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Visiting Montreux, and Viewing the Swiss Alps, and Lake Geneva

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Lake Geneva & Alps views from Montreux, Switzerland

Lake Geneva & Alps views from Montreux, Switzerland

Montreux, Switzerland

Someday I would love to spend more time in Montreux, Switzerland. It is one of the most scenic places that I have ever experienced. It is on a bay of Lake Geneva, and vineyard-clad hills surround Montreux, plus the towering Swiss Alps add beauty to the spectacular scenery.

Most people's eyes gaze towards the lapping waters of Lake Geneva, where boats and ships navigate against a backdrop of the mountains in the distance. I know that my eyes went there! From wading and swimming to boat rides, windsurfing and scuba diving, etc., those who enjoy lakes are sure to appreciate this stunning beauty. There is even an inland water park that offers fun for young and old alike.

As if that is not scenic enough, a beautiful lakeside promenade allows one to walk along the waterfront while looking back at the shops, hotels, and villas built into the hills. The historic Chillon Castle is also a landmark feature.

Known as the Swiss Riviera, Montreux provides those vacationing to this part of Switzerland much in the way of entertainment, plus being an attractive place to unwind and relax.

For hiking adventures, vineyard tours, walking the lakeside promenade, or simply exploring the town, Montreux can have one on one's feet for hours of fun. Of course, the mighty snow-capped Swiss Alps await exploration for those who like something a bit more strenuous, either in summer or winter.

From casino gambling to shopping, being pampered at a spa, or attending one of the festivals, there is no lack of things to do in this scenic location.

Chillon Castle

This large castle's history goes back centuries to Roman times. It has seen many guises, including a prison site, and would be worthy of exploration if one has the time. Today, it is one of Switzerland's most visited historic sites.

The tour my friend and I were taking stopped in Montreux long enough to locate a place to eat lunch and allowed us a little time to stroll around town. After dining on some fresh perch fish at a restaurant called Au Parc Montreux, we spent the rest of our time walking along the scenic lakeside promenade, where I took the photos included in this post.

You can see some of Chillon Castle in the video below, and again more of it, in the last video on this page.

Lake Geneva

Also known as Lac Léman in the French dialect, Lake Geneva is the largest lake in all of Switzerland, and a part of it is also in France. The elevation of the lake is 1,220 feet (372 meters). The average depth is 507 feet (154.4 meters), with the maximum depth doubling those numbers.

One can see many types of boats cruising the waters, from the smaller private craft up to those transporting tourists from one scenic spot on the lake to other locations. The lake also has some islands. If I were to return, I would like to do some cruising around the entire lake, disembarking at other locations for daytime sightseeing activities. I would also enjoy a romantic sunset dinner cruise, among other things.

Walking along the promenade after our enjoyable but purposely hasty lunch, we noticed the wide range of vegetation that grows in this part of the world, including palm trees and cypress trees. I took a photo of a man watering some blooming flowers and got another shot of scenery through the draping branches of a weeping willow tree. It is a lush mixture of plant life that seems to thrive in this climate along Lake Geneva.

Rochers de Naye

Rochers de Naye is the tallest mountain that towers over Montreux. An electrically powered railway takes one from Montreux to the top of the mount. From that vantage point, one can look down upon Lake Geneva and the surrounding spectacular mountain scenery. For sure, on a clear day, I would wish to experience this trip up and back. Elevation at that height would be a little over 8,900 feet or 2,400 meters.

Montreux Jazz Festival

This jazz festival is a celebrated event each year in the summer and draws internationally famous musicians from all across the world in addition to music lovers.
It has expanded into other types of music than merely jazz, so it is a sure crowd pleaser!

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Many people crowd into Montreux for the two weeks of the festival, which typically are the end of June into July. If reservations are made well in advance, it would be fun to be part of the excitement. Several venues are available, including some outdoor ones. I am sure that tourists have a rocking-good time during that annual event!

"Lover of Life, Singer of Songs"

There is a statue of Freddie Mercury prominently featured along the lakeside promenade, and the saying above in quotes is what is on the memorial sculpture.

Freddie Mercury was the lead singer for the rock band known as Queen and he died in 1991. Mountain Recording Studios which is owned and operated by Queen is located in Montreux and therefore had and still has a strong presence and undoubtedly following as well in this resort town.

Freddie Mercury statue in Montreux

Freddie Mercury statue in Montreux

Vacation in Switzerland

My friend and I had started a three-day bus and train tour of Switzerland, leaving from her hometown of Herrenberg, Germany. Our ultimate destination was Zurich and the Matterhorn. We saw beautiful scenery along the way, and I learned many things about Switzerland.

