Mostly, the hockey tournaments of our sons take us to nearby towns. Quite exceptionally, the tournaments take place in quite interesting locations. When I discovered that one of the pre-Christmas tournaments took place in the famous Gstaad, I was happy because we have never been here before. Unlike my husband who mumbled that it was a long ride (understand, the hour and a half is far far away for us 😉 ). In addition, our younger son had a tournament in Grindelwald the day before, which is also not the closest destination. Our friend made fun of us that it isn´t worth it to drive home and we should stay overnight somewhere in the middle of the two destinations 🙂
But we preferred the comfort of our own beds and we headed to Gstaad the very next morning. The lesser disadvantage of hockey tournaments is, that the kids must be in place an hour before the tournament begins. But what’s the rest of the family supposed to do in this pause? At Gstaad, we decided to spend this hour walking through the town.
Gstaad, a popular destination amongst high
A pleasant walk through the town
There is not much to see in this small town, which has about 9,000 inhabitants. A few rows of houses and shops clustered around the train station form the town center. The most attractive part is its pedestrianized main street (Promenade) with high-end boutiques
Besides them, there are
All this is overlooked by the Palace hotel which resembles the fairy-tale castle.
We were in Gstaad a week before Christmas, and here everything was cute decorated.
Why to visit Gstaad?
As I mentioned earlier, Gstaad is a picture-perfect Swiss mountain winter resort. On the interactive map, you can see that the area offers several hundred kilometers of slopes covered by one ski pass.
In summer, the area is a hiking paradise. In the parking lot, I took a small booklet from the Tourist Office that lists the hiking trails in the area. You can head to the Eggli and Gsteig peaks, the glacier in Les Diablerets or Lake
In summer, there Beach Volleyball Major Series tournament and the ATP Masters tennis tournament take place here.
Yes, exactly at this place where the ice rink is in the winter 🙂