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About Gstaad
General Information
Gstaad-Saanenland, which means "Sunland", is a very popular holiday destination for summer as well as for winter with great scenery at an ideal altitude of 1,100 m/ 3609 feet and healthy climate all year round. Gstaad is situated in the western Bernese Oberland in Switzerland. Thanks to strict building regulations the wooden houses in Gstaad are built in the lovely traditional chalet-style that harmonize perfectly with the beautiful mountain scenery. In the villages of the Saanenland tradition is featured strongly. The trademark spicy Saanen cheese has been produced for some three hundred years and handcraft such as pottery, woodcarving and alphorn-making are still alive in the region.
History
Old Gstaad
The old part of the town consists of the houses which survived the fire of 1898.
Events
The international Rado Swiss Open ATP tennis tournament is held at the beginning of July. It is the most important sandcourt tournament in Switzerland and attracts world-class players. In August the Polo Silver Cup Gstaad takes place. It was invented in 1996 and has meanwhile developed to one of the most important polo tournaments in Europe. The period from early August to mid September is dedicated to the "Music summer Gstaad-Saanenland". This classic music festival brings famous performers together for more than 30 concerts and makes a special point of training and promoting new young talent.
Activities
Gstaad stands for peaceful holidays. For flowering meadows under clear blue skies. For long hours of sunshine. Come and discover the beauties of our mountainworld where the scenery is still unspoilt. And escape the pace and pressures of everyday life. Snow capped mountains and green meadows are ideal for relaxing. This is an international traveler's paradise. Gstaad offers a wide range of sport activities in summer, there are excellent walks, as well as climbing, mountain biking, riding, golf and tennis, but also paragliding and ballooning, or white water rafting and canoeing on the Saanen.
Churches
St. Nicholas Chapel
A wayside chapel dating from 1402. The beautiful font with its rich decorations is of 17th-century origin.
St. Maurice's Church, Saanen
The masonry of the tower is the oldest part of this church, which was first mentioned in 1228. The church was dedicated to St. Maurice before the Reformation, and its famous frescoes date from the second half of the 15th century. The church was struck by lightning in 1940, and then partly destroyed by the subsequent fire. Restoration was completed in 1943.
St. Peters' Church, Lauenen
The late-Gothic church features an organ built in 1518-24.
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