Montreux Journals

Montreux

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A travel journal to Montreux by swandav2000

Montreux Old town Photo, Montreux, Switzerland More Photos
Quote: I first saw Montreux while travelling with my parents in 1968, but I didn't discover it for myself until 1995, when I began making repeat visits. For me, it has the absolute best of scenery, serenity, and great food!

Montreux

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Lake Geneva Photo, Montreux, Switzerland
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There seems to be more to do in and around Montreux than I can list here. I will write chapters on my favorite activities and spots: The Promenade Fleuri along the lakeside; the old town; Vevey's lakeside and its Place Marche; the Corniche Lavaux and the villages of St-Saphorin and Rivaz; the picturesque village of Cully; the ancient village of Lutry; the Roman ruins and museum in Nyon; cheese and cream in Gruyeres; and finally the mountain retreat of Gstaad.Quick Tips: Best Way To Get Around: I usually use the train to tour this area though I have twice used a rental car. I thought the problems of driving -- narrow village streets, finding parking spots, driving after my dinner ...Read More
Hotel Victoria Photo, Montreux, Switzerland
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The Hotel Victoria in Glion above Montreux, is probably my favorite hotel in Montreux for ambiance, service, charm, and dining. It is a member of the Relais and Chateaux group, a four-star. I only tear myself away if I want to get a room/balcony right on the lake. You get to Glion by rack-rail from the Montreux train station (up a short flight of stairs from the train platforms) or by funicular from Territet-Veytaux (upstairs and across the road from the Port de Territet). Both rack-railway and funicular arrive at the same station in Glion, and the Hotel Victoria is about two blocks on the right. The funicular runs every 15 minutes, so it’s much more convenient than the train if you are on the Te...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 25, 2001

Hotel Victoria
Route de Caux
Montreux, Switzerland

Hotel Royal Plaza

Hotel | "Royal Plaza Intercontinental"

Hotel Royal Plaza Photo, Montreux, Switzerland
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The Royal Plaza Intercontinental, right on the lake next to the Auditorium Stravinski, is a favorite because of its location despite its modern rooms and flat ambiance; its balconies are ideal for picnics or late nights with brandy. It is a five-star. The restaurants and cafés are very good, too, and on Thursday evenings in the summer months they have an all-you-can-eat raclette event. The hotel also runs frequent special offers that make the hotel nearly reasonable. The service at the hotel is also first-class. I think this hotel would be ideal for those attending the Classical Music Festival in late August-early September.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 25, 2001

Hotel Royal Plaza
GRAND RUE 97
Montreux, Switzerland
41-21-9625050

Hotel Eden Au Lac

Hotel | "Eden au Lac"

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The Hotel Eden au Lac, right on the lake in the busiest section, is a favorite because of its location and its charming Victorian rooms. However, you have to “rent” a personal safe for a few extra francs, and I also didn’t like that the personal safes were located publicly in the lobby next to the reception desk. The hotel is a member of SRS, and it''s a four-star. I''m also not crazy about its restaurants with the huge exception of its lakeside cafe.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 25, 2001

Hotel Eden Au Lac
RUE DU THEATRE 11
Montreux, Switzerland
41-21-9660800

L'Ermitage

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L’Ermitage, right on the lake in Clarens, is a few steps from the Auditorium Stravinski in Montruex. It is a seven-room inn (with emphasis on its well-respected restaurant), and is listed as a three-star-equivalent. I stayed in the suite with a balcony right over the restaurant and was kept awake most nights by the noise and titters of the diners. Because there was no air conditioning and I was visiting in August, I had to keep the windows open to the diners below.

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on November 25, 2001

L'Ermitage
Rue du Lac 75
Montreux, Switzerland

Lakeside Promenade Fleuri

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Lakeside Promenade Fleuri Photo, Montreux, Switzerland
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When I arrive in Montreux, I get to the Promenade Fleuri as soon as possible. The Promenade stretches from Vevey to Villenueve (it really doesn’t -- there is a one-mile stretch between Clarens and La Tour-de-Peilz that runs next to some large villas that line the lake, but that’s the only caveat, and the villas are beautiful and interesting, so try it anyway!), uniting the resorts of Vevey and Montreux with the Chateau de Chillon and providing a nice but long walk. Along the quais, there are many benches to sit and read or simply stare at the majesty of the lake and the mountains in the distance. These benches are a great spot for people-watching, and I have seen the unwashed fringes of artistic Eu...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 24, 2001

Lakeside Promenade Fleuri
Montreux
Montreux, Switzerland

Hiking

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Attraction | "Tourist Office Recommended Hikes"

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After fully exploring Montreux and its walks, there are still many activities that can occupy your time. The Tourist office has identified six of the most beautiful walks in the Vaudois Riviera, most of them in the mountains above the city. You can get detailed information, including transportation directions and costs, at the Tourist Office -- but here is a brief sketch: 1. The Circuit Botanique, 1 hour 50 minutes, from Les Pleiades down to Lally 2. Haute Route de la Riviera, from Rochers-de-Naye across to Les Pleiades; 6 hours with options to cut into halves of 2 hours 30 minutes and 3 hours 30 minutes 3. The Chemin Panoramique, 2 hours, from Jaman station down to Caux...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 24, 2001

