Up and Coming Conductors Electrify at Menuhin Concert
Since its founding in 1957, one of the Menuhin Festival’s main tenets has been to foster and promote the talent of exceptional young artists. A concert conducted by the Gstaad Conducting Academy left the audience electrified and excited about the future of classical music.
Innovation and Sustainability
Letter from the Editor
The profile interviews of this season were all conducted in the light of innovation and sustainability.
What makes a region like ours unique and strong? What does it take to keep it healthy and prosperous?Which ways will lead into a future ...
Saanenland Sweeps Bilanz Hotel Rankings
The Swiss economic magazine Bilanz has released its annual hotel ratings, with Saanenland hotels earning top marks. The Alpina Gstaad has swept the awards, with kudos in several categories including Best Holiday Hotel – Switzerland 2017.
Happy Birthday Hedi Olden!
The Olden is what it is today to a good part because of her, Hedi Donizetti, whom many of our readers will remember. She knew them all, the stars who frequented Gstaad. And she was not only their host but occasionally their duet partner. In July she celebrated her 90th birthday.
Gstaad Tennis -- We Are Family
David Schmid and Michael Tschanz, two long-term employees of the Gstaad tennis tournaments, talk about what makes these events so special and why they keep coming back.
Cutting a Fine Form
Local resident and president of the Swiss Association of Friends of Papercutting Art, Regina Martin, speaks about the papercutting revival and the plans to establish a permanent papercutting exhibition space in Château-d’Oex.
The Gstaad Menuhin Festival Reaches Out to the Young
Under the new label “Discovery”, the Gstaad Menuhin Festival provides range of offers for children and adolescents. The visual appearance is sure to attract the gazes of the target audience. Emojis are singing, smiling and sending kisses from the purple mountains, the main visual element ...
The four profile interviews this summer explore different perspectives of innovation and sustainability in the Gstaad region. Bernhard Tschannen is CEO of Glacier 3000, which celebrates the anniversary of an innovative and sustainable event.
Improved Dairy Cooperation
Focusing on consolidating their facilities, the milk processing cooperative in Saanen took on a new space last autumn. The expanded milk production centre allows for ice cream production, cheese processing, and milk collection all under one roof.
All Things Cheese
Gstaad offers a host of summer activities ranging from hiking, swimming in mountain lakes plus child friendly distractions. In between it might just be necessary to take a break and enjoy some light-ish relief. Cheese is at the heart of the Saanenland with traditional cheese making beginning ...
After the Tennis Comes the Polo
The Hublot Polo Gold Cup is one of the most prestigious sports events for one of the most illustrious crowds, but it’s not just that. Over two decades this competition on horseback has been taking place on the airfield of Saanen and Pierre E. Genecand has been presiding the event for over ...
Early Beck Takes Over Brotbar
Expanding its baked goods empire, Early Beck will take over Brotbar at the end of August 2017. Early Beck, the Saanenland’s biggest chain bakery, has outlets across the region and into the neighbouring area of the Pays-d’Enhaut. Early Beck will rent the shop from owner Heinz ...
Hotel Solsana Is to Be Sold
Hotel Solsana is up for sale, as the owner association struggles with the high costs of operation in the Saanenland. The hotel belongs to the Swiss Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired. It is fitted for the visually impaired, and had staff trained to assist such guests.
Sewing Thread and Paint Brush
For those who say you can’t do it all, one thing is certain – they haven't met Maryam Owji. This multi talented designer, artist, painter, sculptor, and couturier has just made a life-changing move to the Saanenland, where her artwork is adding a fresh infusion of Persian-inspired ...
"Friends of the Rellerli" Are Planning a New Cable Car
The Rellerli cable car is due to close in 2019, but a new initiative led by locals is seeking to redevelop it. There are a number of hurdles that first need to be resolved.
A Good Year for the BDG
After a challenging year, the BDG has released its annual financial statement. Despite adverse circumstances, there was at least some good news to be had; operations could be financed from the company’s own resources. However, in the closing financial year, a slight decline was noted, both ...
New Fire Station in Gstaad
For many years, Gstaad’s fire brigade has actively been searching for a preferable location. Now, there is big news for these local heroes – not only will a new fire station be built, but it will house both the fire brigades of Gstaad and Saanen. The cantonal police and Ordnungsdienst ...
"Red tape will often get in your way. It’s one of the reasons I carry scissors." So says Sir Richard Branson, serial entrepreneur and businessman.
By Anna Charles
A Sight to See
It’s not everyday that you come across a giant caquelon (fondue pot) in the mountains, and it’s not just for show. You can actually sit in one, eating fondue whilst enjoying spectacular local views. These eccentric caquelons have become well known and loved locally, whilst also gaining ...
Aerial Photos Worth a Thousand Words
Ready to take off? Experience the thrill, discover Switzerland and its bewitching landscapes from a bird's perspective.