Alpine authenticity

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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

These traditional mountain restaurants offer a special type of hospitality. They radiate a charm all of their own with their unique Alpine location and often home-made delicacies. The many choices available range from simple offerings such as bread and cheese to gourmet steak and chips.

Accommodation

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.

Cheese Grotto

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.

Brief insight into the Cheese Grotto

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.

Stable Tours

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.

Fondueland Gstaad

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

At Le Chalet in Château-d`Oex, the hard "le Chalet Bio" cheese is prepared over a wood fire. Wearing traditional costume, a cheesemaker produces a whole 16-20 kg cheese from 160 to 200 litres of organic milk.

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!

Alp Amenity Directions Contact
Vorder Eggli, Saanen Tour of cheese dairy*
Middle of June to end of August
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 79 625 09 66
+41 79 380 73 05
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**
and alpine restaurant
End of June to middle of August
Take the Wispile gondola to the Wispile top station, then 45 minutes on foot Location Familie 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 78 843 73 82
Turnels, Turbach Tour of cheese dairy**
alpine restaurant, whey bath, sleep on the hay, sale of mountain cheese and dried meat
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 Jos Zumstein
+41 79 308 08 07
Beust, Saanen Tour of cheese dairy*, direct sale of alpine cheese, 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 28
www.willibach.ch
Walig, Feutersoey Tour of cheese dairy* only on request, middle of June to end of August, direct sale of alpine cheese, cow leasing www.baergheimet.ch, Location Familie Perreten
+41 79 341 86 33
www.baergheimet.ch
Site Alp, Zweisimmen Tour of cheese dairy*, Alpine restaurant, 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 77
www.santschis.ch
Wildeggli, Zweisimmen Tour of cheese dairy*, direct sale of cheese By car as far as Saanenmöser, then continue along mountain paths to the Alp. Location Nicole & Remy Herrmann-Trachsel
Ruth & Viktor Trachsel
+41 79 441 27 83
+41 79 534 63 08
www.wildeggli.ch
Stierentungel Tour of cheese dairy*, Alpine restaurant, direct sale of cheese From the Lauenensee parking you reach the alp Stierentungel direction Tungelpass-Lenk in about 1.5 hour on foot. Location Familie Ursula & Ruedi Trachsel
+41 79 441 66 17
Fromatt, Zweisimmen Tour of cheese dairy in the mornings only on request. By car you drive from Zweisimmen to Blankenburg and Fromatt. Park the car at "Tschachtleren". From there you walk one hour. Location Edwin & Vroni Griessen
+41 79 502 49 81
www.griessen-agrotourismus.ch
Parwengen Tour of cheese dairy* in the mornings only on request. The hiking trail Horneggli-Hornberg-Rinderberg leads you to the alp Parwengen. Location Ueli Lörtscher
+41 79 194 02 97

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.

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.