Swiss chalets were the traditional Swiss architecture of the Swiss Alps, only used by cattle herders in the summer. Today, the ski slopes of the Swiss Alps are covered in luxury chalets that you can rent for a summer or ski holiday in the Alps.
There is no better place to stay than in a Swiss chalet if you want stunning views and excellent access to the mountain peaks during a visit to Switzerland.
To give you an idea of how great a Swiss chalet can be, we are going to take a look at the best chalets in Switzerland, and they are all pretty much luxury chalets. Let’s dive in!
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Chalet Dunmore, Verbier
The chalet comes with 4 bedrooms, sleeping up to 8 people, with a spacious living room including its own toasty fireplace.
The spaces are tastefully decorated with plush furniture to relax after a long day on the slopes. And there is a large sun terrace on the side to enjoy the warm sunny days in Verbier to its fullest.
Chalet Maria, Interlaken
Chalet Maria is a luxury chalet in Interlaken and one of the few luxury chalets where you can simply book a room/studio/apartment instead of renting the whole chalet.
Chalet Maria is located a walking distance away from all the great things Interlaken has to offer. It is built from the remains of Weissenau castle and comes with everything you could want for your visit.
The chalet features a spacious terrace, great views of the snowy peaks of the Jungfrau mountains, private parking, and its central location is the perfect place to base yourself for winter sports and extreme sports in the summer.
The rooms offer 5-star linens and pillows opt to have Portuguese-inspired dishes as well as modern international cuisine at the in-house restaurant. You can also enjoy the sun terrace and the beautiful garden also.
Chalet Les Anges, Zermatt
Chalet Les Anges is located in Zermatt and won the award for being one of the best luxury chalets in the world for two years in a row. When you see the pictures of it, what it has, and its location, you will see why.
Sitting in the Petit Village within the ski area of Zermatt, you will have the most amazing views of the Matterhorn as well as Klein Matterhorn from 6 of the 7 luxury bedrooms. You can walk from the chalet to the Sunnegga Ski Lift and be up the mountain in minutes.
The chalet features a heated swimming pool, modern kitchen, sauna, and fireplace, and is decorated beautifully.
Alpine Chalet Turquino, Zermatt
Alpine Chalet Turquino is another gem of a chalet to stay at in Zermatt that also has beautiful views of the Matterhorn.
Located in the heart of Zermatt you are just a walk away from shops, great restaurants, ski lifts, train stations, and lots more. It is the perfect destination to stay at to explore the mountain village of Zermatt and access the stunning ski area of the Matterhorn.
The chalet has some unique features as well as 7 bedrooms and it sleeps 15 people. The kitchen is fully functional and has everything you need, and the living room is stunningly decorated and comes with a flat-screen TV and board games.
Chalet Edelweiss, Valais
Chalet Edelweiss is one of the more affordable but still stunning chalets in Switzerland. Sitting in the Valais region just outside of the town of Maque Blanc, it features awesome alpine views and is great for both hiking and skiing.
The chalet features 3 bedrooms and sleeps up to 10 people if you use the sofa bed in the living room too. It has a warm feel to it thanks to being made of wood with large windows bringing in the views.
You can also enjoy some fresh air on the balcony, or terrace, and get cozy in the delightful living area.
Chalet Ultima Crans 2, Crans-Montana
Chalet Ultima Crans 2 is located in the famous ski area of Crans-Montana in the Valais region of Switzerland.
It offers ski-in ski-out as well as access to a sauna, large Outdoor jacuzzi/swimming pool, 1,000m² shared Ultima Spa & Clinic, fitness room, yoga studio, cinema room, and more.
All the facilities mentioned above are shared with Chalet Ultima Crans 1, which is a larger chalet on the grounds, which also has a private lake to boot.
It is the ultimate in intimate luxury for smaller groups of 12 people or less in Crans-Montana.
