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For couples who crave adventure, the alps are the perfect adventure honeymoon destination. In this post, you’ll find 22 epic ideas to make your honeymoon in Europe unforgettable.
The Best Alps Honeymoon Destinations
Trying to decide exactly where you want to visit for your Alps honeymoon may feel a bit overwhelming. The Alps stretch nearly 750 miles (1200 kilometers) through Europe, across 8 countries (France, Switzerland, Monaco, Italy, Liechtenstein, Austria, Germany, and Slovenia). It’s a huge honeymoon destination area! Below, we’ll list some of the best places to visit for your alps adventure honeymoon so you can narrow your options down.
Honeymoons in Switzerland
Switzerland has to be one of the most popular alps honeymoon destinations (and with good reason). The Swiss Alps are home to not only jaw-dropping scenery and adventure activities, but the country also boasts lavish hotels and day spas.
Interlaken, a gorgeous town nestled in central Switzerland between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz is the perfect place to stay for your honeymoon. Since Switzerland is a relatively small country, Interlaken provides the perfect base to explore the rest of the country, all within day-trip distance.
Honeymoons in France
France is another well-known honeymoon destination, known for its vineyards, idyllic towns, and cuisine. France also happens to be an adventure paradise. Chamonix, France sits at the base of Mont Blanc, the highest peak in the Alps. In Chamonix, you’ll find some of the world’s best skiing and climbing nestled amongst a spectacular backdrop. If you and your partner are looking for an epic honeymoon, look no further than France.
Honeymoons in Germany
Germany has to be straight out a fairytale, making it a romantic honeymoon destination you can’t miss. The German Alps, located in Bavaria, offer great hiking, quaint villages, and castles. If you love beer, there’s no shortage of breweries to explore either.
If you choose to honeymoon in Germany, you can’t miss visiting Germany’s tallest mountain, the Zugspitze via cable car, or taking a boat ride across the Königssee in Berchtesgaden National Park.
Honeymoons in Austria
Austria offers honeymoon options perfect for couples who want to experience the best of European history, culture, and breathtaking scenery.
In Austria, you can enjoy skiing nearly year-round thanks to numerous glacier resorts, or sit back and relax at a lush spa such as the Aqua Dome, tucked between mountains. No matter how you choose to spend your honeymoon, Austria offers something for everyone.
Honeymoons in Italy
Italy is the best honeymoon destination to visit if you’re looking for adventure, charming towns, and fine-dining.
Adrenaline-inducing honeymoon activities can include trying your hand at climbing a via ferrata in the Italian Dolomites or skiing the world-famous Sellaronda circuit. At the end of the day, unwind in your private chalet overlooking the Italian Alps and enjoying some gourmet pizza.
Honeymoons in Slovenia
Slovenia is one of the more off-the-beaten-path honeymoon destinations in the alps, but well worth the trip. Slovenia is home to the breathtaking Julian Alps, the scenic Lake Bled, and the Soča Valley. Here, you’ll find epic waterfalls to explore, crystal clear rivers and lakes, and peaceful trekking tours. Slovenia is a budget-friendly honeymoon destination in the alps that offers a one-of-a-kind experience.
Adventurous Honeymoon Ideas
Are you looking for the perfect adventurous honeymoon ideas to make your trip memorable? Below we’ve compiled some of our favorite activities!
1. Take a sunset helicopter tour above the Italian Alps
For a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience, consider taking a sunset helicopter tour in the Italian Dolomites. Not only is a helicopter ride romantic, but it’s absolutely thrilling. Helicopter tours range from sightseeing tours to private charters, and some even allow stops to get out and explore, high in the mountains.
2. Soak in a hot-tub at 3,000 meters in Switzerland
Imagine soaking in a private hot tub overlooking one of Switzerland’s most dramatic glaciers for your honeymoon. Now picture doing that over 3,000 meters at a mountain hotel. Berghaus Diavolezza allows you to do exactly that. Whether you choose to hike up to your accommodations or take the cable car, it’s bound to be an adventure.
3. Stand-Up Paddle Board (SUP) at Lake Eibsee, Germany
There are few lakes as stunning as the Eibsee, located in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Explore the Eibsee via an intimate sunrise SUP board session. Here, you can take in the crystal clear waters of the lake and enjoy exceptional views of the Zugspitze, Germany’s tallest mountain.
