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Gstaad, Switzerland Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 15
Total Sleeping Rooms 493
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 132
Committable Meeting Rooms* 8
Largest Exhibit Space 1,936 Sq. Mtr.
Largest Ballroom 1,936 Sq. Mtr.
Average Hotel Room Rate CHF 233
Average Daily Meal Cost CHF 155
Average Weekly Car Rental CHF 381
*Maximum for a single hotel

Gstaad, Switzerland Meeting Planning Overview

Welcome to Cvent's MICE Guide to Gstaad, a city guide for MICE professionals. An internationally renowned tourist and holiday region, Gstaad is home to first-class indoor and outdoor activities, a beautiful alpine setting, and a range of wellness facilities. It offers a variety of modern facilities perfect for meetings, seminars, conferences, and other group events. The charming chalet village, frequented by celebrities and even royalty, hosts more than 1,000 events including the J. Safra Sarasin Swiss Open Gstaad tennis tournament and the Gstaad Menuhin Festival & Academy, known as one of the best classical concerts series in Switzerland offering more than 50 concerts from July through September.

Set in the German-speaking area of southwestern Switzerland in the canton of Bern, Gstaad sits at an altitude of 315.8703 square meter above sea level and less than two miles from the French-speaking area of Switzerland. Gstaad is easily accessible by train or car from the Lake Thun and Lake Geneva areas, and is served by Geneva International Airport and Bern, Zurich, and Basel airports. Situated about a two-hour drive from Gstaad, Geneva International Airport has direct flights to more than 130 destinations throughout Europe, North America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, and ranks as the second-busiest European airport for private aviation, after Paris le Bourget. Bern Airport, about 50 miles from Gstaad and six miles from the capital city of Bern, offers both commercial and general aviation service, while the Basel Airport operates 80 to 100 daily scheduled flights, with a scheduled flight network of 60 to 80 airports in 30 countries. Situated about 130 miles from Gstaad, Zurich Airport serves as Switzerland's largest international airport and the principal hub of Swiss International Air Lines. Once in the Gstaad area, visitors can ride the regional postal bus service, as well as the Montreux-Oberland Bernois (MOB) Rail, which links the villages of Saanen, Gstaad, Schönried, Saanenmöser, and Zweisimmen. Gstaad also offers a free seasonal ski bus, which runs from mid-December through mid-March. Guests can enjoy access to the Gstaad Easy Access Card, which is available to those who stay in the area for at least three consecutive days. The card offers free and reduced admission to mountain railways, museums, village tours, and more.

Gstaad's modern MICE facilities include the Menuhin Tent, which accommodates up to 2,000 people for concerts, 1,000 for seminars, and 600 for banquets. Situated within a 10-minute walk of the Gstaad rail station, the heated 179.8608846646-square-meter Menuhin Tent features the latest multi-media technology and catering services.

Ranging from ski areas to a high-ropes park, many of Gstaad's attractions and activities are perfect for group gatherings and outings. Groups can enjoy fantastic winter activities such as skiing or sledding, hiking, taking a dogsled ride, or braving the world's highest bobsled track at Glacier 3000, which features more than 15 miles of ski runs ranging from 411.5605 to 912.67946 square meter above sea level, as well as restaurants and terraces. Called the "Sunshine Mountain," Mount Rellerli welcomes groups to explore its summer toboggan run and scooter trail, as well as its ski slopes, winter hiking trails, and more. Team-building opportunities abound at the High Rope Park Zweisimmen, which features five courses of ladders, jumps, and bridges up to 65 feet off the ground. When it's time for an indoor activity, groups can tour the “Museum der Landschaft” in Saanen, which displays the area's rich cultural heritage, dating back more than three centuries.

About Gstaad, Switzerland / Additional Info

Much more than a meeting destination, Gstaad is a major ski resort area known for its winter hiking trails, mountain ambiance, luxury hotels, gourmet restaurants and high-end shopping. Visitors flock to Gstaad’s traffic-free village center, lined with restaurants, shops, hotels, and bars, and explore the ski and winter walking areas that surround the village, accessed by several mountain railways. The region’s many recreation activities include hiking, biking, skiing, snowboarding, curling, ice climbing, tobogganing, swimming, and cross-country skiing. One of Switzerland’s top cross-country ski areas, Gstaad also features more than 30 winter hiking trails and 93 miles of signposted bike routes. When it comes to skiing, the region also features more than 135 miles of pistes, 53 cableways, 22 ski lifts, 10 gondola lifts, 17 chairlifts, and four aerial cableways.

Over the past 100 years the region of Gstaad developed into a major holiday destination. Today, Gstaad attracts jet setters, as well as families and groups. Gstaad's traditional chalet-style architecture recalls its past, yet retains its authentic charm. Visitors delight in the Promenade Gstaad shopping area, as well as in husky tours through the Glacier 3000 landscape. Attractions and activities include a guided tour and cheese tasting in the Cheese Cave Gstaad, which showcases more than 3,000 cheeses from the region. The culinary souvenir for friends and family is available at the village dairy. Natural attractions include the secluded Lake Arnen, known as the “Pearl of the Saanenland”, as well as Lake Lauenen, which is set in the heart of a nature reserve; both offer boat rentals, restaurants, and picnic spaces.

Gstaad's many restaurants include the gourmet Restaurant Chesery, housed in a former cheese dairy and serving a constantly changing menu, complete with fish specialties. Restaurant Hotel Bären in Gsteig serves fresh, seasonal Swiss fare and wines, while 16 Art Bar Restaurant specializes in traditional Swiss cuisine served in the heart of the historic village of Saanen. The Azalee in the Hostellerie Alpenrose Schönried is known for its sumptuous fare and stylish setting, while the restaurant MEGU, at The Alpina Gstaad, serves modern Japanese cuisine in a stunning space inspired by Japanese houses, temples, and antique kimonos.

 
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