Montreux is a municipality in the canton of Vaud in Switzerland. The city lies on the northeast shore of Lake Geneva at the foot of the picturesque Alps and has a population of 26,629 residents and nearly 90,000 in the agglomeration. Because of the mild climate, Montreux is called the capital of the Vaud / Swiss / Riviera.
The Lakefront Promenade ( 3,5 km. ) between chic Montreux and charming Vevey is said to be the finest in Switzerland known for its stunning postcard landscape.
It is highly recommended to take a relaxing walk alongside the promenade while enjoying the serenity and beauty of the lake and the snow-covered Alps. In the spring and summer, there are very beautiful flower gardens around the lake that enhance even more the beauty of nature.
The most prominent attraction in Montreux is Château de Chillon / The Chillon Castle /. The 13th-century fortress is Switzerland’s most visited historical building and finds its way into several postcards and books about the country’s sights. Originally owned by the House of Savoy, it now belongs to the State of Vaud and is classified as a Swiss Cultural Property of National Significance. Visitors will find out about its history as a defensive outpost, a summer home for the dukes of Savoy, and a state-run prison.
Montreux is also very popular with its cultural events such as the Jazz Festival, which takes place in June/July and features concerts on a variety of stages and parks. Since its beginning in 1967 the festival has developed into a big event that frequently features the greatest jazz, blues, rock, world music and soul musicians. A very popular spot is the Statue of Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury that attracts thousands of visitors every year. The legendary singer lived and loved to spend time in Montreux. "If you want peace of soul, come to Montreux" - said Freddie.
While walking around the lake you will also see very interesting statues and beautiful buildings like Fairmont Le Montreux Palace, a luxury hotel located on the lake promenade with an impressive facade.
A great option is to embark on a 2-hour paddle steamer boat cruise on Lake Geneva and enjoy the spectacular scenery of the French and Swiss Alps. You will pass by the charming towns of Villeneuve, Le Bouveret, and St Gingolph, as well as the town of Vevey and the famous Lavaux vineyards.
You can also pay a visit to Chaplin's World - a museum dedicated to Charlie Chaplin's life.
Montreux is a popular day trip option if you are in Geneva or Lausanne. It takes a little more than an hour train ride from Geneva to arrive in Montreux and it's really worth making that trip.
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