When we had a stopover in Montreux, my eyes nearly popped out of my head because of the sheer awe-inspiring loveliness of the place! Perhaps by now, you more fully realize why I would enjoy going back to Montreux, Switzerland. Just the beauty of what I got to see on that short layover made me yearn for more time to be able to spend in that gorgeous city alongside Lake Geneva someday.

I have just touched upon some of the many activities that could occupy one's time there. I know that I have quite a wish list, and my choice of time of year would be a similar time to when my friend and I were there in May as the weather seemed perfect, and we were probably just slightly ahead of the summer crowds.


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Peggy Woods

Comments are welcomed!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 08, 2021:

Hi Paula,

Many people join you in your hopes of being able to freely travel again post-pandemic. I hope that you do get to visit this lovely spot someday. It is so breathtakingly beautiful!

Paula on February 08, 2021:

Beautiful. This is now a great addition to my bucket list of places to visit in Europe, post Pandemic of course.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 03, 2019:

Hi Rajan,

The parts of Switzerland that I got to see were spectacular. Assuredly it is a very scenic country. I hope that your dream of visiting it someday come true.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 03, 2019:

It has always been my dream to visit this country with a charm of its own and the lure of the snowcapped Swiss Alps. Fantastic pictures of beautiful sights that beckon strongly. Thank you for sharing.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 02, 2015:

Hello Darshan Vartak,

Nice that you have seen this same general area which is so breathtakingly beautiful. Have you written about your trip and shared photos? Hope so! Would enjoy reading about it and viewing your captured images.

Darshan on December 02, 2015:

Hi Peggy, Montreux, Lausanne and Geneva lake are my dream destinations as well. Chillon fort in Awesome. You have captured the essence of Montreux quite well. I made a short trip from Lausanne to Avian, France on the other side of the lake Geneva and I fell in love with this place. Thanks for sharing your experiences.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 19, 2015:

Hi Kristen,

That is certainly a concern when one has pets. We have an older dog and an older cat. We have not taken a vacation together in quite some time for that very same reason. Not sure at this point how they would fare in a kennel situation.

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on October 19, 2015:

Peggy, maybe someday. But I would need someone to watch over my cats, since kenneling them is costly. :-)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 19, 2015:

Hi Kristen,

That is a trip that they as a family will be sure to remember fondly. Too bad you cannot accompany them. Perhaps someday you will make your own trip to Switzerland. :)

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on October 19, 2015:

Hi Peggy, I wish I can come with him. But it's just my brother, my SIL and her two sons (from previous marriage), since one's going to college and the other one will be done with college next year. It does sound like fun.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 18, 2015:

Hi Kristen,

Sounds like your brother is going to enjoy some good scenery and hopefully have a lot of fun. :))

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on October 18, 2015:

Peggy, this was a beautiful hub about the Swiss Alps and Lake Geneva. Very visual and descriptive. My brother is going to Munich in 2 months via the train before going to Italy for his X-mas/New Year's vacation. I'll pass this forward over to him.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 13, 2015:

Hi Alison,

Switzerland is such a beautiful country from the little I have gotten to see of it. I wonder which areas you got to see? The YouTube video just showed the same scene but for people who like the sound of rushing water, it is a good one. Thanks.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 26, 2015:

Hi Au fait,

It was a spectacular spot to visit in Switzerland. We were just passing through and only had a bit of time to spend there while on our way to the Matterhorn. I would happily spend many days there if ever given the opportunity again. Thanks for sharing. Not sure what I can do about the star rating situation. As to the heat...stay inside and be safe! We are doing the same.

C E Clark from North Texas on July 25, 2015:

Switzerland sounds like a wonderful place to be right about now. Surly at such a high elevation and so far north it's cooler than 100 degrees Fahrenheit such as we're having daily in North Texas.

Tried to give you 5 more stars but even though I haven''t seen this hub before so I couldn't have voted, I was not allowed to click on the stars. Maybe there's something wrong with it and I thought you should know.

