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Bring your parents on hols for half price… and your kids for free

Gstaad, Switzerland, launches multi-generational package holiday deals for spring 2015

New for this year, the package includes a vintage style ‘fondue backpack’, containing all the essentials to make ‘al fresco’ cheese fondue in dedicated mountain picnic areas. For a small supplement, guests can also choose to buy the Easyaccess card in the package, which covers unlimited travel on mountain railways, various other public transport services, as well as a plethora of leisure activities.

Budget conscious families need not worry anyway, because children under 9nine years of age travel free on all lifts and cable cars in the Gstaad Mountain Rides region, between Zweisimmen and Glacier 3000.

New this spring is the spectacular Peak Walk by Tissot, the first ever suspension bridge in the world connecting two peaks at Glacier 3000, the only glacier in the Bernese Oberland.  Families with a head for heights can take in the outstanding views of over 24 summits in the region, including the legendary Mont Blanc, Matterhorn and the Bernese Alps. 

Back on terra firma, active holidaymakers can explore 280km of cycling routes as well as discover the emerald mountains on themed hiking alpine trails or horse riding tours. 

In the village of Zweisimmen, kids can unleash their inner ‘Tarzan,’ flying through the air on zip wires or climbing rope bridges and enjoying stunning views across the forests.

Gourmands who prefer more relaxed pursuits can gain insight into the destination’s farming culture by visiting local cheese dairies and, in particular, the Gstaad cheese grotto, a sanctuary to learn all about the AOC-certified Hobelkäse cheese.

A two-night break in Gstaad costs from around £396 in a 3* Hotel, from approximately £530 in a 4* Hotel and from around £812 in a 5* Hotel. This is based on a family with two grandparents, two parents and two children for a minimum two-night stay. Bookings can be made directly with the participating hotels:

Five-star: Ermitage Wellness & Spa Hotel, Schönried
Four-star: Arc-en-ciel, Gstaad; Hotel Gstaaderhof, Gstaad
Three-star: Hotel Alpenland, Lauenen; Hotel Alpine Lodge, Saanen

For more information, visit: www.gstaad.ch

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