Few places are as glamorous as the fairy-tale locale of Gstaad. A picture perfect alpine town in the heart of the Swiss Alps, Gstaad attracts discerning individuals for its impeccable skiing as much as for its culinary delights and high society events.
Once the secluded winter playground for the likes of Grace Kelly and Brigitte Bardot, Gstaad has been a favoured ski destination for the rich and famous for years.
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A Playground for the Rich and Famous & Distinguished World-Class Events
Once the secluded winter playground for the likes of Grace Kelly and Brigitte Bardot, Gstaad has been a favoured ski destination for the rich and famous for years. The village of Gstaad formed part of the municipality of Saanen during the Middle Ages, and it still embodies the authentic charm of a traditional village, characterised by a mix of medieval architecture, delightful alpine chalets and a pedestrian-only promenade centre.
One of the most historic buildings in Gstaad is St. Nicholas Chapel built in 1402, where the intricate murals inside the chapel date back to the second half of fifteenth century. Ski runs were first constructed in Gstaad in 1905 and the first ski school was opened in 1923, however, the opening of the iconic Gstaad Palace Hotel in 1913 attracted the international jetset to its luxurious accommodation.
Off the slopes Gstaad provides a wealth of cultivated entertainment, playing host to several of the world’s most distinguished festivals and events. With the best Skiing and snowboarding for beginners and intermediates found in and around Gstaad town centre, Gstaad offers excellent skiing terrain for all abilities. For more challenging runs around Gstaad, the Diablerets glacier is located between Gstaad and Lake Geneva and provides a first-rate setting for advanced skiers and snowboarders as well as prime slopes for heli-skiing.
One of Gstaad’s most celebrated cultural events is the Lord Yehudi Menuhin Festival, a festival of classical music uniting classical tradition and innovation across an exciting programme forty concerts held in stunning locations between July and September each year. The Symphony Orchestra concerts are highlights of the musical event, bringing symphonic brilliance and inspiration to the town of Gstaad through close partnerships with orchestras such as the London symphony Orchestra, whilst the ‘Today’s Music’ series blends various music styles and cultures in surprising and unexpected performances.
There are also a range of prominent sporting events on Gstaad’s cultural calendar, such as the Crédit Aricole Suisse Open, where Gstaad provides one of the most stunning backdrops of any ATP World Tour tennis tournament. From a seat in one of the ‘Skyboxes’ you can enjoy far-reaching views of the surrounding alpine landscape as well as unrivalled views of the tennis action on the court.
Glitzy Après-Ski Entertainment
Gstaaad has a superb selection of stylish bars, restaurants and clubs for glitzy après-ski entertainment. The GreenGo bar and nightclub at the Palace Hotel is the place to be seen, and with two bars and a vast dance floor it is the epicentre of Gstaads nightlife. Lively but oozing class, the glamorous seventies inspired design and décor guarantee a tasteful atmosphere for illustrious clientele.
A Stronghold of Exquisite Gastronomy
Gstaad is a stronghold of exquisite gastronomy where a diverse selection of the finest international and local cuisine satisfies every gourmet preference. The Eagle restaurant at The Eagle Ski Club is a private members restaurant located at the summit of the private Wasserngrat mountain. As the restaurant of choice for the elite international jetset, royalty and celebrities, fine dining does not get more exclusive than this.
Located at the magnificent Gstaad Palace, Le Grand Restaurant & Le Grand Terrasse offers creative and eclectic cuisine in the most elegant of settings, overlooking a charming garden. Guests of the Gstaad Palace are invited to enjoy the delicious Saturday evening dinner which has become a somewhat legendary dining experience in Gstaad.
Le Grill Rotisserie is an exclusive restaurant featuring a fantastic international menu complimented by an extensive wine list. The personal service is second to none, as the skilled chefs prepare your dishes in the show kitchen ensuring you have a memorable evening of dining.
Lavish Hotels of Luxury and Elegance
As one of Europe’s most lavish ski resorts, Gstaad’s hotels provide a luxurious base for the town’s most eminent individuals. The Grand Hotel Park harmonizes local traditions and modern technologies to exude a timeless elegance in every room and suite. With exceptional well-being facilities including a spa, saunas and pools, the Grand Hotel Park is the perfect relaxing retreat.
As one of the only family-run hotels in Switzerland, the Gstaad Palace Hotel guarantees an uncompromising level of personal service ensuring that every guest feels completely at home. Whilst all the rooms and suites ooze effortless grandeur, the exclusive Penthouse Suite with private terrace offers the most unforgettable alpine escape with awe-inspiring views.