The premises available for seminars and events all have state-of-the-art technology, no matter how high your requirement standards are. But outside, beyond the doorstep, things are a little different. The world out there is still offline. After all, our region has remained genuinely authentic. Which is why, in Gstaad, you’ll find that incomparable blend of luxury, but also lots of tradition.
Explore and experience Gstaad at your leisure with a fondue backpack, which can be ordered from local dairies and contains everything you need to enjoy a fondue outdoors. Then all you have to do is pick the right spot, for instance one of the three oversized caquelons (fondue pots), which offer wonderful views.
Cheese Grotto & Cheese ageing facility
More than 3,000 wheels of cheese are stunningly showcased and stored inside the former water reservoir. But be careful: access to the cave is via a very steep staircase. The Gstaad Dairy is happy to help you plan your visit.
Everything at the cheese-maturing facility also revolves around this popular speciality. The farmers themselves are on hand to take participants on a guided tour of the stacked shelves, with lots of insider knowledge to tell.
During the summer months, i.e. roughly from mid-June to August/September, the farmers operate a total of 80 alpine farms throughout the region. And they enjoy giving visitors an insight into their everyday lives in these remote and secluded settings, at one with nature.
Paper cutting workshop
A steady hand and a bit of skill are certainly helpful when it comes to cutting the delicate paper, but basically everyone has a great time and can then take a souvenir home with them.
Learn the basics of Swiss vocal artistry by joining in with the singing in a fun and uncomplicated way. It’s an experience that’s guaranteed to be a talking point long after the excursion has ended.
A hiker's paradise
As a destination, Gstaad boasts more than 300 km of hiking trails. From the leisurely circular walk around the idyllic lake of Lauenensee to the demanding high-level hike from Sanetsch to Glacier 3000. Those who prefer to be out and about at higher elevations will opt to spend the day on a via ferrata or at the rope park.
There are lots of opportunities for breathtaking hikes at high elevations in winter, too. Besides the ski resort itself offering plenty of variety, there is also a total of six sledge runs waiting to be discovered. Those who prefer to swap sled runners for oversized bike tyres will want to experience the high-speed downhill runs in the snow on a ‘fatbike’. The many mountain lodges and snow bars are perfect spots to take a break, unwind and relax.
River Rafting & Canyoning
Alternatively, why not give the rest and relaxation a miss and feel the adrenaline rush instead! Local operators are happy to show you the destination with some thrilling adventures on and in its crystal-clear waters.
You can of course hire ordinary bicycles, but if it’s enjoyment rather than effort you’re after, then we would recommend electric bikes. The enjoyable tours throughout the ‘Saanenland’ boast some wonderful views. If you’re keen to broaden your knowledge of e-mountain biking, why not explore the Gstaad destination in the company of a bike guide and perfect your skills.
The Bernese Oberland has only one glacier skiing region and it’s open from November to May, offering not just classic winter sports but other highlights, too, like a spectacular suspension bridge and dog sledding. Here summer hiking in the snow is also an option.
Yes, you read it correctly. Thanks to Europe’s highest wakeboarding facility, Gstaad is also a major attraction and destination for fans of water sports. Wakeboarding is available from July to October at the reservoir lake of the artificial snow-making facility on the Hornberg, also outside opening hours on request for corporate and group events.
Building a rope bridge
A team-building exercise by definition! Coming up with a way of bridging the gorge poses a considerable challenge for participants. Communication, organisation and good planning are all essential skills in achieving success. The team is then rewarded with a spectacular crossing of the gorge on their self-built bridge.
Avalanche rescue drill
Find out more about how to rescue avalanche victims. Under the expert guidance of a mountain guide, learn to offer instant life-saving measures on site and how to use a beeper, a probe, and a snow shovel.
Divided into teams, you then have to complete various disciplines along an itinerary. The tasks require a blend of coordination skills, organisation, team spirit, imagination - and a bit of luck too. The main aim, always, is to have fun and enjoy yourself as part of a team.
Ice and snow sculptures
Teams consisting of three to four members get the opportunity to work together to design and fashion their very own ice sculpture. The sculptures are then assessed, with the winning team picking up the prize. The whole experience is rounded off with drinks and finger food or lunch, for example at a snow lounge (snow conditions permitting).
A team activity that calls for creativity and communication - a terrific experience for all involved. Once the team has decided on a design, the calf is painted accordingly, with participants given the option of taking it home with them if they wish.
Whether it’s your company logo or your co-workers’ initials, this activity is designed to give your imagination free rein, boosting cooperation within the team in the process. The choice of materials and colours are adapted according to your corporate values, identity and objectives.
As a certified wellness destination we like to take a relaxed approach to things here in Gstaad - and we certainly recommend you do the same. The spa areas at our hotels are often open to non-residents, too; alternatively, a new wellness area has just opened at the Gstaad Sports Centre.
Sightseeing tours & flights
Why not enjoy the delightful scenery from a hot-air balloon as you calmly float above the picturesque landscape? But if it’s the roar of engine noise you’re after, there’s always the option of flights by helicopter and light aircraft.
As the adrenaline rushes through your body, suddenly you’re at one with nature. And that’s after the spectacular yet comfortable ascent. The downhill run accompanied by a mountain guide will be all the more challenging.
Numerous galleries in Gstaad feature art in different genres and styles. In some cases the gallery shows are also complemented by exhibitions and installations staged throughout the region.
Horse-drawn carriage companies operate throughout the year, taking visitors to Gstaad’s most picturesque locations: with sleighs in winter and carriages in summer.
Guided tours of the village
Our local guides are happy to tell you more about the region’s history, covering a wide range of topics including architecture. By arrangement they will also take groups on hikes and explain all there is to know about the typical fauna and flora at this destination.