Montreux Travel Guide

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Montreux Highlights

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     Pleasant lakeside promenade with luscious buildings and exotic plants 

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     The incredible price tag of this region will take your wallet away! 

  • In a nutshell
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     Montreux is Cannes in Switzerland 

Montreux Things to Do

  • A tribute to a long time resident

    Freddie Mercury was an adopted son of Montreux .... he spent several years here recording various Queen's albums .... this statue is dedicated to his memory. It's located on the waterfront .... can't miss it ask anyone and they'll tell you where it's at !!!!

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  • TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE

    Accommodation......We didn't have any, so we had to find the tourist info centre. We were driving along the Grand Rue when we came across it at the Place de l'Eurovision. The staff were extremely helpful and gave me maps and filled me in on all the information I needed.They found reasonably priced accommodation for us, rang and booked us in, and...

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  • LES ROCHERS-DE-NAYE

    We drove our car up a very windy, narrow, Mountain road as far as we could, which was the Col de Jaman parking area. From here, to reach the summit, is a 2-3 hours walk. We were quite content to enjoy the incredible views from here! There isn't much at the parking lot, a few house's and a Restaurant.The easy way to reach the Mountain top, is by Cog...

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  • VISIT OUCHY

    Ouchy is a part of Lausanne, but is located beside Lake Geneva.We wanted to visit the promenade and the gardens, and found parking was a problem. Eventually, after a few circuit's, we managed to find a park.Located here is a wonderful, well laid out garden, in all its glory. For gardener's like me, it is a must see if in the area. There was even a...

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  • VISIT THE OLD TOWN OF LUTRY

    Lutry was located before we reached Lausanne. As it was lunch time, we decided to stop in this smaller town, rather than larger Lausanne.It was a good choice! Only small, Lutry has a delightful old town that I enjoyed exploring. Narrow streets, gorgeous Rose's in bloom, interesting shops, Church, and a lovely promenade area. There were lots of...

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  • MONTREUX - LAUSANNE

    This is a drive of about 28kms if you follow the A9, longer if you follow the lake-side and see all the pretty villages.We did both ways, and even though the distance is not far, it is a full days outing if you wish to stop and look around some of the villages, they do deserve this.So, I will tell you about the A9. This is a very nice drive too,...

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  • CHILLON CASTLE

    What a beautiful location for this Chateau. There were good places for photo's in every direction only my problem was the Sun, I was looking directly into it. I must say, I was very surprised to read that this was Switzerlands most visited historic monument.It is believed that this site has been occupied since the Bronze Age!Chillon was built on a...

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  • INSIDE CHILLON CASTLE

    I paid my admission and walked into the Castle via the drawbridge. On entry I liked what I saw [photo 2] With my free map in hand, it was time to go inside. This Castle isn't furnished much compared to others I had seen. I went into one of the four formal great halls in the castle, and all that was there, were bench tables and chairs. The walls...

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  • WALK OR DRIVE MONTREUX

    The tourist information centre does have a two-hour walking tour of Montreux.It operates from April–Oct Wed–Sat 10am & 3pm; Fr.10. The walk takes you around the old town, so there is uphill walking. It can be done yourself, as it is marked on the tourist map, or like us, we drove the route in our car and had a look this way and at other parts of...

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  • ROOF'S

    Just something I noticed in Montreux.....Some of the Building roof's were done in a design and looked ever so nice. They are scattered through-out Montreux, and are on all types of buildings. Perhaps they have a special name for this type of roof?Have a look at the photo's to see what I mean!

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  • THE PROMENADE

    The promenade stretches for miles, in fact, you can walk from Chillon Castle all the way to Vevey. We only walked part, and thoroughly enjoyed it. The views were great! There were nice parks situated along the way, places for ice-creams, drinks and meals, plenty of seating, and different sculptures scattered on the lake-side.We found it a very nice...

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  • ROSE GARDEN & MORE

    Located on the edge of the Lake and beside the Promenade, I came across many gardens. This one in particular was very nice. It had a Rose garden with many of the Rose's in full bloom.The other part was more modern, had stone sculpture's, etc., reminded me a bit of a Japanese style garden. All were interesting, and this garden is worth having a look...

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Montreux Restaurants

  • From Morocco to Iran...

    Housed in an early 20th century Moorish-style villa overlooking Lac de Genève, le Palais Oriental serves authentic and tasty dishes from Morocco, Lebanon and Iran. It is possible to dine here three days in a row while focusing on a different cuisine each meal. It offers a very pleasant and original ambiance.

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  • Award winning pizza's

    Restaurant Molino is one of the few restaurants that is located on the boulevard. They have a huge menu to choose from, but nonetheless the quality's always good and stable. It's a typical Italian restaurant, so they serve a.o. pastas, pizzas, gnochi, risotto and very nice house wines.Their pizzas have won internation awards... and you know why,...

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  • A treat for the true gastrophile

    This is without a doubt the regions most up and coming talents. Philippe Landry seems to be driven by a unquenched search for perfection. To the humble food lover there can be no mistaking that the homely service and warm and inviting dining environment is exactly what his Michelin counterparts are missing. To the connoisseur, a finley engineered...

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  • One of our best meals, ever

    I'm sorry, but I can't remember what we ate there. I do remember, however, that this was one of the great suppers of our lives and that we enjoyed every minute of it. The service was excellent, the waiters able to read your mind and supply you with your needs practically before you have time to twitch your finger. We had a five course meal and some...

