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Gstaad-Saanenland inside!

Wild peaks, thundering waterfalls and gentle meadows build the landscape of the Saanenland. Thankfully the scenery isn’t just to be admired from the Hotel, but can be explored up close every weekday with our Guides. Go out on the trail with Ruth, Elisabeth and Christian and discover the special magic of hidden spots, enjoy nature unspoiled and let yourself be enchanted by the views from the hills and valleys. Best of all: these fantastic, unforgettable excursions are in each room booking!

Especially for you - the ERMITAGE excursion programme

Ruth, Elisabeth and Christian have created the ERMITAGE excursion programme with their passion, attention to detail and many years of experience. There is something in the programme to suit every guest, giving you the ERMITAGE experience you can't get anywhere else.

Discovery tours

  • Excursions from Monday to Friday with our three Guides.
  • The excursion programme is included in each room booking.

Registration

  • Is available on specified days between 9-10 am, directly at the Information desk in the "Bärgblick" hall.
  • Preregistration may be necessary for some excursions (marked as such on the programme).
Ruth Blaser

Ruth Blaser

She is our specialist for the neighbouring Obersimmental and has already introduced many guests to the beauty of the Seebergsee and the Siebenbrünnen. Over wild streams and up to the Bergdohlen, our versatile and nature-loving nature guide will take you to great vantage points. In winter Ruth takes you on the popular horse-drawn sleigh rides to Lauenen and shows you the winter magic of the Saanenland.

Elisabeth und Alex

Elisabeth und Alex

Elisabeth belongs to ERMITAGE like cheese belongs to fondue. And to her belongs of course Alex, the faithful Border Collie and companion on all excursions. Elisabeth is our specialist for flowers and herbs. She will take you on exciting herb walks and give you a unique insight into the treasures of nature. During the extensive walks Nature Guide passes on her knowledge about the effects and use of plants and shows you hidden flower meadows and the best places for medicinal herbs.

Christian Rudin

Christian Rudin

Our nature guide Christian is a mountaineer like he is in the book. Many rocky kilometers have already passed his hiking boots and he knows the Saanenland like no other. Whether on foot, on skis, by bike or on snowshoes, with him you will always experience new highlights on every visit. For very special moments, accompany Christian early in the morning on a sunrise hike and collect unique treasures of memory for home.

  • Our tip for an eventful spring


    From the ERMITAGE over the Grüebli and Gspan up to the Rellerli. This includes the transition from the initial gentle meadows, dotted with Alpine spring flowers like the crocus and gentian, up to the last snowfields on the Rellerli ridge. A hike through three seasons and 600 metres in altitude over 2 hours.

  • Our tip for an exciting summer


    The Sparenmoos is a unique high plateau above Zweisimmen lying at 1,600-1,750 metres above sea level. In this fascinating Alpine cultural landscape, “Senner” (Alpine herders) produce the excellent Premier Grand Cru AOP Bernese Alp Cheese. The gentle landscape with its magical light is a place for the soul. Sparenmoos is a place of relaxation and energy. Various hiking trails wait to be discovered on the high moor and the wondrous landscape invites you to take your time.

  • Our tip for a colorful autumn


    The mountain village of Lauenen lies between Gstaad and the imposing Wildhorn. By foot you pass through the Rohr conservation area to Lake Lauenen, the inspiration for many a song. The lake is surrounded by alpine moor. In the middle of a pristine Alpine landscape, the lake offers views to impressive waterfalls and the imposing Spitzhorn.

  • Our tip for a magical winter


    On the Sparenmoos trail – with the first station on the highest point of the Hüsliberg. The view into the Obersimmen valley and the Saanenland is already impressive. And it gets better: the trail climbs to the highest plain in the area “uf de Hube”, rewarding you with a stunning view from the Stockhorn over the Wildstrubel to the summit of the Gifer. Traversing the Nüjeberg ridge returns you to the Sparenmoos, then past the Fuchsbau (“foxhole”), which serves as a potential rest and grill spot for the hut.