be tired and exhausted.

By the way, all those who were gripped by the scooter fun can enjoy other great downhill rides from the Sparenmoos and Wispile.

6. Play in the sand

In the middle of the Gstaad Promenade, the oversized sandpit invites you to play! While mum and dad can relax at «Gstaad Alive» and enjoy a toast at the bar, they can also watch their kids play wonderfully, build sand castles, use the digger or race around the Promenade on a Saani bobby car. The bar and sandpit are open until mid August, weather permitting of course.

A giant sandpit in the middle of the Gstaad Promenade. 

Play in the giant sandpit on the Gstaad Promenade.

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7. Play around on the Pistenbully

Blinking warning lights, huge caterpillars tracks and a funny joystick … there is something fascinating about a snow groomer. How cool that there is a real one (child-safe) in front of the STATION waiting to be discovered. However, it’s not worth visiting the STATION only because of it – but also because of the cranking, tinkering and fiddling going on inside. Our tip: ask about the Saani tattoos, they are the absolute hits!

Experience can be booked with Gstaad Card.

A converted old snow groomer with a slide.

Clambering all over a snow groomer

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8. "Olga's Cowshed" - the Indoor Experience on the Rinderberg

Visit Saani's friend, Olga, on the Rinderberg. While milking cows, at the egg rolling track, or on the Glockenspiel (chimes), you can find out all you need to know about stables and cattle.

The indoor experience on the Rinderberg is a perfect bad weather program. Alternatively, when the weather is fine, it combines perfectly with the family hike Rinderberg-Horneggli.

Olga is looking forward to your visit to her cowshed!

A mother and her toddler look out over the playground in front of the mountain restaurant on the Rinderberg.

Façade playground at Olga's cowsh

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