Best Castle Hotels In Switzerland (For A Fairytale Getaway)

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Spending time in Switzerland is one incredible experience. Whether you’re hiking through the giant valleys, swimming in the azure blue lakes, chasing waterfalls, or skiing on the snow-capped peaks of the Swiss Alps, the landscapes are one of a kind.

But, have you ever thought of taking this experience to the next level? Did you even know there could be another level? Well, by staying at one of the best castle hotels in Switzerland, you’re going to be experiencing Switzerland at the highest level possible.

The castle hotels in Switzerland provide every luxury amenity imaginable in the stunning landscapes Switzerland is famous for. You couldn’t ask for much more! But, which castle hotel should you stay at? We run through the best below.

Our Castle Hotels In Switzerland

Schloss Schadau, Thun

Schloss Schadau
Schloss Schadau – Image courtesy of Wikimedia

Schloss Schadau is a stunning castle hotel with a location that is hard to beat. Sitting on the shores of Lake Thun in a park just where the River Aare leaves the lake and flows into the town of Thun.

The views from this Swiss Historic Hotel are stunning. You get lake views stretching onto the Bernese Alps and beyond, it is truly mesmerizing.

The Schloss Schadau castle hotel is a manor house that is over 200 years old. The architecture is delightful, the atmosphere relaxed but classy, and the service is excellent.

The hotel offers an onsite restaurant serving up Franco-Mediterranean cuisine and every meal is available from brunch to afternoon tea. You can even order a picnic to a private setting amongst the grounds for lunch with breathtaking views of the Alps.

You’ll also find a hotel bar serving excellent cocktails and drinks and a lounge area with complimentary soft drinks.

The rooms are magnificent and range from small doubles to large suites. Get a deluxe room and you’ll have a balcony with views over the lake and you won’t have to pay suite prices.

All the rooms feature stunning interior design and come with a private bathroom, TV, WiFi, and super comfy linens.

Beau Rivage Palace, Lausanne

Beau Rivage Palace
Beau Rivage Palace – ©

The Beau Rivage Palace might be one of the most luxurious castle hotels in Switzerland. It’s a 5-star hotel and has hosted the likes of Coco Channel and Charlie Chaplin in its time.

Located in the city of Lausanne on the shores of Lake Geneva, the breathtaking views from the gardens and outdoor pool stretch straight to the alps across the lake and you can even see Mont Blanc on a clear day.

The facilities at this Swiss historic hotel are incredible. You will have the choice of eating at 4 different restaurants serving everything from sushi to Italian and, of course, there is fine dining at the double Michelin-starred restaurant Anne-Sophie Pic.

You will also have a choice of two bars from the relaxed lobby bar to the more stylish Bar, and with one of the most comprehensive wine collections in Europe, you can choose from thousands of different bottles!

There is also a swimming pool or two and a spa area on site offering everything from yoga classes to an indoor pool, beauty treatments, and more.

All the spacious rooms are to die for and feature either Lake Geneva or garden views. Their interiors are fabulous and each one comes with an awesome bathroom featuring a jacuzzi bath.

Schloss Wartegg, Rorschacherberg

Schloss Wartegg
Schloss Wartegg – Image courtesy of Wikimedia

Schloss Wartegg Castle Hotel lies on the shores of Lake Constance in northern Switzerland. The views across Lake Constance from this Swiss historic hotel are pretty epic as they stretch across the lake and into Germany in one direction and into the alps in the other.

The castle dates back to 1558 and was the birthplace of the last Empress of Austria & Queen of Hungary, Zita. Since then it has undergone some restoration and is now a world-class hotel.

The facilities on offer are excellent and designed for families, kids, pets, and couples too. You’ll find 32 acres of magical gardens and woods that lead down to the lake. There are fun playgrounds for kids, and you can hang out at the private beaches and enjoy swimming in the lake in the summer.

The on-site restaurant is fantastic serving up organic food that is locally sourced, and seasonal, and some come from their own garden. Their organic buffer breakfast is to die for!

You’ll also find a Wellness Center offering massages along with Turkish Baths, a steam room, and a sauna.

The rooms come in a range of sizes from singles to large family rooms and suites. They are all Swiss chalet Esq with modern furnishings.

Hotel Schloss Ragaz, Bad Ragaz

Hotel Schloss Ragaz
Hotel Schloss Ragaz – ©

The Hotel Schloss Ragaz is nestled in a valley of the eastern alps in the famous spa town of Bad Ragaz. You will be blessed with stunning views in every direction of dramatic mountain scenes and you can take advantage of the local hot springs too.

