Beautiful Montreux, Switzerland – I was there for 3 days in April of this year (2016). It’s a relatively small town, but there is so much to do and so much to see any time of the year, 3 days were clearly not enough. Here is my top 10 quick and easy things to do in or in the immediate vicinity of Montreux, Switzerland.
1. Chillon Castle (in French: Château de Chillon). It’s considered one of the most visited castles in Europe. It’s located on Lake Geneva, and I walked from Montreux to the Castle – it took me about 3o minutes, it’s that close! Once at the castle, you can walk inside, it’s quite impressive!
2. Freddie Mercury Statue. I love QUEEN, and Freddie Mercury is one of my top favorite artists of all time! “Made in Heaven” was the very first album by QUEEN that I started listening to back in the 90’s when I was a kid, and from that album I discovered all his earlier albums and just fell in love with his astonishing vocal ability. Imagine my surprise when I was just walking casually in Montreux, Switzerland and, quite unexpectedly to me, happened upon his statue! Turns out, he had a second home there, QUEEN bought a recording studio in Montreux and recorded “Made In Heaven” in Montreux! “Made in Heaven” was a very important album to me, that’s how I fell in love with QUEEN, and it’s just connected to my happy childhood! I cannot believe I accidentally, without any planning, visited the birthplace of “Made in Heaven”!
3. Boat trip. Take a boat right from Montreux and enjoy watching charming little villages from the water, you will also see the Chillon Castle from a little different perspective than seeing it from the land.
Yes, you can see the Chillon castle from the boat, too:
4. Funky statues. Walking around in Montreux, I saw so many interesting statues – they were everywhere!
This one resembles the bull from the Wall Street:
5. The Gardens of Montreux Palace. Visit the gardens filled with statues of famous people, such as Nabokov, Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald, Carlos Santana, etc.
6. Take a train to The Rochers de Naye. Right from Montreux, you can take the train to The Rochers de Naye, a mountain in Swiss Alps, overlooking the Lake Geneva. The views on top I hear are astonishing. The day we took the train (in mid-April) it was raining in Montreux and snowing on top of the mountain, which is over 6,600 feet high (over 2,000 meters). So we were advised not to go all the way to the top, we got off at a lower station, but if the weather permits, definitely take the train all the way to the top to the Rochers de Naye to enjoy the views!
7. Take a Funicular. Once we got off at the mid-station on the way to the Rochers De Naye, we took a funicular all the way down. The funicular is used by the locals to travel between the Territet and Glion suburbs of the town of Montreux, and it’s a spectacular ride from the top with the breathtaking views:
8. Enjoy the flowers. If you are in Montreux in the Spring or Summer, the flowers there are spectacular! I lost count of how many types of tulips I have seen! Really, the flower selections here could beat any botanical garden! I dedicated a whole post, just about the flowers I saw in Montreux: The Tulips of Montreux.
9. Montreux architecture. Montreux is not hard on the eyes. Just walking around and looking at the beautiful architecture will keep your mind busy or be mind-calming, depending on your personality. 🙂
10. Drive to Chexbres. Chexbres is really close to Montreux, only a short drive by car, take a half day trip to enjoy the vineyards and amazing views of Montreux: