In spite of its wealth of tourist facilities, the Destination Gstaad has retained its Alpine authenticity. There are 200 farms, 80 working Alpine pastures and around 7,000 cows. Alpine traditions are lived and breathed and local produce as well as craftsmanship are very popular. Cattle breeding, milk and meat production are the three mainstays of Alpine farming. Local farmers appreciate people taking an interest in their work, which is essential in ensuring that nature remains intact.
Rustic alpine huts
No matter whether you stay on a farm or in the Alps - the authenticity of the destination of Gstaad will transform your holiday into an unforgettable experience. It is proud of its tradition and lives and breathes it every day. Gstaad has 200 farms, 80 of which still use Alpine pastures and around 7000 cows in the region.
A monument to cheese! Molkerei Gstaad have taken over 3,000 cheeses – including historical rarities – and beautifully displayed them in impressive ways. Learn all sorts of interesting facts about the Bernese Hobelkäse AOP and its origins in this former water reservoir 25 metres underground.
Cheese ageing facility
A place where the gold of the Gstaad Alps is kept and treasured. Local expert Alpine farmers take you on guided tours with tasting or a relaxed aperitif. Knowledgeable local Alpine farmers offer guided tours with tasting of exquisite Bernese Alpine cheese and Hobelkäse, or a relaxed aperitif in a homely atmosphere.
Enjoy the fragrance of country air in the barn, watch the farmer milking a cow or caressing a calf. Such activities are included as part of the Swiss Farmers Welcome You "Visit a Barn" campaign. The Open Barn Doors programme contributes to the promotion of local products. And it also builds bridges between town and countryside. The "Visit a Barn" campaign is about raising awareness of Swiss foodstuffs and their production.
Enjoying a delicious fondue with friends or family in the middle of the nature? This is made possible thanks the “Fondueland Gstaad”. It is the perfect mix between a gentle topography and varied speciality cheeses for sophisticated bons vivants. Two huts and three inordinately large fondue pots provide enough space for up to 8 people and they are situated at unparalleled backdrop with a stunning panoramic view.
Show dairy - cheesemaking over an open fire
Alpine Cheese Dairy Tours
Älplerzmorge, cheese production, whey baths or mountain food – the diversity of culinary experiences to be had on the mountains in the Destination Gstaad is huge. An overview - by no means exhaustive!
|Vorder Eggli, Saanen||Älplerzmorge, Tour of cheese dairy*||By car from Saanen/Rübeldorf to Chalberhöni and dirt road to the Alp. Hiking trails also lead there. Location||Bruno und Mirjam Signer-Wehren+41 79 380 73 05+41 79 257 22 76|
|Bodme, Gstaad||Tour of cheese dairy*||Take the Wispile gondola to the middle station, then 10 minutes on foot. Or head for Berghaus Wispile and then follow the Cheese Trail to the Alp, around 1 hour on foot, Location||Dominik Matti+41 79 406 97 39|
|Vordere Wispile, Gstaad||Tour of cheese dairy*||Take the Wispile gondola to the Wispile top station, then 45 minutes on foot Location||Hans Hefti+41 79 695 29 53|
|Hintere Wispile, Gstaad||Tour of cheese dairy*||Take the Wispile gondola to the Wispile top station, then approx. 45 minutes by foot Location||Helmut Matti+41 078 843 73 82|
|Turnels, Turbach||Älplerzmorge, Bathing in fresh whey, sleeping in straw barn, direct sale of air-dried meat and Alpine cheese||Starting at the Wasserngrat railway valley station, after 100 m turn right into a small road. This road leads through the valley up to the Alp. After walking for an hour and a half you will reach the Alp at 1900 m above sea level between Wasserngrat and Giferspitz. Location||Jakob Zumstein+41 79 635 96 87|
|Beust, Saanen||Tour of cheese dairy*, Direct sale of Alpine and Hobelkäse, possibility to sleep||By car from Saanen/Rübeldorf ito Chalberhöni, then continue on hiking trails and mountain baths into the Chalberhöni valley; turn right towards the Alp at the Restaurant Waldmatte, Location||Willi Bach+41 79 330 86 28www.willibach.ch|
|Walig, Feutersoey||Tour of cheese dairy*, Direct sale of Alpine cheese, cow leasing||www.baergheimet.ch, Location||Walo Perreten+41 33 755 11 31+41 33 755 13 18+41 79 341 86 33www.baergheimet.ch|
|Site Alp, Zweisimmen||Demonstration dairy, Group events||By car or post bus from Zweisimmen to Sparenmoosstrasse approx. 7 km, turning to the Alp is signposted on the right, then continue along a new road for 500 metres, Location||Nadja & Simon Santschi+41 33 722 18 77www.santschis.ch|
|Wildeneggberg; Zweisimmen||Zvieri on the Alp, Ruth Trachsel's "Taterechueche" (Saanen speciality), Overnight in a straw barn with evening meals and breakfast||By car as far as Saanenmöser, then continue along mountain paths to the Alp. Location||Viktor und Ruth Trachsel+41 79 441 27 83www.wildeggli.ch|
The tours are only offered in the summer.
* Cheese production daily from 9.00 to 11.00 am.
** Cheese production daily from 10.30 to 12.00 am.
*** each Wednesday, only on registration
Language Lesson Vocabulix
To learn the most important regional terms already before the arrival, Vocabulix and Gstaad Saanenland Tourism invented a language lesson with typical topics of the destination Gstaad. The lesson is available in English, German, Spanish, French and Italian.