The Gstaad – Saanenland Golf Course (at 1400 m above sea level) was built in 1960/61 and is considered one of the most beautiful 18-hole courses in the Alps. Set in the delightful mountain landscape of the Bernese Oberland, adjoining a nature reserve and fens of national importance, it is far removed from the hustle and bustle.
With more than 300 km of signposted and well maintained trails and paths the Gstaad holiday region is a genuine hiking paradise in Switzerland. The dense and far-reaching network of hiking trails is ideally accessible thanks to the many cable cars and different modes of public transport, with something to suit every taste.
Eleven specialised bikehotels, 150 km of signposted bike routes, 500 km of GPS tours and an electric bike system for biking conoisseurs provide access to the most beautiful parts of the holiday region of Gstaad in Switzerland: from leisurely to intense and from short excursions to extreme tours.
Biking in Switzerland
The Gstaad holiday region has lots of climbing tours in top regions, from Zweisimmen to the Pays d’Enhaut, for anyone from elite athletes to families.
The Gstaad holiday region has lots of offer when it comes to swimming and bathing. Proficient swimmers can train their endurance and technique; children can splash about at the family-friendly swimming pools with water chutes; and the brave ones can take the plunge into ice-cold mountain lakes.
Lakes and waterways:
Arnensee (Lake Arnen)
Seebergsee (Lake Seeberg)
Lac de Sanetsch reservoir
Retaudsee (Lake Retaud)
Lake Lauenen (nature reserve)
Scooters and bikeboards provide a fun alternative for anyone with a good level of fitness who enjoys racing down into the valley.
Riding through the beautiful landscape in a horse-drawn carriage or sleigh is one of the romantic highlights of any stay in the Gstaad holiday region.
Kutscherei Reichenbach – All year round
Kutschenfahrten Johann von Grünigen – Mainly in winter
Kutschenbetrieb Walter Reuteler – Mainly in winter
Gstaad and tennis are an unbeatable pairing. Each year in July, the ATP Tour's elite competes at the Crédit Agricole Suisse Open Gstaad for valuable world ranking points. Elsewhere in the Gstaad holiday region there are plenty of tennis courts for tennis fans to enjoy a set or two.
Year in and year out, the Beach Volleyball SWATCH FIVB World Tour – 1to1 energy Grand Slam is a highlight on Gstaad's event agenda. Top players from all over the world compete for the title in the centre of Gstaad against a fabulous mountain and chalet backdrop. Various courts are available to sports enthusiasts and fans of beach volleyball in Gstaad and surrounding areas.
Conditions for rafting and canyoning on the Saane and Simme rivers are nothing but exhilirating, especially during the snowmelt. But even at the height of the summer a rafting adventure on the cool waters is heaps of fun for the young and the young-at-heart.
Guided outings into the unspoilt countryside or riding lessons in the indoor hall – in classic, English or Western style: the hearts of horse-lovers are sure to beat even faster here.
Gstaad Equestrian Centre
Training hall 25 x 45 m, opened in december 2010
Outdoor area 30 x 65 m
2 hectares of meadows and paddocks
Riding lessons by riding instructors with Swiss Federal diplomas in German, English, French and Russian
Accompanied outings, lasting between 1.5 and max. 6 hours
Carriage and Sleigh Rides
Modern, air-conditioned interior and exterior boxes for hire per day, week or month
Lovely paths with a magnificent panoramic view lead you from Gstaad Equestrian Centre in the direction of Schönried, Sannenmöser, Turbachtal and Chalberhöni. People who are not familiar with their surroundings should inform themselves about the different opportunities of horseback rides or take a Guide for a ride out.
Gstaad and Saanenland Riding and Carriage Driving Association
Oliver von Grünigen
Chalet Cala Sol
Tel: +41 (0)33 744 84 14
Voegeli Riding School Gstaad
Eidg. dipl. Reitlehrer
Tel: +41 (0)77 418 95 16
Mobile: +41 (0)79 354 52 89
The Gstaad holiday region has several lakes and bodies of flowing water in which fishing is permitted. The main attractions are the "Forellensee" in Zweisimmen and the trout lake Arnensee (Lac d'Arnon), which is popular with families, in Feutersoey.
Arnensee (Lac d'Arnon)
Fishing is not permitted in Lake Lauenen!
A licence is required to fish in public waters. Annual, monthly, weekly and daily licences are available from the tourist information centres in Gstaad, Zweisimmen, Saanen, Schönried and Sannenmöser.
The Gstaad holiday region has lots of different flying routes. The launch sites have good thermals and are easy to reach by cable car. Guests can enjoy the experience of tandem flights with experienced pilots.
Paragliding School Gstaad +41 (0)79 224 42 70
Time To Fly Paragliding +41 (0)76 470 10 10
Whether you are propelled into the sky by means of wind uplift or motor power, you have a number of very different options and flight routes to choose from over the Alps of the Bernese Oberland. The offering of the diverse companies (flying groups) will enable to fly over the Jungfrau, the Eiger and Mönch or in the direction of the Valais Alps near the Matterhorn over the Aletsch Glacier. The aspiring pilots can also become real professionals by getting their RPPL (Restricted Private Pilot Licence).
The Gast holiday region is ideal for Nordic Walking. It offers a wide range of hiking trails for beginners and proficient walkers keen to take up this sport that's so healthy for the body yet easy on the joints, and do so either on their own or in a group, with or without professional coaching.
Helsana swiss running walking trail
Three official Nordic Walking Trails of different levels are signposted in the Gstaad holiday region:
5.5 km Gstaad – Saanen – Gstaad, blue
7 km Schönried – Saanenmöser – Schönried, red
10 km Schönried – Bergmatte – Grosse Vorschess – Rellerli – Rittmal – Schönried, black
Sports shops with Nordic Walking equipment and coaching:
Brand Sport und Mode AG, Gstaad
Edelweiss Sport, Gstaad
Schneeberger Sport und Mode AG, Saanen
Frautschi Sport, Schönried
Intersport Matti, Zweisimmen
The miniature golf courses of the Gstaad holiday region offer lots of mini-format leisure entertainment, with fun and games among the wonderful mountain scenery for both young and old.
Miniature golf course
Gstaad Sports Centre