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The Gstaad Palace Hotel

Gstaad (German pronunciation: [kʃtaːd̥] and not guhshtaad) is a village in the German-speaking section of the Canton of Berne in southwestern Switzerland. Part of the municipality of Saanen, Gstaad is known as one of the most exclusive and expensive ski resorts in the world, and has been the location of Institut Le Rosey's winter campus since 1916.[1] It has a population of 2,500 and is located 1,050 metres (3,400 ft) above sea level.



Main street

Gstaad is known for its extremely luxurious hotels and shopping, high-society nightlife, fine dining, excellent service, and international stars. Situated in the Berner Oberland, it is home to one of the largest ski areas in the Alps. The middle of the village features a promenade bounded by numerous highly-exclusive shops, restaurants and hotels.

Long known for its walking and hiking trails of varying degrees of intensity, the mountain air and upscale ambiance attracts executives and celebrities from around the world year round.

Gstaad, named "The Place" by Time Magazine in the 1960s,[2] is widely known for its famous part-time residents and vacationers.[2] Current longtime residents of Gstaad include: Alinghi yachting syndicate boss Ernesto Bertarelli, actresses Julie Andrews and Elizabeth Taylor,[3] Formula One Holdings owner Bernie Ecclestone,[4] legendary French actress Jeanne Moreau,[5] iconic French singer Johnny Hallyday,[6] and columnist Taki Theodoracopulos.[7] Famous residents have included actor Roger Moore, George Soros, Steve Wynn, director Roman Polanski, violinist Yehudi Menuhin, Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly, modern artist Balthus, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and Filip Peters.[5] Famous regular visitors to Gstaad have included Michael Jackson, Prince Charles and Princess Diana, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, haute couture designer Valentino Garavani, writer William F. Buckley, Jr. [8], and various members of the House of Cavendish. Other occasional visitors in the past include Margaret Thatcher, actors David Niven and Peter Sellers, as well as King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain.[9] In January 1983, King Juan Carlos fell while skiing in Gstaad and cracked his pelvis, immobilising him for a month.[10]

Regular events

Gstaad town centre

In Gstaad, the following regular events are held:

Every December at The Gstaad Palace Hotel, Bonhams auctioneers hold an exclusive Ferrari & Maserati auction which draws in the rich and famous from around the world.


Weather data for Gstaad
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 1.2
Daily mean °C (°F) -4
Average low °C (°F) -9.1
Precipitation mm (inches) 105
Avg. precipitation days 11.4 9.9 12.2 12.5 15.2 14.4 12.3 13.5 9.6 9.1 10.8 11.2 142.1
Source: MeteoSchweiz [11] 8 May 2009


  1. ^ "The Gstaad Winter Campus". 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-30.  
  2. ^ a b "Coming Up Chic". March 1, 1963.,9171,830008,00.html. Retrieved 2007-12-30.  
  3. ^ "Gstaad: Just a simple Swiss village - for Liz Taylor and Julie Andrews". April 16, 1989. Retrieved 2007-12-30.  
  4. ^ "Celebrities in Switzerland: Bernie Ecclestone". 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-30.  
  5. ^ a b "Switzerland Is Yours". 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-30.  
  6. ^ "James Blunt planning Swiss move". January 17, 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-30.  
  7. ^ "Taki on Gstaad summers in the line of fire". 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-30.  
  8. ^ "He Knew He Was Right". March 10, 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-01.  
  9. ^ "Happy Birthday Menuhin Festival". July 20, 2006. Retrieved 2007-12-30.  
  10. ^ "Juan Carlos of Spain". January 17, 1983.,9171,951885,00.html?promoid=googlep. Retrieved 2007-12-30.  
  11. ^ "Temperature and Percipitation Average Values-Table, 1961-1990" (in German, French, Italian). Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology MeteoSwiss. Retrieved 8 May 2009.  

External links

Coordinates: 46°28′N 7°17′E / 46.467°N 7.283°E / 46.467; 7.283


Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel


Gstaad [1] is a city in Switzerland.

Get in

Gstaad is in the MOB (Montreux Oberland Bernois) railway line which runs from Montreux to Zweisimmen. Some of the trains are Golden Pass Panoramic or Classic trains, which cost no more but are worth getting. The Panoramic carriages have plenty of glass, which enables you to see more of the spectacular views as you climb up from Lake Geneva. You can also book and pay extra to sit in right at the front of the train - the driver's cabin is perched above your head and it feels like you are in charge. The Classic carriages are all wood-lined and have waitress service for drinks - it's like being on the Orient Express! The trip from Montreux to Gstaad cost 48CHF return in 2008 and is worth it just for the scenery. If you go during the Montreux Jazz festival you can catch a special jazz train, which has live music in dedicated carriages for a few francs extra.

  • Local handicraft items
  • "Gstaad My Love" stickers from Cadonau
  • Le Grill Upscale rôtisserie
  • Gildo’s Ristorante Italian and typical Mediterranean food in a "Casual fine dining" atmosphere. Only open during winter season.
  • La Fromagerie Swiss specialties. Open winter season only.
  • Le Restaurant International cuisine. Saturday formal buffet. Jacket required in evening. Reservations recommended.
  • La Grande Terrasse International cuisine. Open summer only.
  • GreenGo' Nightclub located in the Gstaad Palace. Open every day in winter. Thursday, Friday & Saturday in summer from 22.00
  • Gstaad Palace [2], Palacestrasse, Gstaad. Tel: +41 33 748 50 00, Landmark hotel featuring a spa and healthclub with indoor and heated outdoor pool, one squash court and 4 outdoor tennis courts.
  • Hostellerie Bon Accueil [3], La Frasse, Château-d'Oex. Tel: +41 26 924 6320, Distance to Gstaad is approx. 15 kilometers.
  • Sport-Motel [5], Saanenstrasse 15, Zweizimmen. Tel: +41 33 729 80 80, Distance to Gstaad is approx. 15 kilometers.
  • Sporthotel Krone [6], Lenkstrasse 4, Zweizimmen. Tel: +41 33 722 17 15, Distance to Gstaad is approx. 15 kilometers.
  • Gstaaderhof*** Swiss Quality Hotel, Gstaad, CH-3780, (, fax: 41 (0)33 748 63 60). Four star hotel in typical swiss chalet style located only 0.5 km from the railway station in the center of the charming village. There is a free shuttle service from the station to the hotel. Two different restaurants and a great wellness area. The ski lifts are reachable by foot in a few minutes. Single room 154CHF Double room from 392CHF (low season 2009).
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