As Valentine’s Day is coming near, the best way to celebrate it would be planning a trip with your love partner. Keeping the clichés in mind, Valentine’s Day is all about romance and chocolates and what can be better than Switzerland. With its flawless scenery and world-renowned chocolatier, Switzerland has plenty to boast about when it comes to romance. Switzerland is a complete romance package for the perfect love day. It promises to give the best of birthdays, proposals or anniversaries.
What could be better than celebrating the ‘Valentine’s Day’ all Bollywood style. The place incorporates whole Bollywood in its axis. Ranging from Chandni, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge to Jab Tak Hai Jaan, majority of Yash Raj films has been shot in Switzerland. Yash Chopra as we all know him as the romance king himself celebrated his honeymoon in the country of Switzerland. I am sure Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaye (DDLJ) has been inspiring a lot of Rajs and Simrans across the world. Relive the film’s most iconic moments as we take you through some of its picture-postcard locations make your love a little filmy.
St. Mauritius Church, Saanen, Switzerland
A significant part of the romance between Raj and Simran unfolds in the picturesque villages dotting the Gstaad-Saanenland region in Switzerland. The narrow steeple of the St. Mauritius Church in Saanen, Switzerland features in the famous scene where Raj and Simran pray together. The church was originally built in the 13th century and expanded in the 15th century. The interior of the church was shot at the St. Grat Church church in the village of Montbovon.
Raj and Simran missed their train at this tiny train station of Zweisimmen near Gstaad, and enquire about the next train to Zurich. This twist of fate leads them to take a road trip together. The scene where Simran runs to catch the train was actually shot in a parking lot near the station. In reality, Zweisimmen is the starting point on of a major rail line that travels to Montrux along Lake Geneva.
Part of the song “Zara Sa Jhoom Loon Main” was shot in the main promenade of Gstaad, a tiny-yet-charming village in western Switzerland. Drunk Simran enters the chocolate shop Early Beck (situated on the Promenade) and runs outside, leaving Raj to pay the bill. Towards the end of the song, Raj and Simran return to a hotel in a horse carriage along the Gstaad Promenade, an entirely car-free street lined with boutiques, international stores and local shops. A popular winter sports destination and celebrity getaway, Gstaad is surrounded by typically Alpine wooden chalets and home to numerous gourmet restaurants. Well, this place did act as a turning point in Raj- Simran romance. It might help you make your Valentine’s Day a memorable one.
At 3454 m, Jungfraujoch is the highest train station and point in Europe, famous for its icy glaciers and breathtaking views of the Swiss Alps, the famous Switzerland mount. In the film, it’s also the setting for the song “Zara Sa Jhoom Loon Main”, when a drunk Simran dances in the snow in wild abandon. Today, Jungraujoch is so popular with Indian tourists that you can find snapshots of Hindi film stars and Indian food easily. How would a romantic dance on these high berg feel on the Valentine’s Day.
Lake Lungern, Switzerland
This small and scenic emerald green lake in central Switzerland briefly features in the romantic ballad “Tujhe Dekha To”, where Raj and Simran are shown fishing on the banks and catching a shoe. How about the Valentine’s Day gives you an opportunity to create your version of “Tujhe Dekha To”?
Top 5 Romantic Hotspots in Switzerland for Valentine’s Day
While the secret to success in a romantic gesture is often considered to be “surprise”, a lady can be just as impressed with a well organized city trip. This will even work for visiting a familiar city but exploring it from a fresh angle and exploring new horizons is always of immense pleasure.
St. Moritz, Switzerland
Synonymous with glamour, decadence and luxury, St. Moritz needs no long introduction. Made famous by two winter Olympics, footage in Hitchock films, and referenced in the Bond film “Goldfinger”, a lesser known fact is that St. Moritz is Switzerland’s “sunniest resort” and has several winter sporting spectator events. It is one destination in Switzerland that everyone ought to see – at least once.
Geneva is set at the beautiful Lake Geneva on the border to France. It is so close, in fact, that many people not familiar with Switzerland are often puzzled: Is this city French or Swiss? Well, it is certainly Swiss but with a French flair, providing you with best of both the worlds. For one, the iconic Jet d’eau fountain is a must-see. A guided tour of the UN is a popular option, too, while less than romantic.
