Lions, and Tigers and Bears—umm—Cows?!? Oh my!
For anyone in need of a peaceful, summer getaway, Le Grand Bellevue Gstaad offers the perfect escape. Get off the beaten path and enjoy a stroll down the central promenade or head off into the mountains for a day of hiking and traditional Swiss activities.
The building itself is BEAUTIFUL. Originally built in 1912, on the outside it appears to be your typical, palace hotel. Once you step inside; however, you enter a boldly-designed property full of life and character. The artistic elements of Le Grand Bellevue Hotel are evident throughout. From the life-size camel statue in the front hallway; to the birdcage seating in the lobby; to the snowflake lighting that drops from the ceiling and continues down the entire staircase—small discoveries can be made in nearly all corners of this establishment.
In one word—HUGE. Having only 57 rooms in the entire property, each chamber was created to make its guests feel at home. Situated behind a small, wooded area, it’s refreshing to return to the room after a day-hike, prop open the windows, and allow the natural fresh air to breeze through while sinking into the quicksand-inducing comforts of its beds.
If you hear words “Swiss Alpine Village,” cows are typically not the first things that come to mind. You think—hiking, skiing, and other winter sports. However, to completely dismiss a summer visit to Gstaad would forfeit much of the charm and beauty this small village town can offer.
Located in the heart of Gstaad village, directly on the main promenade, one of the highlights to a summer visit to Le Grand Bellevue Hotel is the Züglete. The Züglete is a festival honoring the seasonal descent of Alpine cows during early autumn. The city has opened this event up to the public. Its goal is to share its farming culture with the local citizens and tourists from near and far. And witnessing the bouquet-adorned cows proudly prance along the promenade is truly a site to see.
Although Gstaad may be waaaay off the beaten path, it’s the perfect place for peace. Take a break from the madness of the world to enjoy this lovely hotel and the entire surrounding area of Gstaad. Would I return??? In a moment’s notice—without a doubt!
Distance from Zurich: A little over 3 hours by train.
Distance from Geneva: About 2 and a half hours by train.
Hotel Amenities: Several Restaurants, a bar, a club, an indoor pool, one of the most amazing spas in all of Switzerland and much more.
In the comments, name a small town or resort you’ve been to that has really blown you away during your travels.