The Gstaad Dancing Princess

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Fall can be a season full of diversity: days can get still a nice warmth, but staying close to the city can also bring grey or foggy days. To celebrate the start of the colder season, me and my good friend Paulo decided to have a trip up in the mountains and head to Gstaad.


I only know a few Swiss mountain towns, since I’m not a skier, and I’ve enjoyed them mostly in the winter season like everybody else. This time we reached one of the most visited places uphill right on the last day before season closing, which means between the end of summer and the beginning of winter. Gstaad seemed to be a little ghost town, only a few people were strolling around the village between the typical wooden houses. This was totally fine with me, since I was looking for a two days getaway with clear skies, a peaceful stay, good cuisine and some nice tunes in between.

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Our stay at the Grand Bellevue was the perfect fit: hotels located up in the mountains tend to have all the same chalet design – which is not a bad thing. This one though was refreshing in its interieur as in its colors: the walls reflected a warm and cosy atmosphere and seriously, where do you find camels and pineapples in the Swiss mountains? A big high five to the director’s wife, which made the hotel design be a one of a kind thing.

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The room were spacious enough to be an uptown studio apartment, the view from the balcony on the andiecent promenade, surrounded by the mountains just lovely. The bathtub just invited to princess times, same for the in room breakfast served next to the bed.

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This weekend was the perfect start for my very first fondue, which was served in one of the most popular restaurants on the promenade, a pedestrian only zone: Posthotel Rössli. It was so good that we returned the day after for an encore on the sunny terrace outside.


Despite the lazy side of this trip, there was another reason to head up to Gstaad: the MDRNTY fall edition. This mini electronic music festival is one of the most popular in the county. The day dances take place most of the time another 1000m upwards from a mountain village, in a lonely hotel or restaurant, with stunning views that can be enjoyed from a transparent tent. We enjoyed some relaxed dances surrounded by nicely chatty people, and had a few breaks inside for a glass of local wine.

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MDRNTY usually takes place in several Swiss mountain towns three times a year: Gstaad, Davos for pre-christmas and in its original birth place Crans-Montana, at the same time with the Caprices Festival (read my experience here). To see how it looked like in Gstaad, the great scenery, the lovely people and the music, click on the teaser below (Courtesy of MDRNTY official).


A special thank you to the Grand Bellevue Hotel for having us – it was a great season beginning! ❤


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