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Sightseeing in Montreux - what to see. Complete travel guide

The Swiss town Montreux has captured the hearts of thousands of tourists long ago. The magnificent views of snow-covered mountain peaks, beautiful lakes, and endless vineyards - this amazing variety of natural landscapes cannot leave visitors indifferent.
Only a few decades ago this place was a small settlement founded on the shore of the Geneva Lake. First tourists appeared here in the middle of the 19th century. Due to amazing nature this area attracted artists and poets who gained inspiration by looking at beautiful mountains and quiet surface of the lake. Each year the number of visitors increased and that fact speeded up the development of the city and its tourism sector.
Nowadays this place is a famous resort of the world scale. Montreux has also been chosen the venue for the annual jazz festival. Here are opened several old music schools, the students of which are happy to demonstrate their skills performing in concerts and taking part in competitions. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Active rest fans will certainly enjoy leisure walks in the mountains; some of the routes imply an overnight stay in a mobile camp. Each year new sports complexes are opened in the resort area, so vacationers have an opportunity to visit tennis courts, try in water skiing or visit the city’s hippodrome. Evening program can be diversified by visiting restaurants and cafes. As wine industry is booming in the city, here are opened several taverns and wine cellars, where you can try different sorts of this popular alcoholic beverage.
When it comes to describing the attractions of Montreux, the most significant architectural site is the Castle of Chillon built in the 13th century. The excursion to its spacious halls and twisting underground will definitely bring a lot of impressions.
Montreux is often called the city of monuments - during the walk they are met literally at every step. Next to the prestigious Montreux Palace hotel you can see a monument to the famous Russian writer Vladimir Nabokov. He was forced to leave his native land because of the persecution by the authorities and live in the hotel for a few years. The Russian writer became famous not only for his literary works. Throughout his life, he studied nature and collected butterflies. After his death, the writer's wife donated a unique collection to the University of Lausanne.
Geneva - Montreux by boat Another interesting monument can be found in Place du Marché where there is the world's only monument to Freddie Mercury. It is a matter of honor for all rock music fans from all over the world to visit it. In addition to the unique monument, the waterfront is famous for its numerous entertainment facilities and popular restaurants.
Walking along Rue du Theater, you can see one of the resort's most interesting architectural monuments - the casino building built back in 1883. It stood for less than a hundred years and was almost completely destroyed by fire in 1971. The building was quickly restored, and today it still houses a casino, which is open to the public.
Geneva - Montreux by boat A special symbol of the historic resort is the panoramic Golden Pass train departing every day from the Montreux railway station. The train passes through the resort's picturesque surroundings. Its route is laid through the charming village of Chamby, just above Montreux, near the village of Les Avants. You will see beautiful mountain regions - it would be interesting to make such a trip at any time of the year.
History fans will have the opportunity to visit the Castle of Tour-de-Peilz standing on the shores of Lake Geneva, near Montreux. Erected in the 13th century, it was involved in many bloody battles - the defensive building was almost completely destroyed in the 15th century. It was possible to restore part of the building. At one time the castle was used as an apartment building. The surviving part of the castle houses an interesting museum dedicated to the cultures of various regions of the world.

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Map of all castles
Survived castles around Montreux
♥   Castle 'Chillon Castle' , 2.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Aigle Castle' , 13.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Gruyères' , 21.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'St-Maire Castle' , 23.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Larringes' Haute-Savoie, 27.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Montreux
♥   Regional Nature Park 'Haut-Jura' , 72.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   World Heritage Site 'Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch' , 87.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Regional Nature Park 'Massif des Bauges' , 102.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Parco nazionale del Gran Paradiso' , 106.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Regional Nature Park 'Chartreuse' , 148.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Montreux and around
♥   Art museum 'Musée Jenisch' Vevey, 6.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Musée de l Élysée' Lausanne, 23.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Museum of Contemporary Design and Applied Arts' Lausanne, 23.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Cantonal Museum of Fine Arts' Lausanne, 23.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Collection de l art brut' Lausanne, 24.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sights around Montreux from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

Flower Clock in the English Garden

From the series “Enchanting Flower Clocks Built by Humans”
Each year, the best florists, designers, gardeners, and watchmakers in Switzerland work on building the clock. Despite the fact that the flower installation on the shore of Lake Geneva has long given its leading position on the scale, it still possesses a kind of record. This clock has the longest second hand in the world. It’s also worth noting that the clock mechanism is electronic. In the coming years, experts expect to replace it with mechanical one and make a special window through which curious visitors will be able to observe the work of clock. … Read further

Neuchatel

From the series “Amazing Ancient Fortresses Preserved to This Day”
In the tower is presented the incredibly interesting exposition - the tiny models of Neuchâtel city. The museum visitors can see what the city looked like in the early Middle Ages, and how it was expanded until the 19th century. Despite the impressive age, the castle has preserved a lot of original elements, including the ancient frescos whose age is over 500 years. It is better to inquire about the time of the excursions. In the high season, they are often led more often. … Read further

Lotschberg

From the series “The Greatest Tunnels in the World”
The total cost of the investments involved was more than 3 billion Swiss francs. Nowadays the project entered a second implementation phase. It has been decided to build a 60-km-long tunnel which is parallel to Lötschberg to reduce the travel time from Zurich to Milan. Despite the huge investments, the tunnel under the Alps fully confirms its existence, as more than 120 passenger and commercial trains use it daily. … Read further
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