Hotel Parc et Lac
38 Grand Rue, Montreux, 1820, Switzerland
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i will be arriving in Montreux on Friday 1st sept could any-one tell me what the weather is like, i think it may be raining.
I think it will be probably fine unless it will be cloudy...
More seriously, nobody can predict weather with a 100% accuracy. Best option is that you could have a look to the weblink to the official forcast weather for Montreux.
Hope you will have a sunny Swiss stay.
My husband and I just returned from Montreux. I was very cold when it rained and in the evenings but also quite warm when the sun is out. Bring a warm wind proof coat and you'll be fine. Have a great time!
The weather forecast for tomorrow is excellent, warm and sunny! we just had a week of rain and cold weather, but today is nice and should get warmer and warmer over the week-end!
Travel Tips for Montreux
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Learn a little about Glaciers:
Of the world's total supply of fresh water, 80% is in ice & snow (97% of which is in Antarctica & Greenland).
Glaciers started off as snow & over time gets compressed to firn. 10 m of fresh snow makes 1 m of firn. Firn turns to ice. Ice avalanches from glaciers account for an average of 2 deaths per annum in Switzerland. Owing to movement of these glaciers, the masts of ski lifts often have to be repositioned 3/4 times a year.
Switzerland's most extensive & highest glacial regions are in Valais & the Bernese Alps, most of which are receding.
The original sea of ice (many millennia ago) has left behind about 140 glaciers! The total area of all the Swiss glaciers is 1556 sq km / 601 sq miles.
3 largest glaciers (all in Valais):Aletsch Glacier (Area = 117.5 sq km / 45 sq miles, Length = 23.6 km / 15 miles). Longest in Europe!
Gorner Glacier at Zermatt (Area = 63.7 sq km / 25 sq miles, Length = 14.5 km / 9 miles).
Fiesch Glacier (Area = 39 sq km / 15 sq miles, Length = 14.7 km / 9 miles).
Chateau de Chillon (I&V)
The most amazing spectacle at the Lac Leman – Lake Geneva is the magnificent Chateau de Chillon. The castle is among the best-preserved medieval castles in Europe. Occupying the whole islet in the like, it looks like rising from the water – stunning and almost surreal!
Here are a few facts about the history of the castle taken from the leaflet-guide: "In its current state, the Castle of Chillon is the result of several centuries of constant building, adaptations, renovations and restorations. The small rocky island on which the castle is built, acted both as natural protection and a strategic location to control the movement between the north and south of Europe. The history of the castle was marked by three important periods: the Savoy era (12th century to 1536), the Bernese era (1536 – 1798) and the Vaudois era (1798 until today). Excavations carried out from the end of the 19th century, particularly those by the cantonal archeologist Albert Naef (1862 – 1936), indicate that the site of Chillon has been occupied since the Bronze Age. The oldest written mention of the castle dates from 1150 and establishes that the House of Savoy already controlled the fortress and hence the path along the lake shore. The Swiss, more specifically the Bernese, conquered the Vaud region and occupied Chillon in 1536. For more than 260 years the castle was used as a fortress, arsenal and prison. The Bernese left Chillon in 1798 at the time of the Vaud revolution. The castle became the property of the Canton of Vaud when it was founded in 1803. The restoration of the historical monument began at the end of the 19th century and continues today."
It is very easy to spend hours wandering all over the castle. Among the most interesting parts of the castle are huge Coat-of-Arms Hall with the designs painted in the 13th and the 16th century, and Aula Magna overlooking at the lake, Chapel of the dukes of Savoy with the partially preserved 14th century decoration, toilets… But the most breathtaking is underground prison, so called Bonivard Prison for its famous prisoner who inspired Lord Byron to wrote the poem The Prisoner Of Chillon.
Leaflet-guides and audio-guides propose systematic tour and short but very useful information. The best time to enter the castle and to avoid crowds is early in the morning, just after the opening.
Chateau de Chillon is within the walking distance far from Montreux – it is 45 minutes romantic lake-side walk from Montreux to the castle. The castle can be reached by City bus #1 and by boat.
A last look at Montreux and area.
There is a great diversity not only of scenery but also of cultures in and around Montreux.
The view of the two mountains from La Rambertia looking south towards the Alps in the distance, between the darker mountains.
One photo from the Lake side up the hill almost suggests that a castle stands at the top.
One night I ate at the Paradise Chalet and enjoyed a local Vaud style meal. Another night I ate a Mexican meal at a restaurant in the plaza near the boat dock. Both good and each with its own specialty service.
Note photo 5 was not taken by me, I was not in Montreux in Winter, however I use it with permission of the Swiss photographer. Photo 2 shows the towers of the hotel at the top of the hill behind Montreux, Photo 5 is the building today, it was a hotel 100 years ago, now a Conference centre and a training school for hotel staff.
All oher photos were taken by me, with either a digital camera or an S L R. Some photos have been cropped and reduced in size for use on VT.
GoldenPass Panoramic Train
The GoldenPass is a series of lines:
- Montreux to Zweisimmen
- Zweisimmen to Interlaken
- Interlaken to Lucerne
We only took the train from Montreux to Gstaad. We decided to splurge and take this scenic train with its large windows. We also decided on First Class - the front car where you can even sit at the window facing forward. It was very comfortable indeed.
The castle tour and the outside of the castle.
The first information about the position the castle stands on appears to be in the Bronze Age andlater by the Romans, no doubt as they expanded their Empire and moved into what was then Gaul, on their way to Britain.
It seems that the frist attempt at setting up a defensive position was in the 11th to 13th Centuries.
The rulers of the area, be they Dukes or Bishops started to build in what is presently the First Courtyard. All the while with a view to controlling the strip of land between the castle and the hillside. The ancient road to Italy over the Great St Bernard Pass was widened in the early 18th Century and Chillon was built to guard the narrow strip of land and to collect taxes on the goods that passed along the road between the lake and the mountain.
The usual situations arose, other armies lay seige or took control of the castle, enlarged it and later were defeated and were kicked out.
The Bernese, or Swiss had control from 1536 to 1798 after the Vaudois revolution, then controlled by the Canton of Vaud.
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