A more appropriate daytime excursion with a date is the elegant, imposing, 13th century Château de Chillon (Chillon Castle). It can easily be reached by car, train or boat from Geneva, and it offers plenty of fantastic looks on the lake and picture spots.
According to the Rough Guide, Bern with its cobbled streets and medieval architecture is “perhaps the most immediately charming” Swiss city. The Swiss capital and home to the parliament is a city that does not scream but rather gently whispers its importance – how very Swiss!
If your date is a history buff, take them to the small but interesting Einstein museum. The gothic “Münster” Cathedral, which has the highest spire in Switzerland and is recognized by UNESCO, is also worth a visit.
The views of the Bernese Alps and rooftops of the Old Town are said to be the most beautiful (and romantic)! Finally, art enthusiasts will appreciate the Zentrum Paul Klee, whose current exhibition theme is “From Japonism to Zen. Paul Klee and the Far East”. Perhaps Mr Klee wasn’t keen on giving Valentine’s Day presents either.
The town of Montreux is situated among Switzerland’s largest wine region. Every summer, the legendary Montreux Jazz Festival draws visitors from around the world who have become addicted to spending those summer nights with music by the lake.
And if you have never heard the words “Swiss” and “wine” conjugated together, it is no surprise because a mere 1 percent of Swiss wine is exported. A night at an auberge combined with a wine degustation at the nearby Château Maison Blanche are sure to impress your loved one.
This is a perfect day trip if you live in Zurich or Basel – just an hour away. The “Wasserturm” bridge is apparently one of the most photographed bridges in Switzerland.
The Carnival celebrations will just be over since the 12 February – but being Switzerland – an army of little cleaning angels will have dusted the debris and there will probably be little trace of the festival left. It is a lovely city to wander around, stop for coffee, and people watch (in between gazing into each other’s eyes – of course). Well, coffee is important for the bitter sweet Valentine’s Day.
Romantic Gifts for Valentine’s Day in Switzerland
Even when a man loves a woman, he does not always know what she wants for Valentine’s Day! So what could be better than a few timely tips from a woman who knows what the ladies really love?
Midnight Train Ride with Rhätische Bahn, Switzerland
Every day from February 14 to 16, there will be moonlit trips on the Rhätische Bahn. The special train departs St. Moritz at 6:15 PM, traveling via the pine forests of Pontresina and arriving back in St. Moritz at 11:15 PM.
To finish off this romantic night, cheese fondue will be served in the Albergo Ristorante Alp Grüm at over 2000 m above sea level!
Chocolates and Cakes
Valentine’s is not just Valentine’s without chocolates and as we all know there is nothing better than fine Swiss chocolates. There are very few ladies who do not smile when they receive a box of chocolates (or a heart shaped cake topped with frosted raspberries)
Hint: A brand of quality like Sprüngli will never disappoint.
White Turf in St. Moritz, Switzerland
St. Moritz, the famous Alpine town, is a favorite Swiss destination. Watch horses gallop on the frozen lake as part of White Turf while you enjoy a hot whiskey or a hot chocolate! Horse racing on ice on the following Sundays: Feb 7, 14 and 21, 2016. Ice and horses just make the red day a lot more than just love. At times its good to love with adventures.
Wine Tasting in Villars-sur-Ollon or Aigle
Known as “Villars” in Canton Vaud, this village overlooks the Rhône Valley and is close to the legendary Mont Blanc. Apart from winter long skiing, this picturesque village organizes a three-day wine festival in February. You buy one glass and can taste as many wines as you like. As Valentine’s Day is all about red how can we miss the addition of wine to the list of all reds.
Switzerland, which provided the inspiration for Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein – was the most popular destination for Valentine travelers in the poll by Gatwick airport, followed by Amsterdam in second place. It still continues it tradition of being so. This Valentine’s Day don’t just read about Switzerland, simply experience it and make your valentine feeling more loved. It surely has love in the air as, mountains, scenery and cold does spread the aura of love throughout.