Gstaad one of the most exclusive winter sports resorts in the world
A new weekend, a new village. Good Friday is a day off in Switzerland and that means an extra long weekend with Easter Monday. The perfect opportunity to discover a new village. This time, Gstaad, known as one of the most exclusive winter sports resorts in the world. That promises something!
From Zurich, you normally drive to Gstaad in just under three hours. During Easter weekend, it is a different story, and you can easily add two hours extra. The views are beautiful again and especially on the way back when we drive via Lucerne, we don’t know where to look. We pass countless lakes and mountains with on the highest tops still some snow. The return journey is via more winding roads, so nausea guaranteed!
We know Gstaad as the village where the Dutch royal family used to spend their skiing vacations, and as the village that Julie Andrews calls home for 40 years. Not only Julie Andrews has a chalet here, many other celebrities have also found their way to this cute village
. And I don’t blame them, in this beautiful valley surrounded by snow-capped mountains lies the endearing Gstaad, where they still built houses the traditional way.
Since we are still living in the corona era, in Switzerland this means that the Swiss government enforced the closure of restaurants. Except for hotels where you can eat in the restaurant. We stay in Gstaaderhof where you can book a small room of 19m2 for no less than €300 per night. The prices might be a bit shocking, and this absolutely does not mean that you are staying in the most luxurious accommodation in Switzerland. Not at all, this is where the prices seem to start. Just swallow and book, how else will we ever get used to the Swiss prices?
Gstaaderhof is a family hotel
where even the dog welcomes you. With quite extensive spa facilities in the basement and a delicious restaurant where there is even a vegetarian green Thai curry on the menu, we enjoy the weekend here. Although we prefer to spend all day in the restaurant, Gstaad is the perfect place for ski lovers (by now I wonder where in Switzerland you can’t go for ski vacation), but hikers also get their money’s worth here.
The past year we have developed into true hikers, so we felt called for an extensive hike. Where in Malaysia we preferred to take off all our clothes because of the heat and the sweaty clothes against our body, in Gstaad we can’t put on enough clothes to stay warm. Oh, well, probably the Swiss think we are pushovers, but for us, it still takes some getting used to. Since the hike is quite hilly, we get warm quickly and for a brief moment, it feels like Malaysia
. A very brief moment, as we have never experienced such clear air before.
Of course, we pass everything you expect from Switzerland, from a small running stream where you can fill your water bottle, to an old lumberjack’s hut where you can barely see through the dusty windows. We finished the hike 5 kilometers away and took the local post bus back to the village. That was an attraction to say, as the driver what not afraid to take the sharp turns, just a bit sharper to say the least. All in all, a wonderful weekend away where we again feasted our eyes and enjoyed the beautiful nature, the cute wooden houses and the lovely ‘gipfelis’.