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Gstaad

Where Is Gstaad?

Gstaad is located in the Bern Canton in the southwestern part of Switzerland. It is located in the German-speaking section, and it is a bilingual town. It is considered part of the Saanen municipality, and lots of tourists come to it each year as a ski resort. It is a popular place for the elite to travel to, and the best of high society is often seen frequenting it. The institute Le Rosey winter campus is located there. Gstaad has a population of roughly 3,200, and it is located about 3,500 feet above sea level.

Tourism

Gstaad is located in the Berner Oberland, and it is the site of one of the biggest ski areas in the Swiss Alps. There are more than 137 miles of slopes. The interior of the village has a quaint promenade engulfed by several shops, restaurants, art galleries, eateries, and hotels. Some of the designer labels include Prada, Ralph Lauren, Cartier, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana, Burberry, and Marc Jacobs. Some of the wealthiest people in Switzerland and all of Europe come here for a little fun, and there are plenty of high-end shops to satisfy their shopping itch.

Gstaad has always been known for its miles of hiking and walking trails of different degrees of difficult, and the ambiance and mountain air attracts people from all over the world all yea rround. Gstaad is well known for its cross-country and ski slopes, and its winter hiking trails.

Time Magazine called Gstaad “The Place” in the 60s, and it is well known for its famous vacationers and residents. Some of the famous residents have included George Soros, Steve Wynn, Roger Moore, Roman Polanski, Prince Rainer, Madonna, Princess Diana, Anne Hatahway, King Juan Carols, and Peter Sellers, to name a few.

History

Throughout the Middle Ages it was included as part of the Saanen district that belonged to the county of Savoyard of Gruyere. The village core was built at the trail fork in the Vaud and Valais. The area had a warehouse, an inn, and more. In the early 1400s, the St. Nicholas chapel was built there, and the murals are from the 2nd half of the 15th century. The village was mostly a place for agriculture and cattle farming until a big fire in 1898. The area was then rebuilt and turned into a major tourist destination, and it has had a terrific record of success ever since then in that capacity.

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