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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.

High-rope Park

Zweisimmen high-rope park offers thrill-seekers of all ages an unforgettable experience in the tops of gigantic Obersimmental trees.

Golf

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.

Swimming & Bathing

The destination Gstaad has a wealth of magnificent bathing lakes, each with its own distinctive character.

There are just so many facilities for water lovers in and around Gstaad.

Tennis

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

Gstaad Palace Tennis Courts

  • 1 tennis wall
  • 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 sand courts
  • Reservations: +41 33 748 68 68

Zweisimmen Tennis Courts

  • 1 outdoor sand court (Monday - Friday)
  • 1 tennis wall
  • Reservations: +41 33 722 11 33

Further information and prices

The international Tennis tournament in Gstaad:

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Horse-riding

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.

Gstaad Equestrian Centre

  • Training hall 25 x 45 m, opened in December 2010
  • Outdoor area 30 x 65 m
  • Club room
  • 2 hectares of meadows and paddocks
  • Riding lessons by riding instructors with Swiss Federal diplomas in German, English, French and Russian
  • Carriage-driving courses
  • Accompanied outings, lasting between 1.5 and max. 6 hours
  • Carriage and Sleigh Rides
  • Modern, air-conditioned interior and exterior boxes for hire per day, week or month
  • Contact +41 77 418 95 16

Providers

Riding stable Hauswirth
Gstaadstrasse 39
3792 Saanen
Phone +41 78 824 75 54
www.reitstall-hauswirth.ch

Saanenreiter
Sarah Matti
Underi Märetmattestrasse 1
3792 Saanen
Mobile: +41 79 602 41 94
www.saanenreiter.ch
info@saanenreiter.ch

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Paragliding

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.

Providers

Paragliding-Day-Ticket

Official launch sites

  • Wispile
  • Wasserngrat
  • Rinderberg
  • Horneggli
  • 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.

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Summer Tobogganing

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
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Beach Volleyball

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

Ferienhaus Heitimatte

  • Reservations: nadja.keusch@bluewin.ch
  • 1 beach volleyball court

Schönried school grounds

  • No reservation possible
  • 1 beach volleyball court

Ebnit Schulhaus

  • 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.

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Fishing

The destination Gstaad has several lakes and rivers in which fishing is permitted. The trout lake in Zweisimmen and Lake Arnen in Feutersoey are very popular with families.

Fishing waters (state-owned)

  • Saane
  • Grischbach
  • Kleine Simme
  • Lake Arnen

Fishing waters belonging to the Saanenland Angling Association

  • Tschärzisbach
  • Meielsgrundbach
  • Chalberhönibach
  • Geltenbach
  • Lauibach
  • Turbachbach
  • Turnelsbach
  • Reuschbach
  • Erbserenbach
  • Kauflisbach

Fishing is not permitted in Lake Lauenen.

Permit required
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.

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Scooters

Scooters provide a fun alternative for anyone with a good level of fitness who loves racing down into the valley.

Prices adults

  • Single: CHF 9.-
  • 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 5.-
  • All day pass (cable car + scooter rental): CHF 20.-
  • Suitable for children from 12 years

Scooter Runs

Further Scooter-Runs (see Informations & Preizes on the link)

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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.

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Sightseeing Flights

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).

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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.

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Event Tip: International Festival of Ballooning, Château-d’Oex - over 80 balloons from different countries compete: www.festivaldeballons.ch

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Dog-sleigh trips

Greenland dogs and Siberian Huskies love nothing more than a hard day's work. The sheer joy they have in exercise, snow and in life within the pack creates the dynamics for an unforgettable experience of a dog-sleigh trip.

Offers

  • Glacier Tours
  • Events, company excursions and VIP programs
  • Family events
  • Husky experience for individuals and groups of up to 6

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Animal Trekking

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.

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Mini Golf

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.

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Trail Running

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.

Carriage Rides

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.

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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.

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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

  • Experience
    Tel +41 33 748 86 66
    info@experience.ch
  • Tue / Thur on registration before midday the day before, on request also available at short notice

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.

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Wakeboarding

From July to October it will be 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 to early 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.


Operating Dates

  • High season (29.6.-11.8.2019):
    Thursday, 14.00 - 20.00
    Friday, 14.00 - 21.00
    Saturday, 10.00 - 21.00
    Sunday, 10.00 - 20.00
  • Low season (13.8.-8.9.2019):
    Sat-Sun, 10.00 - 20.00

Prices & Offers Sessions

  • CHF 24.00 for one 15-minute-session
  • CHF 90.00 for 1 hour rental (best offer for max. 5 persons)
  • CHF 240.00 card for 11 sessions (digital card, no paper-card)
  • On request: exclusive rental for half-days or full days

Rental equipment

  • CHF 3.00 Wakeboard
  • CHF 2.00 Helmet and life vest (mandatory for all visitors)
  • CHF 2.00 neoprene suit

Reservation online with a credit card or on site with credit card or cash


Gastronomy

  • Bar with warm and cold beverage and drinks. Little snacks during the week. BBQ on week-ends if the weather is kind.

For further informations, see www.wakeupgstaad.ch.

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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:

Further orienteering-activities:

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