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Splurge
[[Image:Montreux_downtown{{pagebanner|Montreux Banner.jpg|thumb|200px|Montreux and Lake Geneva]]}}
Mostly known for its world-famous two week long Jazz Festival [http://www.montreuxjazz.com/] (a bit of a misnomer: you're just as likely to catch David Bowie or Beck as, say Steve Coleman), '''Montreux''' [http://www.montreux-vevey.com] 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===
* <see name="Marmots' Paradise" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.goldenpass.ch/default.asp?OrgID=7" 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="Casino Barrière de Montreux" alt="" address="Rue du Théâtre 9" directions="" lat="" long="" phone="+41 21 962 83 83" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.lucienbarriere.com/fr/Casino/Montreux/accueil.html" 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="" fax="" url="" hours="daily 10:30 - 22:00" price="free entrance">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 final days before and after the death of the lead singer Freddie Mercury. There are many memorabilia like instruments and handwritten notes and the original studio used by the band.</see>
==Do==
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'''
*'''Visit Montreux Vieille Ville"'''
Take a guided walking tour and discover the "old" Montreux.
If you turn left as you leave the débarcadère (where you get of 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>
==Learn==
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).
==Buy==
*'''Restaurant au Parc''' - Grand-rue 38, +41 (0) 021 963 31 57, [http://www.au-parc.com].
*'''Brasserie Bavaria''' - Avenue Nestle 17, 021 963 25 45 [http://www.brasserie-bavaria.ch].
*'''La Rouvenav''' - Rue du Marche 1, +41 (0) 021 963 27 36- good food but terrible service.
===Splurge===
Le Pont de Brent [http://www.lepontdebrent.ch/], north of Montreux, in the village of Brent. Until recently before Gérard Rabaey retired, this has had 3 Michelin stars. It still has two.
Denis Martin [http://www.denismartin.ch/Index-Gen.htm], in Vevey. If you're into molecular cuisine à la Heston Blumenthal.
* <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="http://www.youthhostel.ch/fr/hostels/montreux" 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="http://www.hotelmasson.ch" 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="http://www.villatoscane.ch/" 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>
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