The lovely area of Gstaad-Saanenland is situated between Lake Geneva and the Lake of Thun. It has an altitude of between 900 and 3200 meters (2800-10,000 feet) above sea level, although most of the villages are at the lower level. The area is popular for winter sports and has 250km of ski runs. Gstaad-Saanenland has both French and German speaking residents. The Saanenland has wide valleys and gentle slopes and enjoys above-average sunshine. The area has a superb landscape and plenty to see and do, making the Gstaad-Saanenland area of Switzerland so popular with visitors.
The whole area around your Gstaad-Saanenland holiday home has over 250 km of ski runs and more than 60 ski links known as "mountain rides". Skiing, snowboarding and tobogganing can all be enjoyed in the snow parks along with Bavarian curling, heli-skiing and skating. In the quieter resorts such as Lauenen, enjoy cross country skiing, winter walking and rides in a horse-drawn sleigh.
The wide open countryside is ideal for summer hiking with an extensive trail network. Mountain biking, paragliding and golf are also popular in the area during the summer months. Go canoeing on the River Saane or enjoy summer cross country skiing in the Glacier 3000 region.
Gstaad is a traffic-free resort with top hotels, gourmet restaurants and probably the shortest designer shopping street in Switzerland. It is popular with international celebrities and is particularly busy in the winter months. It is a pleasant town to stroll around out of season or people watch from the pavement cafés.
This idyllic lake is a peaceful place to spend some time and has plenty of walking trails. It is now a nature preserve and the waterfalls, rivers and high moors are home to many small animals and birds. This natural paradise is an ideal day out for families.Saanen
Saanen is nestled in the mountains and has a historic village centre with narrow streets. Its chalet-style architecture makes it a pleasant village to stroll around with many art galleries and handicraft shops. The 16th century Church of St Mauritius often hosts summer concerts.
As you would expect, winters in Gstaad-Saanenland are very cold and snowy with temperatures rarely getting above freezing. In the summer the area has almost 13 hours a day of sunshine and average temperatures in July reach 23°C (73°F).
The nearest major airports serving the Gstaad-Saanenland region are Geneva (GVA) Airport, Zurich (ZRH) Airport or Bern Belp (BRN) Airport, depending upon where your chosen Gstaad-Saanenland holiday home is located. A hire car is the best way to reach your final destination and is useful for exploring the area.