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Montreux
Travel Guide

Chateau de Chillon showing a beach and a lake or waterhole as well as a family

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

Eurotel Montreux
Eurotel Montreux
4.5 out of 5
Grand-Rue 81, Montreux, VD
The price is $172 per night from Apr 23 to Apr 24
This family-friendly Montreux hotel is located on a lake, within a 10-minute walk of Montreux Convention Center and Freddie Mercury Statue. Chateau de Chillon ...
4.2/5Excellent! (957 reviews)
"We stay in this hotel for one night. The room had a wonderful view on the lake and was quite spacious. We appreciate the welcome gift. We went to the restaurant and although it feels good to go back to the restaurant, social distancing was not followed and many people were wandering without mask. ..."

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2021

Eurotel Montreux
Hotel Parc & Lac
Hotel Parc & Lac
3 out of 5
Grand Rue 38, Montreux, VD
The price is $99 per night from Apr 19 to Apr 20
Located in Montreux City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Place du Marche and Freddie Mercury Statue. Chateau de Chillon is 1.9 mi (3 km) away. ...
4.1/5Very Good! (252 reviews)
Good place to stay
"Good location. Easy to walk to from the train station. There is a lift so you can get to the room easily with luggage. Reception was super nice and helpful."

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2020

Hotel Parc & Lac
Hotel Eden Palace Au Lac
Hotel Eden Palace Au Lac
4 out of 5
11 Rue Du Theatre, Montreux, VD
The price is $160 per night from May 6 to May 7
This family-friendly Montreux hotel is located on the boardwalk, just steps from Montreux Casino and Freddie Mercury Statue. Chateau de Chillon is 1.8 mi (2.9 ...
3.9/5Good! (989 reviews)
Fantastic location in Montreux
"Lovely building with a fantastic location in Montreux. Staff are very friendly and welcoming. The rooms are very spacious but the bathrooms are looking a little tired and aren't very well insulated from noise above. Easy to solve by closing the bathroom door! If you are driving, you need to pre-book ..."

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2020

Hotel Eden Palace Au Lac
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.
Montreux Rotana Villa
Montreux Rotana Villa
5 out of 5
Rue du Lac 65, Montreux
Located in Montreux City Centre, this luxury apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Montreux Convention Center and Freddie Mercury Statue. Chateau de Chillon ...
1/5 (1 review)
"We arrived at the location and they didn't let us check in because we weren't a family. We were a couple of friends and just wanted to have location to enjoy out short holidays. They told us they would refund the money but just kept ignoring our messages. We had to do an online check-in where the ..."

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2020

Montreux Rotana Villa
Montreux Lake View Apartments and Spa
Montreux Lake View Apartments and Spa
5 out of 5
Avenue du Casino 10, Montreux
Located in Montreux City Centre, this luxury apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Montreux Casino and Freddie Mercury Statue. Chateau de Chillon ...
Montreux Lake View Apartments and Spa
Montreux Lake View Apartments City Centre
Montreux Lake View Apartments City Centre
5 out of 5
Rue de la Paix 5, Montreux
Located in Montreux City Centre, this luxury apartment building is steps from Place du Marche and Freddie Mercury Statue. Chateau de Chillon is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) ...
5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
"We had a short stay in the two bedroom apartment just before New Year. It was an absolutely delightful experience. Spotless, full featured and fully equipped. Management company provided excellent service and went out of their way to meet us on a Sunday afternoon. Added bonus was the housekeeping. ..."

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2020

Montreux Lake View Apartments City Centre
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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