Gstaad has been attracting the rich and famous for many years and it certainly has its fair share of smart shops, galleries and restaurants. Yet this picturesque resort has a traffic-free centre and a tranquil location at the intersection of two valleys, surrounded on three sides by the beautiful mountains of the Bernese Oberland. With its neighbouring resorts, the area is known as 'Holiday Destination Gstaad' and offers a fantastic range of linked transport facilities with ten mountains and over 300km of scenic walking trails to explore. You can even play golf at 1,400m above sea level, in a stunning mountain landscape. Hotel guests benefit from the FREE Gstaad EasyAccess Card during the summer months, with local discounts.
Schönried lies at 1,230m, on the sun terrace of the region. This idyllic chalet village is a paradise for nature lovers and offers the perfect spot for relaxation. There are cable cars to the Horneggli and Rellerli mountains directly from the village centre while regular buses and trains transport you to the centre of Gstaad in minutes.
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Where to stay
Choose from our handpicked hotels. The Gstaaderhof is in Gstaad, while the Ermitage is in Schönried.
What to see and do
Gstaad's local mountain, the Wispile, offers a fabulous day out for families with its petting zoo and alpine bowling alley and is also the starting point for high altitude hikes to pretty Lake Lauenen. The Rinderberg is the gateway to the largest hiking region in the Simmental Valley, including the beauty spots and panoramic views around Zweisimmen, Horneggli and Saanenmöser. If you wish to travel even higher, head for Glacier 3000. The views from here are outstanding: on a clear day you can see as far as Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn and the Bernese Alps. Thrill seekers will enjoy the summer toboggan run above Schönried, while nostalgic horse and carriage rides offer a gentler way to travel.
There is a very scenic rail journey down to Spiez and Interlaken and from these resorts you can take a cruise on sparkling Lake Thun or enjoy mountain visits at Niederhorn and Harder Kulm. Please click here for more that the region has to offer.
Visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Take a day to visit the amazing Jungfrau-Aletsch Glacier with a stunning mountain rail journey to the Jungfraujoch and awesome views across the glacier from the summit. You can also reach the beautifully historic Old Town of Bern from Gstaad. Find more Swiss World Heritage Sites here.
Explore the region with our great value travel passes
Our holidays include the Half Fare Card, which entitles you to a 50% discount on most rail, mountain railways, cable cars, boats and PostBuses across Switzerland.
If you are planning daily outings, it can be well worth pre-booking the Bernese Oberland Regional Pass, as it saves you a great deal of money - and helps you avoid the queues at the ticket office! The Swiss Travel Pass is also available and we will be delighted to help you choose the one that's right for you. Call us on 0800 619 1200 for more advice.
Scenic rail holidays from Gstaad
Enjoy a fantastic two or multi centre holiday, with a scenic rail journey connecting your resorts.
Gstaad is on the route of the GoldenPass Line/Luzern-Interlaken Express (for Montreux or Lucerne). You can also take the short transfer to Spiez to join the Lötschberg Regio Express for Bern or Brig, with connections to the famous Glacier Express to St. Moritz.
If you prefer to be based solely in Gstaad, there are many lakes and mountains journeys to be enjoyed locally. We can tailor make any itinerary you choose, please contact us for details on 0800 619 1200.