Did pin this to my 'Travel' board and voting it up and BAUI. Also sharing with my followers. Gorgeous photos!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 10, 2014:

Hi peachpurple,

I hope you get the chance to visit there someday. It is so beautiful!

peachy from Home Sweet Home on December 10, 2014:

beautiful country to visit if i could afford the plane ticket

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 11, 2013:

Hi vespawoolf,

Paris must have been a great place to celebrate your 20th wedding anniversary! I have never been to France but would enjoy going someday. Glad that you enjoyed these views of Montreux. Thanks for your nice comment.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on December 10, 2013:

I came back to view your photos of Switzerland. What a lovely vacation! I´ve always wanted to visit Switzerland and Lake Geneva is first on my list. My husband and I visited Paris for our 20th anniversary and we really wanted to hop over to Switzerland, but didn´t make it. Maybe someday! I like how your love of history is reflected in your Hubs. Thank you for sharing!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 11, 2013:

Hi Prasetio,

I also hope you get there someday. Switzerland is a beautiful country from what I have seen of it. :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 09, 2013:

Hi Don,

We have plenty of beautiful mountains in the U.S. also. It was quite a treat to be able to see some of the mountains in Switzerland...a once in a lifetime treat for me, I am sure. Not likely to go back anytime soon. Thanks for your comment.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on October 02, 2013:

Good job, Peggy. I love Switzerland. I hope I can go there one day. Thanks for writing about Switzerland. Great pictures as well. VOTED UP :-)


Don A. Hoglund from Wisconsin Rapids on October 01, 2013:

Hi Peggy,

Switzerland certainly looks like a fabulous place to visit. Anything with mountains I find attractive. I am not sure exactly what defines a mountain but I find we have one, at least, in Wisconsin. It is called Rib Mountain and it is by Wausau. It would be nice to see some of the mountains I have not seen even in the United States. but Switzerland would be a great experience.

5 stars, up votes and shared.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 28, 2013:

Greetings marwan asmar,

I meant to say that Freddie Mercury was born in 1946 and died in 1991. Already corrected on the date of his death. Thanks for your comment.

Marwan Asmar from Amman, Jordan on June 27, 2013:

Hi Peggy

Good article, nice. Just a minor correction. Fred Mercury died in 1991 and not 1946.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 26, 2013:

Hi Vinaya,

You are indeed fortunate to be living in Nepal if it is compared to Switzerland in beauty...because Switzerland (from what I have seen) is breathtakingly gorgeous! Hope your wish of traveling to Switzerland comes true someday. Thanks for your comment.

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on January 26, 2013:


Your pictures and travel descriptions are amazing, I cannot tell how desperate am I to be in Switzerland. I have always taken interest in Switzerland because Nepal has often been compared to Switzerland for natural beauty.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 19, 2012:

Hi rajan jolly,

I was so delighted that the friend I was visiting in Germany wanted to take a side trip into Switzerland. That is how I got to see Montreux and went on to take the Glacier Express Train up to Zermatt and the Matterhorn. The entire trip into Switzerland was like a dream come true. The weather cooperated and everything was so beautiful. So glad that you liked this look at this city located on the banks of Lake Geneva. Appreciate your votes and especially the share.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on November 19, 2012:

Another fabulous hub on a country I have on my wish list. your detailing is perfect Peggy. You are a master at these hubs. Beautiful pictures make the description almost come alive. Voted up, awesome and beautiful and sharing.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 28, 2012:

Hi Ruchira,

So nice that you enjoyed this virtual Internet tour of the gorgeous town of Montreux in Switzerland. The scenery is so spectacular...I could hardly believe what I was seeing! Appreciate your comment and hope you make it over there someday.

Ruchira from United States on April 28, 2012:

Wow Peggy. You should think of being a tourist guide. Such detailed information on this beautiful city. It is my dream to visit this country...dunno when though. You gave me such detailed information on this...loved it and am utmost satisfied :)

Voted up indeed.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 26, 2012:

Hi Robert,

Backpacking through Europe...what fun that must have been for you! Hope that you have written about some of your experiences, and if not, will consider doing so for those of us who have never traveled in that way. Thanks for your comment on this Montreux hub and for the share.

Robert Erich from California on April 26, 2012:

I backpacked Europe several years ago and it was amazing. Next time I will need to take more pictures for sure! I am going to love looking through more of your hubs here about Europe.

Sharing this hub for sure!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 08, 2012:

Hello mikeydcarroll67,

So nice to know that you enjoyed the photos and information about the beautiful place of Montreux located on Lake Geneva in Switzerland. It is quite a site! Thanks for your comment.

mikeydcarroll67 on April 08, 2012:

I love the photos! They are amazing! Also very informative!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 06, 2012:

Hi again Kalmiya,

No one can see all of the world in one lifetime. Even though you have not yet been to Montreux, the fact that you spent time in London sounds interesting to those of us who have yet, or perhaps never will, get to visit that location. Hopefully you have written some hubs on that subject. Will be checking... Thanks for your comment.

