The story of the Swiss Gstaad sounds like a legend. According to local stories, it was God's hand that shaped the famous hills and valleys of the Saanenland region, where the most expensive alpine village is located. The divine intervention seems to be the only plausible explanation for the remarkable picturesque beauty of the stunning mountain landscape with romantic, snow-covered huts.
It is there where the richest and most famous in the world, such as Bernie Ecclestone, Valentino Garavani, Elizabeth Taylor, Madonna, Princess Diana and many others, enjoyed their winters in the shiny wonderland with fine dining, luxury shopping boutiques and five star accommodation.
Although Gstaad's reputation may seem mythical, its fame is well deserved. The key to success lies somewhere in the balance between charm and sophistication. The elegance of the old world is preserved through strict restrictions on construction. The uniformity of the exterior design with wooden facades, gabled roofs and decorative cornices, helps to preserve the authentic feeling of the village, which is "frozen in time". Keeping the Gstaad's cozy alpine image, the homes are classic on the outside but stylish and luxurious on the inside. The interior living spaces emphasize the charm with fireplaces, wooden accents or large windows with breathtaking views.
Many of the hotels and homes in the area have been renovated to meet modern comforts, as is the famous Gstaad Palace, which has recently undergone some improvements, including the addition of more apartments, as well as a sauna, hammam area and pool bar.
The picturesque promenade in the center of the village is home to iconic luxury designer brands such as Louis Vuitton, Hermés and Cartier and an abundance of fine dining options that offer a wide range of international cuisines, including French, Japanese and, of course, traditional Swiss fondue.
During the winter months, Gstaad really comes to life - the population grows from 3,200 to approximately 20,000 around the holidays. Many come for exciting skiing or other activities such as cross-country skiing and sledding, while others visit it to slow down and enjoy the old but cheerful lifestyle amidst the incredible fabulous beauty of the Alps.
Considered mainly a winter resort, Gstaad is an attractive center for many visitors in the summer. People from all over the world come to attend the major international events held during the summer months, whether it's world-class sports such as the Swiss Cup, Hublot Polo Gold Cup and Swatch Beach Volleyball Major, or popular cultural events such as the Menuhin Festival. or Country Night Gstaad.
Gstaad is also home to the winter campus of the Institut Le Rosey, the most expensive boarding school in the world. Founded in 1880, Le Rosey is often referred to as the "School of Kings". Its famous alumni include Prince Rainier III of Monaco, Marie-Chantal, Princess of Greece, and Edward, Duke of Kent, as well as members of dynastic families such as Rockefeller, Rothschild and Borghese.
It is no coincidence that many residents and visitors of Gstaad are among the wealthiest members of society. The lack of high-rise construction and overdevelopment makes real estate highly desirable, expensive and highly prestigious!
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