Gtsaad #2....here we go...
Above the Luxury Gstaad Palace hotel !
During the Middle Ages it was part of the district of Saanen. The village core developed at the fork in the trails into the Valais and Vaud. It had an inn, a warehouse for storing trade goods and oxen to help pull wagons over the alpine passes by the 13th-14th centuries. The St. Nicholas chapel was built in the village in 1402, while the murals are from the second half of the 15th century. The village was dominated by cattle farming and agriculture until the great fire of 1898. It was then rebuilt to support the growing tourism industry. The construction of the Montreux-Oberland Bernois rail road in 1905 and the construction of ski runs (the Ski Club of Saanen open in 1905 followed in 1907 by the Ski Club of Gstaad). The first ski school in Gstaad open in 1923. In a short time there were more than 1,000 hotel beds in the region.
Some of the world's most prestigious and academically intensive boarding schools, such as Institute Le Rosey and Gstaad International School, are located in or have a campus in Gstaad. Entry into these schools is regarded as being highly competitive, with an entrance examination, in addition to a record of high academic achievement, being required for admission. The tuition fees at Le Rosey and Gstaad International School are considered some of the highest in the world, with a Le Rosey education costing CHF 110,000 in boarding and tuition fees, and a Gstaad International School education costing CHF 98,000. These expenses exclude many mandatory and optional services, such as the winter snow sports and equestrian programs.
Both Le Rosey and Gstaad International School offer intensive college preparatory programs, which have a record of student placement into elite universities, such as the Ivy League, MIT, Stanford, and Oxbridge. Where Le Rosey offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, Gstaad International School offers the American high school program, the British official Cambridge programmes International General Certificate of Secondary Education and A Levels, in addition to a Foundation Year and Pre-University Foundation Diploma. Both schools emphasise multilingualism amongst their international student bodies, and it is expected that students will develop a fluency in English and French, in addition to their first language.
Gstaad is reputed for its famous luxury hotels among them the Grand Hotel Park, the Alpina Gstaad , the Gstaad Palace, the Grand Hotel Bellevue, the Hotel Arc-en-ciel, the Hotel Olden, and the Posthotel Rössli.