- Christmas Market
- New Years Music Festival
- Annual Curling Cup
- Cross country Skiing Championships
- Snow Bike Festival
- Concerts in Church Gstaad
- Snow Golf tournament
- Annual Concert from the music society
Tobogganing - There are eight different toboggan runs all of varying degrees. You can pick the family run in Sparenmoos to the floodlit run in Wispile
Air boarding - For the thrill seekers and if you think you need more speed to get down the hill you can hop onto an air-board for some nail-biting speed and fun
Winter biking - This is the sport that is becoming increasingly popular among mountain enthusiasts. Involving ‘fat bikes’ and the use of the walking trails it is something that you can really get your teeth into
Ice Rink - There are three natural ice rinks and one artificial rink here in Gstaad. All with varying opening times, if the need to ice skate comes over you there should be one open
Sports Centre - If you feel like you haven’t worked your muscles to their full potential you can always hire a court and have a friendly tennis or squash match
Climbing centre - An indoor alternative for the weather isn’t at its best. It is the perfect place to get a full body work out and test out those climbing skills
Indoor pool - Located in the sports centre you can enjoy the magnificent views of the mountains whilst splashing around in the warm pool. Or if you do have a little energy left you can have a sliding competition down the chutes
Equestrian centre - The choice of indoor hall lessons or guided outings into the unspoilt countryside mean that horse-lovers are sure to be satisfied here
Cinema - Screening the latest films including some in 3D this friendly cinema seats 200 comfortably in their ‘comfort’ seats
Nightlife - With an eclectic mix of stylish bars, clubs with DJ’s and chill out lounges, Gstaad has an attractive mixture to see every type of night owl through until the early hours
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French and German is spoken in Switzerland. French is the predominant language in Verbier.
CHF (Swiss Francs)
Travellers cheques are widely accepted for exchange or purchase in major cities, but in more rural areas, visit a bank to exchange them for Euros. Major credit cards are widely accepted here and ATM access is widespread. Exchange currency only at authorized outlets such as banks and hotels, and exchange only what you think you will spend in the country. Coins cannot be reconverted on departure. Save all receipts from any currency exchange transaction. You may be asked to produce them when you exit the country, and they are required if you intend to reconvert local currency.
In restaurants a service charge is built into menu prices. However, it's customary to round up amounts when paying the waiter or waitress if you're happy with the service. This means that you might hand the server CHF 50 for a CHF 47 meal. If you're paying by credit card, hand the server a cash tip of up to 5%. For Taxis as in restaurants, round up or add 5% when you're happy with the service. Tips to your chalet staff are entirely at your discretion.
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE FORMALITIES
Travel documents are your responsibility. In general you should have: a signed, valid passport that will remain valid for at least 6 months beyond the completion of your trip. Your passport must have enough blank pages (excluding amendment pages) available for entry and exit stamps issued when entering and exiting immigration points. Visas are required for certain nationalities and you are strongly advised to check your status allowing plenty of time for visa application. EU nationals are only required to hold a valid national ID card.
The nearest airports to Gstaad are:
- Bern (81km)
- Geneva (151km)
- Grenoble (317km)
- Zurich (209km)
Switzerland's winter temperature range is -2 °C (28 °F) to 7 °C (45 °F), with the snow remaining in the Alps until around April. The alpine climate is cold and visitors should wear warm, waterproof clothing at all times when outdoors during the winter. Hats and gloves are also essential to prevent frostbite. Sunglasses or ski goggles are also necessary to reduce the glare of the sun on the snow.
It is advisable to contact your doctor before you travel if you have any specific health concerns and imperative to take out appropriate travel and medical insurance. Winter sports involve a high degree of risk and you should be in good health and carry adequate medical insurance in case of winter sports accident, including cover for air ambulance.
Electrical service in Switzerland is supplied at 220-240 volts/50 hertz.
- Traffic from the RIGHT has right of way, except at roundabouts or if their road has a white line across it.
- You should always be carrying in the car your Passport or national ID, driver's licence, the car insurance papers and ownership (rental) papers.
- National speed limit on motorways is 120 km/h, on open roads 80 km/h and in towns 50 km/h.
- In Switzerland you pay an annual motorway tax, even if you're only using the motorways for an hour or two. A vehicle sticker, or vignette, must be displayed on the windscreen by all vehicles. Of course, if you don't need to use a motorway you don't need to pay, although it's difficult to cross the country without doing so.You can for example buy them in Switzerland from customs offices at the frontier or service stations, garages and post offices.
- There are strict laws concerning drinking and driving. Anything over 0.08 per cent and you could face anything up to imprisonment.
- Snow chains are recommended to be carried everywhere in Switzerland during winter, and if you do not carry and fit them when conditions demand the police can prevent you continuing your journey.