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.
The tour starts in the village of Saanen with its narrow streets and lanes, lined with chalets and the Mauritius church from the 15th century. The first tour-section leads through the narrow "Grischbachtal" up to «Mittelbergpass» which marks the direct connection to the remote village of Abländschen. The village is dominated by the towering rocks of the popular «Gastlosen» popular amongst climbers.
Alpine farms, called « Vorschess », as well as high Alpine vegetation characterise the tour. In good weather, you get a good view over the "Freiburger", the «Walliser» and the Bernese Alps. A beautiful view opens up over green meadows, traditional chalets and the Saanenland.
Good to know: The Grischbach road is closed in winter. There is a single trail from «Chaltläger» ending just before the Rellerli. Past the mountain restaurant Rellerli the first part of the singletrack descent is steep and technically demanding.
The region has a further 9 chalet villages alongside Gstaad, located at an altitude of between 1,000 and 1,400 metres. Yet despite its style and class, Gstaad has remained genuinely Alpine and down-to-earth. It is proud of its tradition and lives and breathes it every day.
Over a thousand cultural and sporting events are available to visitors every year, including top events with an international reputation. In addition, visitors will find first-class hotels, outstanding shopping facilities along the traffic-free promenade and an airport in Saanen.