The Gstaad-Saanenland holiday
region in the Bernese Oberland attracts a charming mix
of visitors: while the chalet village of Gstaad
welcomes famous guests, the smaller neighbouring
villages offer attractive options for families with
children. In recent years, the centre of Gstaad has
developed into the most popular and shortest
"shopping mile" in Switzerland.
The wide-open countryside of the Saanenland offers
a versatile and and diverse sports programme:
hiking (trail network of over 300 km), mountain
biking, paragliding and golf. On the River Saane
there are opportunities for mountain torrent and
canoo adventures. Summer cross-country skiing is
possible in the "Glacier 3000" ski
region. The summer toboggan run in Schönried, a via
ferrata and the Lake Lauenen nature paradise are
ideal excursion destinations for families.
In winter, 220km of pistes at altitudes of up to
3000 metres above sea level await skiers and
snowboard riders. Several snowparks and numerous
toboggan runs as well as 165km of trails for
classic- and skating-style cross-country skiing are
at the disposal of visitors. For walkers there are
about 200km of winter walking trails. Among the
rather more unusal activities on offer there is
Bavarian curling in the centre of Gstaad and
glacier- and heli-skiing.
Winter in the smaller resorts in the region, such
as Lauenen, means peace and pleasure on long winter
walks, while cross-country skiing or taking a ride
in a horse-drawn sleigh.