Gsteig bei Gstaad
is a municipality
in the Obersimmental-Saanen administrative district
in the canton
. Gsteig was formerly known by the French
name of Châtelet
Gsteig is first mentioned in 1312 as Chastelet
. In 1453 it was mentioned as Steig
Gsteig bei Gstaad has an area, , of . Of this area, or 37.1% is used for agricultural purposes, while or 36.2% is forested. Of the rest of the land, or 1.4% is settled (buildings or roads), or 1.2% is either rivers or lakes and or 24.0% is unproductive land.
Of the built up area, housing and buildings made up 0.7% and transportation infrastructure made up 0.6%. 28.8% of the total land area is heavily forested and 5.4% is covered with orchards or small clusters of trees. Of the agricultural land, 8.7% is pastures and 28.4% is used for alpine pastures. All the water in the municipality is in rivers and streams. Of the unproductive areas, 9.2% is unproductive vegetation, 14.6% is too rocky for vegetation.
The municipality lies in an upper valley of the river Saane
in the Bernese Oberland
and consists of the villages of Gsteig and Feutersoey, plus a number of outlying farms. The route to the Col du Pillon
, an alpine pass, runs through both villages.
The reservoir Arnensee
is located in the municipality.
Gsteig has a population (as of ) of . , 10.3% of... Read More