3 Days in Montreux: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, September 2012

Whether you’re in town for the famous Montreux Jazz Festival, to sample the local wine or to hit the ski slopes at the surrounding mountains, Montreux has plenty of sights to cram into a three-day visit.

Day 1: Tour the sights

A wander along the serene promenade tracing the shores of Lake Geneva provides the best introduction to the town, with scores of shops, cafes and restaurants to draw you in. Be sure to check out the lakeside Freddie Mercury memorial statue and the stunning medieval Château de Chillon castle. If you can face the steep climb, head up the hill to the old town and check out the panoramic views from the Church steeple.

Day 2: Get a little tipsy

A trip to the terraced Lavaux Vineyards is at the top of most visitor’s hit lists, so set aside an afternoon to explore Montreux’s most famous sight. Take a stroll through the labyrinth of vines or hop on a train tour around the UNESCO World Heritage Site, before heading to the wine cellar to sample the region’s beloved Chasselas wine.

Day 3: Take a hike

If you overdid the wine the night before, there are few better ways to blow away the strains of a hangover than some crisp mountain air and a brisk walk. Take the cogwheel railway up to the rocky plateau of Rochers-de-Naye at 2,042 meters, home to the La Rambertia Alpine Garden and the Marmot’s paradise animal zoo, as well as some great hiking paths.

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