Snow-covered Gstaad promenade with a view of the chalets and horse-drawn carriage ©  CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 Melanie Uhkoetter / ©Gstaad Saanenland Tourismus

Romantic carriage ride through the snow-covered chalet village.


Our chalet villages

In the heart of the Bernese Oberland lies the Gstaad vacation region, which consists of ten enchanting chalet villages. Each village has its own distinctive charm and contributes to a rich mosaic of traditional Alpine flair and timeless elegance. Together, these villages form the Gstaad vacation region, where guests can discover a wealth of leisure activities in a picturesque alpine setting. Each of these ten chalet villages has its own history and personality. Each of them contributes in its own way to the fascinating diversity of this destination. 

 Snow-covered Gstaad promenade with a view of the chalets and horse-drawn carriage

Romantic carriage ride through the snow-covered chalet village.

©  CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 Melanie Uhkoetter / ©Gstaad Saanenland Tourismus


«A world-famous, pedestrianised chalet village that oozes chic»

Gstaad (1,050 m above sea level) is the beating heart of the region and embodies a unique combination of tradition, comfort and style. The pedestrianised village centre is home to charming restaurants, exclusive shops, top-class hotels and trendy bars, which together create a remarkable atmosphere. The surrounding leisure areas are easily accessible via three modern mountain railways – perfect for trying a range of activities. Gstaad is the ideal place to leave the stresses of everyday life behind and experience unforgettable moments in picturesque surroundings.


‘Living history on the border with French-speaking Switzerland’

Saanen (1,010 m above sea level) is a historical settlement in the heart of the Saanenland and one of the most magical chalet villages in the Bernese Oberland. The village itself is a crown jewel among Switzerland’s protected sites. With its deep-rooted tradition, artistic craftsmanship and a historic past, Saanen exudes a unique and irresistible charm. 

View of the snow-covered village of Saanen with the church and Gstaad and mountains in the background.

Winter village of Saanen with mountain panorama

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 Snow-covered mountain landscape at Schönried, with chairlifts in the background.

Horneggli chairlift with mountain scenery in the background.

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Schönried: sport & leisure on Gstaad’s sunny terrace

Schönried (1,230 m above sea level) lies on the sunny terrace of the holiday region of Gstaad. The chalet village is a popular destination for fun-seekers. From the village centre, the Horneggli chairlift takes you straight to the biggest ski area in the region, and it’s a seventh heaven for cross-country skiers, too. 


Sunny views at the top of the pass

Saanenmöser (1,270 m above sea level) is a sunny chalet village connecting the towns of Zweisimmen and Saanen. It offers an abundance of winter activities for sports enthusiasts. The region’s largest ski area is accessible from the village centre thanks to the Saanersloch mountain railways. Saanenmöser is a paradise for skiers and snowboarders, with slopes to enjoy right here. With a variety of runs and beautiful winter landscapes, this is a dream destination for winter sports enthusiasts. 

 Focus on the Saanersloch gondola with a snowy mountain panorama in the background

Saanersloch gondola lift with snowy mountain scenery in the background.

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 Red Rinderberg gondolas at sunrise, with the snow-covered mountain village of Zweisimmen and a snowy mountain backdrop behind them.

A wintry atmosphere on Rinderberg mountain.

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The gateway to Gstaad’s largest hiking area in the region

Zweisimmen, at an altitude of 945 metres above sea level, is transformed into a paradise for nature lovers in summer. The majestic Rinderberg offers hikers and nature lovers magnificent views of the Bernese Alps. Just a short walk away is Sparenmoos, a tranquil moor that’s perfect for hiking and nature-watching in summer. Enjoy unspoilt nature and the silence of the mountains to the full. Off the beaten track, there are cosy restaurants and bars where you can relax after spending a day in the stunning mountain setting.


A romantic mountain village with a much-admired lake

The idyllic mountain village of Lauenen (1,241 m above sea level) is nature at its most tranquil. The authentic wooden houses and enchanting church reflect deep-rooted traditions. The nature reserve around Lake Lauenen boasts majestic waterfalls, spectacular glaciers and pristine moorland. Lake Lauenen is said to have a unique energy about it. The band Span went so far as to dedicate a song to the lake, which has gone on to become a timeless classic in Swiss music.

 Snow-covered mountain landscape with sunny and shady slopes. 

Snowy Lake Lauenen in beautiful weather.

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 Ski tourers on a snow-covered mountain ridge, with white peaks in the background.

Ski touring amid a magnificent mountain landscape.

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A scattered settlement in Gstaad’s most romantic side valley

Turbach (1,320 m above sea level) is a hidden gem in the idyllic side valley of Gstaad, offering outdoor and adventure experiences all year round. In winter, Turbach transforms into a winter wonderland with cross-country ski trails and the exciting Tiger Run on the Wasserngrat, which lies across from the village. Gstaad and other ski areas are just minutes away, allowing visitors to explore the full splendour of the Swiss Alps. 


The stepping stone to the Arnensee

The idyllic village of Feutersoey is nestled among the majestic mountains at 1,185 metres above sea level. Tucked between Gstaad and the Col du Pillon, it captivates summer visitors with its sparkling lakes, picturesque hiking areas and challenging mountain bike trails. Nature sets the stage for summer adventures and experiences that leave every visitor spellbound. Feutersoey, a haven for nature lovers and adventurers. 

 The Arnensee with snow-capped peaks and a boat on the lake.

View of the Arnensee in spring.

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Snow-covered Gsteig landscape with people and sleds.

Dusk on the sledding run in Gsteig.

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A historical village on the Col du Pillon

The heritage-listed village of Gsteig (1,200 m above sea level) lies in the deep Saane valley on the Col du Pillon, surrounded by the Diablerets massif and the Sanetsch region. The church and the Hotel Bären beside it are among the most frequently photographed traditional village scenes in Switzerland. 


Slow down in an unspoiled natural setting

A winter paradise at 1,300 m above sea level, on the edge of the Bernese Oberland and the Freiburg Alps. Majestic mountain views, plentiful hiking options in the Grischbachtal and superb places to eat make this mountain village unique. Welcome to Abländschen, where you can enjoy winter at its finest. 

 Snow-covered church in Abländschen.

Snow-covered church in Abländschen.

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