Embedded Among Five Mountains
Gstaad is just a stone’s throw from the very birthplace of Swiss luxury hospitality, which started along Lake Geneva.
Before it turned into an upscale resort at the beginning of the 20th century, Gstaad used to be a farm town like many others. The misfortune of the great fire of 1898 was turned into an opportunity, however, and Gstaad was rebuilt with the growing tourism industry in mind. Now accessible by railway, Gstaad soon became the home of several luxury palaces that would cater to wealthy travellers.
For more than a century, the five-star hotels of Gstaad have remained unchanged – until The Alpina Gstaad joined the party in 2012. Gstaad sits at a moderate altitude of 1,050 metres above sea level, which is considerably lower than many other resort towns in Switzerland. The surrounding mountains have soft slopes and are void of harsh cliffs or pointy peaks. Thanks to a generosity of sunshine and an abundance of nature, this region offers everything you can wish for from an Alpine getaway.
A Guide by Dimitri & Namiko Burkhard
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