Set in the stunning Swiss countryside overlooking the Rhine River, this hotel is about as peaceful as it gets and it is a castle hotel of note if you are looking for a Swiss spa.

On the hotel grounds, you will find a separate spa which comes with everything you’d expect. You can bathe in the mineral-rich waters from the mountain springs, and enjoy a Finnish sauna, hot tubs, aroma baths, steam baths, and more.

There is a restaurant on-site serving up breakfast and traditional Swiss dishes throughout the day. You will also find a golf course down the road and access to the Alps is minutes away.

Badrutt’s Palace Hotel, St. Moritz

Badrutt’s Palace Hotel
Badrutt’s Palace Hotel – Image courtesy of Wikimedia

Sitting in one of the most beautiful valleys in the alps, the Engadine, in the town of St Moritz, is Badrutt’s Palace Hotel. This alpine castle hotel is about as luxurious as they come and features stunning views over Lake St Moritz from its extensive grounds.

The facilities available are out of this world. You will find seven restaurants serving everything from Swiss to Italian and Japanese-Peruvian cuisine. There is also the new IGNIV restaurant, soon to be an award-winning restaurant as it is run by triple Michelin-starred chef Andreas Caminada.

There is also a spa onsite, a nightclub, multiple bars, a kids club, private ice rink, tennis courts, and more. It is safe to say, no expectations are quite big enough when staying at the Badrutt’s Palace Hotel.

The rooms are as luxurious as you’d expect and all come with magnificent views of the lake or the mountains. You can book anything from a single to a large suite with a balcony here.

Gstaad Palace, Gstaad

Gstaad Palace
Gstaad Palace

Gstaad Palace sits in the famous alpine ski town of Gstaad in the Valais region of the alps. This unique hotel offers panoramic views of the mountains in every direction while being just outside the gastro-awesome town of Gstaad with its 23 Michelin-star restaurants.

It is a seasonal hotel, only open for the summer (June – September) and winter (December – March) seasons.

The facilities available are incredible! There are 5 restaurants onsite, one of which is inside an old Swiss gold vault serving up a range of traditional and international cuisines. Almost all of them have great views of the surrounding mountains.

You will also find a lobby bar with live music, a smoking lounge, and one of the most infamous nightclubs in the Swiss Alps, the Greengo Club.

There is also an indoor pool, outdoor pool, tennis courts, squash court, and a spa onsite. The hotel will also arrange golf and any other activities for you.

The rooms are stunningly decorated in a Swiss chalet style with an emphasis on coziness and you can choose from doubles to luxury suites.

The Dolder Grand, Zurich

The Dolder Grand, Zurich
The Dolder Grand, Zurich

The Dolder Grand is located in the forests of Adlisberg hill and overlooks both the city of Zurich and Lake Zurich. The views are one of a kind stretching for miles across the sparkling shores of Lake Zurich.

In its heyday, the Dolder Grand hosted the likes of Winston Churchill and Nelson Mandela.

This hotel has two on-site restaurants, one of which is run by Michelin-starred chef Heiko Nieder. The ten-course tasting menu is out of this world.

The Foyer of the Dolder Grand, Zurich
The Foyer of the Dolder Grand, Zurich

There are also two bars, an after-hours bar serving up delicious cocktails, and a more casual lobby bar.

You will also find a spa onsite, a private art collection of 100 pieces, a pool, a fitness center, and more. You can also go hiking and mountain biking on the hotel grounds too.

The rooms are magnificent and the suites are mind-blowing. If you want to be adorned in luxury for a few nights close to Zurich, this is the castle hotel for you.

Hotel Château Gütsch, Lucerne

Hotel Château Gütsch in Lucerne
Hotel Château Gütsch in Lucerne

The Hotel Château Gütsch is set in a 19th-century castle in a forest above the city of Lucerne. The views reach across Lake Lucerne to Mount Rigi and the Reuss River and are truly one of a kind.

The hotel is easy to get to with its own cable car from Lucerne. It will also take you back down into the city of Lucerne or you can stroll down the path through the forest. Next door is an excellent art gallery for art lovers, and you couldn’t be better placed to explore Lucerne and the surrounding countryside.

The hotel’s restaurant and bar offer traditional Swiss cuisine and Mediterranean specialties overlooking the lake.

