11 romantic things to do in st moritz in the winter 1 825x510 - 11 Romantic Things to Do in St. Moritz in the Winter
  • 01 of 11

    Ski

    11 Romantic Things to Do in St. Moritz in the Winter

    Thomas Stankiewicz / LOOK-foto / Getty Images

    Ready to take on the challenge of a 3000-meter (or higher) mountain? St. Moritz is ringed by them. Corviglia is the largest and sunniest of the ski areas; Corvatsch, at 3300 meters, is the tallest. Slopes are wide and start above the tree line, offering long, exhilarating runs. Instructors are available. If this isn't your sport, it's still worth taking the cable car to the top to take in the panoramic views.

  • 02 of 11

    Shop

    11 Romantic Things to Do in St. Moritz in the Winter

    Thomas Stankiewicz / LOOK-foto / Getty Images

    Although your budget may not yet allow for diamonds and designer fashions, you can still eyeball the latest styles in St. Moritz. Do some window shopping along the town's two main roads, Palace Street (across from Badrutt's Palace hotel) and Via Maistra. Many of the top luxury brands maintain boutiques here. Among them: Bulgari, Tom Ford, Bottega Veneta, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Cartier. Too rich for your blood? Stop in at Läderach chocolatier across from the Palace hotel and have them break off an affordable piece of the chocolate bark for which they are justly lauded.

  • 03 of 11

    Bobsled

    11 Romantic Things to Do in St. Moritz in the Winter

    John Warburton-Lee / Getty Images

    Ever wanted to whoosh down a mountain, holding each other tightly? From the St. Moritz Bobsled Club you can hop onto one of the sleds, a driver in front and a brakeman behind, to get an exhilarating taste of the sport. The St. Moritz Bobsled Club builds its own track every year, and enthusiasts appreciate that they get to speed down a new course each winter.

  • 04 of 11

    Admire the Art

    11 Romantic Things to Do in St. Moritz in the Winter

    EyesWideOpen / Getty Images

    Born in 1858, the painter Giovanni Segantini was known for his large Alpine landscapes. Several of them are collected in the circa-1908 Segantini Museum and the stone cupola of the structure, which displays his best works under the dome.

    The space can also be used for non-denominational wedding services; tennis champ Boris Becker held his ceremony here. Event capacity is 50 people.

    Continue to 5 of 11 below.

  • 05 of 11

    Take a Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride

    11 Romantic Things to Do in St. Moritz in the Winter

    Kit Houghton / Getty Images

    Cuddle together under a warm wrap as your driver leads his team of horses through small Alpine villages and across snowy fields. You'll even pass the Nietzsche House in Sils, where the German poet and philosopher spent his summers resting and writing.

  • 06 of 11

    Drink Hot Chocolate

    11 Romantic Things to Do in St. Moritz in the Winter

    Sam Edwards / Getty Images

    Hanselmann Cafe, just off Schoolhouse Square, is the place to quaff a cup of the rich brew. Did you know the art of creating solid chocolate candy began in Switzerland? Before that, aficionados consumed it only in liquid form. We'd mainline it. If you crave something more substantial, try Talvo restaurant. A traditional Swiss structure, it's decorated with scratchitti and its small windows were designed to keep the cold from seeping in.

  • 07 of 11

    Go to Church

    11 Romantic Things to Do in St. Moritz in the Winter

    Marco Bottigelli / Getty Images

    Even if you're not religious, Regina Paces Church has the best view of this scenic village, and that's saying a lot. It overlooks the lake and Upper Engadin valley.

    There's also another church worth seeing, the leaning tower originally erected 1139; it's located at the tallest point in town. Just keep walking or driving up; you can't miss it.

  • 08 of 11

    Hotel Hop

    11 Romantic Things to Do in St. Moritz in the Winter

    Thomas Stankiewicz / LOOK-foto / Getty Images

    The permanent population of St. Moritz is 5,000; it swells to 25,000 in ski season. Yet it maintains five five-star hotels: The Kempinski, closest to the springs; Carlton, a modern all-suite property designed by a leading Italian stylist; Kolm, across from the leaning tower, the city's oldest and most traditional hotel; Badrutt's Palace; Sulvetta, the most formal and upscale. Males (even boy children) at the latter are required to wear a black or blue suit at dinner.

    Continue to 9 of 11 below.

  • 09 of 11

    Take the Waters

    11 Romantic Things to Do in St. Moritz in the Winter

    Courtesy of Kempinski Hotels

    The same spring that drew the first tourists to St. Moritz still gushes forth today, and visitors believe it a tonic for counteracting anemia, skin and teeth problems, and digestive disorders. And it is just one of the many natural wonders of St. Moritz Bad, the lower part of the village where the springs originate.

  • 10 of 11

    Stay Up Late

    11 Romantic Things to Do in St. Moritz in the Winter

    Courtesy of Badrutt's Palace

    Nightbirds enter Dracula, the dark-themed nightclub at the Bobsled Club, through a snow cave. Looking for jet set action? Check out King's Club inside Badrutt's Palace. Its Renaissance Bar/Davidoff Lounge is an alternate venue for smokin' action. And if you've got an urge to try your luck, there's a small casino in the Kempinski Hotel.

  • 11 of 11

    Hire a Guide

    11 Romantic Things to Do in St. Moritz in the Winter

    Cultura Exclusive / Francesco Meroni / Getty Images

    St. Moritz isn't large, but if you want to know about it from a native, your hotel can arrange a local tour guide for you.

    We saw the sights with the ebullient Mario Haefliger, a longtime resident, who can fill you in on the history, sports, and much more in this dynamic, glittering, and romantic village.