Hiking
Raffles Amrita Hotel
Montreux, Switzerland
+41 (0)21 962 1212

Montreux Old town

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Montreux Old town Photo, Montreux, Switzerland
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Another way to get pleasantly oriented in Montreux is to walk up to the old town, away from the tourists and the lake and the new buildings. One day I was wandering around the narrow cobbled streets and enjoying the many-colored houses when an old man came up to me and began chatting in French. I’m hardly fluent, but I soon understood that he was joyfully welcoming me and advising me where to find the most picturesque viewpoints. To get to the old town, walk uphill from almost anywhere (!!) and follow the signs for “Vielle Ville” or “Vielle Montreux.” There are three interesting sights in the old town: the old church on rue du Temple, the Musee du Vieux-Montreux on rue de la Gare (open 1 April - ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 24, 2001

Montreux Old town
Rue de la Gare
Montreux, Switzerland

Vevey

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Other excursions to get out of Montreux include a day (or several!!) in Vevey. If you don’t walk, scoot, or bicycle along the lake to Vevey, the train trip is only 5-10 minutes on the local run. From the train station, follow the crowds or just head generally downhill until you see the older buildings and see the blue waters of the lake shimmering in the distance. As you close in on the lake, you'll notice that you're in the Vielle Ville of Vevey. Here, you can hunt down the antiques shops or stroll along the lakefront and admire the Grenette at the Place du Marche and find the statue of Charlie Chaplin who lived nearby. Then have lunch at the Hostellerie de Geneve on the Pl. Marche (reviewed -- s...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 24, 2001

Vevey
Place du Marche
Montreux, Switzerland

Lavaux Vineyard Terraces

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Attraction | "Corniche Lavaux"

Lavaux Vineyard Terraces Photo, Lausanne, Switzerland
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This is my second-favorite activity here, just after the Promenade Fleuri. Take the train from Vevey, then take the "wine train" to Chexbres. Chexbres is a typical Swiss village of cozy stone, red-roofed houses and narrow, winding streets. After passing small buildings with blooming flower boxes and one small village square, I headed down toward the lake. I was prepared to see the magnificent blue of Lac Leman and the snow-capped mountains beyond, but I was unprepared for the vineyards immediately in front of me. Soon the village was behind me, and I was standing next to a low stone wall with a signpost pointing toward the vast fields of vineyards. The parallel rows of vines ran down the hillsid...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 24, 2001

Lavaux Vineyard Terraces
Northern Shores of Lake Geneva
Veytaux, Switzerland

Nyon, Cully, & Lutry

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Attraction | "Nyon, Cully, & Lutry"

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Close to Lausanne, the lakeside village of Cully is a pleasant excursion, especially if you want to sample one of their two well-known restaurants, the Auberge du Raisin (a member of the Relais & Chateaux group) and the au Major Davel (recommended by the Karen Brown series of guide books). Both restaurants also offer a few rooms for overnight guests. Lutry, another small lakeside village, has a unique offering: a walking tour with 11 information panels about the village’s medieval history. The walk over ancient cobblestone streets includes information on the origins of the village as well as a tower and many preserved buildings. You can preview the tour on Lutry’s web page, but it appears...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 24, 2001

Nyon, Cully, & Lutry
Vaud
Montreux, Switzerland

Gstaad

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Gstaad Photo, Montreux, Switzerland
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As a great alternative to the lakeside activities, I like to spend a day in the mountains, taking the train for just over an hour to the resort of Gstaad. Gstaad is a small but very picturesque village with a few shops, a few upscale hotels, and many restaurants. While looking for a cozy place for lunch, I saw what looked like a private barbecue party in someone’s backyard . . . But there was a chalked menu on display. I walked in and had a great sausage and beer lunch and pretended for a few minutes that I was a guest at a friend’s house who just happens to live . . . in Gstaad. During lunch, I was roused from my reveries by the sound of moving cowbells. Sure enough, some Swiss “ranchers” were ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 24, 2001

Gstaad
Haus des Gastes
Montreux, Switzerland
+41 (0)33 748 81 81

Gruyères

Attraction | "Gruyeres"

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Another inland activity is to spend an afternoon in the medieval village of Gruyeres. The train trip takes about an hour with a few minutes’ wait to connect at Montbovon. Gruyeres offers stunning views of rolling hills and an ancient castle, but personally I make the trip only to get their famous crème-double. Of course, they’re famous for their cheese as well, and it’s worth having fondue here or raclette; but be sure to get some berries in crème-double for dessert. I found the most interesting parts of the small village to be the backside, away from the tourists.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 24, 2001

Gruyères
1663 Gruyères
Montreux, Switzerland
+41 (0)26 921 1030