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About Gstaad

Gstaad, located in the stunning alpine scenery in the German speaking section of the Canton of Bern in south-western Switzerland, is not only known for its popularity among the high society, but also for its tourist attractions. The city, which has a very laid-back atmosphere, has a population of about 7,600 inhabitants and is located 1,050 metres (3,445 feet) above sea level. Moreover, Gstaad is host to various top events, among them the FIVB Beach Volleyball Grand Slam, which has been held there since 2000. As part of the Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series in 2017, Gstaad will for sure prove to be – as always – a terrific host city for the international Beach Volleyball elite.

More information about Gstaad can be found at www.gstaad.ch.

Useful trip info Switzerland

Speed limits

The maximum speed limit on motorways is 120 km/h, on expressways it is 100 km/h, on main roads and minor roads outside built-up areas it is 80 km/h and in built-up areas it is 50 km/h. It is however possible that the allowed speed is lower, it is for example sometimes limited to 80 or 60km/h on highways because of construction works or bad air quality. Moreover, some roads are limited to 30km/h or even to 20km/h in built-up areas and to 70km/h outside built-up areas.

Alcohol and Smoking

The legal age for buying wine and beer is 16, spirituous beverages are allowed at the age of 18. It is allowed to buy tabacco and cigarettes at the age of 18. Smoking is not permitted in all indoor public areas and buildings.

Penalties

Up from 0.5 %o fine and ban from driving in Switzerland for at least one month. Up from 0.8 %o ban from driving for at least three months, fine or jail. Penalties for speeding start at a fine of about CHF 40.00 for only 1 – 5 km/h over limit and reach up to a fine of 260 CHF for 20 km/h over limit.

Legal limits for drink driving

General limit: 0.5%o
If having a testing licence the blood alcohol limit is 0.1%o.

Emergency service

Police: 117
Fire department: 118
Emergency doctor: 144

Money exchange

It is possible to exchange money in almost every bank near tourist information office, in the post-office or withdraw the money in local currency from the ATM. The current exchange rate is 1 EUR = 1,0386 CHF