Visiting Gstaad Switzerland For Winter Adventure
As I near my destination in Switzerland, I can tell a visit to the mountain village, Gstaad, will be different than the dozens of other villages we pass in the train along the way. During the three-hour train ride on the Golden Pass, I stare wide-eyed as we pull into the village in the Southwestern part of the country that first started attracting tourists in the early 1900s, who came to ski after the rail line was built. This is one of Switzerland's most moneyed resort towns, home to pricy and posh shops and two grandiose castle hotels that sit mighty above the town. But it's also a spot where there are as many cows as people: about 7,000 of each, and the locals feel very unpretentious. And best of all, Gstaad feels timeless: in restaurants and shops it's easy to find cheese and beef that is as local as it gets, with many cheese makers and farmers working steps from the village in the same manner they have for decades now. Here are five experiences to not miss on a visit to Gstaad: Ski Mt. Eggli, Fat Biking, Shopping Along the Promenade, Staying at the Arc-En-Ciel, and eating Traditional Swiss Cuisine.