Switzerland is one of the top honeymoon destinations in the world. The fairytale land draws couples for its breathtaking landscapes, scenic vistas, stunning alpine views, quaint villages, beautiful lakes, and the list goes on. Switzerland is expensive and touristy too but that does make it less charming.
The public transport system is fantastic which makes it very easy to explore the towns/cities on your own. So ditch the tours and get lost in the stunning locations of this land of fairytale locations. We lived in Switzerland for more than a year and have explored the Switzerland cities, small charming Swiss villages, top Switzerland tourist spots, and the hidden gems. Here are our personal favorite things to do on the Switzerland Honeymoon.
Walk on the Chapel Bridge in Lucerne
The Chapel Bridge in Lucerne is one of the most beautiful bridges in the world. The wooden bridge dates back to the 14th-century and spans the Reuss River and connects the old town with the new town. The bridge decorated with bright colored flowers hanging over the calm emerald waters, the reflection of the flowers in the river and the gliding swans looks like taken straight out of a fairytale. As you walk through the bridge have a look at the beautiful 17th-century paintings hanging from the roof of the bridge. Today there are around 30 paintings of the original 150 paintings. The paintings depict the history of the city of the city of Lucerne.
The walk also offers lovely views of the imposing buildings set along the river. At one of the bridge is the weekend market where you can some fresh produce like fruits, vegetables and a variety of flowers. A stroll into the Old Town is recommended for you will find many medieval buildings with colorful facade paintings.
Day Trip to Rigi Kulm from Lucerne
Mount Rigi Kulm is the summit of the Mount Rigi also known as the ‘Queen of the Mountains’. The summit offers incredible views of the lakes, villages and the surrounding mountains. The summit can be reached by a ferry ride from Lucerne station to Vitznau or Weggis and then a cogwheel wheel ride which will transport you to the summit of Rigi.
The cogwheel ride to the Rigi Kulm winding through lush meadows dotted with wildflowers, wooden cottages, and grazing cows and the summit offering breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape looks like postcard perfect picture.The cogwheel trains in Rigi are served by rack railways which are one of the oldest mountain railways in the world and offers with a unique experience.
Hike the Lavaux Vineyards
The Lavaux Vineyards, the famous vineyard region in Switzerland is one of the world’s largest contiguous vineyards spanning over 830 hectares and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Lavaux Vineyard terraces are located along the shores of Lake Geneva from Lausanne to Montreux and offer breathtaking views of the Alps and the Geneva Lake.
The vineyards are popular with hikers and cyclists with over 30 km of hiking trails dotted with wine cellars, small wine shops, restaurants, and many small quaint villages. Hiking through the winding trails of the Lavaux Vineyards taking in the views of the shimmering blue Geneva Lake with a backdrop of the snow-capped Alps and the quaint chalets at the foothills will transport you into a time warp. The wine cellars offer wine tasting and a tour of the cellar. Tasting the wines with a view over the vineyards sloping into the Lake Geneva is no less dreamy.
Ride Golden Pass Train
The country of Switzerland is teeming with breathtaking landscapes and picturesque vistas and one of the best ways to experience the beauty of this fairytale land is a train ride. You can enjoy the scenic vistas of Switzerland on all the train rides but the Golden Pass train route is designed specifically to enrich this experience for the travelers.
The train passes through some of the scenic vistas of Switzerland, the charming villages, towering snow-capped mountains, lush green meadows with cows grazing, ducks and swans gliding through the shimmering lakes and the lakeside promenades bedecked with colorful flowers. The Golden Pass train runs from Montreux to Zweisimmen and Interlaken to Lucerne. You will have to take regular trains between Zweisimmen and Interlaken. There are two kinds of Golden Pass train Panoramic and Classic Trains. While Panoramic trains have large Panoramic windows for unobstructed views the Classic trains offer a unique experience with its vintage interior.
Cruise on the Brienz Lake and Iseltwald
Lake Brienz is a lake in the Swiss capital Bern. The deep blue lake is surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery of the Bernese Oberland region dotted with quaint small villages. A cruise on the gorgeous Swiss lakes is one of the best things to do in Switzerland. And Lake Brienz is amongst the most beautiful lakes in Switzerland.
On the shores of the Lake Brienz is the small village Iseltwald, a hidden gem with hardly any tourists to be seen. The charming Swiss village has several small chalet-style wooden houses bedecked with colorful flowers. A walk through the tranquil streets of the Iseltwald village through the wooden chalets overflowing with bright flowers and overlooking the blue Brienz lake against the backdrop of massive lush green mountains is a dreamy affair. There are a couple of restaurants in the village where you can enjoy your meals enjoy the lake views.
