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The region has 9 chalet villages alongside Gstaad, located at an altitude of between 1,000 and 1,400 metres. According to legend, God wanted to take a short rest whilst creating the world. The imprint of his hand thus shaped the Saanenland region. His five fingers formed the valleys, with Gstaad nestling in their midst. Gstaad is more than just a luxury ski resort. Gstaad is more than a legend. Nowadays the Gstaad brand is synonymous to stylish charm and discreet understated luxury, which Gstaad's famous royal guests and celebrities come to appreciate. Yet despite its style and class, Gstaad has remained genuinely Alpine and down-to-earth. It is proud of its tradition; Gstaad lives and breathes it every day. Gstaad has 200 farms, 80 of which still use Alpine pastures and around 7000 cows in the region. At the same time a wide range of diverse leisure amenities deliver first-class leisure and recreation in summer and winter.
Gstaad offers its guests 220 kilometres of runs between 1,000 and 3,000 metres above sea level. Gstaad Mountain Rides is one of the largest and most diverse winter sports regions in Switzerland with guaranteed snow. Thanks to having the only glacier ski region in the Bernese Oberland, skiers and snowboarders can enjoy winter sports from the end of October right through to the start of May.
The closest airports to Gstaad are Zurich (136 km), Geneva (90 km), Bern (86 km) and Saanen Airports. From Zurich-Kloten Airport Gstaad can be easily reached within 3 hours by car and around 3 hours 30 minutes by train. From Geneva-Cointrin to Gstaad you need to spend around 2 hours en route if by car or around 3 hours by train. From Bern-Belp the remaining journey takes about 1 hour 30 minutes by car but takes 3 hours if travelling by train.
Gstaad benefits from an extensive public transport network both in the region and beyond. The main transport in the region is the “MOB” Montreux – Oberland Bernois railway and there is a number of post bus routes that deliver guests to the ski resort. The railway links up the villages of Chateau-d’Oex, Rougemont, Saanen, Gstaad, Schonried, saanenmoser and Zweisummen.
From Western and Northern Switzerland: SBB Bern-Spiez (direct ICE link from Germany and the Netherlands): change, BLS to Zweisimmen: change, MOB: Zweisimmen-Saanenmöser-Schönried-Gstaad-Saanen, Direct route from Berne-Zweisimmen with the "Lötschberger" train.
From the Central Switzerland region: SBB Lucerne-Interlaken, change BLS to Spiez: change, BLS to Zweisimmen: change, MOB: Zweisimmen-Saanenmoser - Schonried-Gstaad –Saanen.
From the Valais region (Italy): SBB Domodossola-Brig: possible change to BLS to Spiez: change, BLS to Zweisimmen: change, MOB: Zweisimmen-Saanenmoser - Schonried-Gstaad –Saanen.
From the Lausanne region (Western Switzerland): SBB Lausanne-Montreux: change, MOB: Montreux-Saanen-Gstaad-Schönried-Saanenmöser-Zweisimmen.
From the Berne region (Western and Northern Switzerland): A6 Berne-Spiez motorway: Wimmis exit. Follow the main road (Simmental valley) to Boltigen-Zweisimmen - Saanen-Gstaad.
From the Central Switzerland region: Lucerne-Brünigpass-Brienzwiler: A8 motorway to Interlaken: Follow the main road to Spiez: A6 motorway to Wimmis. Follow the main road (Simmental valley) to Boltigen-Zweisimmen - Saanen-Gstaad.
From the Valais region: A9 Sierre - Lausanne motorway: Aigle exit. Follow the main road to Col du Pillon-Gsteig-Gstaad.
From the Lausanne region (Western Switzerland): A9/A12 Lausanne-Vevey-Berne motorway: Bulle exit. Follow the main road to Château d'Oex-Saanen-Gstaad.
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