Each year Europe’s premier country event draws the big stars of the country scene to Gstaad. Over two whole days the prestigious holiday resort in the Bernese Oberland is entirely given over to cowboys and cowgirls.
Year after year, the organisers of the Country Night Gstaad never fail to put together a stellar programme featuring international country stars such as Emmylou Harris and popular country musicians from Switzerland itself. The festival is a celebration of the Wild West on and off the stage. Throughout the festival grounds, visitors have the opportunity not just to enjoy a variety of country music concerts, but also plenty of entertainment that includes line dancing workshops, not to mention delicious and varied catering. All the different bars serve food guaranteed to satisfy all appetites. Not to mention plenty of beverages – and ‘firewater’, of course.
Getting the outfit right
How about a real cowboy hat? Well, the Country Night Gstaad is the ideal venue to acquire some seriously traditional country gear and kit. Lots of market stalls offer jewellery, clothing, recordings, and even musical instruments. Stroll among the attractively designed retail stalls and enjoy the unique atmosphere. And with the right outfits, the Country & Western atmosphere is unbeatable. For even more fun and excitement, nip across to the Luna Park fairground. On Friday and Saturday there are rides galore to suit all ages – it’s enough to make your head spin!