Fresh air, bright blue skies and a warm blanket. This is the way to enjoy panoramic views and good food in Switzerland. The fact that Switzerland’s terraces have more culinary delights than bratwurst with onion sauce and fries is no longer a secret. Andrin C. Willi compiled a list for you.
Carlton Hotel St. Moritz
St. Moritz’s most exclusive sun terrace will be found at the Carlton Hotel. While jet-setters freeze their toes at the horse racing on the lake, the cognoscenti wrap up here in a warm blanket, order a pair of binoculars along with the champagne and observe it all from afar. The view of the peaks of the Upper Engadine is equally spectacular. And when the sun slips behind them, there’s always the wonderful open fire in the lobby inside.
Via Johannes Badrutt 11, 7500 St. Moritz
Chez Vrony Zermatt
Unforgettable. That is the vista from the terrace of Chez Vrony, which stands at 2100 metres and boasts a full and unimpeded view of the Matterhorn. In the end, though, it’s the whole experience that has guests coming back to Vrony and Max Cotting-Julen. That experience includes the use of their own traditional products from organic farm sources, all prepared in a truly authentic way and served in lovingly appointed surrounds.
Chez Vrony, Findeln, 3920 Zermatt
Hotel Villa Honegg Ennetbürgen
If you’re looking in Central Switzerland for fine fare with a flourish (and 14 GaultMillau points to boot) along with a fabulous view of Lake Lucerne, don’t leave things till the last minute: the places on the sunny terrace of the Hotel Villa Honegg are extremely popular. So reservations are essential, even – and indeed especially – if you’re arriving by helicopter.
Honegg, 6373 Ennetbürgen
Motta Hütte Lenzerheide
Standing at 2325 metres and reachable via the pistes, the Motta Hut is a firm favourite among food lovers. And its panorama terrace (along with its skins and blankets) will warm the coldest heart. Brother-and-sister team Bianca and Sergio Andreatta have rapidly earned themselves a deserved reputation as wonderful hosts. Their family, the Da Enzos, look back on a long hospitality tradition in canton Ticino.
7078 Vaz, Obervaz
Bergrestaurant Spielboden Saas-Fee
“Come up here and you’ll stay” is the slogan of this mountain restaurant. And it’s not hard to see why. The chance to enjoy oysters, foie gras, Valais caviar, and a really well-chosen wine list at 2450 metres tends to have even the most discerning guest in raptures. And should the culinary delights still fail to do the trick, the panoramic views are a legend of their own.
Bergrestaurant Spielboden, 3906 Saas-Fee
Hotel Chetzeron Crans-Montana
High above the Rhone valley, at an altitude of 2112 Meters, towers the Chetzeron. This luxurious building used to be a cable car station and is situated right next to the ski slope. The sun terrace offers a spectacular view of the Valais Alps. Next to the terrace is an outdoor lounge with deckchairs, armchairs and warm blankets. In the kitchen you can rely on regional products from Geneva with two different afternoon menus. For small ski pros there is a children's menu.
2112, Rue de Chetzeron, 3963 Crans-Montana
Sorell Hotel Zürichberg Zürich
Can’t tear yourself away from Zurich City but would still love a little evening alpine romance with a great view to match? The Chalet Züriberg could be just what you need. In the winter months the hotel’s garden terrace is home to a rustic wooden chalet in which candlelit fireside fondue is served. Incidentally, the milk from which the cheese is made is from Hof Guldenberg.
Orellistrasse 21, 8044 Zürich