Montreux, located on the banks of Lake Geneva is one of the most beautiful locations in Switzerland and one of the most famous destinations in the world. The city boasts a breath-taking backdrop of the Alps, vineyards, woods, magnificent architecture, the picturesque lanes, historical sights, exclusive shopping facilities, musical stage performances and numerous annual festivals that attract tourists from all across the globe and are the main attractions of the city.
The best way to have a complete experience of this elegant paradise amidst the Alps is to indulge in some of the best things to do in Montreux which include taking tours of the Château de Chillon, Gorges du Chauderon, Queen Studio Experience, Musee De Montreux, St Vincent Evangelical Church and the Plexus Art Gallery. Other top destinations take you closer to nature and provide you with an opportunity to admire the picturesque beauty of the landscape, including the Rochers-de-naye, Golden Pass Line, Corniche Lavaux Vineyards, Marmots Paradise, Gstaad, Montreux Noël and the Narcissus Trails. Other top attractions in Montreux include Lantern Trail of Les Pléiades, Christmas Market, Old Montreux and Swiss Chocolate Train. One can even go trekking at one of the many hiking trails around the town and indulge in some water sports at the Lake Geneva. The Mediterranean temperatures perfectly blend with this picturesque town of Montreux, transforming it into a perfect vacation hotspot for everyone.
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What to Do in and around Montreux
Enjoy 17 best Montreux attractions and points of interest to choose from!
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Avenue de Chillon 21, 1820 Veytaux, Switzerland
09:00 am - 07:00 pm
Imagine the castle you’ve read in fairy tales, growing up, take form in front of your eyes! The Chateau de Chillonis one of the grandest sights of Switzerland and obviously, a must see…a fantastically well preserved 12th century castle, the Chateau de Chillon takes you back to a time when prisoners were chained to pillars in dungeons and guests were asked to wait in waiting rooms simply dripping with grandeur. In fact, during the castle’s peak season, you will be required to wait in long hallways waiting for the group of tourists before you to vacate the restored chambers, turrets and maybe even the dungeons.
Here’s a little piece of trivia for you: before you visit the castle, read Lord Byron’s “The Prisoner of Chillon”, a poem that the poet penned down after being inspired on his visit to the Chateau de Chillon.
One of the most beautiful castles in Switzerland, Chateau De Chillon surely deserves all the attention it gets from tourists. The place can be visited by paying certain Chateau De Chillon Ticket Prices. The Tickets for Chateau De Chillon can be availed directly from the premises. Better come early to Buy Tickets for Chateau De Chillon or you will have to deal with hordes of people later. There are certain concession in the Chateau De Chillon Ticket Costs for children. Ensure to take some time out of you schedule to come here for a quiet visit.
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Place du Marche, 1820 Montreux, Switzerland
08:00 am - 08:00 pm
In the history of music, there have only a handful of artists that are widely associated with within the music listening community. One such artist was the lead singer of a classic rock British band- Freddie Mercury. You’ll have to look very hard to find someone who hasn’t belched out to ‘Radio Gaga’, or ‘I Want to Break Free’.
Dying a tragic early death, the late singer took to the city of Montreux and is said to have spent a lot of time here. Having recorded many a hits in the city’s Mountain Studios, Montreux is proud to acknowledge Mercury as one of their own. The Freddie Mercury Memorial Statue adorns the riverside of Montreux’s old market, in a classic Freddie signature pose.
The first weekend is September is regarded as Freddie Mercury Memorial Day and it’s a real treat to watch fans throng the statue and adorn it with flowers and garlands.
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CP 1426, Montreux1820 , Switzerland
Switzerland is known for the stunning vistas that literally take your breath away. Every time you turn a corner, a picture perfect moment awaits! There are special tours and rides you can take, called panoramic rides where you can enjoy and appreciate the true beauty that is Switzerland. One of the rides you should not miss out is the Golden Pass Line; an elegant yet unforgettable ride that shows you two sides of the same coin- the German influence as well as the French flair of the land.
Starting from Lucerne and going all the way up to Montreux, the train ride is sure to leave you mesmerized for days on end. Showing you the highlights of all the regions the train passes through, keep the better part of your day reserved for the Golden Pass Line.
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12:01 am - 12:00 am
At a height of 2,042m, threaded with forest, secluded villages, caves and wildlife, is how Rochers-de-Naye can be defined. Giving perfect panoramic view of Lake Geneva and the Vaud, Valais, Bern and French Alps, this place still manages to be the favorite place for nature lovers.
Take the cog railway from the Montreux railway station and it will take you to the foothill of the mountain. The journey is surely going to be charming as the train passes through the forests, villages and fields of the highland. Then hike for at least an hour to reach the summit from where you can get the stunning view.
Your activity doesn’t end here. From this summit, you can enjoy other activities like: -
Visit the Marmot paradise wildlife park, Alpine garden
Skiing in winter season
For your taste bud, restaurants offering panoramic view are there
Take a delightful journey to this beautiful destination of your dream!
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Montreux, Switzerland, Montreux, Switzerland
12:01 am - 12:00 am
Known for its scenic beauty Montreux can be best explored on foot and when it comes to exploring, the pathway along the Riviera Promenade turns out to be the best option. This Promenade stretches from Vevey to Chillon Castle. Whether you are an early morning walker or prefer seeing sunset, just take a stroll along this path and enjoy the beautiful cityscape. Benches are there where you can sit for some time. For adventurous people, there is a boulder to hop on and get wet in the lake! The journey will take you around an hour. If that makes you hungry, quickly grab a bite from any of the cafes along the way.
