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[[Image:Montreux_downtown{{pagebanner|Montreux Banner.jpg|thumb|200px|Montreux and Lake Geneva]]}}
Mostly known for its world-famous two week long Jazz Festival [] (a bit of a misnomer: you're just as likely to catch David Bowie or Beck as, say Steve Coleman), '''Montreux''' [] is well worth a wander through, if only to get to the scenic Château de Chillon or to get to the hiker's paradise of Hauts de Montreux.
==Get in==
[[Image:Montreux_downtown.jpg|thumb|200px|Montreux and Lake Geneva]]
===By plane===
Geneva Cointrin International Airport (IATA: GVA) is the closest major airport to Montreux, and serves direct flights from most major European hubs, as well as a few cities in Canada and the United States, North Africa, and the Middle East. From Geneva, it's a little more than an hour by car, and less than an hour by train.
The Railway Station in Geneva is connected to Geneva International Airport. From the arrivals hall turn left (inside the building) and you will walk through a shopping mall where the rialway railway platforms are one floor below.
===By train===
==Get around==
===Hauts de Montreux===
Less than 20 kilometers away from and 800 meters above the swanky Swiss Riviera, Hauts de Montreux is a hiker's dream. On a good day you can see to Geneva in the west and Bern in the east. If you look hard, you can even see the sparkle of all those flashy watches and dripping diamonds on the rich old people shuffling around the muggy lakefront.
*'''Montreux-Oberland-Bernois''' or '''MOB''' This is one of the longest established of the Swiss narrow gauge railways and runs from platforms 5 and 6 of the town's main line station to Zweissimmen via the resort town of Gstaad. Over recent years to company, which operates 1/3 of the '''Golden Pass''' route to Lucerne along with the BLS and the Zentralbahn brought under its sales banner the cog-wheel Montreux - Glion - Rochers-de-Naye Railway and its associated funicular from nearby Territet, the Les Avants - Sonloup funicular and the lines of the former CEV from Vevey into the hills.
* <see name="Marmots' Paradise" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">The mountains around Hauts-de-Montreux are threaded with forest trails, isolated villages, caves, grottos, and wildlife. Rochers-De-Naye itself is home to an odd little compound called "Marmots' Paradise" where marmots from all over the world live in an observable system of underground burrows. Any of the train stops will lead to several hiking options. For a real hiker's hike, tackle the four hour, 1000 metre climb from Caux to Rochers-De-Naye. Saner folks might want to get off at Dent-De-Jaman, just below the peak, where you can enjoy the views and fresh air with out the huffing and puffing. You can walk the trails up there which are not difficult, one being accross to The Alpine garden which is very beautiful with nearly 800 varieties of plants & flowers.</see>
* <see name="Golden Award of Casino Barrière de Montreux" alt="" address="Grand Rue 92du Théâtre 9" directions="" lat="" long="" phone="+41 21 966 55 53962 83 83" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Originally built in 1881, rebuilt in the 1970s after a fire in 1971 which was immortalised by the Deep Purple classic "Smoke on the Water".</see> * <see name="Queen Studio Experience" alt="" address="Rue du Théâtre 9" directions="inside the Casino Barrière" lat="" long="" phone="+41 (0)21 962 83 83" tollfree="" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="" hours="daily 10:30 - 22:00" price="free entrance">An award festival that takes place annually in April in Montreux and is A museum dedicated to the rock band Queen inside what once was the Mountain Studios where the band recorded many of its most famous albums from the late 70's until the first international advertising final days before and multimedia competition in Europe, starting after the global season for awarding creative excellence. Montreux has been home to a number death of creatives and artists, such as Charlie Chaplin, Ernest Hemingway, Vladmir Nabokov, and the lead singer Freddie Mercury, . There are many memorabilia like instruments and handwritten notes and the awards reflect that historyoriginal studio used by the band.</see>
*'''Stroll along the RivieraPromenade'''Promenade and challenge yourself to recognise each tree and flower. The city gardeners create each vegetal scuptures on a special theme.
On week days the quai are the perfect place to roller skate. From Clarens to Villeneuve.
*'''Go hiking'''
Go to Vevey & take the train to mont Pelerin or the the other train to Les Pleiades. From Les Pleiades, enjoy the amazing views including the majestuous majestic Mont-Blanc.
Go to Chexbres and walk to Cully to discover the "à pic" scenery of Lavaux vineyards.