The interior is beautifully decorated, combining modern fixings with historic furnishing perfectly. The rooms range from doubles to suites and offer great views of the lake or the surrounding countryside. Plus, you get to stay in Lucerne’s most famous luxurious castle!

Château d’Ouchy, Lausanne

Château d'Ouchy
Château d’Ouchy – ©

Château d’Ouchy lies on the shores of Lake Geneva in the Olympic City of Lausanne. Set in a castle with magical views across the lake and alps, plus with great access to the city, it is a delight to stay in.

You can spend your days swimming in the outdoor swimming pool on the terrace overlooking the lake, or head to the spa where you will find a sauna, hammam, and gym.

There is a delicious restaurant on site serving up Mediterranean cuisine and a cozy bar for evening drinks too. No wonder this is one of the most romantic hotels in Switzerland!

You will have the choice of 10 different rooms at this hotel half of which are suites but if your budget doesn’t stretch that far, don’t worry, the doubles still come with lake views.

Grand Hotel Kronenhof, Pontresina

Grand Hotel Kronenhof
Grand Hotel Kronenhof – Image courtesy of Wikimedia

Located in Pontresina, the neighboring town of St Moritz, the Grand Hotel Kronenhof is housed in a stunning 19th-century neo-Baroque castle. It is a 5-star luxury at its best with views of the Engadine mountains and the Bernina glacier.

Onsite you will find three restaurants and bars ranging from very formal and a la carte to more relaxed with a terrace view.

The kids club is amazing here giving adults time to enjoy the facilities. There is even a children’s restaurant so couples can enjoy romantic dinners alone.

The spa facilities are mind-blowing. The Kronenhof Spa is 2 km² and has everything you could imagine. The pool is incredible, there is a children’s pool too. You’ll also find treatment rooms, a bio sauna, a Finnish sauna, steam baths, floating baths, a yoga center, and more.

All the rooms and suites showcase historical elegance with modern fixtures. Their interiors are fantastic and you can’t help but feel at home and in luxury at the same time.

Mount Cervin Palace, Zermatt

Mount Cervin Palace at night, Zermatt, Switzerland
Mount Cervin Palace at night, Zermatt, Switzerland (image via Wikimedia)

One of the most historic buildings in Zermatt, Mount Cervin Palace was built here back in 1852. It is a little surprising to think this hotel started with only 14 rooms back in the day, yet today it is a 5-star hotel with over 150 rooms and suites.

Located very close to the Zermatt train station, guests are whisked here in horse and cart to start their luxury adventure from the minute they arrive in town. There are, of course, countless exciting activities to do in Zermatt from world-class skiing and alpine adventures to hiking, mountain biking or just relaxing in the spa and sauna.

Romantik Hotel Castello Seeschloss, Ascona

Romantik Hotel Castello Seeschloss
Romantik Hotel Castello Seeschloss – ©

The Romantik Hotel Castello Seeschloss sits on the shores of Lake Maggiore in the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino in southern Switzerland. The architecture here is much more Mediterranean and the views of the lake and mountains are immaculate.

The hotel features a heated outdoor swimming pool, an onsite restaurant serving delicious food from across the world, and a great bar. Eating out on the terrace overlooking the lakes and mountains is spectacular!

From the hotel, you can access the lake in seconds and the city in a few minutes which makes exploring as easy as it gets.

The rooms are excellent and if you want the full castle experience book the medieval tower room equipped with frescoed walls, ceilings, and arched windows.

Schloss Münchenwiler, Murten

Schloss Münchenwiler
Schloss Münchenwiler

Schloss Münchenwiler is located in the Three Lakes region of Switzerland just outside of Bern and close to the shores of Lake Murten and the city of Murten too. A stay in this historic castle provides scenic views of the lake and the Swiss countryside.

The Chapel, Schloss Münchenwiler
The Chapel, Schloss Münchenwiler

The amenities are limited at this hotel and it offers access to its stunning garden, free WiFi, and breakfast is included, of course. They also have a chapel onsite for weddings, and Lake Murten is only a short walk away and a great place to hike and enjoy a lake swim.

The rooms are designed for self-catering with a kitchen and dining area plus a lounge with a TV and sofa bed. You can also book a double-bedroomed apartment as a family.

Map of Castle Hotels in Switzerland

Written by Ashley Faulkes
As a twenty-year resident of Switzerland, I am passionate about exploring every nook and cranny of this beautiful country, I spend my days deep in the great Swiss outdoors, and love to share these experiences and insights with fellow travel enthusiasts.

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