Montreux Travel Guide

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Montreux Things to Do

  • Avenue de Chillon

    The alternative way to see Montreux is walking on Avenue de Chillon. Along the walk you can see beautiful angles of views of the region, including the lake, the vineyards, local houses, the rail with trains passing by, the whole picture of the infrastructure of the area, the road, the railway line, the pedestrian walk by the lake. I walked from...

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  • Downtown Montreux

    I wish I could have more time exploring the downtown Montreux. I had a quick stop before I departed on the Golden Pass Line to Gruyeres. From the train station, I walked down the street toward the lake. Then, I saw the lake and the main boulevard where the Grand Hotel Suisse-Majestic is located. You could find souvenir shops, cafes, restaurants,...

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  • Romantic Lakeside Walk

    You could hear the birds, smell the flowers and leaves, breath the fresh air, listen to the water flows, and enjoy the stunning views of the alps with Lake Geneva. The pedestrian walkways are well built behinds people's house's backyard. People could just walk from their backyards enjoy the views and jog along the lake. I saw people walk their dogs...

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  • Romantic Lakeside Walk: Flower-Path

    The Lake Geneva in Montreux has a great lakeside walk. It is like walking in a private garden with trees, flowers, pedestrian path from Montreux downtown to Chateau de Chillon. I walked on a 20-minutes from Territet to Chillon in early morning around 7:30am. It was a wonderful day with some sunshine and wind. I totally enjoyed the smell of the...

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  • Château de Chillon

    Château de Chillon is one of the most famous castles in Switzerland. We see castles, mostly built on a hill, but not this one. It is built on a picturesque shore of Lake Geneva. Lord Byron's poem, The Prisoner of Chillon, has made this castle famous for its existence by the story and history. I came too early and did not manage to see inside the...

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  • Freddy Mercury statue and enjoy the lake

    We ran out of time to see too much with just 1 day in Montreux but it was such a beautiful morning the day that we left, that we couldn't resist parking our bags by the lake and taking a photo of Freddie.

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  • 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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Montreux Hotels

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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

  • Bus 201

    Bus 201 is a great bus that passes thru downtown Montreux and to Avenue de Chillon and stop at Territet Station, where the Youth Hostel and the nice Lake Walk to Château de Chillon. If you arrive at the Montreux Train Station, you need to walk down the street from the stair and reach the main street by the lake. Official Website

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  • Boat Cruise at Lake Geneva

    I did not see the boat. And I did not plan to take the boat cruise during my stay in Montreux. If I had more time, I would love to take a boat cruise to see the lake town especially in Lausanne. The boat is actually traveling to hop on and off the lake to different towns. It is the locals commute between towns. In Montreux, you can catch the boat...

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  • Montreux Train Station

    The Montreux Train Station is built on a hill line with other buildings. It has modern facade and the ticket office is on the first floor. If you wish to take a bus or visit the downtown area or the lake, you need to walk straight across the street and walk down the stairs to reach the center of town. This is the train station, which you can catch...

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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

  • Lavaux UNESCO Trekking

    Lavaux is one of the UNESCO sites in Switzerland You could experience it by taking a train ride or trekking with one of the assigned routes. There are so much to do and see in this region. Visit the official website to know more...

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  • 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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  • Sunset Lake Geneva

    There is nothing more beautiful than seeing the sunset Lake Geneva in Montreux. I captured these pictures on my way to the hostel between 20:00 to 20:30 in May at Territet Lakeside walk. It stunned me for a while for the beauty of the sunset. What made it so beautiful to capture these pictures due to the weather and the clear air at that time....

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  • 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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Visit - Chateau de Chillon
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Château de Chillon
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Chateau de Chillon (I&V)
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Lavaux Vineyard Terraces (I&V)
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On the Lake in a Boat – Thing To Do! (I&V)
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Electric City Bus #1 (I&V)
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Rochers-de-Naye, in the mountains above Montreux
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"Birthplace" of Eurovision (I&V)
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