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Romantic Switzerland: restaurants, hotels, spas and activities

From romantic mountain retreats to luxurious spas and fine dining in Zurich, Geneva and beyond, here are some top spots for your Swiss love affair

Written by
Time Out contributors
&
claire doble
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Who says romance is dead? Certainly not us, as we’ve put together the ultimate guide to romantic Switzerland. Maybe you’re looking for somewhere great to go on Valentine’s Day or perhaps you’ve even seeking a unique place to pop the big question – or maybe you just want to treat that special someone in your life, because why not?

Whatever you need, we‘ve got you covered with our ultimate list of restaurants, hotels, spas and romantic activities and things to do, to ensure you and your beloved have an unforgettable day with the romance factor cranked right up to 11.

The best romantic hotels

Valsana Hotel
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Set amongst stunning mountainous landscape in Graubünden, this four-star superior hotel in Arosa offers guests the ultimate in comfort, but firmly driven by sustainability and a socially responsible approach at all times. Valsana also offers guests a gateway to some of the most jaw-dropping scenery in Switzerland, whether you visit for snow-capped peaks and skiing in winter or rolling green meadows and hiking trails in summer.

 

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This five-star hotel is set in the glorious Grison Alps, providing a beautiful backdrop for any stay. Luckily, the view inside the hotel is just as magnificent, thanks to a design-focused aesthetic. And then there’s the world-famous Bergoase Spa, housing 5,000 square metres of wellness paradise and a superbly stylish design, courtesy of architect Mario Botta. And if you and your beloved want to take advantage of the premium skiing nearby, the good news is that you can skip the queues and hop on the exclusive mountain railway that transports guests directly to the slopes in private, secure carriages.

 

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Hotel Saratz • Pontresina
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  • St Moritz
Hotel Saratz is a winning combination of elegant grown-up attractions, with some fantastic, family-friendly features including a range of sport and relaxation options. 
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Grimsel Hospiz • Valais
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  • Guest houses
  • Canton of Bern
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For those who want to get away from it all, this hotel is perched above the Grimsel reservoir on the high alpine Grimselpass which connects the cantons of Bern and Valais. It's a journey to get here but once you arrive, you'll be well rewarded. 
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  • Luxury hotels
  • Saas-Fee/Saas Valley
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While popular ski resort Saas-Fee buzzes with holidaymakers and sounds of après ski, you don’t have to travel far for a romantic escape. Most guests come here to sample the gourmet cuisine of chef Markus Neff, served in a wood-panelled room with gentle spotlighting and cosy corners.
Montagne Alternative • Valais
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  • Boutique hotels
  • Martigny
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This concept hotel aims to give visitors a real flavour of life in rural Valais, but without roughing it. Spread over several sympathetically converted barns in the tiny village of Commeire, the hotel’s rooms are simple yet luxurious, rustic yet modern. 
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  • Grindelwald
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If you’d enjoy being stranded in beautiful isolation half way up a mountain, then the Berghaus Bort is the place to stay. In winter it’s only accessible by skiing down a black run or by taking the cable car. Luckily, it’s a gorgeous place to be stranded. 
Private spa suite at the Victoria Jungfrau Hotel
Indulge yourself and your partner this Valentine's Day by booking an exclusive spa suite at this luxury hotel. The suite comes with a private steam room, your own sauna and an elegantc double bathtub filled flower-infused waters and surrounded by flickering candles.
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  • Boutique hotels
  • Werd
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For a romantic urban retreat in Switzerland's largest city, look no further than Hotel Helvetia. Dapper striped wallpapered bedrooms and retro white-tiled bathrooms showcase a quirky interior design attitude. And the the gentrified brassiere restaurant attracts a bohemian crowd of local literati and financial wheeler-dealers.
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  • Luxury hotels
  • Grindelwald
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Set above the village of Grindelwald right on a ski run, this luxurious hotel is a wonderful base for exploring the huge ski area under the shadow of the Eiger. Be sure to make time to visit the hotel’s spa and take a dip in the outdoor whirlpool (nude only, so beware passing skiers) which in winter is accessible directly from the slopes.
Berggasthaus • Davos
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  • Davos
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Set at 1,800 in the mountains west of ski resort Davos, this hotel is a rural escape in the picturesque wilderness of Graubunden. Around 300 years old, this former farmhouse has been a hotel for the last century, so its simple, rustic, wood-filled rooms have plenty of history.
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  • Luxury hotels
  • Hottingen
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Really push the boat out by booking a stay at Zurich's Dolder Grand hotel. It has hosted celebrities such as Sophia Loren, Albert Einstein and the Rolling Stones and offers some of the most exquisite accommodation in town. 
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Spa venues to create a spark

Tschuggen Grand Hotel
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The Tschuggen Bergoase spa at this five-star hotel is known and loved by spa aficionados around Switzerland and beyond, not just for its extensive, first-rate facilities, but also for its incredible design by architect Mario Botta. Once you’ve stopped staring at the eye-catching décor, start exploring (and relaxing in) Bergoase’s 5,000 square metres, spread over four floors. You’ll find indoor and outdoor pools, a mountain sauna with snow terrace, a bio sauna, steam room, treatment rooms for massage and beauty treatments, solarium and much more besides. Truly a spa paradise.

