The Alps: Cozy Up to Romance
Collected by Maggie Fuller, AFAR Staff
Cold weather is the best excuse to snuggle up. The Alps offer a signature blend of adventure and luxury, tailor-made for the kind of people who seek out the joy of fresh powder. From the slopes to sleigh rides to chalets, the Alps are the perfect place to get cozy.
Kaiserjägerstraße 2, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria
Behind the brightly colored stucco and dark shutters of this 16th century building is one of Innsbruck’s most charming retreats. Owned by the Ultsch family since the early 20th century, the Schwarzer Adler has become known for its...
St Moritz, Switzerland
In a country full of swanky resort towns, St. Moritz takes the crown with its wide array of five-star hotels, designer stores, and award-winning restaurants. The town is also home to such exciting activities as skijoring and ice cricket, which...
Mer de Glace, 74400 Chamonix, France
Snaking, cracking, shimmering a brilliant blue in places and revealing mystical frosts in others, the Mer de Glace displays nature in all its force. France’s longest glacier stretches 4.3 miles and is over 650 feet deep. Quite literally...
Bahnhofstrasse 25, 7002 Chur, Switzerland
I didn’t even realize that the Bernina Express scenic train journey was on the UNESCO World Heritage list until I arrived at the small northern Italian town of Tirano to start the trip. There are several different routes from which travelers may...
Lac de Joux, Switzerland
Situated on the border with France in the Vaud Jura, Lac de Joux is one of the biggest natural ice rinks in Europe. Thousands flock there when the lake freezes over, and the misty evening air and mountains create a dreamlike scene reminiscent of a...
Weinpl. 2, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland
Former interior designer and gallery owner Elisabetta Capei now presides over this shop near St. Peter’s Church. It specializes in artisan handmade Swiss and Italian chocolates. Among her highlights are chocolates by Reichmuth von Reding, a...
Route des Coudres 200, 1298 Céligny, Switzerland
The forest at Bogis-Bossey, just south of Nyon, is perfect when it snows. The well-manicured forest floor is easy to trudge through, even with a heavy snowfall fresh and deep under your feet. But if it weren't this exact forest, it really wouldn't...
Gornergrat, 3920 Zermatt, Switzerland
A trip up to the Gornergrat provides the best view of the Matterhorn without ripping a huge hole in your wallet. For less than 10 Francs, we were able to ride the lift up to Gornergrat and see one of the most spectacular views. At the top there is...
12 Rue Sainte-Claire, 74000 Annecy, France
If there is one thing France is famous for, I bet the gastronomy would rank pretty high, way before the châteaux and wines. And what is French gastronomy without a healthy dose of cheese, right? At Le Fréti, they take their fondue very seriously....
Stadthofstrasse 14, 6006 Luzern, Switzerland
Hotel Hofgarten is a warm, welcoming establishment housed in one of Lucerne's oldest manor houses. From the outside, the restaurant looks like a casual pub, but the minute you enter, you sense the elegance housed inside. The space is light and...
Route des Bains 42, 1892 Lavey-les-bains, Switzerland
After a long day of skiing or climbing, the Swiss head to luxurious spas to unwind. Les Bains de Lavey offers the warmest thermal baths in Switzlerand alongside saunas, Turkish baths, a revolving whirlpool, and various massage treatments. Located...
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