Outdoor-Activities in the Destination Gstaad
The destination Gstaad is simply an outdoor paradise. The unspoiled natural countryside inspires people to get out and keep fit, whether on the ground, in the air or on wheels. What all sports and activities have in common is the health-giving mountain air. Have a great time!
Mountaineering & Climbing
The destination Gstaad offers a wealth of climbing routes in first-class regions from Zweisimmen to the Pays d'Enhaut. Suitable for elite athletes as well as families and beginners.
Zweisimmen high-rope park offers thrill-seekers of all ages an unforgettable experience in the tops of gigantic Obersimmental trees.
Gstaad-Saanenland Golf Course opened in 1961 (1400 metres above sea level) is considered to be one of the most beautiful 18-hole courses in the Alps.
Gstaad and tennis are an unbeatable doubles team. Every July, the ATP-Tour's elite compete in the Tennis Tournament in Gstaad for valuable world-ranking points. And if you simply want to stay fit on holiday, you'll find plenty of tennis courts, even indoor courts, in the destination Gstaad.
Public Tennis Courts
Gstaad Sports Centre
- 3 indoor courts
- 3 outdoor sand courts
- Reservations: Online-Reservation-Tool on the Sports Centre-Page
Gstaad Palace Tennis Courts
- 4 outdoor sand courts
- Reservations: +41 33 748 50 00
Saanen Tennis Courts
Schönried Tennis Courts
- 2 outdoor sand courts
- Reservations: +41 33 748 40 20
Saanenmöser Tennis Courts
- 2 outdoor courts "sand synthetic"
- Reservations: +41 33 748 68 68
Zweisimmen Tennis Courts
- 3 outdoor courts "sand synthetic" (Monday - Friday)
- 1 tennis wall
- Reservations: +41 33 722 11 33
The international Tennis tournament in Gstaad:
Guided outings into the unspoilt countryside or riding lessons in the indoor hall – in classic, English or Western style: the hearts of horse-lovers are sure to beat even faster here.
Offer Gstaad Equestrian Centre
- Children and beginners riding lessons in German, English and French
- Dressage and jumping lessons
- Private lessons and training
- All-round holiday care for your horse
- Horse boarding
Riding stable Hauswirth
Phone +41 78 824 75 54
Underi Märetmattestrasse 1
Mobile: +41 79 602 41 94
The Destination Gstaad has a wealth of varied flying routes. The launch sites have good thermals and are easy to reach by lift and cable car. Visitors can also experience the thrill of tandem flights with experienced pilots.
- Paragliding School Gstaad, Tel. +41 79 224 42 70
- Time To Fly Paragliding, Tel. +41 76 470 10 10
- Alpinzentrum Gstaad, Tel. +41 33 748 41 61
- Swissraft, Tel. +41 81 911 52 50
Official launch sites
- La Videmanette
- Glacier 3000
More information on the launch sites
Important note: Adhere to the instructions at the launch and landing sites, as well as information provided by the lift and cable car stations about wildlife reserves. Respect flora and fauna at all times.
The Alpine Coaster on the Glacier 3000 offers thrilling toboggan runs for the young and old alike.
Alpine Coaster (open from 9.15 until 16.30)
An exhilarating glacier run on the world's highest toboggan run is sure to give you an adrenaline rush. The Alpine Coaster is one of the biggest attractions on Glacier 3000. Up to six meters above the ground and close to the sheer drop, those brave enough to try will experience the ultimate thrilling ride! Children under the age of 9 must be accompanied by an adult.
Price for adult / children from 9 years
- Price per run: CHF 9.00
- Multi-ride tickets: 4 runs, 1 free
Year after year, the Beach Volleyball Major Series - Swatch Major Gstaad are a highlight on Gstaad's events calendar. Top players from all over the world compete for the title and prize money right in the heart of Gstaad against a fabulous backdrop of mountains and chalets. A number of different courts are available in Gstaad and surroundings for beach volleyball enthusiasts.
Public beach volleyball facilities
Gstaad Sports Centre
- Reservations: +41 33 748 80 90
- 6 beach volleyball courts
Saanen swimming pool
- Reservations: +41 33 744 12 87
- 1 beach volleyball court
Zweisimmen swimming pool
- Reservations: +41 79 589 33 38
- 1 beach volleyball court
- Reservations: email@example.com
- 1 beach volleyball court
Schönried school grounds
- No reservation possible
- 1 beach volleyball court
- Reservations: +41 78 607 88 04
- 1 beach volleyball courts
Beach Volleyball Major Series - Swatch Major Gstaad: The world's best beach volleyball teams battle it out against each other against the "exotic" backdrop of the Alps.
Fishing waters (state-owned)
- Kleine Simme
- Lake Arnen
Fishing waters belonging to the Saanenland Angling Association
Fishing is not permitted in Lake Lauenen.
A permit is required for fishing in public waters.
Annual, monthly, weekly and daily permits are available from the tourist offices in Gstaad, Saanen and Schönried. For prices, other sales points and information, visit www.vol.be.ch/fischerei.
Scooters provide a fun alternative for anyone with a good level of fitness who loves racing down into the valley.
- Single: CHF 12.-
- All day pass (cable car + scooter rental): CHF 35.-
- All day pass, Half-Fare (cable car + scooter rental): CHF 25.-
Prices children (from 12 to 15 years)
- Single: CHF 7.-
- All day pass (cable car + scooter rental): CHF 20.-
- Suitable for children from 12 years
Further Scooter-Runs (see Informations & Preizes on the link)
River Rafting & Canyoning
The Rivers Saane and Simme offer exhilarating rafting and canyoning conditions, especially during the snowmelt. However, even at the height of the summer, a rafting adventure on the cool waters is a fun-filled experience for the young and young-at-heart.
Whether you're propelled into the air by thermal currents or by a motor, the Bernese Oberland Alps offer pilots a number of different options and flying routes. Different companies offer flights over the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau or towards the Valais Alps close to the Matterhorn and over the Aletsch Glacier. Aspiring pilots can also work towards their RPPL (Restricted Private Pilot License).
Providers of sightseeing flights
Hot Air Ballooning
The balloon floats gently up into the sky where everything is silent and peaceful. As you drift along with the wind, you will have an outstanding view of the mountains and valleys. Experienced balloonists have come to love the region for its micro-climate, which provides the very best conditions for ballooning.
- Ballon Château-d'Oex, Tel. +41 26 924 22 20, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Swissraft Services GmbH, Tel. +41 81 911 52 50, email@example.com
- Take-Off Balloon, Tel. +41 32 397 51 42, firstname.lastname@example.org
Event Tip: International Festival of Ballooning, Château-d’Oex - over 80 balloons from different countries compete: www.festivaldeballons.ch
On four paws through the snow: The Huskies are at home in the white splendor. The whole pack enjoys moving around in the snow – and this joy is contagious and felt by everyone watching them play in the snow. Even better is a romantic ride on a dogsled through the unique alpine area of Glacier 3000.
- Dog sledding every Wednesday and Saturday without booking from 10 am to 2 pm. All other dates only on prior reservation.
Trekking with animals Discover the mountain world of the destination Gstaad with porters of a very particular kind – llama, goat or horse trekking is a pleasurable experience for all age groups.
The miniature golf courses in the destination Gstaad provide loads of fun and enjoyment on a small scale. Young and old alike will enjoy the fun and games in the midst of the magnificent mountain scenery.
There are several routes in the destination of Gstaad that are suitable for trail running. Besides the 3 existing Helsana trails and the Alpness Trail, there are several signposted trail running routes. From Gstaad, two of these routes take you to the Eggli and then back to the valley or via the Wispile mountain to the idyllic Lake Lauenen.
Riding through the beautiful unspoiled countryside in a horse-drawn carriage or sleigh is one of the romantic highlights of any stay in the destination Gstaad.
Stand Up Paddling (SUP)
The trend sport from Hawaii. Is it too hot in the valley? Then enjoy a cool breeze on one of the Destination’s beautiful mountain lakes while stand up paddling. Hire the equipment at one of the hire stations, book a guide and away you go. If you have your own equipment, all you have to do is take it with you and you’re good to go.
Bow Hunter Park Gstaad
The Bowhunter Saanenland’s 3D course with its 28 stations has been located in the picturesque Saanenland countryside since spring 2019 on the grounds of Jagdschützen Saanenland.
This course is open to all by prior arrangement.
No matter whether beginner or pro, you are sure to be delighted with your visit here. Families are also very welcome to visit the 3D course. Each station features different animals with information panels detailing the animal and hunt. It takes from two to two and a half hours to complete a round. Good outdoor shoes needed.
Prices - club activity
- Rent for bow incl. 3 arrows and quiver: CHF 20.00
- 1 round:
Adults CHF 18.00
Apprentices and pensioners (with ID only) CHF 16.00
Young people 12-18 years CHF 16.00
Children up to 12 years CHF 13.00
Prices - outside of club activity
The following additional rates apply for the guide and the preparation of the facility:
- 1-5 participant/s (approx.1.5 hrs) CHF 230.00
- 6-10 participants (approx. 2 hrs) CHF 290.00
- 11+ individual offer
Times and contact details
Tel +41 33 748 86 66
- Tue / Thur on registration before midday the day before, on request also available at short notice
- Bowhunter Saanenland
Tel +41 76 365 57 25
- Club activity on sundays, see website.
Individuals and families have access without registration, groups on registration.
On club Sundays, the fire pit near the hunting lodge in the middle of the course is an inviting place for a barbecue.
In summer it is possible to go wakeboarding on the reservoir for the Hornberg’s snowmaking system. It is the highest wakeboarding and water skiing facility in Europe. During the high season, from July 23 to mid September, the facility will be open to visitors without prior notice being required. An online-reservation is recommended. On request, the lift is also operated for groups and companies outside the opening hours.
For more information visit www.wakeupgstaad.ch.
Prices & Offers Sessions
- CHF 32.00 for one 15-minute-session
- CHF 112.00 for 1 hour rental (best offer for max. 5 persons)
- On request: exclusive rental for half-days or full days
Rental equipment is provided free of charge
Reservation online with a credit card or on site with credit card or cash
- Bar with warm and cold beverage and drinks. Little snacks during the week. BBQ on week-ends if the weather is kind.
Further information on www.wakeupgstaad.ch.
Geocaching & Orienteering
There are numerous geocaches hidden away in the destination of Gstaad and they are just waiting to be discovered. Guaranteed fun for the whole family is assured as each person discovers new places and insider tips.
Geocaching, also known as GPS scavenger hunting, is a kind of digital treasure hunt. The hidden objects are publicised on the internet using geographic coordinates and are then searched for with the aid of a GPS receiver.
This is how it works:
1. Download the free geocaching app
2. Register and go hunting
Further information about Geocaching:
Time out in the forest: Forest bathing
Consciously experiencing the forest with all our senses: this is Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing), a health promoting practice from Japan which is core of the self-care nature retreats SAANENWALD near Gstaad this year. Next to guided Forest Bathing through the luscious landscapes of the Bernese Highlands, there will be daily yoga & meditation as well as an herbal walk and an introduction to (self) hypnosis as part of optional workshops. The programme is accompanied by plant-based and delicious meals and plenty of lazing time at the beautiful mid-mountain lodge.
More information on: www.saanenwald.org