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Surprising city trip to Montreux on Lake Geneva

Last week we wrote about the versatility of Berne. † Thanks to the perfect location of the Swiss A visit to the capital is both suitable as a city trip, but also for nature lovers. This week it is high time for a new surprising city trip in Switzerland. Less than an hour and a half drive from Bern you will find this beautiful city, internationally known especially among music lovers. We are talking about Montreux. Home to Freddie Mercury and the iconic Montreux Jazz Festival.

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Be surprised on a city trip Montreux

Montreux is worth a visit just because of its unique location on Lake Geneva and a 360 degree view of impressive mountain landscapes. But also a perfect location for trips to the famous Swiss cities of Geneva, Lausanne and Bern. But there are so many more reasons to go to Montreux.

We stayed in the Montreux region for about 2 weeks in August and have bundled our favorite tips for you. The complete article about the Things to Do in Montreux can be found on the website of Reisstel.nl.

City trip Montreux

Where better to start your visit to Montreux than on the beautiful boulevard. Here you imagine yourself directly in the Mediterranean. Because let's face it, when you think of Switzerland, do you think of a boulevard full of palm trees, tropical colored flowers and sun-drenched terraces? The boulevard is about 11 kilometers long and you can walk from terrace to terrace. Don't be alarmed when a busload of tourists tries to take a selfie with the life-size bronze statue of Freddie Mercury. He is immortalized here as one of the most famous inhabitants of this beautiful city.

Tip:: you can have a drink at the L'îlot Bar, or score a takeaway and enjoy the signature circular terrace in the water opposite the statue of Freddie Mercury.

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Things to do in Montreux

One of the most popular attractions among music lovers in Montreux is the Queen Studio Experience† Queen has recorded no less than 7 (!) albums in the famous Mountain Studios here in Montreux. Here you can view different costumes, handwritten lyrics, and get started with the music yourself.

Tip:: The former music studio has been transformed into a small museum and is part of the Barriere de Casino.

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Charlie Chaplin's World

The unique location of Montreux had not only captured the heart of Freddie Mercury, Charlie Chaplin also fell in love with this special city. He was therefore the proud owner of a beautiful estate just outside the city. This estate has since been transformed into a beautiful museum that was even voted 'best museum' in 2018 according to the European Museum Academy. Not to be missed for all film lovers among us.

Chateau de Chillon

Do you care more about history than about music and visual arts? Then the Chateau de Chillon might be a hit for you. This centuries-old castle has been one of Switzerland's most popular historic tourist attractions for years. The castle is definitely worth a visit and the guides are happy to tell you all about its history. Do you come here on a summer day? Be sure to bring your swimwear. It is possible to swim a round around the castle. Too much of a good thing? Then look for the 'secret' beach next to the castle. Your view doesn't get much more beautiful in Montreux.

Discover the varied nature of Montreux

We wrote it before, but Montreux's unique location makes it a real mecca for sports enthusiasts. For example, 20 minutes away you will find the picturesque village of Vouvry. The starting point of the spectacular hike to the peaks of Le Grammont. A physical challenge with an incredibly beautiful reward at the top in the form of a magnificent view over almost the entire Lake Geneva.

Do you want more excitement than a 'normal' hike? Then you can reach the Glacier 3000 from Montreux in no time, where you can walk over a 107 meter long suspension bridge. Detail, that suspension bridge connects 2 mountain peaks at an altitude of more than 3.000 meters. Not for anyone with a fear of heights.

Discover the most beautiful wine region of Switzerland: Vaud

Do you prefer to discover terraces than snowy mountain peaks? And do you like wine more than hiking? Even then you can perfectly stay in the Montreux region. Here you will find one of the most beautiful and also unknown wine regions in the world, Lavaux, in the Vaud region. Here you will find beautiful wine routes, wineries and of course wine tasting. We wrote a 3-day travel guide Vaud with all our tips for this beautiful region.

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Are you curious about the continuation of our journey? Then you can follow us on our Instagram page @reisstel.nl and web site, www.reisstel.nl† In addition, we will Wereldreizigers.nl write an update every week! Until next week!

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