Gstaad, Grandeur and Glamour in the Swiss Alps with Peaks and Summits of Surprises
Do not exclude the Swiss Alps this year as an autumn destination, even if you plan to go there for winter holidays. Gstaad’s tourism slogan, “Come up, slow down” is perfectly appropriate. Offering style and class, Gstaad is full of boundless autumn fun, unique events and challenging adventures for all tastes. Naturally, Gstaad offers breathtaking winter wonderlands to enjoy during the colder seasons, but this Alpine jewel is just as spectacular during the fall. Gstaad provides its fortunate visitors with the utmost in luxury, combined with all the tranquillity, simplicity and beauty of mountain living.
As proudly written on Gstaad’s practical and comprehensive tourism website, “the Gstaad brand today is synonymous with stylish charm and discreet understated luxury, which Gstaad’s famous royal guests and visitors from the worlds of film, art, sport and science have come to appreciate.” Yet, we agree, for those who want to just get away from it all, Gstaad’s genuinely Alpine and down-to-earth soul can be the perfect cure for stressed or exhausted travellers, or those simply looking for a different kind of holiday experience.
Easily accessible by car and train, as well as via nearby Saanen Airport, Gstaad is a short journey away from Geneva. Over 1,000 cultural events are available to visitors, as well as outstanding first-class hotels, Michelin-starred dining options and wonderful shopping in Gstaad’s traffic-free promenade.
Prestigious international schools have also contributed to Gstaad’s position as a classic and classy holiday resort. L’Institut le Rosey, the John F. Kennedy School and the Gstaad International School help transmit the Gstaad lifestyle and brand around the world. You may be surprised to learn that Gstaad even boasts its own yacht club, the Gstaad Yacht Club (GYC). Founded in 1998 by a group of sailing enthusiasts with strong links to the area, the GYC today lists over 400 members from over 20 countries. For those who prefer golfing, we suggest enjoying the Golfclub Gstaad’s 18 hole course, considered one of the Alp’s most beautiful terrains.
Gstaad will host the 28th Country Night Gstaad in September, and other upcoming events include brass band and quartett concerts, cheese festivals, and culture nights. The Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad is planned for winter 2017, and Saveurs’ gourmet festival throughout the year. We are certain you will enjoy Gstaad so much that you may choose to come back in the summer as well to enjoy a myriad of events including the Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series, the Ladies Championship Gstaad, WTA Women’s Tennis Tournament, the 60th Menuhin Festival Gstaad & Academy, the J. Safra Sarasin Swiss Open Gstaad, and the world-renowned Hublot Polo Gold Cup Gstaad.
So whether you wish to hike, bike, sail, enjoy Gstaad traditions, such as cheesemaking or visiting one of its 200 farms, or just relax, come give the Swiss mountains a chance this autumn before the winter tourists descend.