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.
Making a Fire without Matches
You can also make a fire without a lighter or match. For example, by using a magnifying glass: catch the sunbeam through the magnifying glass and aim it at the wood. This also works with a clear plastic bag and water.
Code of Conduct for the Via Ferrata
When it gets tight on the via ferrata, good behavior is more than just a matter of courtesy. Pushing is prohibited. Being secured is mandatory. Drawing or writing anything on the via ferrata is not cool!
Snacks Along the Way
Local farmers sell their cheeses and sausage products along the hiking trail. Therefore, it is always good to have cash with you. The goods are refrigerated to ensure freshness. Make sure to try them out!
eMTB (charging stations)
Gstaad offers more than 500 kilometers of GPS tours for bike fans. E-bikers will find plenty of charging stations in the region. Simply connect the adapter cable to the bike, let it charge, remove cable, and continue cycling.
From Fresh Cow Milk to Finished Gstaad Fondue
Because the cows in Gstaad are happy, the fondue also tastes so good. The cows produce milk from the grass they eat, which dairies then use to make cheese. Thus it is full of good ingredients.
Drinking Water During the Hike (where to drink and where not?)
Even in the mountains not all water has drinking water quality. Water from mountain lakes, glacier water and wells can be drunk, but with caution. However, it’s best to bring along water or to fill up your bottle at a mountain hut.
If you are looking for a real rustic alpine hut, you will find plenty of them in Saanenland. In the cozy kitchen you can listen to local alpine farmers tell their stories. The view is always an additional highlight.
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
Going for a bike ride in the mountains does not have to be an arduous and painful experience. You can rent an e-mountain bike at various bike shops and hotels in the region and charging stations are available at many locations. You really have no excuse not to go on one of these fun-filled tours.
E-MTB Highlight Tours
Easy bike tour to the famous lake Lauenen. The tour takes you on a bike path from Gstaad to Lauenen and straight up to lake Lauenen. Follow the trail around the beautiful lake until you reach the bike path in direction to Lauenen. Return to Gstaad on the same trail.
The first section of this route leads from Gstaad via Saanen to the Chalberhöni valley. The electrobike makes the ascent to the Eggli much easier. On the top you will be rewarded with a beautiful mountain panorama. A zigzag path leads down to Gstaad via Grund.
This tour focuses on traditional Alpine farming at the edge of the Bernese cantonal border to the French-speaking part of Switzerland. Furthermore, it connects the village of Abländschen to the tourist destination Gstaad.
Go running in a magical setting where the only sensations are the sound of your breathing and the natural energies round about. Trail running offers far more variety than does running on paved roads. All the routes are snow-free and accessible.
As the days get shorter and shorter after the summer, and it starts to get foggy in the lowlands, the sun is still shining for you here in Gstaad. After an active time of hiking or biking recreation, you can end the day at one of the many wellness oases at this destination – including seven specialised Wellness Hotels.
Gemspfeffer by the Kitzbüehl winner
Ex-ski racer Bruno Kernen runs a hotel in Schönried. This is now renowned far and wide for its excellent game dishes. Kernen hunts the game himself, and his hotel serves the finest Gemspfeffer dish in the valley.
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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.