The destination Gstaad has a wealth of magnificent lakes, each with its own distinctive character. However, all of them have one thing in common: their special atmosphere and splendid location in the heart of the magnificent natural landscape. We have selected four in particular:
Situated in the heart of a nature reserve, the splendour of Lake Lauenen is an ideal destination for hikers, nature lovers and romantics alike. Boats are available for hire from the Lauenensee Restaurant.
- Location: 4 km south of Lauenen
- Altitude: 1,381 metres above sea level.
- How to get there: By road up to Lake Lauenen, where there is a pay-car park
- Public transport: Bus from Gstaad or Wispile cable car followed by a hike to the lake
- Highlights: Lake Lauenen circular hiking route, Boat hire from the Restaurant Lauenensee, Wonderful nature reserve, View of the Dungelschuss and Geltenschuss waterfalls
- Hiking-Highlight 2019: Wispile - Chrine - Lauenensee
Lake Arnen nestles amidst a magnificent mountainous landscape far away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. There are plenty of spots along the lake shore for hikers, swimmers and fishermen to stop off and enjoy their rest. And you can also stave off your hunger at one of the many barbecue areas, not to mention the comfortable "Huus am Arnensee" restaurant on the lake itself.
- Location: In the Tschärzistal Valley, 6 km from Feutersoey
- Altitude: 1,542 metres above sea level.
- How to get there: Toll road from Feutersoey
- Hot wo get there - alternative: "Mitfahrbank" - Bench, where car-drivers can pick you up. Located in Feutersoey at the barrier to Lake Arnen and at the Lake Arnen dam.
- Attractions: Lake Arnen circular trail, Fishing, Bathing lake, Pedalo and boat hire, Stand Up Paddels hire
The picturesque Lake Seeberg above Zweisimmen and the surrounding Alps offer an even more attractive hiking area since the opening of the new circular hiking trail. Hikers can enjoy views across Zweisimmen, Saanenmöser, over to the Rinderberg and Sparenmoos as they walk. A refreshing bath in the clear spring water from Lake Seeberg revives body, mind and soul.
- Location: between Zweisimmen and the Diemtigtal
- Altitude: 1,831 metres above sea level.
- How to get there: By road from Zweisimmen via Grubenwald to the Meienberg car park or via Schlatt to Milchchäle and then take the road from Diemtigtal to the lake. A taxi may be booked at any time on week-ends. Taxi Schnidrig +41 33 722 72 72, Taxi 4x4 +41 33 722 04 04.
- Attention: The road Grubenwald-Meienberg will be closed to any traffic from 15 June to October 2019, always from Monday to Friday, 7.00 to 18.00. On the weed-ends, the road is open.
The approach via Oey-Diemtigen-Zwischenflüh will be possible on any time. To get to the lake from the parking takes about 25 minutes by foot.
- Attractions: Lake Seeberg is part of the regional Diemtigtal Nature Reserve, spring water, bathing lake, Lake Seeberg circular trail, wonderful mountain biking route
Hornberg reservoir lake
The man-made reservoir lake is situated in a picturesque setting in the Hornberg cauldron at around 1800 m. Hikers can reach it from the mountain station of the Horneggli cable car, along the popular high-level hike Horneggli-Rinderberg.
The reservoir lake is quite shallow, which means it warms up quickly and makes for pleasant bathing. Also located at the lake is Europe’s highest wakeboarding installation, a bar, and a small cosy sunbathing meadow. There are also two mountain restaurants nearby for those keen to enjoy a culinary treat. Their panoramic terraces offer wonderful views of the mountain scenery. The reservoir lake is also easy to reach by car from Saanenmöser along Hornbergstrasse.
- Elevation: 1,797 m above sea level.
- How to get there: By car from Saanenmöser along Hornbergstrasse to the lake.
- Public transport: The Hornberg region is easily accessible from Schönried with the Horneggli cable car. From the mountain station the lake can be reached on foot in 15 minutes along the pleasant hiking trail.
- Location: above Gstaad, Schönried, Saanenmöser in the Hornberg cauldron.
- Highlights: Hiking trail Horneggli-Rinderberg, Hornberg mountain restaurants, Wake Up Gstaad, mountain bike cable-car tour, Hornfluh climbing garden.
The high-lying Sanetsch valley is situated to the north of the Sanetsch Pass at an elevation of 2,000 to 2,100 m and is the site of the Lake Sanetsch reservoir dam. The reservoir lake lies in a picturesque high valley, and it takes one and a half hours to hike the circuit trail around the lake. Those brave enough will certainly want to enjoy a refreshing dip in the lake’s cold mountain waters. Tired hikers, for their part, can cool their feet instead.
- Elevation: 2,034 m above sea level.
- How to get there: By car to the valley station of the Sanetsch cable car, Innergsteig, or from the south from Sitten along the narrow mountain road to Lake Sanetsch.
- Public transport: The Lake Sanetsch region with its chapel and mountain restaurant can be reached from the Bern side by aerial ropeway (operating times). From the Valais side, a PostBus operates daily from Sitten to the lake.
- Location: above Gsteig, near the Sanetsch Pass.
- Highlights: Glacier 3000-Sanetsch hike, hiking circuit around Lake Sanetsch, Sanetsch climbing region, the hamlet of Sanetsch with small chapel, museum and Auberge.
The small and romantic Lake Retaud is located close to the Col du Pillon surrounded by forests and mountains. The magnificent views stretch as far as the Diablerets glacier. The Restaurant "Le Lac Retaud" is perfect for a snack or light refreshment. And a leisurely outing on the lake in a rowing boat is a wonderful way for nature lovers to take in the magnificent scenery.
- Location: Les Diablerets, 2 km from the Col du Pillon
- Altitude: 1,685 metres above sea level.
- How to get there: By road up to the Col du Pillon pass, then turn right
- Public transport: Train from Aigle to Les Diablerets, then take the bus to the Col du Pillon and then approx. 45 minutes on foot. A post bus runs between Gstaad and the Col du Pillon.
- Attractions: Bathing lake, Hiking towards Lake Arnen or Les Diablerets