Element Chalets, Zermatt
Element Chalets are a group of 3 Swiss chalets in the mountain resort of Zermatt. Each of their chalets has 3 stories, a sauna, and a balcony that gives you stunning mountain views.
Each chalet is built with warm natural materials and is finished to the highest of standards. The facilities are incredibly modern and all feature a dining area, 4 bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, and are close to ski lifts too.
Each chalet comes with a service team and you can book an entire chalet for a large group of people and in some cases just a room. But, usually, bookings are for the whole chalet.
Chalet Calima, Valais
Chalet Calima is another of the top ski chalets in Switzerland and one of the true hidden gems in the Swiss alps. It is located close to Savoleyres and Medran in the Valais region of Switzerland and has some incredible views from most rooms in the house.
You can swim in the heated indoor pool while looking out over the alps, or you can experience the same view in the outdoor jacuzzi. It is a stunning chalet made with stone walls, wooden floors, and large windows to ensure you can make the most out of the mountain views.
It is a 4 bedroom chalet that can only be booked exclusively and is an awesome place to base yourself for some Swiss mountain adventures.
Backstage Chalet, Zermatt
The hot tub that comes with this luxury ski chalet sits on a lift. Just press a button and the roof opens, and the hot tub is moved onto the roof giving you insane views of both the stars, Zermatt, and the Matterhorn.
The Backstage Chalet is also located in the luxury ski town of Zermatt and it comes with a pretty unique view of the Matterhorn too.
The chalet was built on the foundations of an old house and has been extended to include two stories and features lots of glass to give you 360-degree views of the area.
With 5 bedrooms, the chalet can sleep 11 people and the coolest part of the house is the open living, dining, and kitchen space that also comes with a fireplace.
Chalet Spillstatt, Grindelwald
Chalet Spillstatt is located in the stunning alpine town of Grindelwald and comes with beautiful views of the nearby Bernese Alps. The peaks of Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau are visible from this beautiful chalet.
It is a great place to base yourself for summer hiking or winter sports and it is centrally located so you can access everything Grindelwald has to offer with ease. It is also close to a lot of ski lifts which makes getting up the mountains very easy.
This chalet is available to book on a room basis so you do not need to book the whole chalet to stay there. There are a number of different rooms available and they come with a kitchenette as well as WiFi, bathrooms, and excellent facilities.
Map of Swiss Chalets
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a chalet in Switzerland?
A chalet in Switzerland was traditionally a sheepherder’s wooden cabin that was only used in the summer to make butter and cheese from the cattle. However, the design of this Swiss architecture evolved as these empty houses started being used by skiers in the winter.
Traditional Swiss chalets are made from thick wooden planks that are left in their raw form so you can see the beauty of the wood. The chalets have high ceilings, one or two floors, wide eaves, and gables, along with porches and balconies. Swiss chalets used to have small windows to create warmth but these days larger windows that capture the mountain views are usually used.
Where are chalets mostly located in Switzerland?
Most of the chalets in Switzerland are located in the mountains, particularly in the Swiss alps with the highest concentration being in the Valais region where the popular ski resorts of St Moritz and Zermatt are located.
What is the most famous Swiss chalet?
The most famous Swiss chalet has to be the Chalet Les Anges in Zermatt. It has won the award for world’s best ski chalet twice in a row with World Ski Awards.
What makes it so famous is not only its luxurious and beautiful design but also that this chalet has stunning views of the Matterhorn, the most iconic peak in the Swiss Alps and one of the most iconic in the world.
It costs around $45,000 per week to rent, has 7 double bedrooms, 6 with private balconies with views of the Matterhorn as well as comes with a sauna, private chef, open bar, and stunning living area.
What is the most expensive Swiss chalet?
The most expensive Swiss chalet I can find is Makini Chalet in Verbier. It costs around CHF 180,000 per week to rent, that’s $196,000 and sleeps 11 people. It has an indoor pool, hot tub, sauna, steam room, ski-in, ski-out, and lots more.