In Gstaad you experience the stillness of nature in a very special way. While hiking, your eyes sweep over nearby mountain peaks, the scent of fresh flowers is in the air and the rays of sun warm your face. Local products served in a cosy hut invite you to take a break on the mountain. Down in the valley, top chefs spoil guests with culinary highlights. Families don’t miss out either. The lively goat Saani accompanies young guests on adventure playgrounds and experience trails and promises a family vacation with lots of variety.
Hiking highlights for the summer
The hiking season is here! While its hot and humid in the lowlands, the thermometer in the mountains shows exactly the right temperature to go hiking. These three panorama routes in the destination are ones that we really enjoy.
Gstaad Card: digital access to a variety of guest experiences
Starting 1 May, the new Guest Card will be available in the destination Gstaad: digital, easy to use and includes a large selection of great experiences.
With over 500 kilometers of GPS tours, the destination Gstaad is a paradise for bikers. Whether with a racing bike or mountain bike – here everyone gets their money’s worth. But which ones are the most beautiful tours? We reveal our favorites!
The “schürlis” characterize the Gstaad region and these traditional huts are regarded as special retreat places. Five such treasures, all distributed at different places in the region, invite you to slow down this summer. You can enjoy the peace and quiet of nature and marvel at the magnificent mountain scenery in these old special places, far away from all the tourists. Go on a discovery tour. Infos and directions are available online.
Hiking highlight Horneggli-Rinderberg
The Horneggli-Rinderberg hike
This hike offers something for everyone: Families love the playground on Rinderbergspitz – here the young kids can play around, while the adults enjoy a well-deserved refreshment after the hike from Horneggli. Those who begin the hike from Rinderberg will discover great surprises along the way: for example, a wakeboard facility on Hornberg and great mountain huts with fine things to eat. The alpine panorama – whether you start your hike from Rinderberg or from Horneggli – is unbeatable.
Activities on this hike
Facade 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.
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.
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.
Hiking highlight Wispile-Lake Lauenen
The Wispile-Lake Lauenen 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
The playground with wooden and stone elements offers a panoramic view onto the mountains around Gstaad. It offers water fun, a climbing garden, fantastic slides, swings and areas to relax and chill out.
Wispile Petting Zoo
Guests will find an adventure stable with petting zoo integrated into the playground. The climbing garden is not only lots of fun for kids, but also for the goats, which can retreat back to their own place at any time.
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.
Chalet Villages Lauenen and Gsteig
The hike will take you through lovely alpine landscapes to Lauenen and Gsteig. A walk to the historical center of the chalet villages is well worthwhile not only because of the exciting historical background …
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.
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.
Useful links for this hike
- Round-trip tickets
- Family pass Wispile
- Tarifs Bergbahnen Destination Gstaad
- Operating dates Bergbahnen Destination Gstaad
- interactive Map Destination Gstaad
- Arrival & Parking Recommendation for the journey to Lake Lauenen: On foot, by post bus or by bicycle from the village of Lauenen.
- Time Table SBB
- Time Table Postauto
- Accommodation in the Destination
Hiking highlight Sanetsch
The Sanetsch round hike
The landscape around the Sanetsch is varied and extraordinary. Rugged rocks and gentle meadows alternate, with the blue reservoir reflecting in between. The easy lake circuit leads you past a colorful fauna. Especially in autumn, the atmosphere is uniquely beautiful.
If you are looking for a sporting challenge, start in the valley and tackle the altitude meters without the gondola. For culinary enjoyment, be sure to take a break at the Auberge du Sanetsch.
Activities on this hike
A real insider tip for all those who love gorges. The trail leads 150 meters in altitude through the forest, past cool waterfalls and impressive rock faces. A great way to cool off on hot summer days!
A challenging, panoramic hike connects the Sanetsch Pass with the Scex Rouge. Besides the glacier and the reservoir, you will also pass the source of the Saane. If you are in good shape, this hike is a wonderful experience.
Bike tour to Wallis
The gondola takes you comfortably up to the plateau, even experienced bikers leave the ascent to the cable car. Once at the top, the road winds its way in a short climb to the top of the pass. From here the fun factor increases, the descent to Sion is long and fast. The reverse is also possible.
What does „Into Nature's tranquillity“ mean? Is it the calming effect of the fresh mountain air? The awareness of how the sun feels on the skin? Or even listening to the sounds of nature? One thing is clear, there are countless possibilities to rest and relax in Gstaad. Be it in the outdoors, in a really nice spa or while enjoying a fine meal.
Numerous lakes and streams give the countryside of the Destination Gstaad a very special idyllic touch. A jump into a refreshing mountain lake or a footbath in a rippling stream, both promise an unforgettable experience.
Highest quality, modern design and a cosy atmosphere come together in the different wellness areas of the destination. Perfect for winding down after an active day in the mountains.
Welcome in Saaniland
There is much to discover in and around Gstaad for young and old. As of summer 2021, families can explore two new adventure trails, this way hiking is fun even for the youngest family members! Racing downhill on a scooter, romping around together on the adventure playgrounds, cooling off in the outdoor pool and licking an ice cream – plenty of variety. And in the STATION the whole family can work, craft and learn together.
After an easy high-altitude hike from Horneggli to Rinderberg, especially the young kids look forward to the playground on top of the Rinderberg. The mountain restaurant guarantees well-deserved food and drinks with a unique panoramic view onto the surrounding mountains.
The two new experience trails in the destination Gstaad let families actively discover the local animal and plant world, as well as the musical history. Following the stations along the trail will take you by the most beautiful viewpoints of the area in a playful manner.
The STATION is a room for playing and experimenting, in which everything revolves around cable cars and cables. All activities are offline and allow kids to immerse themselves in a world of creating and trying things out.
From enjoyable to sporty, the routes and trails in Gstaad are diverse. E-bikers can regularly re-charge their batteries en route. Mountain bikers will find hidden trails with breath-taking views. Those with racing bikes get their money’s worth on mountain passes. What brings everyone together is the experience in nature – and maybe the reward of a delicious meal or relaxing spa visit after a long day on two wheels.
Road bike Pillon-Mosses
The classical road bike tour in the destination goes over two popular alpine passes – Pillon and Mosses. Passing white mountain peaks, you take on the unfamiliar climb to Les Voëttes before a rapid descent to Château-d’Oex.
The Destination Gstaad offers a varied range of routes for beginners and pleasure-oriented bikers. Experiencing nature combined with beautiful views and taking breaks in rustic mountain eateries round off the mostly easy routes.
Sporty bikers get their money’s worth on the tour to Rellerli. From the chalet village of Saanen, the tour continues through the narrow and remote Grischbach Valley. Once on top of the Rellerli, the view opens up onto the Saanenland.
From May 2021, our guests will be able to use the new digital guest card. It is the access to a diverse range of experiences for young and old and should offer our guests a clear added value and simplify handling.