Once again this summer, there is plenty to do, see and discover in Gstaad. The most outstanding attraction is its stunning natural environment in the heart of the Alps. Hikers on such routes as the one from the Wispile to Lake Lauenen and from the Horneggli to the Rinderberg are able to appreciate the region’s wide range of landscapes. And – because Gstaad is all about having a good time – you’re never far from a comfortable restaurant serving regional specialities.
Properly Lacing Your Hiking Boots
Walking uphill requires more freedom of movement for a foot. Whereas walking downhill requires a more tightly laced shoe in the area that holds the heel in place. Tingling toes are always an indication that your shoes are too tight.
One mountain lake is not like any other mountain lake. Each one has its own characteristics – what they do have in common is a wonderful location in the midst of nature. Each lake offers an unforgettable experience beginning with A for Arnensee to S for Seebergsee.
Wild herbs are true superfoods! For example, the "good Heinrich" has a high vitamin C content, is rich in iron and other minerals. Try it once in a fine risotto or green smoothie.
How Cows on the Pasture Behave
When trails lead through pastures, the cows must be respected. Especially mother cows can get nervous if you get too close and will actively protect their calves from humans. Be very careful if you want to pet a calf!
Packing List for Your Backpack – What Shouldn’t Be Missing?
Hiking boots are a must. These items need to be packed as well:
- functional shirt for changing
- hiking poles
- water bottle
- blister bandage
- first aid kit
- pocket knife
Alpine authenticity, traditions and culture – these are also showcased in Gstaad. There are still more cows here than there are people. The region is home to 200 agricultural enterprises, 80 of which operate Alpine farming. A visit to an Alpine cheese dairy is a special experience. The local farmers are delighted to see such interest and are very happy to provide information.
The Gstaad cheese fondue is widely-renowned. This is not only because the Gstaad Giant Caquelon has served as an ambassador for the region in the German city of Frankfurt, but it is also because of the taste itself. Sample the treats on offer at the Alpine dairies and grab a fondue backpack ready to be enjoyed on a hike with beautiful panoramic views.
Mountain lakes in the destination Gstaad
On hot summer days, there is nothing better than a refreshing dip in a crystal-clear mountain lake. Lakes Arnen, Lauenen, Retaud and Seeberg each have their own special features. Combined with a hike, a picnic or BBQ at one of the many open-air fireplaces is the perfect way to spend a summer’s day.
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Hiking highlight Wispile-Lauenensee
The Wispile-Lauenensee hike
On this tour you will experience all the magic of hiking. The route takes you from the 1,900 metre high Wispile and then over the ridge and on to the renowned nature reserve at Lake Lauenen. Once there, you have a choice of refreshment options available to you. This hiking route strongly highlights the stunning beauty of the Alps. It features an incomparable panorama over the Saanenland and views of the region’s peaks that are over 3,000 metres high.
Activities on this hike
Fondueland Gstaad is the perfect place to enjoy a tasty fondue while surrounded by mountainous natural beauty. In fact, it is here that the fresh air and the lush grasses and herbs in the meadows help to produce such excellent cheese.
Picnic while on the trail
A simple picnic never tastes better than on a hike. And it’s even better when you’re sampling the local delicacies. So do make the most of the wide variety of tasty treats on offer in the Saanenland.
Cool off in Lake Lauenen
Lake Lauenen in all its glory is set right in the middle of a nature reserve. It is an ideal destination for hikers, nature lovers and romantics.
Gastronomy offers on the Wispile
- Berghaus Wispile
- Alp-Beizli Vorderi Wispile
- Restaurant at the Lauenensee
- Various restaurants in the village of Lauenen
Hiking highlight Horneggli-Rinderberg
The Horneggli-Rinderberg hike
A fantastic Alpine panorama awaits hikers on this trail. And along the way there are some amazing surprises in store for you. These include a wakeboarding facility on the Hornberg (in operation from June), children's playgrounds at 2,000 metres above sea level, and great mountain restaurants serving local treats. Then you can take the gondola to Zweisimmen. Or go by scooter – if you want to experience a fast downhill run.
Activities on this hike
You can go wakeboarding from July to October on this reservoir, which serves as the storage lake for the Hornberg snowmaking system. It is Europe’s highest-altitude wakeboarding and water skiing facility.
Playground on the Rinderberg
A playground at 2,000 metres above sea level is a special feature in itself. The Rinderberg is not only a hiking paradise but also affords magnificent views as well as fun and games for the children.
Downhill scooter run on the Rinderberg
If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush, you can hire a scooter at the Rinderberg middle station and go whizzing down the mountain at full speed ahead. These scooters are sturdily constructed, which makes them ideal for riding on the mountains. A fun-filled experience is guaranteed.
Gastronomy offers Horneggli – Rinderberg
- Berghotel Hornberg
- Hotel Restaurant Hornfluh
- Bergrestaurant Rinderberg Spitz
- Rinderberg Swiss Alpine Lodge
- Various restaurants in Zweisimmen
Hiking highlight Via Alpina
The Via Alpina hike
It is proof of a tremendous achievement and a keepsake of your many experiences and impressions: the Via Alpina hiking passbook. You can earn 38 stamps featuring unique motifs over the 20 stages – one for each stage and Alpine pass as well as three special stamps. You’ll find the stamps in the stamp boxes at each stage. Once you have filled your passbook, you’ll receive a certificate.