Hotel-Restaurant de la Rouvenaz
Rue du Marche 1, Montreux, Switzerland
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Pensions accommodation in Montreux, Switserland
Is any traveller aware of relatively cheap accommodation in Montreux over the period 8 July to 14 July. I am looking for accommodation for a couple.
RE: Pensions accommodation in Montreux, Switserland
I'm not sure you will be able to find anything cheap in Montreux at that period since it's also the period of the Montreux Jazz Festival, and usually hotels etc are booked for the artists & many tourists who come to visit... You should try in towns around Montreux, maybe you will have more luck...
Travel Tips for Montreux
The Swiss has been ingenious...
The Swiss has been ingenious in their engineering feat so much so that the Alpine world of Switzerland is brought within reach by a dense network of roads & railways. Nature has created a pattern of valleys which provide access to the mountains & make possible human settlement around these scenic mountains.
A garden in the clouds. La Rambertia.
La Rambertia is a private botanical garden almost hidden between two mountain peaks at 6000 ft elavation. The Alpine garden was started in 1892 near Lake Jeman, but in 1896 a decision was made to move the garden to Rochers de Naye and call it after Eugene Rambert a great naturalist and devoted member of the Swiss Alpine Club.
The garden has gone from strength to strength ever since, the objective of planting and tending first the Swiss alpine plants, then alpine plants from the mountainous regions around the world, has been attained.
Presently some 1500 plants thrive amid the hard gray limestone.
Access is by way of the Montreaux -Glion -Rochers de Naye rail line or theTerritet -Glion -Rochers de Naye rail way. Of course you could hike there from the 1300 ft at Montreaux to the 6000 ft at the garden.
The path to the garden is signed as you leave the top station. As you approach the garden you pass the Stupa which was installed in 1996 as a Centennial project to recognise the garden.
Be prepared to at least make a donation to the Alpine Society looking after the plants.
Best time to view is mid summer when more of the plants are in bloom.
Be warned the garden is quite small and the paths are steep in places. Remember you are near the top of the mountain. Be careful.
Let me acknowledge that the information that Rochers de Naye was a cog railway came from Pascal who lives in Lausanne, he also gave me lots of other info on train systems in the area. Thank you.
Visiting the castle of Chillon
This is the nicest and best conserved castle of the middle age that I have ever seen! And I absolutely recommand it! (entrance fee : Euro 6.50/ CHF. 9.00) The inside is very nice : a lot of original furniture (from the XIII century) and there is so many rooms! You can easily spend there 3 hours! Even the little folder that you receive for a selfguided tour gives you a very good information about the castle.
A train trip to Rochers-de-Naye.
The activity to start with involves getting to the Railway station, buying a ticket for the 1600 metre climb to very close to the top of the mountain for a panoramic view of Lake Geneva/Lac Leman and the surrounding mountains.
The train is a cog rail system and it takes a while to climb along the side of the hills and thru a few tunnels to get above tree level. The fare is in the order of 50 Sw F, depending on the time of year you go.
The trains leave Montreux station at approx 15 minutes to the hour ( sometimes 14 minutes to the hour), from 5.45 until 20.46.
There are several small stations on the way and it becomes more amazing how people can live almost hanging on to the hillside. One station near the top has a restaurant with the tables on the platform.
At the top there are several colonies of Marmots from around the world. It is possible to go underground in the darkened burrow and see the animals at rest or at play.
A short walk from the top station is an Alpine garden with 1500 alpine plants from around the world. See my Off the Beaten Path section.
On the way to the Alpine Garden there is a Stupa set up in 1996.
It is difficult to say which side of the train to sit on for the best views since the train does go from one valley to another, but be warned the steep gradient makes it tough to stand upright.
It is also possible to connect with this train from Territet, another funicular climbs from the lake shore between Montreux and the Chateau de Chillon.
GRUYERES: The district of...
GRUYERES: The district of Gruyere, in the canton of Fribourg is a Pre-Alpine region devoted to intensive stock farming & renowned as the home of Gruyere cheese. It has a calming effect on me & being my first Switzerland visit, this landscape left a lasting impression.
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