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Gstaad, a luxury lifestyle destination for all seasons

Less than an hour drive or a train ride from Montreux, Gstaad has beeen building a reputation as a luxury lifestyle destination for over a century, with attractions such as Spa, classic & country music festivals, polo, exploration tours etc. Here are some of our picks for this Spring / Summer season in and around Gstaad

Chocolaterie du Ballenberg

Come in and have a look round the kitchens, bedrooms and parlours of houses and farm buildings from the 14th to 19th centuries reconstructed here in their natural state. In the extensive grounds, a total area of 660 000 square meters

90 kilometres, 1 ½ hour driver from Gstaad

Barbecue and farm-experience above Gstaad

Cattle breeding, milk and meat production are the three mainstays of Alpine farming in the Gstaad region. Local farmers appreciate people taking an interest in their work, which is essential in ensuring that nature remains intact. With their keen sense of tradition, farmers are responsible for one of the main bonuses of this holiday region: its vibrant, traditional Alpine life.

Venue: Alpine Chalet of the Wehren family at the Meielsgrund above Feutersoey.

5 kilometres, 10 minute drive from Gstaad

Bird watching 

Tailor made show for our clients at Gstaad at any time of the year

Menuhin Festival, Gstaad

Over half a century of tradition, the Menuhin Festival takes place every year in Gstaad and nearby Saanen. The 2014 edition: 17 July – 6 September. Gstaad Chamber Music Festival focuses on outstanding artists (Joshua Bell, Sabine Meyer, Alfred Brendel, Andras Schiff, Hélène Grimaud), who invite their musical friends and partners to Gstaad “to make music in a relaxed atmosphere”. (citation from Yehudi Menuhin)

The Symphony Orchestra Concerts in the Festival Tent have brought symphonic brilliance back to Gstaad, including through close partnerships with orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra. The series “Today’s Music promotes encounters between various music styles and cultures in the spirit of Yehudi Menuhin’s pivotal musical experiences, often surprising and unexpected. This cycle has earned widespread recognition with artists such as Bobby McFerrin, Nigel Kennedy or Swiss jazz legend George Gruntz since the 2002 edition.

Other sections include Orchestra Week for Amateur Musicians, the  Youth Orchestra Week and Musical Project for Children

Best restaurants in and around Gstaad

The Bar-Reataurant 16 lies in the picturesque Mittelgässli 16 in the historic village of Saanen. Gastronomy and art blend into one in the former bell foundy, which dates back to the 18th century. Barbecue specialities and innovative, regional cuisine with selcted wines ensure the physical well-being.

La Bagatelle Restaurant at The Grand Chalet 

Enjoy the congenial and informal atmosphere in the gourmet restaurant “La Bagatelle” at the hotel Le Grand Chalet. Fresh, seasonal dishes as well as French and regional specialities.

Bären Gsteig

The village of Gsteig near Gstaad is situated in the western corner of the State of Bern on the foot of the two passes Col de Pillon and Sanetsch. The hotel-restaurant Bären (the bear) is the meeting point of the locals as well as an international clientele from Gstaad, appreciating the fine cuisine as well as the cosy and typical atmosphere of the establishment. The Bären has several restaurants and dining rooms, all wonderfully decorated and old wood work ceilings as well as 7 simple guest rooms. As famous painting shows the Bären with the cute little church of Gsteig. Constructed in the typical regional style in 1756, is beautifully decorated facade remains unchange; the house is under protection.

Our reccommended hotel in Gstaad: The Alpina Gstaad E-mail: concierge@thealpinagstaad.ch

 

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