Alpine village and resort, Bern canton, west-central Switzerland, lying in the valley of the Saane River. Situated on the northwest side of the Bernese Alps, the village is a summer resort (with golf and tennis tournaments) and is also a fashionable winter-sports centre. Winter events in Gstaad include an annual horse show, skijoring (a sport in which a horse or vehicle pulls a skier over snow or ice), ice hockey matches, ski meetings, curling competitions, and toboggan races. Chalets in and around Gstaad are owned or rented by celebrities, royalty, and other socially prominent persons. Forests, hills, glaciers, and mountain lakes are found in the surrounding area. The chapel of St. Nikolaus in Gstaad dates from 1402. A road and railway link the village with Lausanne and Thun.
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