Kalmiya from North America on April 06, 2012:

Thanks for asking. I didn't go to Geneva at that time which had been my first choice, but rather London, England as I was taking a finishing class and couldn't speak French so London it was! Maybe one day when I'm doing nothing but writing travel hubs for a living (!) I'll get another chance. You are lucky to have so much travel in your life!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 06, 2012:

Hello Kalmiya,

Did you merely study about the Chateau Chillon or actually get to see it in person? Hope it was the latter. Montreux is so stunningly beautiful with its superb setting of Lake Geneva and the surrounding Swiss Alps. Glad that you enjoyed these photos. Thanks for your comment.

Kalmiya from North America on April 06, 2012:

What a lovely hub! This reminds me of learning about Chateau Chillon when I was a late teen and what a romantic location it has right on the lake. Thanks for the great photos.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 10, 2012:

Hello RicoShae,

If one had to describe Montreux, Switzerland in one word...beautiful would certainly be appropriate. Glad that you liked this and thanks for your comment.

RicoShae from Ballwin, mo on March 10, 2012:

What a beautiful looking place :]

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 09, 2012:

Hi Cheryl,

From what I got to see of Switzerland, it is a dream come true regarding great scenery. Thanks for commenting on this hub about Montreux and Lake Geneva and nice to know that you appreciated Freddie Mercury's song.

Cheryl J. from Houston, TX on March 09, 2012:

Another beautiful and lovely place. I love the mountains and the beautiful scenery. Switzerland has to be a wonderful and delightful vacation spot. Love your photos, information and videos, especially Freddie Mercury's song "There most be more to Life. A wonderful hub.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 08, 2012:

Hi Candie, I have Google Swiss ads on this hub. It appears they have finally matched the content to their ads. were in Switzerland in 1976. Where? Have you written about it? The few days I spent there, I also fell in love with it.

Candie V from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure! on March 08, 2012:

I came back to see if Google had caught up with you.. and some of them have! Still sites for 'why is he cheating on you'.. LOL! I also came back to pretend I was in Switzerland with you! I was there back in 76 and fell in love with it and the people!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 08, 2012:

Hello Woody Marx,

I know what you mean about it seeming like a fairy tale come true. Switzerland is an unbelievably beautiful country from the parts that I have seen. It is nice for you having a friend with whom to stay in Zurich. Have you written a hub about it? Thanks for your comment regarding Montreux.

Woody Marx from Ontario, Canada on March 08, 2012:

Having only been through Switzerland on a wonderful train that snaked through the Alps and then to Zurich for a week or so stay with a friend, I can say that the country is truly a fairy-tale come true. So clean, so still, so eternal in some ways it made me want to return and this Hub does as well. A lovely place and a real place--in spite of the fact that it is almost too good to be true.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 08, 2012:

Hi Lesley,

I did a hub about a road trip to the Black Hills using an album that my Dad had put together and at the time I was even younger than when you went to Lucerne. If you create that hub on visiting Switzerland with your family, I am sure that you will re-live it in enjoyable ways such as I did in writing about that trip from long ago.

I have also been sorting through old photos...have the vast majority of them in albums...and also sharing some of them via emails with other relatives. Quite a project!

Good luck and will look forward to your eventual hub.

Movie Master from United Kingdom on March 08, 2012:

Hi Peggy, I haven't written about Lucerne yet, I was only thinking about it the other day, I was 13 years old at the time, so I need to go through Dad's photos - a mammoth task!

Best wishes Lesley

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 07, 2012:

Hello elnugrani,

Hope that you get to visit Montreux, Switzerland in person someday and get to spend more time there than what my friend and I had. Thanks for your comment.

elnugrani on March 07, 2012:

wow, this place would have been nice ....

I hope someday to visit there.

thanks for sharing.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 07, 2012:

Hello Faceless39,

Thank you for your glowing comment regarding this hub about Montreux, Switzerland...and thanks for the votes.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 07, 2012:

Hello one2get2no,

Undoubtedly you saw much beauty like this from Montreux as you traveled around Switzerland doing your job. Switzerland can only be described using superlatives when it comes to wording. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 07, 2012:

Hi Movie Master,

So happy that you enjoyed this look at Montreux. Have you written about your Lucerne trip? Thanks for your commment and votes.

Kate P from The North Woods, USA on March 07, 2012:

This is hands-down one of the best hubs I've seen while on HubPages. I've learned so much. Thanks for taking the time to put this together. It's truly awesome.

