Romantic Places in Switzerland
The Swiss Riviera; a palm-lined shore drive past vineyards, stylish cities, and mighty Mont Blanc.
Hotel Des Trois Couronnes
49 Rue d’Italie
Vevey, Lake Geneva, Switzerland
T: +41 21 923-3200. 65 rooms. US$ 215-
Alpine views from its Lake Geneva shoreline setting. Here Henry James stayed and set part of his novella “Daisy Miller”.
Lake LucerneSurrounded by snow-capped Alps in the middle of Switzerland, its major city is Lucerne.
Romantik Hotel Wilden Mann
Bahnhofstrasse 30, Lucerne
T: +41 210-1666. 50 rooms. US$ 190-
Dating back to medieval times, this cozy hotel—converted from seven small townhouses—sits in historic Old Town, near the Chapel Bridge.
Majestic views, miles of ski runs, and a vibrant nightlife attract the international set.
La Chalet d’Adrien
Chemin des Creux
T: +41 027 771 62 00.. 29 rooms. US$ 370
Fine dining and beautiful views at this charming Swiss chalet.
The Matterhorn overlooks one of Europe’s great Alpine villages.
T: +41 27 967-4488. 36 rooms. US$ 250-
Alpine chalet with views of the Matterhorn.
T: +41 27 966-0555. 75 rooms. US$ 295-
A hiker’s paradise with stunning Matterhorn views, the Riffelalp lies hidden in the mountains above Zermatt. You reach it by a 20 minute cogwheel train ride from the village.
Romantik Hotel Julen
T: +41 27 966 76 00. 30 rooms. $200-
Located in town, the Romantik Hotel Julen has spruce-paneled rooms, simple charm and good food. If you are lucky you may also get a room with Matterhorn views.
This is Heidi, leiderhosen, yodeling and accordion-playing country. The magnificent Jungrau region includes the hiking and skiing villages of Grindelwald, Wengen, Murren and Gstaad.
Known for its vibrant jet setting ski season, in summer a more pastoral and relaxed hiking scene comes alive.
Le Grand Chalet
T: +41 27 966 76 00. 30 rooms. $190-
Located 3,500 feet about the village, the cozy Le Grand Chalet has panoramic views, an excellent restaurant, and miles of hiking trials outside its door.
T: +41 33 888 9888. 56 rooms. $960-
Built in 2013, this luxuriously romantic hotel gives a fresh update to traditional Alpine chic.
Hot mineral springs and a famous Swiss architect transformed the tiny village of Vals into a health and holiday resort destination. Located in a primeval alpine region with dramatic vertical mountains, this narrow valley is found at the end of the Graubünden Mountains.
T: +41 81 926 89 61. 46 rooms. US$ 380-
The 1996 thermal spa, constructed out of local mountain quartz by renowned Swiss architect Peter Zumthor, is a beautiful complex of pools and baths, some ice, some fire, and some strewn with jasmine flowers. Hear background sounds of monastic chants, purify yourself in a black stone steam room, and sleep in one of the new Zumthor-designed hotel rooms known as the Temporaries.
Hedge fund millionaires and innovative artists share this picturesque city on the banks of the Limmat River. Zurich contains a medieval old town.
T: +41 44 266 1010. 39 rooms. US$ 210-
15th century obuilding stylishly updated into a boutique hotel. Located in Old Town, it is one of Zurich’s oldest inns.