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Gsteig lies at the foot of the Pillon and Sanetsch pass crossings. Landmarks of the village are the exceptionally pointed steeple of the late Gothic church and the old Bären Inn, a hotel and restaurant with historic painted façade.
Gsteig’s village centre, the Bären Inn and the church are graded buildings protected by national heritage laws. The oldest farmhouse has the year 1557 inscribed on its façade. The Bären Inn was built in 1756 in the traditional Saanen style and boasts a beautiful painted façade that is still in its original state. Within, tradition has prevailed too with cosy rooms decorated in the historical-traditional style.

Gsteig is the highest village in the Saane Valley. This mountain village near Gstaad lies at the western tip of Canton Bern at the foot of two passes: the Col de Pillon to Les Diablerets in Canton Vaud and the Sanetsch to Canton Valais. The old pack mule route over the Sanetsch Pass declined in significance after the Pillon trail was widened to take traffic in 1885. Today, the Sanetsch Pass is the route of a hike through pretty scenery to the Sanetsch reservoir. The Sanetsch waterfall can be admired en route, and the cables of the Gsteig-Sanetsch cableway stretch high above the waterfall.

The Sanetsch Pass is served by a daily postbus route from Canton Valais. This ample yet rugged mountain landscape with reservoir is a popular climbing area with several easier climbs.

Gsteig is situated near the imposing Diablerets Massif. The valley terminus at Col du Pillon has a cableway transporting skiers up to snow-guaranteed altitudes of almost 3000 metres. Winter-sports facilities are open from October to the beginning of May. No fewer than 24 peaks of 4000 metres and higher are visible from the glacier. The glacier has a winter hiking trail, cross-country ski runs and, at the beginning of the season, a snowboard and freestyle park.

Various widely spread hamlets and the small village of Feutersoey also belong to the municipality of Gsteig. The Tschärzis-Tal with its idyllic small mountain lake, the Arnensee, branches off the main valley at Feutersoey. The Arnensee is a popular excursion and hiking destination.

Highlights

  • Architecture of Gsteig – the village centre is protected by national heritage laws and has, besides the church and Bären Inn, several buildings of historic and cultural significance.
  • Bären Gsteig – built in 1756 in the traditional Saanen style with beautifully preserved painted façade.
  • Sanetsch Pass – historic pass traversal into Canton Valais and pack mule trail of yore. A hike leads from Gsteig to the pass and its lake. The route continues into Canton Valais. Also popular with mountain bikers.
  • Arnensee – idyllic mountain lake/reservoir above Feutersoey. Popular destination for hikers.
Gsteig lies at the foot of the Pillon and Sanetsch pass crossings. Landmarks of the village are the exceptionally pointed steeple of the late Gothic church and the old Bären Inn, a hotel and restaurant with historic painted façade.
Gsteig’s village centre, the Bären Inn and the church are graded buildings protected by national heritage laws. The oldest farmhouse has the year 1557 inscribed on its façade. The Bären Inn was built in 1756 in the traditional Saanen style and boasts a beautiful painted façade that is still in its original state. Within, tradition has prevailed too with cosy rooms decorated in the historical-traditional style.

Gsteig is the highest village in the Saane Valley. This mountain village near Gstaad lies at the western tip of Canton Bern at the foot of two passes: the Col de Pillon to Les Diablerets in Canton Vaud and the Sanetsch to Canton Valais. The old pack mule route over the Sanetsch Pass declined in significance after the Pillon trail was widened to take traffic in 1885. Today, the Sanetsch Pass is the route of a hike through pretty scenery to the Sanetsch reservoir. The Sanetsch waterfall can be admired en route, and the cables of the Gsteig-Sanetsch cableway stretch high above the waterfall.

The Sanetsch Pass is served by a daily postbus route from Canton Valais. This ample yet rugged mountain landscape with reservoir is a popular climbing area with several easier climbs.

Gsteig is situated near the imposing Diablerets Massif. The valley terminus at Col du Pillon has a cableway transporting skiers up to snow-guaranteed altitudes of almost 3000 metres. Winter-sports facilities are open from October to the beginning of May. No fewer than 24 peaks of 4000 metres and higher are visible from the glacier. The glacier has a winter hiking trail, cross-country ski runs and, at the beginning of the season, a snowboard and freestyle park.

Various widely spread hamlets and the small village of Feutersoey also belong to the municipality of Gsteig. The Tschärzis-Tal with its idyllic small mountain lake, the Arnensee, branches off the main valley at Feutersoey. The Arnensee is a popular excursion and hiking destination.

Highlights

  • Architecture of Gsteig – the village centre is protected by national heritage laws and has, besides the church and Bären Inn, several buildings of historic and cultural significance.
  • Bären Gsteig – built in 1756 in the traditional Saanen style with beautifully preserved painted façade.
  • Sanetsch Pass – historic pass traversal into Canton Valais and pack mule trail of yore. A hike leads from Gsteig to the pass and its lake. The route continues into Canton Valais. Also popular with mountain bikers.
  • Arnensee – idyllic mountain lake/reservoir above Feutersoey. Popular destination for hikers.

Arrival and return Gsteig

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Destination Gstaad
Promenade 41
3780 Gstaad
Tel. +41 (0)33 748 81 81
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Hotel Restaurant Bären
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