Whether it's for Valentine's Day, a place to pop the question, or you just want to treat that special someone in your life, read our guide to the best places for romance in Switzerland.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Hostellerie du Pas de l'Ours is set in a beautiful location high up in the Alps in Switzerland's Valais region. Book a suite and it comes complete with your own fireplace, a jacuzzi and a south-facing balcony to take in the magnificent mountain scenery.
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.
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.
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.
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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Take advantage of the crisp weather and incredible views from the sun terraces of these Alpine restaurants and cafes this winter.