The stunning views, and stylish sun deck, are almost enough to make this one of the most fun restaurants in the country. You can dine on a light lunch, or a gourmet evening dinner or just have a drink and get cosy under the blankets on the sun deck and enjoy the blue skies and mountain setting.
The Kornhauskeller in Bern is highly recommended for a special occasion, thanks to the beautiful dining room created from a former granary. The kitchen serves up unpretentious reinterpretations of Italian cuisine accompanied by hearty Swiss classics and Bernese specialties.
Sitting here with 360° views of the city, sipping on a cocktail and holding your significant other's hand might be as close to a perfect date as it can get in Zurich.
France’s first female chef to be awarded three Michelin stars, Anne-Sophie Pic's second restaurant is in Lausanne. Drawing on the flavours and seasonal ingredients of her childhood home as well as local Swiss produce, Pic creates imaginative, beautifully presented dishes that have earned the restaurant two Michelin stars and 18 Gault Millau points.
You won't fail to impress your lover with the views here from the 35th floor of the Prime Tower, and the food might actually exceed your expectations. David Martinez Salvany creates dishes inspired by his Catalonian heritage, and there is even a full tasting menu for vegetarians.
Wind through lush, Jurassic mountains, to find this hidden castle of gastronomy with majestic views of the Ajoie valley. Britain-born chef Gérard Praud and his wife Catherine, a native of Porrentruy, are known for their artisanal cuisine and passion for delighting guests through culinary surprise.
A cosy and unusual hotel, restaurant and cultural venue, Der Teufelhof offers several possibilities for creative or traditional date nights with activities including wine tasting, theatre and cabaret performances, and fine dining.
Serving classic French food, Restaurant de l’Hôtel de Ville, has a long reputation for world class dining after holding onto three Michelin stars since 1998. Even though the menu changes throughout the seasons, the quality doesn't.
The newest restaurant from the luxury Four Seasons Hotel is this Japanese-fusion affair from the Nobu stable. Drawing on Nikkei cuisine, a selection of beautifully prepared sashimi, tuna tartar and tempura gives way to larger fusion dishes. It’s an intimate, cosy kind of place, so in winter it’s best to book early to secure one of the few tables indoors.
Situated 650m high up in the mountains of Graubunden lies the three Michelin star Schauenstein restaurant, which was recently rated the fifth best restaurant in the world by French publication La Liste.
This cocktail bar and tapas restaurant takes inspiration from all over the world to produce an intriguing menu with diverse flavours. Cocktails are pricey but classy with no Sex on the Beach in sight. Instead try the Black Pearl, a sweet-sharp mix of rum, ginger, lime and cardamom.
Regarded as one of the best Italians in Basel, Aroma is an upmarket trattoria that offers a romantic atmosphere and excellent Italian cuisine.
Located right on the lake, in summer Seerose is Zurich's answer to St Tropez, while in winter it's a romantic spot to dine. Service is attentive, while the Mediterranean-inspired menu is seasonal and varied. Although it doesn’t come cheap, the food’s quality matches the prices.
This cozy converted cable car makes for a quirky romantic dinner-setting. Gondolezza serves up Swiss specialties of cheese Gletscher fondue or raclestte, and other traditional dishes including Grisons barley soup, sausages and salads.
There’s quite some pedigree behind owner-chef duo Michael Rochat and Théotime Bioret, who between them have worked in some of the finest kitchens around. Drawing on seasonal, local ingredients, the food is delicate, original and classy without being over fussy.
One of the best places for a cocktail in Geneva, the drinks in this small neighbourhood bar are a cut above. The copious menu includes both classic cocktails and more inventive creations (aperol, chilli-pepper and kumquat is one).
Tourists rarely stumble upon this cosy restaurant way up on the Zürichberg. Popular with locals for its wide variety of cheesy dishes, try the 'sparkling' fondue with champagne on a romantic night out!
A relative newcomer on the Lausanne bar scene, this smart pub is a classy affair. A small outside terrace leads into a stylish interior – all muted colours and dark wood furniture – where you can partake of an artisan beer from a vast range of local and international tipples.
This modern, Michellin-starred brassiere makes for an unusual eating experience that, like marmite, you either love or hate. Based on set menus which feature a series of small tapas style dishes that are fixed around the themes of veggie or meat, it makes for an interactive gourmet pick ‘n’ mix experience.
If you’re picky about what you eat and looking for bespoke gastronomy, Chefs Jean-Marc Soldati and Christian Albrecht have your best interest at heart. Set at a crook in a road that winds through the celebrated Watch Valley this is one of the most beloved restaurants in the Jurassic Arc.
Restaurant Die Waid has two eateries that offer some of the best views of Zurich. Couples will enjoy the classy Jahreszeiten, while those on a casual night out might prefer the more down-to-earth Wok-Beiz.
As the name suggests, this cosy pub-restaurant is dedicated to the finer things in life and celebrating time to enjoy them. On the menu are classic Swiss dishes and a pronounced Italian influence – there’s nothing overly fancy, but Manger & Boire specialises in doing simple things well.
