An October 2005 trip
to Montreux by Phyllis Chambers
Quote: I left Grindelwald and took the Golden Passline Swiss Train, which, by the way, is to die for! I was headed to Montreux, in the Lake Geneva Region. We passed the River Thun. Lake Simmen was virtually so clear that it looked like it was light blue, like the Caribbean around Antigua!
The best way to get around Montreux is with the Riviera Card. There is a 2005/2006 card for the Montreux-Vevey Riviera-Lavaux area that will save people a lot of money in discovering the shores of Lake Geneva and the foot of the Alps. The diversity of excursions can be on a bus, train, or boat. All sports are included, as well as most entertainment offered by the region. One can spend his or her time ideally this way.
With the card, you can travel free of charge on the VMCV bus network and at half-fare on train excursions and buy museum and theme park entrance tickets with a 50% reduction. On presentation of the card, they also offer people "one for the road" at their information points. That is a shot glass of lovely red or white wine--I brought back my Gifted Darling shot glass with a map and many memories of Montreux.
Hotel | "Eurotel Riviera"
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 5, 2005
Eurotel Riviera Montreux
Grand Rue 81
+41 21 966 22 22
Restaurant | "Bel Horizon & Matara"
At the Eurotel Riviera
Montreux, Switzerland CH-1820
+41 21 963 49 51
Attraction | "Chillon Castle Tour"
Montreux is known as the Pearl of the Swiss Riviera. Castles, outdoor cafes, shopping, Lake Geneva, fantastic views, gorgeous strawberry-pink sunsets, a business central location, as well as fabulous hotels... the most exciting, of course, was the Raffles Hotel. It is right in the middle of the area by the lake, where you can walk on the path about a short 45 minute walk from the Montreux Tourism Board. In there they will give you discount coupons and helpful flyers and pamphlets to let you know the schedules of what is going on in the city. There is a fantastic gorgeous casino, Montreux Casino.
Montreux is only 45 minutes from Geneva! The airport is so centrally located, it's a cinch! The town of Montreux is so fascinating; it is from the 19th century. Chillon is the best known castle. There are a lot of jazz festivals and classical musical events every year. Montreaux has a mild climate, and the walking area is several miles like a promenade. I enjoyed the backdrop of mountains in the back around Lake Geneva and the gorgeous statues and flowers everywhere. There are, surprisingly, palm trees all over the place and along the promenade. People walk, jog, and bicycle ride on the path around the lake in the center part of town. You can see the wonderful trains coming around the bend and waterfalls as well - the Golden Pass. Nightclubs and discos are galore in the central area and all around for dinner or engaging at night.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 4, 2005
Chillon Castle/Château de Chillon
Avenue De Chillon 21
+41 (21) 966 8910
Attraction | "Chillon Castle"
There is a wine museum in the entrance of Chillon Castle. It is very interesting. It is exciting, as the wines are very prized possessions and many have been stored through the ages. They sell the wines from the region and you can also escape and go into the actual chambers of the castle, which I did with fascination and glory. The architecture is very Gothic and there are approximately 24-25 bldg. units to go in and out of with lake views, and you can see the famous rail and tunnels peeking through the castle walls and windows! Some remodeling is still taking place and closed off to the public.
The ceiling is painted with Gothic art and is gorgeous - golds and hues of red and green. The oldest part dates back to the 13th century. It is a restored museum and Count Peter II of Savoy. They have dungeon furnishings, Gothic and from the Lord Byron days, from this period. Quite unique. With the mountains and Lake Geneva and vineyards all in the background out doors and also gifts to be purchased and postcards, T-shirts right outside. Groups can be accommodated as well. Totally awesome weather, warm, wondrous, and gorgeous statues, figurines, and palm trees. Tons of gorgeous swans, boats in the little harbor, and flora and fauna everywhere.
Raffles Amrita Hotel
+41 (0)21 962 1212
Attraction | "Jazz Festival"
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 5, 2005
Montreux Jazz Festival
Grand Rue 95
021 962 20 00
Festival du Rire
+41 (0)21 964 59 72
Attraction | "Excursions"
Les Avants-Sonloup Train Excursion
Salt Mines of Bex
Route Des Mines Del Sel Ch-1880Bex
+41 (0)24 463 40 40
Attraction | "Casinos Gambling"
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 6, 2005
Casinos & Gambling
Rue Du Theatre 9
+41 0219 62 8383
I really thoroughly enjoyed the Golden Pass Rail once I got on it and we passed so many fantastic views! The wine vineyard selection along the route was served, a Montreux wine called Swiss Weiss Weine on the menu. It was 20cl and about 7.00 CHF Swiss francs. Reasonable - about $5 in U.S. prices. Fantastic and mellow! It was vins blancs for the white wines. I also munched out on a nice ham baguette sandwich for about 5.90 CHF Swiss francs, about $4 or so U.S. prices. So yummy with the ham and cheese - the cheeses in this region are simply fantastic.
The train ride was so smooth. The sky was azure blue and I could see glacier-capped mountaintops all along the way, making the scenery wonderful. I met some lovely people from Japan along the way. The train conductor will check your pass, so be sure you have first class - highly recommended by me and the experts, pass on you and that it is valid! Gorgeous animals along the way - a zoo of nature! Cows and horses. Vineyards – gorgeous, all lined up. I was honored to be sitting in seat no. 56.
It cannot be surpassed. Only maybe the Orient Express can be near as fun!
The glory of walking down the exciting and fabulous esplanade several miles around Lake Geneva and on my path to Chillon Castle, dining out and shopping… I experienced the most fascinating mountain views, gorgeous figurines, and passionate, colorful flora and fauna here in Montreux Valley at the base of Lake Geneva. The shoreline is fantastic. There’s seafood and Mediterranean food as well as American and of course pizza made homemade daily and fresh. Casino and shopping handy, easy to catch cabs, buses, and rail to an adventure day trip to other close by places. Montreux has it all – friendly, easy to get along with people who speak English very well and also French and German. Very friendly and safe place to be.