Set against the stunning backdrop of the Swiss Alps and nestled on the shores of Lake Geneva, Montreux has attracted an impressive list of past visitors. The likes of Mary Shelley, Lord Byron and Charlie Chaplin chose to frequent this beautiful lakeside resort in Switzerland, and not surprisingly, given the cultural attractions and sporting activities on offer there. Read our guide to the 10 best things to see and do in Montreux.
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This 13th-century fortress is Switzerland’s most visited historical building and graces postcards and books about the country’s sights. Originally owned by the House of Savoy, the castle houses several medieval frescoes and Gothic dungeons, the latter of which were the subject of a poem penned by Lord Byron, The Prisoner of Chillon. The poet directly references the château in the line, “There are seven pillars of Gothic mould/ In Chillon’s dungeons deep and old.” Explore the haunting interiors for yourself as you soak up the atmosphere of this medieval castle.
Winter in Montreux means one thing: Montreux Noël. Montreux completely transforms itself in preparation for this Christmas event. For a whole month, the city is decked and decorated to celebrate the festival in style. There are medieval markets, Father Christmas makes an appearance, and the Château hosts a fairytale festival. Nearby Caux also transforms into an authentic and mesmerising portrayal of a Christmas village.
The mountains surrounding Montreux have beautiful narcissus trails to enjoy in the springtime. Use the Narcissi Forecaster to plan your route, and then set off for a day to enjoy the flowery trails in the Alps. Spring in the Alps means beautiful, unusual Alpine floral varieties in every nook and cranny – a photographer’s (and hiker’s) delight.
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