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  • Exquisite Italian dishes

    Not on the boulevard, but nonetheless worthwhile going. You will find this Italian restaurant across the mainstreet, Rue du Marché 1. La Rouvenaz is famous for it's delicate Italian dishes. I'm fond of small dishes, so what I usually order is a selection of small Italian starters.

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  • Confiserie Zurcher - cafe and cake shop

    After a visit to Chateau de Chillon we headed into Montreux for some lunch. One of the first places we came across was Confiserie Zurcher and as it looked popular we thought we would join the bandwagon.We first sat at a table right in the front section but soon found out, as we tried to order our meal, that these tables were for coffee/cakes only,...

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Montreux Nightlife

  • Nightlife in Montreux

    Cosy and spacious place to have a drink or a dance. Various music styles as Club House, groove, R'n'B or Latino music.Opening hours:Mon-Wed 5PM-2AMThu 5PM-3AMFri-Sat 5PM-5AMSun 5PM-1AM

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  • Montreux Jazz Festival

    Every day, from 12 p.m. till 4-5 a.m. there is something going on here. You have many free concerts during the day and night. Not only jazz, but all kind s of music. When the outside concerts are over, you can go to Jazz Caffe (free admission), and everything continues (live music, D.J.s). Marvelous! dress whatever you want

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  • Lively Pub

    Nice place for a chat, to listen live music or to taste some beers...Opening hours:Mon-Thu 7AM-1AMFri-Sat 7AM-3AMSun 3PM-12PM

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Montreux Transportation

  • Golden Pass Line

    One of the most scenic railway trough the Swiss Alps from Montreux - Chateau d'Oex - Gstaad - Zweisimmen - Interlaken - Bruenig Pass - Luzern or vice versa.The particularity of this train is that you could enjoy VIP seats located in the front of the train offering the same view as the conductor's. Leaving Montreux, the line rises above Lake Geneva...

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  • Panoramic view on Lake Geneva and the...

    Rochers-de-Naye. You will reach Rochers-de-Naye (2045 m) after a pleasant journey in less than an hour aboard on a rack railway train. There you could enjoy a breathtaking panorama at the summit on the Alps and Lac Léman (Lake Geneva). TIP: Take one of the 2 last trains going to the Rochers-de-Naye you will pay only : Full fare: CHF 36.- instead of...

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  • On the Lake in a Boat – Thing To Do!...

    Compagnie Generale de Navigation sur le lac Leman offers possibility to travel by boat from one to the other spot on the shore of Geneva Lake. But it is more than just a transportation – being on the boat and "discovering" shores of the lake (both Swiss and French) is marvelous experience, and even the shortest visit to any of the cities, towns or...

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Montreux Local Customs

  • Chillon, a Romantic Myth (I&V)

    "Francois Bonivard was a celebrated prisoner of Chillon. He spent part of his detention in Chillon underground prison, living in the semi-darkness with his imagination as his sole distraction. Prior of Saint-Victor in Geneva, Bonivard was a partisan from the City of Calvin during the struggles against Duke of Savoy. He was arrested by the Savoyard...

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  • Smoke on the Water (I&V)

    On December the 4th 1971, during the concert of Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention in Montreux Casino, a rocket flaire was fired into the ceiling and the Casino building was suddenly engulfed by flames. Ian Gillan of Deep Purple was inspired by clouds of smoke above Lake Geneva to write Smoke on the Water, one of the most famous rock songs of...

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  • Women-friendly parking :-)

    All women, pay attention! You will love parking your car in Swiss parking garages. Why? Because they've made some effort for us. We have our own broad parking spaces, which are (as as extra) closest to the elevators and stairs. Shopping can be sooo easy ;-)

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Montreux Warnings and Dangers

  • NARROW MOUNTAIN ROADS

    My husband is an experienced driver, and I do not get car sickness. Lucky for us, as the Mountain road from Montreux to Les Rochers-de-Naye was very narrow and windy.If we had met a car in some places, it would have meant one of us reversing. It doesn't pay to be squeamish! The views are incredible on the way up and back, but only for the...

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  • Summer traffic jam warning @ Glion...

    The Glion tunnels are located on the A9 motorway between Montreux and Villeneuve.The road works will last until November 2005 and will be divided into two phases, each corresponding to one of the tubes being closed and therefore requiring two-way traffic in the remaining open tube. "Mountain" tube closed from April the 18th to November 2005,...

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Montreux Off The Beaten Path

  • CHATEAU D'AIGLE

    Located about 25kms from Montreux, is the town of Aigle. This village is in a pretty setting amongst the vineyards. What we went to see, was the Chateau. The drive to it was through narrow streets, some with high walls on either side, I am glad we didn't meet on coming traffic as it was a bit "hairy!"On arrival, parking was once again a problem, so...

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  • ROUTE PETITE CORNISHE

    For our return journey from Lausanne, we chose to follow the scenic route " Route Petite Cornishe"You need to watch for the signpost to Chatelard Sur Lutry. From this town, you are on the route until Cully.Following this route gave us more amazing views of the terrace's and even better views of the Lake. It is a very scenic drive, and one I...

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  • BEX SALT MINES TOUR

    What did I expect? To climb down a lot of steps into a Mine and then walk through and hear about the Mine and to see it.Well, half is correct! To our surprise, out came a tiny train, and we were told to hop in, as this was our transport into the Mine. The small train took us to the heart of the mine, which wasn't down the mountain, but up the...

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Montreux Favorites

  • CAR PARKING

    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...

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  • MONTREUX RIVIERA CARD

    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...

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  • Montreux Lakeside

    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...

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