Here are our picks for the ten most romantic spots in Switzerland.
1. MOUNT RIGI
Under a starlit sky the panoramic cabin of the gondola between Weggis and Rigi Kaltbad becomes a romantic restaurant on summer nights. Above glistening Lake Lucerne a royal meal is served—the entrée on the ascent and the main course on the descent.
2. SOGLIO IN VAL BREGAGLIA
Alpine artist, Giovanni Segantini called Soglio the “gateway to paradise,” Nestled romantically on a sunny hillside above the Val Bregaglia, and just an echo away from the Italian border, this town of 300 residents will surely steal your heart. Don’t miss dinner at the Hotel Palazzo Salis, built in 1630, with specialties cooked over an open fire.
3. LAUTERBRUNNEN VALLEY
This deep-cut glacial valley ringed by 72 plunging waterfalls has inspired musicians, poets, and artists for centuries. Richard Wagner, Felix Mendelssohn, Franz Liszt, and JRR Tolkien all found romantic inspiration here. Will it have the same effect on you?
This picturesque walled village set outside the castle gates dates to the 13th century. Roam the cobblestone streets at night and bask in the glow of the floodlit castle. Don’t miss the double-cream and luscious raspberries served at the wonderful restaurants within the village walls.
5. LAVAUX VINEYARDS AND LAKE GENEVA
Terracing their way up the hillsides along the Lake Geneva Riviera are the UNESCO World Heritage Site Lavaux Vineyards. Although the temperate climate appealed to the Romans who first grew grapes here, the present-day terraces date to the 11th century. Best explored on foot and on bike. Stay at a B&B within the vineyards. then splurge on the famous perch fillets at the lakeside Hotel le Rivage.
6. BAUEN ON LAKE LUCERNE
This tiny jewel of a village is cradled in a cove against the Oberbauen Mountain on the shores of Lake Lucerne. Until 1956 the only way to reach the village of Bauen was along a steep footpath from neighboring villages. Even today it has a population of less than 200, but the dreamlike lakeshore setting amidst towing mountains draws day visitors soaking in the views and the charm.
7. VAL ROSEG
Starting near St. Moritz ride a horse-drawn carriage—or in winter a sleigh—up the wooded valley to the Hotel Roseg. Don’t miss the dessert buffet from the terrace as you gaze up at the Sella Mountains and the Roseg Glacier. A favorite day on our Engadine Inn-to-Inn Tour.
With a legend-laced history of smuggling and prospecting, the Binntal was not accessible to cars until the 1960s. Even today, it’s villages are best discovered on foot. The Belle Époque Hotel Ofenhorn, dating to the 1880 was host to Winston Churchill.
9. GOMS VALLEY
Under a blanket of winter snow it’s Switzerland’s favorite cross-country ski retreat. In summer it’s a pastoral agricultural valley, but with some wonderfully refreshing havens like the Hotel Castle in Blitzingen.
10. ROSENLAUI VALLEY
What could be more romantic than being snowbound in a remote mountain valley? Perfect for skiing and snowshoeing and no noisy cars or phones to bother you? In summer, the Rosenlaui Hotel is open to greet guests with traditional 19th-century hospitality.