Theme Week Swiss – Gstaad, resort of the jet set

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Gstaad © Roland Zumbühl

Gstaad © Roland Zumbühl

Gstaad is a village in the German-speaking section of the Canton of Berne in southwestern Switzerland. Part of the municipality of Saanen, Gstaad is known as one of the most exclusive ski resorts in the world, and has been the location of Institut Le Rosey’s winter campus since 1916. It has a population of 2,500 and is located 1,050 metres (3,440 ft) above sea level.

Gstaad offers a various number of anual events and festivals. The main events are the International Tennis Tournament Crédit Agricole Suisse Open Gstaad, the Beachvolleyball Grand Slam Tournament Swatch FIVB 1to1 Engergy Grand-Slam, the Polo Tournament Hublot Polo Gold Cup, the Menuhin Festival Gstaad, the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad, the Country-Night Festival and the Saveurs-Festivals.

Main Street © Alps Palace Hotel © Roland Zumbühl - picswiss.ch Town centre © Motmit Palace Hotel © Arnaud Gaillard Gstaad © Roland Zumbühl
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Palace Hotel © Roland Zumbühl - picswiss.ch
Gstaad is known for its extremely luxurious hotels and shopping, high-society nightlife, fine dining, excellent service, and international stars. Situated in the Berner Oberland, it is home to one of the largest ski areas in the Alps. The middle of the village features a promenade bounded by numerous highly-exclusive shops, restaurants and hotels. Long known for its walking and hiking trails of varying degrees of difficulty, the mountain air and upscale ambiance attracts executives and celebrities from around the world year round.

Gstaad, named “The Place” by Time Magazine in the 1960s, is widely known for its famous part-time residents and vacationers. Current longtime residents of Gstaad include: Alinghi yachting syndicate boss Ernesto Bertarelli and actress Julie Andrews, Formula One Holdings owner Bernie Ecclestone, legendary French actress Jeanne Moreau, iconic French singer Johnny Hallyday, and columnist Taki Theodoracopulos. Famous residents have included actor Roger Moore, George Soros, Steve Wynn, actress/humanitarian Elizabeth Taylor, director Roman Polanski, violinist Yehudi Menuhin, Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly, modern artist Balthus, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and Filip Peters. Famous regular visitors to Gstaad have included Michael Jackson, Prince Charles and Princess Diana, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, haute couture designer Valentino Garavani, writer William F. Buckley, Jr., and various members of the House of Cavendish. Other occasional visitors in the past include Margaret Thatcher, actors David Niven and Peter Sellers, as well as King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain, Bollywood superstars Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor and Abdel Salam JALLOUD. In January 1983, King Juan Carlos fell while skiing in Gstaad and cracked his pelvis, immobilising him for a month. Richard Scarry had a studio in Gstaad where he drew many of his books.

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