Best Places To Elope in Switzerland

Best Places To Elope in Switzerland

Best Places To Elope in Switzerland – Switzerland is a beautiful country and a great destination for your Elopement wedding. Its dramatic landscape of snow-capped mountains and Alpine lakes are enough to set your soul on fire – even at high altitudes !

The country is well known for its mountainous terrain but there is a lot more to Switzerland than the Alps. On this post, we’ll have a look at the amazing and diverse scenery it has to offer so you can choose your ideal Elopement setting –

NOTE: A Canton in Switzerland is like a county, province or region.

Bernese Highlands (Berner Oberland)

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Bernese Highlands (Berner Oberland)

For those who love diverse landscape at your fingertips.

South of the Swiss capital of Bern, the Bernese Highlands is a popular region and one of the most beloved areas of the country.

The Valley of 72 waterfalls in Lauterbrunnen is a great area for a unique Elopement experience. Waterfalls as high as 400m come thundering down from the vertical cliff faces creating the most wonderous spectacles.

Or if you are looking to reach new heights for your Elopement then you might set your hearts on heading to Jungfraujoch, also known as the ‘ Top of Europe’.  Jungfraujoch is Europe’s highest-altitude railway station where you can enjoy a spectacular and almost heavenly view of snowy peaks from 3,466 metres above sea level.

What makes this region so popular is not just the diverse landscape and natural beauty, it’s how easily accessible everything is. Public transport takes visitors to almost every place in the Bernese Oberland.

Vaud and Surroundings

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Vaud and Surroundings

Ideal for wine enthusiasts.

The great appeal of this western region is the Riviera feel made even finer with the locally produced wine. Vaud’s long tradition of wine-producing dates back to the middle ages. The vineyards lining the shores of Lake Leman make for wine tasting paradise. Perfect for a celebratory drink after your intimate Elopement ceremony !

On top of the mountains, there are many hiking paths which will provide incredible views reaching as far as France. The romance continues into Vaud’s little towns and villages where you can take a pleasant stroll down the enchanting cobbled streets.

Appenzell

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Appenzell

Ideal for the adventurers among us, raw natural beauty lovers (and those who love a good hike !)

Home to the Alpstein mountains, this part of Switzerland is not for the faint-hearted. Offering dramatic views from the steep vertical cliffs and expansive mountain lakes – the landscape in this region will not disappoint in providing an epic backdrop for your Elopement.

Appenzell is situated in the North East and is one of the most authentic regions in Switzerland with lots of wooden cabins and grazing cattle adding to the charm of it all.  But if you are looking to be pampered in luxury surroundings then this part of Switzerland may not be for you.

More for the couples who appreciate the simple things in life …good food, cosy cottages and untouched landscapes.

Lucerne

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Lucerne

For those who live for panoramic mountain views.

Lucerne is a small city resting on Lake Lucerne offering modern comforts and rich culture. Its surrounding mountain ranges provide stunning panoramic views of the landscape creating epic backdrops for your Elopement wedding ceremony.

The town itself is known for its preserved medieval architecture so adding that to the amazing views of the lake and the snowcapped mountains, Lucerne offers beauty everywhere you look !

A fantastic destination for an unforgettable Elopement experience.

Glarus and St Gallen

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Glarus and St Gallen

For those who wish to enjoy classic Switzerland scenery whilst staying close to the airport.

Glarus and St Gallen are 2 separate regions situated just over an hours drive from Zurich, giving you a chance to see what Switzerland has to offer without having to travel too far from the city.

Lake Klöntalersee in Glarus is the perfect backdrop for your Elopement ceremony. You can walk along a forested trail next to the lake taking in the breathtaking views and if you’re brave enough why not take a celebratory dip in the water ?! Best to wait for the summer months before jumping in though as the water will be chilly !

There are lots of hiking trails in each region too and some of which prove to be the most popular in the country.

Both regions offer panoramic views and hidden mountain lakes adding an extra special romantic feel to your journey.

Ticino

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Ticino

For those who are looking for an Elopement destination with a Mediterranean twist.

