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Hiking for Families

Hiking with children can be great fun especially if there are lots of things for children to discover and experience along the way. And that's where the Destination Gstaad comes into its own.

An attractive family hiking region

  • A wide range of well-signposted, safe hiking routes ideal for hiking with families.
  • A number of campfire sites with BBQ facilities, benches, tables and firewood
  • Several mountain lakes to swim in and mountain streams to dam
  • Alpine hut experiences, such as cheese-making or sleeping on hay bales
  • Parents in possession of a half-tax subscription (50% rail discount) pay half-price (with the exception of the Wasserngrat, Sanetsch and La Braye)
  • Free accommodation for children up to the age of 9 in shared rooms with their parents

Pumptracks

A pump track is a specially created track consisting of waves and banked curves. Without pedaling, the cyclist uses a pumping motion of the body in order to gain and maintain speed. Although the facility is suitable for experienced bikers, children and anyone else wanting to try out something different are sure to have an enjoyable time too.

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Playgrounds

Every village in the Destination Gstaad has its own children's playgrounds. The facilities range from a simple play park with swings and slides to a complete adventure playground.

Gstaad

Opposite the Coop, Location Medium-sized playground
Behind St. Nicholas' Chapel, Location Small play park
Litzi car park, Location Small play park
Berghaus Wispile, Location Medium-sized playground

Saanen

Near the railway station, Location Small play park

Schönried

On the Panoramic Trail to Saanenmöser, Location Large playground (with zip-wire)
Berghaus Horneggli, Location Small play park
Berghaus Rellerli, Location Medium-sized playground
Saali family campfire site, Location Medium-sized play park

Saanenmöser

Near the railway station, Location Large playground (with zip-wire)
Berghotel Hornberg, Location Medium-sized playground (with trampoline)

Lauenen

Above Hotel Geltenhorn, Location Medium-sized playground
Hotel Alpenland, Location Medium-sized playground

Feutersoey

Lake Arnen, Location Medium-sized playground
Schoolhouse, Location Medium-sized playground

Gsteig

Pfarrhausmätteli, Location Small play park

Turbach

Beim Rotengraben, Location Small play park

Zweisimmen

Village centre, Location Large playground (with zip-wire)
Schlegelholz / Blankenburg, Schlegelholz Location Medium-sized playground
High-rope park, Location Small play park
Püürt-Huus / Blankenburg, Location Medium-sized playground (rope bridge)

Petting zoo

Petting and watching animals is great fun for everyone – and not just for children. And with two petting zoos, the Destination Gstaad has twice the fun!

Alpenruhe Foundation Alpacas, llamas, peacocks, dwarf goats, ponies, ducks, rabbits and lots more.
Due to construction works, some animals are not always present.
Berghaus Wispile Animal reserve with dwarf goats and more directly adjacent to the mountain lodge.
Each Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday afternoon until ca. 15.00: Rides on a pony-trailer.

Campfires

Every village throughout the holiday destination of Gstaad has a number of beautifully sited campfires, ideal for BBQs or simply for taking time out.

All the campfires are visible on our interactive map.

Gstaad

Mettlen, on the left bank of the River Saane; accessible only by bike or on foot Location BBQ, seating, wood and a toilet (ToiToi) available

Saanen

Alpenruhe, opposite the Alpenruhe hostel; accessible only by bicycle or on foot. Location BBQ, seating and wood available
Dorfrütti, airfield along the Saane; accessible only by bicycle or on foot. Location BBQ, seating. wood and a toilet (ToiToi) available
Chalberhöni, near the restaurant Waldmatte. Location BBQ, seating and wood available

Turbach

alte Turbachstrasse, 2 campfire sites. Location BBQ, seating, wood and a toilet (ToiToi) available
Rotengraben Location BBQ, seating and wood available

Grund near Gstaad

Löweli campfire site, from Gstaad in the direction of Feutersoey. Turn right after the bridge. Continue along the road for approx. 250 m. Location BBQ, seating, wood and a toilet (ToiToi) available

Feutersoey

Büdemli, entrance to Feutersoey, left after the Ledi Garage follow the road, under the bridge and then right along the Saane. Location BBQ, seating and wood available
Lac d'Arnon (3 campfire sites). Approx. 20 mins on foot from the car park. Location 2 x BBQ, seating and wood available

Gsteig

Luuswäldli, in the centre of the village, opposite the Hotel Bären, take the road towards Rohr, cross the bridge and then right along the hiking trail Location BBQ and seating available

Lauenen

At the playground, above Geltenhornplatz Location BBQ, seating and wood available. Lake Lauenen at the landing stage
Lake Lauenen at the landing stage Location

Schönried

Saaliweg, turn left after Coiffeur Haargenau and follow the road down. BBQ with playground. Location BBQ, seating, wood and a toilet (ToiToi) available
Rellerli, near the mountain station; accessible only by gondola lift or on foot Location BBQ, seating and wood available Rellerli, close to the mountain station; only accessible by gondola or on foot
Grossi Vorschess, on the hiking trail between Rellerli and Saanenmöser Location Seating and wood available.
Horneggli, above the mountain station Location BBQ, seating and wood available

Saanenmöser

Esel, on the way from Saanenmöser towards Bergmatte. Location BBQ, seating and wood available
Simmnegraben, 2 campfire sites above the Bergmatte. Location BBQ, seating and wood available
Saanenwald, go up the Hornbergstrasse, above the Saanerslochbahn middle station. Location BBQ, seating and wood available

Abländschen

Herrenschwändli Location BBQ, seating and wood available

Zweisimmen

Schlegelholz / Blankenburg (3 campfire sites) Leave Zweisimmen heading for Lenk, turn right into the Moosbachweg – the sites are then approx. 2 km from here:
- 1 x at the Vita Park heading for St. Stephan Location
- 1 x at the bridge to the main road Location
- 1 x at Moosbach, at the end of the Vita Park Location
BBQ, seating and wood available. At the Vita Park in St. Stephan is a toilet (ToiToi) available.
Mühleport, at the Mätteli Centre heading for Mühlegässli, then along the gravel path towards the swimming pool. The campfire site is located in the forest. Location BBQ, seating and wood available
Rischbachquelle, from Zweisimmen head towards Sparenmoos; approx. 1km after entering the small forest. Location BBQ, seating and wood available Confluence of the Kleine and Grosse Simme rivers. Hiking trail from the Musikhaus along the Kleine Simme towards Mannried
Confluence of the Kleine and Grosse Simme rivers. Hiking trail from the Musikhaus along the Kleine Simme towards Mannried. Location BBQ, seating and wood available
Sparenmoos, above the restaurant. Location BBQ, seating and wood available
Lake Forellen (3 campfire sites, 1 x on an island) Location BBQ, seating and wood available