Voted up, awesome, useful, beautiful, and interesting.

Philip Cooper from Olney on March 07, 2012:

Wonderful photographs. I used to work for a Swiss Bank and travelled extensively around Switzerland so I appreciate the hub very much. Thank you.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 07, 2012:

Hi Alicia,

Hope you get to Austria and Switzerland someday. I'd love to see more of Switzerland and also see Austria. Want someone to carry your bags? Haha! Thanks for commenting on this hub about Montreux.

Movie Master from United Kingdom on March 07, 2012:

Hi Peggy, I love the photo of the nesting duck!

I haven't visited Montreux but have been to Lucerne, Switzerland so so scenic and beautiful, I hope I get to visit montreux one day, you have captured it's charm and beauty perfectly.

Thank you and voted up.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 06, 2012:

Hi Candie,

I know...those tattoo ads seem to be on all of my hubs today. So much for matching the content of the hub! Ha! Glad to hear you liked this look at Montreux. It is drop dead gorgeous! Thanks for your comment.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on March 06, 2012:

I've wanted to visit Austria and Switzerland for a long time. It's great that you have been to so many places, Peggy, and I'm very glad that you share your experiences and travel photos in your hubs! Thanks for this look at Montreux.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 06, 2012:

Hi Charlu,

So glad that you enjoyed seeing Montreux via this hub. Thanks for your comment and votes.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 06, 2012:

Hello vespawoolf,

There is so much to see in Europe and around the world for that matter. Switzerland will be there when you decide to go back and take another vacation. So glad that you enjoyed these photos of Montreux and learning about this area of Switzerland. Thanks for your nice comment.

Candie V from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure! on March 06, 2012:

I'm looking at amazing scenery, wonderful information on one of the most beautiful places on earth.. and google has 'make your own tattoos, get tattoos and is he cheating on you.. ads'.. what's that about???

That said.. Peggy you have made my night with this visit to Montreux! Beautiful!!

Charlu from Florida on March 06, 2012:

Awesome hub as always you've captured the essence of being there. I love the castle, mountains, the jazz festival would be incredible All the ups

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 06, 2012:

Hello learner365,

Just judging from the parts of Switzerland that I got to see, I know that you will be pleased with a vacation there. Such beauty! Glad you enjoyed this hub about Montreux. Thanks for your comment and votes.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on March 06, 2012:

Wow, what great photos! When we went to France and England a couple of years ago, we had considered visiting Switzerland but never made it over there. Now I hugely regret it! After reading your hub, I want to go back. Thank you for sharing your vacation with us.

Saadia A on March 06, 2012:

Hi Peggy ...This is a great Hub indeed.I think after reading about your trip and the loveliest pictures here i would also like to look forward to visit Switzerland for vacations someday :)

My vote up,awesome and beautiful!!!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 06, 2012:

Hello janices7,

So you can verify just how beautiful Montreux is since you have been there and enjoyed it for an even longer time than I had. Driving through the vineyards will be on my list if I go back among other things. Thanks for your comment.

Janice S on March 06, 2012:

What a beautiful hub! I was lucky enough to visit Montreux and the Alps a few years ago and it was amazing. Loved walking along the waterfront and driving through the vineyards. Thanks for sharing.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 06, 2012:

Hi alocsin,

Montreux is stunningly beautiful! Now I know who Freddie Mercury was but did not at the time. His statue certainly has a prime spot overlooking Lake Geneva. Thanks for your comment and votes.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on March 06, 2012:

Your photos only highlight the loveliness of this area. That statue of Freddie Mercury was certainly unexpected, and I do know who he is. Putting this on my list of places to visit. Voting this Up and Useful.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 06, 2012:

Hello ladeda,

So glad that you liked these photos taken in Montreux, Switzerland. Thanks for your comment.

ladeda on March 06, 2012:

Beautiful photos and great Hub!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 05, 2012:

Hi Paula,

Maybe someday your wish will come true. Montreux is so beautiful and all of Switzerland that I got to see for that matter is outstanding for scenery. Thanks for your comment.

Paula on March 05, 2012:

Very nice...Always wanted to visit there.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 05, 2012:

Hi Gene,

One would have to be as old as Methuselah to even have a chance of seeing all of the wonderful places in this world. As I've seen some great places! Thanks for the first comment on this Montreux hub. Bruce's business partner is over in that area right now!

Gene Jasper on March 05, 2012:

Another great destination. Peggy, you inspire me to keep living so I'll have enough time to visit all your Hub destinations!

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