Santa Maria Al Bagno
There isn’t much on offer for bargain hunters in Gstaad. If you need to pick up some basics, there are some reasonably priced supermarkets in Saanen.
You can find a few sports shops dotted around the resort – Edelweiss Sport on Lauenenstrasse stocks a good range of outdoor gear. And for an authentic Alpine shopping experience, visit one of the local farms to buy homemade delicacies like sausages, cheese and cured meat.
For some high-end retail therapy, head to Gstaad’s shopping promenade. There are Louis Vuitton, Prada and Ralph Lauren shops here, as well as local boutiques filled with exclusive pieces from the likes of Marc Jacobs and Alexander Wang.
There are plenty of hotel bars in Gstaad where you can enjoy a quiet evening. Head to the Alpina hotel’s lounge and bar for sunset cocktails on the outdoor terrace, or have a nightcap in the Hotel Gstaaderhof’s cosy Barni bar.
Gstaad’s pretty quiet in the evenings but there are a couple of lively bars and clubs to keep night owls happy. Rub shoulders with A-listers at the GreenGo club, with its stylish 1970s-inspired décor and dance floor suspended over the indoor pool. Or for a night out that’s easier on the wallet, head to the Chesery club, a friendly bar and lounge with a DJ spinning the latest tunes.
You’ll find plenty of places to treat your taste buds in Gstaad, which has over a 100 eateries ranging from haute cuisine to traditional raclette lodges. If fine dining’s your thing, check out any of 15 restaurants with prestigious Gault Millau points or Michelin stars.
Perched high above Gstaad, the Berghaus Wispile is a great place for lunch during a day in the mountains. Learn more about alpine life and get to know the Wilspile’s herd of 70 dairy cattle, before heading out onto the sun terrace to enjoy a platter of local cheeses and cured meats.
The Michelin-starred Sommet is the jewel in the Alpina hotel’s crown. It combines authentic Alpine traditions with modern elegance, putting an international twist on locally sourced ingredients. Choose from a menu filled with dishes like steak and miso hollandaise, or mountain salmon served with chipotle dip.
The main street in Gstaad is car-free and lined with traditional wooden chalets – head here for a leisurely stroll around the boutiques, bars and cafés. And if you’re feeling more adventurous, you can explore over 300km of walking trails. The nearby town of Sannen is a gentle 45-minute walk along banks of the river Sanne. Or you can follow the Turbachbach river for 90 minutes to reach the mountain village of Turbach.
Take advantage of your Swiss Half Fare Card and save up to 50% on train travel during your stay. Gstaad is on the scenic GoldenPass line, so you can enjoy some beautiful views from the comfort of your carriage. Hop on the service to Montreux for a 1-hour journey along the shores of Lake Geneva. Or take a 30-minute trip to Zweisimmen, winding through steep Alpine valleys.
There’s a regular bus service running from outside the train station, with lots of stops around Gstaad and the nearby villages. The main lines run between Lauenen and Turbach, but there’s also a service that connects Schönried, Glacier 3000 and Les Diablerets too. And you can also use your Swiss Half Fare Card to get 50% off bus fares.
You can find a variety of summer lifts nearby. There are gondolas to the top of Gstaad’s local mountain, the Wispile, and to the peak of Rinderberg in Zweisimmen. Or you can hop on the Glacier 3000 cable car and ride up to a snowy world, where you can enjoy views of the Bernese Alps and the tips of 24 summits over 4,000m – including Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn.
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