*'''Unforgettable cruises'''
Take a cruise on the unique Belle Epoque paddle steamers and discover Lavaux from the lake. Timetable Compagnie Générale de Navigation.
*'''Be a gourmet'''
Treat yourself and offer you to at least one of the gastronomic restaurants.
*'''Take a journey at the "alpage"'''
Up High but not so far away, spend a night at a true "alpage", have a dinner with the "armailli", sleep on straw, and if you are awake early enough, milk the cows, watch the cheese making on woodfire and if you are lucky turn the "batte à beurre". Nothing can beat a spoon of cream (real one!)served with a wooden spoon (a real one!) carved by a local artisan (real one!). Don't miss the L'Etivaz cheese, of course. Informations: Olivier et Huguette Yersin
Tel. +41 (0)79 230 30 77
*'''Visit Montreux Vielle Vieille Ville"'''
Take a guided walking tour and discover the "old" Montreux.
If you turn left as you leave the débarcadère (where you get off the boats) you will see a small outdoor café selling drinks and Mövenpick ice creams. If you buy something there you can sit under the spreading vine that shelters the café from the sun and watch the world go by. As long as it's not too busy you can sit there as long as you like - drinks and ice creams are about 3.50CHF each.
*<do name="Golden Award of Montreux" alt="" address="Grand Rue 92" directions="" phone="+41 21 966 55 53" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Visit an award festival that takes place annually in April in Montreux and is the first international advertising and multimedia competition in Europe, starting the global season for awarding creative excellence. Montreux has been home to a number of creatives and artists, such as Charlie Chaplin, Ernest Hemingway, Vladmir Nabokov, and Freddie Mercury, and the awards reflect that history.</do>
Montreux is in the French speaking part of Switzerland. Therefore you can Learn French in Montreux [httphttps://www.esl-schoolsalpadia.orgcom/en/learnadult-french-switzerland/french-courseschools/learn-french-montreux/students-adultsswitzerland/indexmontreux.htm] in some language schools including ALPADIA (previously known as ESLLanguage Schools).
Every Christmas Montreux hosts an excellent Christmas market for several weeks over the holiday period. The main road through the town (Grand' Rue) and the lakeside path are lined with wooden chalets where you can find anything to buy from local wine (free tasting sometimes on offer) to chocolates (of course) and local crafts. The atmosphere is magical, your kids can visit Pere Noel (Father Christmas)and in 2006 they also had a ferris wheel and an ice skating rink to add to the fun. With all the regular shops also open you could do all your Christmas shopping in one trip and get some unique presents into the bargain.
For the cheapest souvenirs in Montreux, check out the Kiosque Biblique, which is housed in a small wooden chalet next to the Eurotel. It's not always open because it's run by volunteers, but it always offers a friendly welcome to everyone and has lots of free Christian literature in many languages.
*'''Coop''' Grocery store offering a range of sandwiches and salads.
The Coop is a few yards to the right of the exit to the railway station. If you walk into the town centre (about 10 minutes - walk straight ahead out of the railway station and down steps to the lake front, then turn left) you will find The Forum shopping mall. In here there are two supermarkets selling sandwiches (Migros and Denner) as well as a Mcdonaldsselling sandwiches .
===Mid range===
*'''Le Palais Oriental''' - Quai Ernest Ansermet 6 - Unique architecture and beautiful terrace, +41 (0)21 963 12 71, [].*'''The Museum''' - Rue de la Gare 40, +41 21 963 16 62, [mailto:[email protected] [email protected]], [].*'''Restaurant au Parc''' - Grand-rue 38, +41 (0) 021 963 31 57, [].*'''Brasserie Bavaria''' - Avenue Nestle 17, 021 963 25 45 [].*'''La Rouvenav''' - Rue du Marche 1, +41 (0) 021 963 27 36- good food but terrible service.
Le Pont de Brent[], north of Montreux, in the village of Brent. Until Gérard Rabaey retired, this had 3 Michelin stars. It still has two. Denis Martin[], in Vevey. If you're into molecular cuisine à la Heston Blumenthal. L'Ermitage[]. La Terrasse du Petit PalaisPalai []. Le deck Baron Tavernier[], in Chexbres, follow the motorway towards Lausanne. Mirador Kempinski[], in Mont Pélerin, north of Vevey. L'Auberge de L'Onde[], in St. Saphorin, near the lake west of Montreux.
