Montreux

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Montreux

Palm trees, snowcapped mountains and the majestic Lake Geneva all come together in this charming city, often identified as the jewel of the Swiss Riviera.

Montreux has been a favorite vacation spot among celebrities for years. Thanks to its remarkably mild climate, much of the canton of Vaud is known as the Swiss Riviera. Visit this welcoming city on the eastern end of Lake Geneva.

Palm trees, cypresses and other Mediterranean plants flourish here. Enjoy the weather and stunning surroundings as you stroll along the Lakeside Promenade. Continue south to Château de Chillon, the iconic fortress that lords over Lake Geneva from its shoreline island. The promenade also continues north to the equally charming city of Vevey.

On your walk, look for the signature yellow awnings of the Montreux Palace. Now a luxury hotel, it is a splendid example of Belle Époque architecture.

Although neither is open to the public, Crêtes Castle and Châtelard Castle are both iconic Montreux sights. Châtelard Castle has watched over the city since the 14th century. Crêtes Castle, built high on a terrace, is an example of the 18th-century opulence that prevailed in the region.

Throughout the year, Montreux hosts many events and festivals. In the summer, the Montreux Jazz Festival attracts top international talent. The holidays are extra festive in Montreux centered around its classic Christmas Market.

Famous people, ranging from socialite Zelda Fitzgerald to author Vladimir Nabokov, have lived in Montreux. However, its most beloved resident was Queen singer Freddie Mercury. Pay homage to the star at the Freddie Mercury Statue, where he appears to be performing an eternal concert to Lake Geneva.

From Montreux, easily explore other sights along the Swiss Riviera. Spend a day tasting wine at the famous vineyards of Lavaux. Take a train to the snowcapped summit of Rochers de Naye to see across Lake Geneva all the way to the Jura Mountains. Explore Lake Geneva with a boat cruise to see other cities and sights around the lake. Most of the shoreline along the promenade is open for swimmers and sunbathers.

Where to stay in Montreux

Royal Plaza Montreux
Royal Plaza Montreux
5 out of 5
Avenue Claude Nobs 7, Montreux, VD
The price is £160 per night from 2 Jan to 2 Jan
Located in Montreux City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Montreux Convention Center and Freddie Mercury Statue. Chateau de Chillon is ...
4/5 Very Good! (538 reviews)
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Reviewed on 18 Nov 2021

Royal Plaza Montreux
Grand Hotel Suisse Majestic, Autograph Collection
Grand Hotel Suisse Majestic, Autograph Collection
4.5 out of 5
45 Avenue Des Alpes, Montreux, VD
The price is £186 per night from 1 Jan to 1 Jan
Located in Montreux City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Montreux Ferry Terminal and Freddie Mercury Statue. Chateau de Chillon is 2 ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (975 reviews)
"The room assigned to us was in another building but the front desk didn’t give us a clear instruction."

Reviewed on 11 Oct 2021

Grand Hotel Suisse Majestic, Autograph Collection
Fairmont Le Montreux Palace
Fairmont Le Montreux Palace
5 out of 5
Avenue Claude-Nobs 2, Montreux, VD
The price is £246 per night from 13 Dec to 13 Dec
This family-friendly Montreux hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 15-minute walk of Montreux Convention Center and Freddie Mercury Statue. Chateau de ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (499 reviews)
"Amazing place in montreux. A great breakfast good staff and good amenities"

Reviewed on 24 Sep 2021

Fairmont Le Montreux Palace
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Montreux lake view Residence
Montreux lake view Residence
4 out of 5
Rue du Torrent 22, Montreux
The price is £316 per night from 2 Jan to 2 Jan
Located near the slopes, this Montreux City Centre apartment building is situated in the mountains and within 1 mile (2 km) of Montreux Convention Center, Castle ...
Montreux lake view Residence
Montreux Lake View - The Freddie Mercury Residence
Montreux Lake View - The Freddie Mercury Residence
Montreux, Canton of Vaud
Situated in Montreux, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Swiss National Audiovisual Museum and Freddie Mercury Statue. Chateau de Chillon ...
Montreux Lake View - The Freddie Mercury Residence
la Terrasse lake view apartment
la Terrasse lake view apartment
4 out of 5
Ch. des ecoliers 11, Montreux
Located in the heart of Montreux, this apartment building is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Castle Chatelard and 2 mi (3.1 km) from Freddie Mercury Statue. Montreux Convention ...
la Terrasse lake view apartment
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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