4. Ski on a glacier in Austria
Austria boasts some of the best skiing in Europe (and beyond), making it a must-visit destination for adventurous honeymoons. Whether you get married in the winter or summer, you’re bound to find fantastic glacier ski resorts. This allows for skiing honeymoons nearly year-round.
5. Walk Europe’s longest suspension bridge high in the Swiss Alps
High in the Swiss Alps, honeymooners can walk Europe’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge (and second longest in the world). The Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge, not far from the Matterhorn, offers sweeping views of Switzerland’s mountains and is bound to take your breath away.
6. Hike the Tour du Mont Blanc
The Alps are famous for their hut-to-hut hiking, making it the perfect destination for hiking honeymoons. At just over 100 miles long (170 km), it gives couples an amazing opportunity to trek through France, Switzerland, and Italy, circumnavigating the Mont Blanc massif. Along the trip, you can stay at stunning mountain huts. After a long day on the trail, sit back and relax, enjoying wine and cheese.
You can find an overview of the Tour du Mont Blanc here.
If you want more hiking and trekking inspiration, we have a post dedicated to many of the trails we've explored throughout the Alps, along with our favorites. Click here to learn more.
7. Climb a via ferrata in Italy
Throughout Europe, but particularly famous in Italy, you’ll find via ferrata passages. A via ferrata is a type of mixed hiking and climbing made possible by steel cables bolted into the mountainside. To navigate these routes, you’ll wear a climbing harness and employ a special y-shaped lanyard to clip into the cables as you navigate craggy mountains and cliff-sides. There are via ferrata routes for a variety of skill levels, and any climbing-loving couple should be sure to give one a try on their honeymoon in Italy. Via ferratas can be done on your own, or with an experienced guide.
8. Book a guided glacier tour
Get up close and personal with one of nature’s most powerful forces by booking a guided glacier tour in the Alps. You and your partner can explore Europe's ice fields with a guide, learning about how the mountains and valleys were carved over millions of years. Your breath is sure to be taken away as you navigate the other-worldly landscape. Switzerland is the best place for embarking on a guided glacier tour.
Click here if you want to learn more about amazing glaciers to visit in Europe! We did a post highlighting the best places to go.
9. Stay overnight in an igloo with sweeping views of the Matterhorn
For a unique honeymoon experience, consider staying in a mountainside igloo with sweeping views of the Matterhorn and incredible stargazing opportunities. At Iglu-Dorf Zermatt, you can book a private couples suite, complete with your own hot tub, champagne, and everything else needed to spend a comfortable night in the Swiss Alps.
We highlighted the Iglu-Dorf Zermatt in this post, all about how to elope in Switzerland.
10. Charter a boat and explore Italy’s Lake Como
Lake Como is known as a luxurious honeymoon destination. To make the most of the stunning location, be sure to charter a boat for the day so you can explore the lake in style. Renting a boat allows you to not only find the perfect private swimming spot but also move between the various towns along the lakeside with ease.
11. Go ice skating on a frozen alpine lake
Winter-loving couples will be sure to love ice skating on a frozen alpine lake. Throughout the Alps, lakes freeze up in the wintertime and open to the public for skating. Enjoy soaking up the towering mountains as you glide along the ice. Afterward, be sure to stop at a mountain hut for hot drinks and a cozy atmosphere. The Oeschinensee, Switzerland is one of the most beautiful places to go ice skating in the Alps.
12. Book a snowmobiling tour to Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Italy’s famous 3 Peaks
Tre Cime di Lavaredo (otherwise known as Drei Zinnen) is a famous destination in Italy that attracts visitors from all over the world to see the iconic three peaks. Though busy in the summer, wintertime offers solitude due to the road being closed. Book a snowmobiling tour in Tre Cime to experience not only the thrill of zipping along the snowy Italian Alps but also a one-of-a-kind honeymoon experience.
13. Go paragliding above the Lauterbrunnen Valley
The famous Lauterbrunnen Valley in Switzerland offers some of the most scenic tandem paragliding out there for any couple wanting to try something unique on their honeymoon. Lauterbrunnen is known as being the most beautiful valley in the world, and what better way to explore it than from above? Tandem paragliding in Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland allows you and your partner to soar with experienced guides thousands of feet above the valley floor, surrounded by waterfalls, and glaciers.
14. Ride an alpine coaster
Get your heart racing on your honeymoon by riding an alpine coaster. Alpine coasters allow you to race down a track in a small cart equipped with brakes, navigating twists and turns along the mountainside. On many alpine coasters, you can reach speeds of over 50 km h, winding through stunning mountain terrain. Be sure to check out the Alpine Coaster in Imst, Austria, which boasts being the longest in the world.
15. Explore Germany’s Neuschwanstein Castle
For a fairytale honeymoon, be sure to check out Germany’s Neuschwanstein Castle, which Disneyworld modeled the Cinderella castle after. Schloss Neuschwanstein is nestled among the Bavarian Alps and offers a variety of activities nearby. While you can book a tour to visit inside Neuschwanstein, one adventure way to explore the area is by hiking one of the many extensive trails around the castle. For couples who are experienced hikers, be sure to hike up the Tegelberg, a mountain right above the castle, for a bird’s eye view. Beneath the castle, you can also explore the Pöllat gorge.
16. Zipline at speeds of up to 50 mph on Switzerland’s Grindelwald First Flyer
There’s nothing like a good honeymoon ziplining tour, and the Grindelwald First Flyer takes the cake when it comes to epic rides. This zipline in Switzerland allows you to reach speeds of up to 50 mph (84 kph), with panoramic views of the alps along the way. The zipline is just one part of the Grindelwald First experience though. It’s also worth checking out the nearby Bachalpsee, enjoying the restaurant, or renting a mountain cart and riding down a groomed track.
17. Visit the Jungfraujoch, top of Europe
If you’ve ever wanted to feel like you were on top of the world without actually climbing a mountain, be sure to visit the Jungfraujoch on your honeymoon. Located in Switzerland, the Jungfraujoch transports sightseers via railway to an elevation of over 3,400 meters. At the top, you can see ice sculptures, visit a museum, enjoy fine-dining, and take in the breathtaking 360-degree mountain and glaciated views. It truly looks and feels like another world.
18. Go Canyoning in Imst, Austria
Climb, rappel, and swim, all in one go with a canyoning (also known as canyoneering) tour in Imst, Austria. You and your partner can explore waterfalls and cliff jumping, all under the experience of a guide as you navigate a canyon that cuts deep into the mountains. Most companies offer canyoning tours that vary from beginner to advanced, perfect for honeymooners looking to try something new or participate in a favorite activity together.
19. Whitewater Raft beneath Mont Blanc
Chamonix, one of France’s most beautiful towns, is located at the base of Mont Blanc and offers honeymooning couples the perfect blend of luxury and adventure. To get your heart pumping, consider booking a whitewater rafting tour, floating beneath the imposing Mont Blanc.
20. Sled down Switzerland’s longest groomed toboggan run
Sledding isn’t just for kids! In Grindelwald, you’ll find Switzerland’s longest groomed toboggan run, at over 11 km in length and descending over 1,000 meters. To get to the top of the sledding run, you first take a cable car up to the Bachalpsee and then hike two hours to the summit of the Faulhorn before quickly racing back down the mountain. Sledding in Switzerland is the perfect winter honeymoon activity you’ll remember for years to come.
21. Relax at a picturesque wellness spa
After all this honeymoon adventuring, it’s time to find some rest and relaxation at one of Europe’s endless wellness spas located in the alps. Whether you want an all-inclusive overnight stay, or just a day set aside to unwind, you’re sure to feel refreshed afterward. St. Moritz, Switzerland offers some of the best mountain spas to check out on your honeymoon.
22. Book an adventure session to document your honeymoon trip
To help preserve your epic honeymoon memories while exploring the alps, consider booking an adventure photo session. These sessions are dedicated to documenting a stop or activity during your trip. An adventure photo session could be used to take after-wedding portraits in the mountains or to document an epic hike you and your partner completed together. It’s about helping you remember the moments that matter most.
If you’re interested in creating an epic couples photo session, we’d love to hop on the phone and chat about your vision and how we can capture it. As adventure-junkies ourselves, there’s nothing we love more than helping you remember your incredible outdoor experiences.
You can contact us here.