* <sleep name="Hôtel-Restaurant de la Rouvenaz" alt="" address="Rue du Marché 1" directions="" phone="+41 21 963 27 36" email="[email protected]" fax="+41 21 963 43 94" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="">The Italian restaurant in this family-owned hotel seems to get more attention than the actually building itself, however accommodations are an inexpensive bet near the city center. Groups of up to 24 can rent out the entire place.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Auberge de Jeunesse Montreux" alt="" address="Passage de l'Auberge 8" directions="1820 Montreux-Territet (VD)" phone="+41 21 963 49 34" email="[email protected]" url="" checkin="5pm-10pm" checkout="7.30pm-10am" price="35.60 chf 4 beds/room, 39.50 3 beds/room" lat="" long="">Nice and cheap Youth Hostel. Great attention and accommodation. Although its 25 minutes away from the Montreux train station, it worth the trip since it's close to the "Château de Chillon", by one of the nicest sightseeing pictures of the "Lac Lemand". Breadfast included but no kitchen nor fridge is available for storing, kindly asking at the frontdesk for it could work but depends on their availability. The closest Supermarket is a 'Coop' at Place du Paix, which closes at 19.45, instead 19 as common in Switzerland.</sleep>
===Mid range===
* <sleep name="Hotel Masson" alt="" address="Rue Bonivard 5" directions="" phone="+41 21 966 00 44" email="[email protected]" fax="+41 21 966 00 36" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="">Billing itself as the oldest hotel in Montreux dating from 1829, the Masson offers proximity to the lake and the outdoors, but is a bit of a hike from the city center. The location is a bit of a hike from town though near the ''Château de Chillon''.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Hôtel Bon-Port" alt="" address="Rue du Théâtre 4bis" directions="" phone="+41 21 962 80 70" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="+41 21 962 80 79" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="">Quiet hotel that is only a few minutes walk from the city center. Unlike many of the hotels in Montreux, the Bon-Port doesn't have lake or mountain views, however it makes up for this with a extra-friendly staff and pleasant ambiance.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Villa Toscane" alt="" address="Rue du Lac 2-8" directions="" phone="+41 21 966 88 88" email="[email protected]" fax="+41 21 966 88 00" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="">Charming Art Nouveau-style villa situated next to the lake. The hotel sits about 1km from the city center and 2km from the railway station. You can access free amenities such as a business center and spa in the Royal Plaza across the street.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Vieux-Port" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="+41 21 964 61 79" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Nice apartment (50 m2) modern and tasteful furnishings in a little residential building. 30 m to the lake, near the bus, 5 min. walk from the centre. Living room, two sofabeds, one bedroom, two single beds, kitchen, television, DVD, internet connection, crockery, elevator. 1-4 pers.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Eurotel Riviera Montreux" alt="" address="Grand Rue 81, Montreux" directions="" phone="+41 21 966 22 22" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]">All rooms lake view, you are only 5 meters from the lake.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Suisse-Majestic" alt="" address="Avenue des Alpes 45" directions="" phone="+41 21 966 33 33" email="[email protected]" fax="+ 41 21 966 33 00" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="">In a town of very fancy hotels the Suisse-Majestic stands out at least for its fine location. Also it's a four-star and as such not nearly as expensive as the five-stars further down the list, so given that it receives rave reviews this makes the Majestic a great value.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Mirador Kempski" alt="" address="1801 Mont-Pèlerin" directions="" phone="+41 21 925 11 11" email="[email protected]" fax="+41 21 925 11 12" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="">A chateux-like hotel sitting in the foothills above Vevey and Montreux is currently under renovation and is scheduled to reopen for business in the summer of 2009.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Royal Plaza" alt="" address="Grand-Rue 97" directions="" phone="+41 21 962 50 50" email="[email protected]" fax="+41 21 962 51 51" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="">This recently renovated hotel sits right on the shores of Lake Geneva and can offer you 5-star views of the "Swiss Riviera" - if you manage to get a room on that side of the hotel.</sleep>
*[[Château d'Oex]] - A ski town that also offers a wide range of multi-season sporting activities.
*[[Yvorne]] - Yet another wine growing region, this one on the slopes of the Vaudois Alps.
* <sleep name="Fire on the Water: A Companion to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="">What happened in Montreux in 1816 to jolt the monster to life.</sleep>
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