This is the sort of place that makes you forget you’re in Geneva. A self-proclaimed speakeasy, it evokes the dirty glamour and clandestine excitement of prohibition-era America.
Everything is done to a high standard at this hotel, making it a consistently excellent all-rounder, yet it manages to remain relaxed and unstuffy. 'Le hall', as the lounge is called, features a huge Art Deco glass dome, which overlooks a dazzling Empire period chandelier. It’s an enchanting location, which is only enhanced further by indulging in their afternoon tea service.
For a more casual, seafood-lovers night out, treat your date to the best garlic prawns in Switzerland at this unassuming Geneva restaurant. The gambas are all-you-can eat and are served with piles of golden fries.
As far from self-service ski dining as you can get, the skilled team at Spielboden serves up Swiss specialities such as Alpine cheese soup, braised water buffalo and lamb tenderloins in an unbeatable location at 2,450 metres above sea level overlooking “Pearl of the Alps”, Saas-Fee, and a basin of 4,000-metre summits.
This brassiere restaurant, awarded 15 points by the Gault-Millau gourmet guide, attracts a bohemian and lively crowd. This is partly due to the cooking skills of the charismatic Swiss star chef Françoise Wicki and her menu which is built on a fusion of gourmet cuisine with down-to-earth Swiss fare.
Tucked away in Lausanne’s medieval Cité is this lovely little bistrot serving the food of chef Anthony Macé. Much loved by locals in the know, the intimate surrounding of the small interior make for a great place to spend a romantic dinner.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Located in the spa town of Baden, around 30 minutes from Zurich, this classy hotel's main claim to fame is its extensive range of wellness treatments in the Novum spa.
The Alps are a pinnacle of natural beauty and there's nowhere better to experience them than out in the wilds - with, of course, lots of creature comforts thrown in.
Capitalising on the longstanding history of wellness tourists ‘taking the water’ on the Rigi mountain near Lucerne, this spa, opened in 2012, offers modern-day visitors the chance to luxuriate in the mineral waters of the Kaltbad spring.
The view over the city from its rooftop pool is simply amazing, and that alone would almost be worth the entrance.
It’s worth making the trip by postbus to reach this mountain spa at 1,400m altitude, if only because of the beautiful views of the surrounding peaks.
Whether you are local or in town for shopping, a meeting or an event, the Dampfbad in northern Basel’s St. Johann is the perfect retreat.
Well known for its thermal waters, the pretty alpine village of Leukerbad has several spas, but this is one of the best.
Get set for a tidal wave of fun and, er, relaxation! Splash & Spa Tamaro has a huge amount of water-based activities on offer. First up, there's five exciting waterslides to try (we suggest the Gravity Killer!).
This large wellness facility includes: three types of saltwater pool; a fire and ice pool; themed showers; and saunas and hammams.
It’s all in the name when it comes to Panorama Resort & Spa. Situated at 700 metres above sea level in Feusisberg, the resort has floor-to-ceiling windows that frame romantic vistas of Lake Zurich and the hills beyond.
Run by the tenants of Seebad Enge, this stylish and modern hammam inside the Volkshaus offers various treatments, from Thalasso therapy to oriental sugaring.
A recently built spa resort nestled in a valley on the train route just out of Champéry in the popular Franco-Swiss Portes du Soleil region.
Hang out in the bubble beds and jacuzzis in the indoor and outdoor pools, sunbathe on the rooftop terrace, sample the hammam and Turkish baths or head to the Nordic Pavillion to try a trio of saunas followed by an icy bucket shower.
In winter only the thermal (outdoor) pool and the indoor pools are open. The Brigerbad also has a full range of spa treatments along with sauna and hammam.
Drawing on the hottest thermal water in Switzerland, its large outdoor pool is equipped with various jacuzzis, massage water spouts, a mushroom fountain and a rather addictive whirlpool that’s fun to drift around in the strong current.
There are more scenic thermal baths in Switzerland, but what this one lacks in bucolic views it makes up for in convenience and a reasonably entry price.
Built in the 1930s, the Bains des Pâquis is a public swimming baths right on Lake Geneva and a popular social meeting place for Genevois of all ages, shapes and wallet-sizes. In winter you can still swim – if you’re that nuts – or take advantage of the sauna, Turkish bath, hammam and massage service instead.
Less than half an hour from Bern, Solbad Schönbühl boasts the largest natural brine spa in Switzerland. You can also opt for the 'Experience Spa' and its detoxifying salt scrubs, depending on how much your energy levels need to be revived.
With its little café and shop and airy feel, it wants to attract primarily women - men are only allowed in on Thursdays and Saturdays.
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.
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.
More of a day-time date location, on a clear day, the views from Uetliberg - the peak of Zurich - are simply breathtaking.
Step into centuries of intrigue and romance when you explore this historic catle, which inspired the likes of Lord Byron, Rousseau, Delacroix and Courbet.
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!
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.
Among the most famous monuments of Ticino are the impressive collection of medieval castles at Bellinzona, the capital of the canton, just north of Lugano. Visit one or more for a romantic day out.
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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