to the surprise of many cynics and pleasure of Beach
Volleyball fans the summer slopes of Gstaad in the Swiss
Alps will host a Swatch – FIVB World Tour event for the
fifth year running in 2004 and, as has become the norm
here, thousands of fans are expected to turn out to
cheer on the top women’s players when the Switzerland
Open starts in June.
When the summer months arrive to Gstaad, scenes of
endless blue skies, beautiful flowering meadows and
strong sunshine are what you can expect in a region
where they say there are more cows than people! There is
a friendly atmosphere among the mountain folk and should
you decide to pay a visit, you will be treated to some
fine restaurants, bars and shops.
wander through the peaceful central village of Gstaad is
highly recommended as the zone is traffic free.
While there, some places worth visiting are Castle
Oberhofen am Thunersee where you can see a Turkish
smoking room and a collection of Bernese related objects.
The William Tell open-air theatre is also worth seeing
and it is here you can take in a yearly performance of
J.C. Friedrich Von Schiller’s drama of the same name.
When the drama of this 2004 Swatch – FIVB Beach
Volleyball event in Gstaad draws to a close it’s on to
Berlin and the first Grand Slam of the season.
Men's Podium 2003
Marcio Araujo (BRA)
2. Dieckmann, Reckermann (GER)
3. Kobel, Heuscher (SUI)
Dieckmann wins the
'Speedo Most Valuable Player Award'
the 'SWATCH-Fastest Service Award' for the
semifinals after being recorded at 97.2 kmh
Men's Podium 2002
1. Baracetti-Conde (ARG)
Mariano Baracetti Profile /
Martin Alejo Conde Biography
2. Marcio Araujo-Benjamin (BRA)
Marcio Araujo Biography
Benjamin Insfran Biography -
3. Wong-Metzger (USA)
Kevin Wong Biography
Stein Metzger Biography