The streets and the central square has numerous benches to sit and take in the views. The village is 20 minutes bus ride away from Interlaken town, but the best way to reach the village is by a boat ride on the Brienz Lake.
On the way to Iselwald is the gorgeous Giessbach Falls. The boat stops here and you can take a funicular up to the terrace of the 19th-century Giessbach Hotel for a closer look at the falls or if you love hiking you can hike through the forests looking for vantage points offering wonderful views of the falls.
Snow Fun at Mount Titlis
Titlis is one of the popular snow resorts in Switzerland just 45 minutes train ride from Lucerne. You need to take a train from Lucerne to a small charming town of Engelberg and then a cable car ride to the summit of Mount Titlis. The last leg of cable car ride up to the top is the most exciting part where you get to ride a Rotair gondola which revolves 360 deg. offering breathtaking views of the snow-capped Alps. There are numerous attractions on Mount Titlis Summit including a snow park, restaurants, chocolate shops, cliff walk and a glacier cave decorated with ice sculptures.
The alpine town of Engelberg is also worth a visit. Wander the quiet lanes of the town exploring the wooden houses decorated with flowers and the lush green meadows surrounded by the scenic mountain views. One of the main attractions in Engelberg after Titlis, of course, is a monastery that dates back to the 12th century. Make sure to spend some time in Engelberg on your trip to Titlis.
Five Lakes Hike Zermatt
Zermatt is a small car-free town at the base of the famous pyramid shaped Matterhorn mountain. The streets of the town are lined with chocolate colored wooden houses which are occupied by boutique shops, hotels, and restaurants. There are several vantage points offering great views of the Matterhorn and the ski region of Zermatt. The vantage points have sun terraces with restaurants where you buy something to eat and enjoy the magnificent views of the Matterhorn peak.
Sunnegga Paradise at a height of 2,288 m can be reached by a funicular ride through a tunnel in the mountain. One of the top things to do in Zermatt is to do a 5-Seenweg or Five Lakes Walk.
The trail starts from and winds through a breathtaking landscape covered with alpine flora. The lakes are said to offer a beautiful reflection of the Matterhorn.
Grindelwald First Cliff Walk and Bachalpsee
Grindelwald First is a summit in Bernese Oberland which can be reached by gondola ride from the village of Grindelwald. The ride up offers great views of the village and green meadows dotted with chalets and grazing Lamas. A hiking path winds through these cottages uphill, you can also choose to hike your way up. One of the stops on the way is Bort where you can rent a scooter to slide down on the way back.
One of the most thrilling parts of the trip is the First cliff walk. The views all along the walk are mind-boggling. There is also a restaurant at the summit where you can get yourself something eat enjoying the awe-inspiring views.
If you love hiking you can hike to the Bachalpsee which is a beautiful lake known for the stunning reflection of the surrounding peaks of Eiger, Schreckhorn, and Wetterhorn.
Row Boating in Oeschinensee
Oeschinensee is a beautiful mountain lake in the Bernese Oberland region of Switzerland. The deep blue lake surrounded by massive mountains and dense forest area. You will have to take a cable car to the top of the mountain and then either walk for about 30 minutes or ride a free shuttle to the lake. There are also numerous hiking trails from the base of the mountain to the Oeschinen Lake. The trail has numerous vantage points offering amazing views of the lakes and the surrounding mountain scenery.
If you are adventurous you can try the 750m long toboggan run located next to the cable car station. You can go row boating on the Oeschinensee and enjoy the scenic vista of the surrounding. There is a restaurant next to the lake and also options for accommodation if you want to stay back.
You can also combine your visit to the Oeschinensee with another gorgeous Swiss lake called Blausee (Blue Lake). The lake is located amidst lush green forest and is a popular picnic spot. The lake is blue and so crystal clear that you can easily view the bottom of the lake and the fishes swimming in it. You can walk around the lake or go for boating on the glass bottom boat.
Explore the Lauterbrunnen Valley
Lauterbrunnen Valley is popularly known as the ‘Valley of 72 Waterfalls’. The valley is surrounded by dramatic rocky cliffs dotted with waterfalls. The Lauterbrunnen village is located in a valley in a picturesque setting which looks like straight out of a fairytale. A visit to the Lauterbrunnen Valley can be combined with a visit to the mountain village of Wengen and Murren which sits above the valley and can be reached by cable car.
The postcard-perfect picture of Lauterbrunnen is the 300 meter-high Staubbach Falls which forms the backdrop of the Lauterbrunnen village. Another popular waterfall is the Trummelbach Waterfalls which can be reached by a 7-minute bus ride from Lauterbrunnen trains station. There platforms, tunnels, bridges to explore the Trummelbach Waterfalls.