Montreux Journals

Montreux and Château de Chillon

A May 2000 trip to Montreux by Tolik

Montreux Photo, Montreux, Switzerland More Photos
Quote: Few places in Switzerland have as much to offer today’s visitor as Montreux. Some of Switzerland’s best railway journeys are on its doorstep, the surrounding country offers excellent walking, there is a wealth of museums, excellent food and local wines, and best-known castle – the Château de Chillon!

Montreux and Château de Chillon

Overview

Montreux Photo, Montreux, Switzerland
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Montreux rises in the shape of amphitheater from the shores of the Lac Lèman (Lake Geneva). Known for its balmy climate, it sports a profusion of Mediterranean vegetation, which grows lushly in the town’s many lakeside parks. Mountains at the town’s back protect it from the winds of winter, allowing fruit trees, cypresses, magnolias, almonds, and even palms to flourish. The most famous castle in Switzerland – the Château de Chillon – is a short walk from Montreux or you can ride trolley bus no. 1.Quick Tips: The main part of this popular resort, Montreux Ville , lies on the steep slopes above the Baye de Montreux. On the shores of the lake is the Casino. From the te...Read More
Museum of Old Montreux Photo, Montreux, Switzerland
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Montreux’s past is portrayed in the Museum of Old Montreux (Musée du Vieux-Montreux) at Rue de la Gare 40 in the former convent of Sâles. The museum traces the town’s history from Paleolithic times with display of Roman finds, local furniture and artifacts of everyday life, the growth of tourism and the way its environs served as an inspiration for writers, artists and musicians. We found here that Hemingway himself visited area in 1922 and describes it in both "A Farewell to Arms" and "For Whom The Bell Tolls". Another famous visitor, Hans Christian Anderson wrote "The Ice Maiden" here in 1861. Town hosted such distinguished visitors as Tolstoy, Flaubert, Do...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 3, 2002

Museum of Old Montreux
Rue de la Gare 40
Montreux, Switzerland

City of Festivals

Attraction

City of Festivals Photo, Montreux, Switzerland
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Begun in 1961, the Golden Rose Festival has become one of television’s major annual events, held in May/June. The Montreux Jazz Festival follows in July, and in September the Montreux-Vevey International Music Festival is held.

Equally the area offers a host of sporting opportunities, from waterskiing to paragliding, and the combination of walking, cycling or journeys by train, bus and steamer offer a limitless range of excursions. There are three interesting sights in the old town: the old church on rue du Temple, the Musee du Vieux-Montreux and the panoramic views on your way around town.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 3, 2002

City of Festivals
Throughout Montreux
Montreux, Switzerland

Chillon Castle/Château de Chillon

Attraction | "Château de Chillon"

Chillon Castle/Château de Chillon Photo, Montreux, Switzerland
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Even if Lord Byron had not written "The Prisoner of Chillon", the castle would still be the outstanding attraction it has become. The rock on which it is built has supported a settlement since the Bronze Age, the Romans fortified it, and the defenses were developed in the 9th century. The present castle was begun in the 13th century. It is one of the best-preserved, and most frequently photographed medieval castles in the world. Château de Chillon has 28 rooms and areas open to visitors, with fine banqueting hall and collection of armor. Nowadays it is hard to distinguish the 25 buildings that make up Chillon castle, closely grouped around 3 courtyards. To visit the castle, you can ride trolle...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 3, 2002

Chillon Castle/Château de Chillon
Avenue De Chillon 21
Montreux, Switzerland
+41 (21) 966 8910

Swiss Public Transportation

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Story/Tip

Swiss Trains Photo, Montreux, Switzerland
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Swiss Federal Railways SBB offers a range of passes to suit the travel requirements of most visitors. The Swiss Pass entitles the holder to unlimited travel for 4, 8 or 15, 22 days or one month of railway, boat and postal bus networks and on the municipal transport system of 40+ cities and towns. Prices range from a 4-day 2nd class pass at $160 to one month 1st class $535. They also offer 1st and 2nd class Saver passes (2 or more people traveling together – 15% discount), and 1st and 2nd class Youth passes. These passes also entitle the holders to a reduction of 25% on many mountain railways and aerial lifts. The Swiss Flexipass is ideal for those wanting to walk or cycle from a...Read More