Searching for the best place to elope in Europe can be an overwhelming task-the possibilities are endless! After spending an extensive amount of time in Germany, Switzerland, Italy, and Austria shooting and exploring, we figured it was time to put together this handy post outlining the best places to elope in Europe. We made this guide specifically for adventure-seeking couples like you who love a good time in the mountains and want to make their elopement day an experience they’ll cherish forever. Whether you are looking for a wintery wedding filled with skiing and snowmobiling, or a summer evening spent exchanging vows while watching the sun set, these locations have got you covered.
Location 1: Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
We may be a bit biased since it’s our backyard, but Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany is definitely at the top of our list when it comes to the best places to elope in Europe. Just 1.5 hours south of Munich, it’s a mountain lover’s paradise surrounded by rocky cliff faces, green meadows, gorges, alpine lakes, and two ski areas. Garmisch-Partenkirchen also happens to sit at the base of Germany’s tallest mountain, the Zugspitze. What we love about Garmisch-Partenkirchen is that it has maintained its small, mountain-town charm, even during the busy summer months. Endless hikes await, since the town rests in a valley situated among five different mountain ranges. Another great benefit of choosing to elope in Garmisch-Partenkirchen is that it’s centrally located, making other spots in the Alps such as the Dolomites or Switzerland easy to visit. While few think of Germany when it comes to epic outdoor adventures, we’d have to disagree, and the photos speak for themselves. It’s beautiful, peaceful, and straight out of a fairytale.
Best Time of Year to Elope in Garmisch-Partenkirchen: January-March and mid-June through September
Best Elopement Activities in Garmisch-Partenkirchen: Hiking, paragliding, paddle-boarding, brewery tours, and skiing/snowboarding
Scenery You’ll Find in Garmisch-Partenkirchen: Gorges, Alpine Lakes, Alpine Meadows, Castles
Location 2: Grindelwald, Switzerland and the Bernese Alps
Grindelwald, Switzerland and the surrounding Bernese Alps are nothing short of breathtaking and they’re definitely considered a top elopement destination in Europe. Picture this: sheep grazing in high alpine meadows, the sound of cowbells in the distance, wildflowers galore, and sweeping glaciers that expand thousands of feet above. It’s nothing short of epic. People from all over the world come to paraglide, base jump, or take a train to the top of the Jungfraujoch, which sits at the saddle of two 4,000 meter peaks. Something else we love about Grindelwald, is that despite being a tourist hot-spot, there are many trails to be found that are off-the beaten path or clear out when the sun sets below the mountains. We’d encourage any couple that’s looking for an incredible alpine adventure on their elopement day to consider the Bernese Alps.
Best Time of Year to Elope in Grindelwald: January-March and July through mid-September
Best Elopement Activities in Grindelwald: Helicopter Tours, Paragliding, Hiking, Via-Ferratas
Scenery You’ll Find in Grindelwald: Glaciers, High Alpine Meadows, Wildflowers
Location 3: Cortina d’Ampezzo, Dolomites Italy
Cortina d’Ampezzo. It’s a place we just can’t get enough of. What we love about Cortina d’Ampezzo is not only is the town beautiful, but it’s located central to some of the most beautiful areas in the Italian Dolomites. Now, If you’ve never heard of the Dolomites, go google them right now! Ok, wait, actually just keep reading this post and scroll below to see how amazing they are. The Italian Dolomites, located in northern Italy (Südtirol) are a popular elopement destination, and with good reason. They offer some of the most unique scenery out there, with jagged peaks that seem to shoot straight out of the ground, winding mountain passes surrounded by lush meadows, and food you’ll be dreaming about for years to come. Something particularly special about this area is the possibility to plan a multi-day elopement via a hut-to-hut trek through some of Europe’s most exciting terrain. If you love climbing, you and your partner can also try out a via-ferrata, a type of scrambling and climbing where you’re assisted by clipping into fixed ropes while harnessed in (we’d recommend hiring a guide for something like this). During the summer and winter, Cortina is a bustling mountain town, yet at the same time cozy enough to feel right at home in.
Best Time of Year to Elope in the Dolomites: May-February
Best Elopement Activities in the Dolomites: Via-Ferrata Elopements, Climbing Elopements, Epic Mountains, Multi-Day Hiking Elopements, World-Class Skiing
Scenery You’ll Find the the Dolomites: Alpine Lakes, Jagged Mountains, Panoramic Views, High-Mountain Passes
Location 4: St. Moritz and the Bernina Alps, Switzerland
St Moritz, located in the south-east corner of Switzerland and just an hour from the Italian border offers the best of both worlds; jaw-dropping scenery along with great pizza and pasta. In our opinion, a match made in heaven and perfect for any food-loving adventurer. What we love about the Bernina Alps is they have something for everyone. Beautiful drive-up locations in a high-alpine environment, cable cars, glassy lakes, and green valleys stretching up towards glaciers. There are also some amazing mountain huts located with stunning panoramic views, private rooms, 4-course dinners, and hot tubs. Eloping in St Moritz means you really can have it all – a luxury outdooring wedding experience in some of the world’s most beautiful scenery.
Best Time of Year to Elope in St. Moritz: May-October
Best Elopement Activities in St. Moritz: hiking, skiing, incredible food, luxury accommodations high in the mountains, scenic drives
Scenery You’ll Find in St. Moritz: glaciers, lush valleys, expansive panoramic views, high-mountain passes
Do any of these places just speak to your soul? This list is just the tip of the iceberg! Hit the contact button below to get started planning your elopement in some of the Europe’s best locations.