Have you heard of Francis Ouimet? Go back 100 years and there’s a large likelihood you would have. In 1913, aged just 20, he won the U.S. Open golf championship.
The white Lady of the Cholis Grind
The Saanenland has always seemed a magical place, but an eerie one? Woven through the verdant slopes and snow-capped peaks surrounding Gstaad are tales that can send a chill down one’s spine.
An Enthusiast for people and machines
The Gstaad Automobile Club has had a new president since this spring. Stephane Gutzwiller has taken over this office from Hansueli Brand. For fifteen years, the passionate petrolhead from Feutersoey shaped the activities of this club.
Tourist tax increases in autumn
As of 1 November, the tourist tax will rise in the municipalities of Saanen, Gsteig and Lauenen. The additional revenue will be used for infrastructure projects in the region.
Three basic rules for safe encounters
Holidays in the Swiss Alps are popular with guests from Switzerland and from abroad. More and more Alps are being grazed by suckler cows, which can lead to conflicts and dangerous situations. However, if one observes three basic rules of conduct, the encounters are harmless.
Ursula Breuninger is a long-time champion of women’s rights and former president of the Gstaad-Saanenland Soroptimist club, an organisation that works to improve the empowerment of women and girls.
Masks now compulsory on public transport
In view of the increase in tourist traffic and the rising number of new infections since mid-June, the Federal Council has decided to make masks compulsory on public transport – including cable cars – throughout Switzerland for people aged 12 and over.
Away with the plastic ToiTois
Who does not know them, the blue and white plastic privies? They are everywhere: at barbecue sites, playgrounds, cross-country ski trails, on construction sites and at events.
Despite the cancellation of the Gstaad Menuhin Festival & Academy in 2020, the organisers are eager to contribute musical experiences this summer.
Increasing traffic to Lake Lauenen
This summer season is expected to see an increase in traffic to Lake Lauenen. Gstaad Saanenland Tourism (GST) and the municipal administration of Lauenen therefore appeal to guests to visit Lake Lauenen by post bus, bicycle or on foot.
Fatal accident on the Gifer
On Saturday, 4 July a hiker fell below the Giferspitz. The 72-year-old from the Canton of Bern died on the scene of the accident, despite first aid from other hikers.
Reitzentrum Gstaad: management instead of lease
Ernst Voegeli temporarily took over the management of the equestrian centre again last March. In the future, the equestrian centre will no longer be leased, but will be led by a management. The evaluation of candidates is in progress.
Investigating case of listeria
The Gstaad dairy has started a recall of its Gstaad mountain cheese due to listeria in the herb coating. Investigations into the possible causes are underway.
Extension of exhibitions
Due to the Corona shutdown, the Museum der Landschaft Saanen was not able to set up a new exhibition for the summer. Therefore, it decided to extend the Krishnamurti exhibition and the mountain guide anniversary exhibition over the summer season.
As I am writing this the noise from the icefield and tennis area should be entering my office.
At this time of year, the beach volleyball tournament should be in full swing. People in flip-flops and with flags to cheer on their team should be milling about in the Promenade.
London’s Natural History Museum is one of the capital’s top attractions. On any given day you can see a long queue of visitors snaking airport-style through its doors on the Cromwell Road.
Polluted drinking water
The population in the areas of Château-d’Oex and Les Moulins is currently called upon to boil tap water before use.
Greta is centenarian of the year
Greta, a Thames sailing barge built in 1892 near Brightlingsea, received the award as centenarian of the year at the Classic Boat Awards 2020.