Ticino is the most southernly region of Switzerland, bordering Italy. Here, you might struggle to believe you are still in Switzerland with the terrain and setting very much resembling its neighbouring country, Italy.

This part of Switzerland offers a beautiful blend of Alpine peaks and deep, blue lakes. A true tropical atmosphere is apparent with the help of the warm weather and palm tree lined lakes.

The shores of Lago Maggiore or Lago di Lugano are top spots for an Italian inspired elopement.

Valais

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Valais

Perfect for Autumn lovers.

Wallis is extremely diverse with the landscape ranging from high-altitude glaciers and alpine mountains to the sun-kissed orchards in the Rhone valley. No matter whether you are looking for the dramatic backdrop of the alps for your Elopement wedding or the romantic appeal of the vineyards and orchard valleys, you’ll find it all here in Valais.

October is a great month to Elope to Valias as at this time of year the valley turns golden. The Autumn Fall colours fill the land as the tree leaves turn different shades of orange, red and yellow.

A fun fact is that Valais is home to the pyramid shaped Matterhorn mountain which is believed to be the inspiration for the shape of the famous Toblerone Swiss chocolate bar.

Uri

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Uri

For desolate landscape enthusiasts and winding road seekers.

Located in central Switzerland, Uri has a real wild and rugged quality to it. Its enormous valleys, glacier lakes and gushing waterfalls make it an ideal location for your Elopement wedding.

If you don’t have much time on your hands, the charming winding roads allow you to travel up the mountains and enjoy the breathtaking view in style.

For those looking to celebrate their Elopement in the height of luxury can do so in the famous 5 Star hotel Chedi Andermatt.

Canton of Grisons (Graubünden)

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Canton of Grisons (Graubünden)

For those who have the time to explore and wish to be completely immersed in nature.

Home to the eastern Alps and the luxury resort town of St Moritz – known for hosting the Winter Olympics twice.

Graubünden is the largest region in Switzerland and boasts large valleys over beautiful mountain lakes. The vast area has great depth so if you are looking for unspoilt nature and a true feeling of freedom then this is the place to come.

It will take some time to breathe it all in so it is advised to explore slowly. You’ll find dramatic scenery every where you look so a great choice for your Elopement destination and a great choice also for those who find nature soothing to the soul.

Neuchatel

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Creux-Du-Van
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Neuchatel

For those who wish to soak up the local culture in panoramic settings.

Located in the West of Switzerland, Neuchatel is a beautiful town steeped in history. Its medieval old town captivates you with its landmark structure – Château de Neuchâtel. A hilltop castle dating back to the 12th century which, like the rest of the town overlooks the stunning Neuchatel lake – a characterful place for your intimate Elopement.

The surrounding mountains of Neuchatel have a lot to offer too, no matter the season you can enjoy scenic hikes and even stop off at one of the métairies to enjoy some local cuisine. Métairies are French farmhouse restaurants and can only be found in a few French-speaking regions in Switzerland. So if you are looking for authentic French cuisine in panoramic surroundings, we highly recommend stopping in to one.

Zurich and Surroundings

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Zurich and Surroundings

For those who wish to elope in vibrant city surroundings.

Zurich is a lively and stylish city for enjoying the finer things in life. Its natural beauty coupled with the great bars and restaurants make it a top tourist destination.

The city lies on the north shores of Lake Zurich and the river Limmat runs through the centre, so here you have the best of both worlds, great scenery and rich culture.

Full of imposing architecture and great shopping opportunities, this cosmopolitan city is perfect for an Elopement – city break style.


Eloping In Switzerland – Ready to start planning ?

As you can see, with its breathtaking scenery and impressive peaks Switzerland has much to offer in creating an Elopement trip of a lifetime.

If you have any questions about any of the areas we touched on or if you wish to find out more on Eloping to Switzerland then please get in touch with us via the contact form below, we’d love to hear from you !

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Blog Credits

We’d like to thank Jeannine and Savannah at Elope in Switzerland for their expert knowledge in this field and for allowing us to use that information to create this guide.

We’d also like to thank Isabel Nao for allowing us to publish her stunning Switzerland photography to showcase these incredible eloping destinations.