What a great idea! We booked 3 nights accommodation at the Tourist Information centre and received the Montreux Riviera Card for FREE.
Even if you book directly at your Hotel, the Hotel will give you the free card. I can't quite remember, but I think there may be a minimum of 2 nights.
It is a good value card that includes FREE TRAVEL on the whole "Mobilis" Montreux Riviera network.....................
There is 50% reduction on CGN cruises departing and arriving from: Vevey, Clarens, Montreux, Territet, Chillon Castle, Villeneuve, Le Bouveret, St Gingolph......
50% reduction for train tickets on the following lines:
- Montreux - Rochers-de-Naye
(free travel until "Haut-de-Caux", then 50% reduction)
- Vevey - Les Pléiades
(free travel until "Chevalleyres", then 50% reduction)
- Funicular railway Les Avants - Sonloup....................
All of these Museums offer 50% with the card
Jenisch Museum, Swiss Camera Museum, Food Museum, Vevey Historical Museum, Museum of the Confrerie des Vignerons, Swiss Museum of Games, Blonay-Chamby Railway Museum, Montreux Museum and Chillon Castle.................
50% reduction on the following theme park tickets .....
Aquaparc, Le Bouveret, Swiss Vapeur Parc, Le Bouveret, Fun Planet, Villeneuve, Bex Salt Mines and Parc Aventure, Aigle
If you buy souvenir playing cards or souvenir cap in Casino Barriere de Montreux, then they are half price.
You even get a FREE WELCOME DRINK at the Montreux-Vevey Tourisme information desks!
The card is only available from participating hotels
Rue du Theatre 5
Phone +41 (0)848 868 484
We used ours and saved ourselves some money, and best of all, IT WAS FREE!
While in Montreux, take some time to stroll along the lakeside promenade. During our visit to Montreux the annual Jazz Festival was on and the lakeside was lined with stalls selling arts and crafts, jewellery, food and various other paraphernalia.
Near the Place du Marche we saw some fabulous photos of musicians that had preformed at the Jazz Festival over the years, and nearby were some of those fun fountains that have spouts of water shooting up from the pavement.
Fondest memory: Right by the lake you will see the monument to Freddie Mercury. This statue was erected in 1996, and since 2003 there has been a "Freddie Mercury Montreux Memorial Day" when fans from around the world gather here to pay their respects to the great performer.
Parking in Switzerland was often quite hard to find, only because all the parks had been taken by the workers in the Town's/Cities.
Most cities have blue zones that require you to display a parking disc on your dashboard indicating time of arrival and allowing restricted parking time.
We picked up our disc from the Montreux tourist information centre, it is free, so remember to pick yours up.
We needed to use it straight away at our accommodation in Montreux
Parking on the sidewalks is illegal.
White Zones (white road markings) permit free unlimited parking.
Red zones (red road markings) allow you to park up to 15 hours for free, but you must have a red parking disc.
We also used multi-story car park's, here, we had to pay at a machine before returning to our car and exiting the car park..
Favorite thing: Chillon was in the ancient road to Italy over the Great St. Bernard Pass. It was built to guard the narrow defile between the lake and the mountains and to collect taxes on the merchandise that passed that way.
Having landed on Geneva, I took the train from the airport to my first destination of MONTREUX in the French Canton of Vaud. It was a smooth ride with excellent landscape along the way. I can still recall the tranquility of the lake along Vevey just before arriving at Montreux.
Montreux holds a major Jazz Festival annually since 1967 & a classical music festival since WWII.
The Montreux Jazz Festival is held every Summer lasting for 2 weeks in early July.
The Montreux-Vevey Music Festival lasts for a month from late August to end September.
Fondest memory: Montreux is one of the most popular resort on Lake Geneva. This is also a very charming town with gardens & chateau on the lakeside.
Lakes: Switzerland is renowned for its beautiful lakes. Almost all the larger Alpine valleys have lakes near the foot of the mountain. Essentially they are elongated basins within the valley. The lakes were originally formed either by the glacier action during the Ice Age or by a sinking of the mountain mass after the formation of the valleys which reversed the gradient at the mouth & damming the river & creating a lake.
Switzerland has a total of 1484 natural lakes & 44 man-made lakes. Wow!
2 largest lakes are Lake Geneva & Lake Constance.
Montreux Palace Hotel (1904).
A top resort with excellent spa & treatments for guests.
Fondest memory: To see Montreux in panorama, please click here. You won't regret it :-)
Favorite thing: The Alps account for only 1/7 of Switzerland's total area. (58% of the country lies in the center of the Alps.) The average height of Swiss mountains is about 1700 m / 5600 ft; some 100 peaks reach 4000 m / 13,000 ft or more. The highest point being the Dufour Peak (4634 m / 15,209 ft) in the Monta Rosa massif (Valais canton).
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).
Favorite thing: In the canton of Valais, dramatic Alpine scenery with the 10 highest mountains (all over 4000 m!) in Switzerland are sighted. In the comfort of railways & cable cars, the once inaccessible regions can now be enjoyed by all. Ski resorts in Valais are world-renowned & Zermatt is one of the oldest with excellent views of the Matterhorn.
Favorite thing: 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.
Understand a little about the formation of the Alpine Range:
Commenced in the Palaeolozic Age (about 300 million years ago). When molten granite flowed upwards during the Carboniferous period & solidified as cooled magma into granite, it produced a mountain in Hercynian form.
In the Mesozoic Age, when the sea covered everything & eroded the 'original' Alps, a long-reaching valley was created. Over the years (hehe... we are talking about 160 million years!), its bottom were covered by limestone & dolomite forming a troughs.
In the Chalk Age (towards end of Mesozoic period), the formation of the mountain begun. The Mesozoic sediments became forced together & on top of one another in various phases until they ended up as mountains 150 km / 90 miles in width. As the granite & gneiss masses pushed upwards they formed the Central Massif.
The Montreux Jazz Festival is the best-known music festival in Switzerland. It is held annually in early July in Montreux on the shores of Lac Léman.
Favorite thing: Remains as it became after the 1584 earthquake. Above the roof you can see parapet walks and a watch-tower from the second hoalf of the 16th century.
Favorite thing: As Chillon is in a rock over the Lac Leman views are fantastic. Don't forget to gaze it from the windows of the castle.