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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.
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.
All average costs based on U.S. Government Per Diem rates as published by the U.S. General Services Administration.
Gstaad features a pleasant subalpine climate, complete with lots of sunshine and mild spring temperatures. With an annual average high of 13°C and low of 1°C, Gstaad sees an average 24 inches of precipitation evenly spread throughout the year. January brings the coldest average temperatures, with an average high of 3°C and a low of -8°C, while July brings its warmest average temperatures, with an average high of 23°C and a low of 9°C.
Bern Airport (BRN)
Approximate taxi fare: CHF 120
Situated about 50 miles from Gstaad and six miles from the capital city of Bern, Bern Airport offers both commercial and general aviation service.
Basel Airport (BSL)
Approximate taxi fare: CHF 271
Located about 115 miles from Gstaad, EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg Airport actually sits on French soil, but is jointly operated by France and Switzerland. Basel Airport operates 80 to 100 daily scheduled flights, with a scheduled flight network of 60 to 80 airports in 30 countries. Airport amenities include a variety of shops, restaurants, and such passenger services as Wi-Fi access.
Geneva International Airport (GVA)
Approximate taxi fare: CHF 193
Situated about two hours from Gstaad, Geneva International Airport flies to more than 130 direct destinations throughout Europe, North America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Carrying approximately 14 million passengers each year, the two-terminal Geneva International ranks as the second busiest airport European airport for private aviation, after Paris le Bourget. Airport amenities include more than 100 shops, restaurants, and service providers, as well as a multi-modal transport center that connects to Swiss Federal Railways service, which takes passengers to the Geneva city center in six minutes.
Zurich Airport (ZRH)
Approximate taxi fare: CHF 296
Situated about 130 miles from Gstaad, Zurich Airport is Switzerland’s largest international airport and the principal hub of Swiss International Air Lines. Zurich Airport provides service to such U.S. destinations as Atlanta, Newark, New York, Miami, Philadelphia, Boston, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Chicago, and San Francisco. Airport amenities include a variety of shops, restaurants, bars and cafes, as well as parking options, hotel shuttle service, and direct access to Swiss Federal Railways.
Gstaad’s postal bus service operates along the Gstaad-Lauenen, Gstaad-Turbach, Schonried-Gstaad-Glacier 3000-Les Diablerets routes. Fare is determined by destination.
The MOB Rail links the villages of Rougemont, Saanen, Gstaad, Schönried, Saanenmöser, and Zweisimmen. Gstaad sits along the MOB Golden Pass rail line, which features spectacular views from the train’s huge glass windows. The MOB Rail connects with Interlaken and Montreux, which both offer connections to Bern, Zurich, and Geneva. Fare is determined by destination.
Gstaad's ski bus runs from December through March from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm; passengers can board the bus, which runs in a 15-minute cycle, in Gstaad, Saanen, and Rougemont, to access train and mountain stations. Passengers ride the ski bus for free, even without a ski pass.
Geneva International Airport houses rental car counters for Avis, Budget, Europcar, Firefly, Hertz, National, and Sixt, while Zurich Airport features rental car counters for Avis, Budget, Europcar/National/Alamo, Hertz, and Sixt. EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg houses rental car counters for Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, National, and Sixt while Bern Airport features Sixt rental car service.
Visitors traveling to Gstaad via Geneva Airport should expect to pay about $510 in taxi fare, while those traveling via Bern Airport should expect to pay about $285, via Zurich Airport about $660 and via Basel Airport about $540.
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