The local authority of Gsteig
The tip of the upper Saane valley is formed by the local authority of Gsteig with its extremely diverse landscape. The valley floor with green or snow-covered meadows is flanked by gently rising and partially wooded hills. The village of Gsteig is nestled on the foot of a majestic mountain range with sublime contours. From the village of Feutersoey, you can pass through the wild and romantic Tschärzistal valley to Lake Arnen at an altitude of 1,542 metres above sea level. Once a natural lake, Lake Arnen was turned into a reservoir for the use of hydropower. Forested right to the shores and set against a backdrop of rugged cliffs, many people thought they were in Canada when they first saw this picturesque lakeside landscape.
The village of Gsteig is the starting point for transport routes over the Sanetsch and Pillon Passes, which probably used to be considered equal. Since the upgrading of the Pillon route to a roadway (from 1885), the mule track over the Sanetsch Pass has become significantly less important. However, it is still a guarantee for a nice hike to the Sanetsch reservoir.