Old-school charm and urban flair come together amidst a backdrop of snow-capped mountains and crystal-clear waters. With a country that almost sounds too perfect, it’s no surprise that Switzerland has always been a top destination for many travelers from all over the world. And with every corner of the country feeling magical and memorable, it’s also no wonder that honeymooners are flocking to this country to begin their own great Swiss love story.
Switzerland’s unspoiled nature is world-renowned, and it enjoys a beautiful fusion of Swiss, German and Italian influences that you can see in cuisines, architecture, language and general culture. A visit anywhere to Switzerland is definitely a romantic win, but here are the top places to be in for the way to celebrate your new marriage.
Nestled on the shores of the picturesque Lake Geneva is the resort town of Montreux. It has everything honeymooners expect for their romantic getaway: a beautiful promenade filled with flowers and sculptures, a mild climate perfect for a romantic stroll, and medieval castles straight out of a fairytale. It’s also surrounded by beautiful vineyards with a breathtaking backdrop of snow-capped Alpine peaks.
If you happen to take your honeymoon in July, you’re right on time for the highly-anticipated Montreux Jazz Festival. It’s held right on the lakeshore and fills the air with seductive Jazz music while the sunset throws an orange glow across the grounds. Nearby, you can also take a romantic walk through the UNESCO-listed Lavaux Vineyards. It has arguably the best views of Lake Geneva (home to Evian water), situated against the sloped hills between Montreux and Lausanne. A definitely must-do is a trip to Château de Chillon, a medieval castle sitting right on the water at the end of a flower-lined path.
Zurich is a cultural hotbed. It’s one of the most vibrant and internationally recognized cities in the world, letting the old and the new thrive together harmoniously. Its waterfront promenades and picturesque lanes, with a view of the Alps in the distance, have earned Zurich its place as a romantic destination for couples.
It offers visitors a wide range of activities that range from strolls on the northern shores of Lake Zurich to more strenuous hikes on the nearby Uetliberg mountain. You can spend days visiting over 50 museums and more than 100 art galleries and nights in some of the hottest clubs and bars in Europe. Before ending your trip, walk down Bahnhofstrasse and enjoy exceptional display windows of some of the biggest fashion and retail brands from all over the world – including shops full of Swiss watches, Tiffany & Co, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Burberry and lots more.
What better way to mark your honeymoon in Switzerland than a snapshot with the most famous Swiss Alpine mountain in the world? Zermatt lies at the foot of the Matterhorn and is the perfect Alpine playground for couples. There are countless things to in this romantically-carless town.
No visit to Zermatt is complete without a mountain excursion to see the Matterhorn. Forget about scaling to the top as it’s no easy feat, but couples can enjoy 360 views at the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise. At an altitude of 3,883 meters, couples can view French, Italian and Swiss Alps after dining at romantic restaurants and enjoying some of the local Swiss cuisine.
There are also several hiking trails to take and miles of ski pistes to choose from for a some snowy adventures. At the end of the day, head to one of the many outdoor spas around the town and up on the mountains so you can pair up a relaxing hot soak in a spa with never-to-miss mountain views.
Lausanne has not always been a crowd favorite for Swiss destinations, but the slow burn of its charm is perfect for easy-going couples. The many discoveries in this town surprises many travelers and will definitely give couples a lot to enjoy together.
Couples can also make their way to Lavaux Vineyards from here, which promises to be the most romantic walk you’ll take in the city. In the summer, the Ouchy Promenade is perfect for a relaxed afternoon and fun picnic. There are many parks, museums, and galleries around Lausanne that sit in the middle of perfectly manicured lawns and lush gardens. Indulge the wife to a shopping trip at Flon district, or stroll through the bustling café-lined streets of the Old Town.
A fancy holiday in a luxurious hotel in a glamorous town: St. Moritz has it all. Honeymooning in St. Moritz in the Engadin Valley is just as good as what you’ll see in the movies. In fact, it’s a popular destination for the world’s rich and famous thanks to its stunning panoramas and elegant establishments.
A honeymoon trip here is not for everyone as expenses can easily skyrocket. However, if you have the money (or if you don’t mind spending more than you usually do), St. Moritz is the best place for a romantic getaway. It’s most famous for its mineral springs, establishing St. Moritz as a summer spa resort. It has also hosted the Winter Olympics twice thanks to its sunny winter days with breathtaking Alpine views. There are many high-end restaurants with balcony or roof deck seating for couples to fully immerse themselves in the beauty of Switzerland with wine in hand and your loved one in your arms.
If you want to be at two places at once, then head to the Italian-speaking region of Ticino. Here, couples get the best of both worlds: lively Italian culture (including fantastic cuisine) and that trademark nature panorama that Switzerland is known for. It’s a pretty surreal feeling to see palm-lined streets and stretches of beach sharing a view with Alpine peaks, but Ticino is a memorable destination for the romantic and adventurous.
The town of Lugano is a popular destination in the region. It sits by the shores of Lake Lugano and known for its beautiful waterfront promenades. The capital city of Bellinzona is where you go to see stunning medieval castles. For the more outdoorsy couple, trek to the magical jade waters of Verzasca Valley or up to the top of Monte Bre.
Live out your happily ever after surrounded by its preserved medieval architecture of Lucerne. The city’s vintage feel punctuated by gorgeous water fountains is the perfect setting for a somewhat fairytale kind of a honeymoon.
Walk through the very colorful Aldstadt or Old Town, bordered by a 14-century rampart. There are several charming attractions around here and you can spend quiet time together sitting in a quiet café and just taking in the scene. A boat ride on Lake Lucerne is also a great way to explore the area and should definitely be in your romantic itinerary. You can head off to nearby Mount Rigi and Pilatus for an incredible hike, but don’t forget to walk the famous Chapel Bridge, Lucerne’s cultural and historical centerpiece.
About the Author: Roger is an obsessive traveler and lover of the outdoors. Originally from Australia, he is now living in Switzerland where he spends most of his time traveling, hiking, mountain biking or flying his Mavic Pro drone. You can find him here on his website or on Twitter.