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Rue du Théâtre 9, 1820 Montreux, Switzerland
10:30 am - 11:59 pm
Built in 1981, it is probably one of the oldest casinos of Montreux. With perfect location, just on the shoreline of Lake Geneva, the casino has been quite popular among gamers. At present, the casino has nearly 385 slot machines, 17 game tables, Poker Table Games and Baccarat, to play on. So, pull any of the vacant seats and be a part of the gamers on one of the tables.
Beside the games, the casino has been recognized as an important destination for music and entertainment. This is because, the famous Montreux Jazz festival is held over here.
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Bahnhof, 1820 Montreux, Switzerland
08:55 am - 05:40 pm
Swiss chocolates and cheese are favorites all over the world, so is its railway. Hence, visiting Switzerland and not having Swiss chocolate or taking a trip in any of its trains, is a serious crime. To put both the options together, board on to Swiss Chocolate train! Hop on to a first-class comforts in a “Belle Epoque” Pullman car, vintage 1915 or hop on to modern panorama car, giving perfect view of Montreux and medieval Gruyeres.
The journey begins from Montreux; takes you to Gruyeres (hometown of Gruyeres cheese) and to the cheese factory with optional visit to Gruyeres castle; then Broc where you see Cailler-Nestle chocolate factory; views of Lake Gruyeres and the Alps. The journey ends back to Montreux.
Take the chocolate trip, pamper yourself with delicious desserts and enjoy the colorful scenery of Montreux.
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Rue du pont, Montreux, Switzerland
12:01 am - 12:00 am
Hidden at the edge of the forest, just adjacent to the steep slopes, this old town is somewhere lost between the hills. Though the height might seem to be unachievable, the journey will take you not more than ten minutes. And as you reach, what a great view opens up! A beautiful picturesque village with artistic old buildings, winding lanes and tumbling staircase awaits there. Explore the village, enjoy the view of the lake from the top and wander around the streets. Get into any of the bistros or restaurants to try some authentic cuisines. At the sunset, enjoy a glass of wine on the terrace of St Vincent Evangelical Church.
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Place du Marche, quays, Grand - Rue
11:00 am - 08:00 pm
Come in winter and you get to visit the biggest Christmas market of Montreux. Featuring around 150 decorated and illuminated chalets along the quays of Geneva’s lake, this market do remarks the arrival of Christmas.
Great place for family outing, taste the luscious food served in the restaurants and be merry!
Attractions to look forward – musical entertainment, Ferry wheels and restaurants
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Lavaux, Montreux, Switzerland
12:01 am - 12:00 am
Explore the famous Vineyard Terraces of Lavaux! Situated between Laussanne and Montreux, stretching for around 30 kilometer, Lavaux welcomes you with its best treasure called wine. The view of this region is itself spectacular. Above its mirrored reflection falling over Lake Geneva makes it look heaven. Ride a bicycle or just walk to explore this beautiful terrace that has been accorded UNESCO World Heritage listing. Take part in the wine making process with the makers, see what the cellars are all about, taste their authentic wine and don’t forget to buy one bottle as souvenir!
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Rue du Theatre 9 | Casino Barrière de Montreux, Montreux 1820, Switzerland
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
If rock music is your genre, visit the studio that showcases some of the finest work of the famous rock band, named Queen. Studio displays those recording instruments, handwritten original versions of the song and the famous studio room where the last legendary song of this famous band had been composed.
If you are a true rock music lover, you cannot give a miss to this studio!
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Rochers-de-Naye, Montreux CH-1820 ,Switzerland
12:01 am - 12:00 am
Hike the rocky path along Rochers-de-Naye and at the top you get to see this beautiful wildlife park, names Marmot’s Paradise. Though the mountain has been mostly conquered by the human habitat, bit this natural wildlife park still manages to exists there without any disturbance. A step into the park will let you meet several species of marmot.
The educational exhibition inside the park gives you a glimpse of marmot’s lifestyle. Stroll around the park and if you are lucky, you might win a chance to feed any one of them.
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1820 Montreux, Switzerland
10:00 am - 05:00 pm
Overlooking the train station at Montreux is a cluster of 17th century buildings, which were monopolized by the wealthy wine merchants of that time. Not only is what’s inside the building is important, but the buildings too have their fair share of history attached to it.
These buildings are one of the last standing Vaud architecturally styled edifices. Within these buildings you’ll be able to find the regional developments dating back to the times of the Roman coins. The museum also tells you how the economy’s shifted its primary focus from agriculture to tourism and what changes and progress that shift bought with it.
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Rochers-de-Naye, Montreux, Switzerland
12:01 am - 12:00 am
With Marmot’s Paradise, Rocher-sde-Naye also welcomes you with a beautiful botanical garden of Alpine trees, commonly known as Alpengarten La Rambertia. Surrounded by beautiful rocks and preserving nearly 1000 species of plants, this garden is a perfect example of native flora. The garden is said to be a tribute to a famous poet Eugene Rambert, whose most of the works were dedicated to Swiss Alps.
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Rue du Lac, 61, Montreux 1815, Switzerland
02:00 pm - 06:00 pm
Standing on the ground of the Villa Murillo, makes this gallery a beautiful place to pay a visit. It was built in 1894 and 1897, under the guidance of popular architect name Eugene Jost. In the interior, the gallery displays some of the rare and magnificent artwork done by established as well as new art talents. The exterior offers a great view of Leman Lake. After seeing the gallery, you can take a walk around the garden and enjoy the view.