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The Gstaad Palace Hotel
Gstaad ( and not guhshtaad) is a village in the German-speaking section of the Canton of Bernemarker in southwestern Switzerlandmarker. Part of the municipality of Saanenmarker, Gstaad is known as one of the most exclusive and expensive ski resorts in the world, and has been the location of Institut Le Rosey'smarker winter campus since 1916.It has a population of 2,500 and is located above sea level.


Main street
Gstaad is known for its extremely luxurious hotels and shopping, high-society nightlife, fine dining, excellent service, and international stars. Situated in the Berner Oberlandmarker, it is home to one of the largest ski areas in the Alps. The middle of the village features a promenade bounded by numerous highly-exclusive shops, restaurants and hotels.

Long known for its walking and hiking trails of varying degrees of intensity, the mountain air and upscale ambiance attracts executives and celebrities from around the world year round.

Gstaad, named "The Place" by Time Magazine in the 1960s, is widely known for its famous part-time residents and vacationers. Current longtime residents of Gstaad include: Alinghi yachting syndicate boss Ernesto Bertarelli, actresses Julie Andrews and Elizabeth Taylor, Formula One Holdings owner Bernie Ecclestone, legendary French actress Jeanne Moreau, iconic French singer Johnny Hallyday, and columnist Taki Theodoracopulos. Famous residents have included actor Roger Moore, George Soros, Steve Wynn, director Roman Polanski, violinist Yehudi Menuhin, Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly, modern artist Balthus, and Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. Famous regular visitors to Gstaad have included Michael Jackson, Prince Charles and Princess Diana, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, writer William F. Buckley, Jr. , and various members of the House of Cavendish. Other occasional visitors in the past include Margaret Thatcher, actors David Niven and Peter Sellers, as well as King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain. In January 1983, King Juan Carlos fell while skiing in Gstaad and cracked his pelvis, immobilising him for a month.

Regular events

Gstaad town centre
In Gstaad, the following regular events are held:

Every December at The Gstaad Palace Hotel, Bonhams auctioneers hold an exclusive Ferrarimarker & Maseratimarker auction which draws in the rich and famous from around the world.



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