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Stadtbad • Zurich
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  • Aussersihl

This stylish and modern hammam, spa and sauna inside the Volkshaus offers treatments from thalassotherapy to Ayurvedic massage. 

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Hammam Basar • Zurich
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  • Seefeld

With its little café and shop and airy feel, this place primarily aims to attract female visitors - men are only allowed in on Wednesdays and Saturdays. 

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Bains des Pâquis • Geneva
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  • Pâquis
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A popular meeting place in summer, these outdoor baths remain open for swimming throughout winter – if you’re that nuts – though the indoor sauna, Turkish bath, hammam and massage service might be more preferable. 

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Solbad & Spa • Schönbühl
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  • Bern-Mittelland

Less than half an hour from Bern, Solbad Schönbühl boasts the largest natural brine spa in Switzerland. Depending on how much you need reviving, you might also fancy the ‘Experience Spa’ with its detoxifying salt scrubs.

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  • St. Johann

Combining an oriental hammam with two steam rooms and massages, the Dampfbad is an oasis of calm in northern Basel’s St Johann district.

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Sole Uno Wellness • Basel
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  • Basel-Stadt

This large wellness facility offers three saltwater pools, a fire and ice pool, themed showers and saunas, and numerous treatments.

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Walliser Alpentherme & Spa • Leukerbad
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  • Spas
  • Leukerbad

Set in a pretty alpine village, this features a thermally heated outdoor pool with gorgeous mountain views, while inside there’s another large pool, a delightful ‘sauna village’ and treatments. 

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  • Spas
  • Champéry/Val d'Illiez

A relaxing stop-off after a day’s skiing in the Portes du Soleil region, these baths consist of indoor and outdoor pools drawing on 34°C thermal water, a fun thermal river and numerous treatments.

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Thermalbad Brigerbad • Brigerbad
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  • Spas
  • Brig

In winter only the thermal (outdoor) pool and the indoor pools are open. The Brigerbad also offers a full range of spa treatments along with a sauna and hammam.

Other romantic things to do

Soak up the views from Lindenhof
Gian Marco Castelberg & Maurice Haas

Soak up the views from Lindenhof

The historic centre of Zurich is up on this hill. Overlooking the Old Town, Limmat river and cathedral, the elevated spot of Lindenhof is the former site of a Roman castle, around which the city of Zurich grew. There are still remnants of Roman and medieval settlements, earning its status as a site of national importance. But these days people come here to relax rather than ruminate on history. As an established recreational area it’s a good place to head with a book or for a stroll, while giant chess boards provide entertainment for players and spectators alike.

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With its modern François-Xavier Bagnoud astronomical observatory and planet walk, contrasted with splendid Belle Epoque guesthouses and 18th century flour mills, a visit to the village of St-Luc offers a romantic blend of the old and new.

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  • Rheintal

At 150 metres wide and 23 metres high and with up to 600,000 litres of water rushing over the rocks per second, the Rhinefalls are an impressive sight. There's a range of date ideas around here - from hikes to cozy meals to a tour of the magestic Schloss Laufen situated right above the falls.

See Lugano from up high at Monte Brè
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See Lugano from up high at Monte Brè

Since 1912 the people of Lugano have been escaping the city on a sunny day and heading to the hills. Specifically, they’ve been catching the funicular railway from the lakeshore at Cassarate, which trundles at an impressive angle up to the summit of Monte Brè, the city’s local mountain. At the top, active types can follow a number of hiking trails or race down the 30 mountain bike runs. Have lunch in one of the mountaintop restaurants or explore the pretty village of Brè, a short walk down from the summit. Those who’d rather not move at all can just sit and ogle Lake Lugano and the mountains beyond. 

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Take a walk along the Zurich Horn
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Take a walk along the Zurich Horn

The best way to get to know any city is to people-watch, and the promenade in Lake Zurich’s Seefeld district, known as the Zurich Horn, allows plenty of opportunity for that. It’s here that people come to stroll, cycle, skate, lounge on the shore and have a dip in summer. Watch street artists gather crowds, pick up handmade jewellery at street stalls or just sit on a bench and scoff an ice cream. At the end of the promenade there’s a Chinese-style garden complete with colourful pagodas, gifted to the city from the Chinese town of Kunming, twinned with Zurich. A bit further on, stop at Tiefenbrunnen beach for a swim in the lake and use of its water slides and diving boards.

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Chillon Castle • Montreux
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  • Montreux

Step into centuries of intrigue and romance when you explore this historic catle, which inspired the likes of Lord Byron, Rousseau, Delacroix and Courbet. 

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  • Things to do
  • Rive Droite / Right Bank

Don’t fight it: as possibly the most recognisable image of Geneva (you can even see it from the plane), it’s practically the law to get your photo taken in front of the city’s giant water fountain. Perfect for second-date selfies... if things are going well!

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  • Things to do
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Amp up the romance with the ride of a lifetime. Zooming along the south of Switzerland, this 7.5-hour route goes through 91 tunnels and crosses 291 impressive bridges, with mesmerising scenery of Switzerland’s natural wonders, such as the Swiss National Park and the Matterhorn pass along the way.

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The Bernina line is wonder of civil engineering and a marvel to experience. Passing through glaciers and mountain passes, Bernina Express stops by skiing hot spot towns like St. Moritz, Preda and Davos Platz. The carriages come with panoramic views and a minibar on-board offers refreshments.

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