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Freddie Mercury Statue Tours and Activities

Freddie Mercury Statue
The town of Montreux, in eastern Switzerland, boasts a 10-foot-tall statue of Freddie Mercury that commemorates the singer’s years living here and his lasting musical influence. The memorial is a popular tourist attraction, and many Queen fans make a pilgrimage to the spot to leave flowers and other tributes. 

The Basics
Freddie Mercury began visiting Montreux—a town on the eastern coast of Lake Geneva—in 1979 and eventually made his home here while Queen recorded albums at the nearby Mountain Studios. In 1996, the town unveiled a memorial statue of the singer by Czech sculptor Irena Sedlecká. The statue mimics Mercury’s signature stance—arm outstretched, microphone in hand—and was featured on the cover of the band’s last album, Made in Heaven, which was released after Mercury’s death. 

Many visitors combine a stop at the statue with a trip to the nearby Queen: The Studio Experience museum. You can also see the statue on many guided tours that also include nearby sights like the magnificent Chillon Castle (Château de Chillon).

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Montreux holds an annual memorial dedicated to Freddie Mercury on the first weekend of September.
  • The memorial is free to visit and best accessed on foot; the promenade makes a lovely spot for a morning stroll.
  • The area around the statue is wheelchair accessible.
How to Get There
The memorial is located at Place du Marché in Montreux, on the promenade overlooking Lake Geneva. The closest train stations are Montreux Gare and Montreux-Collège; both are about a 10-minute walk away. The town’s ferry terminal is also conveniently close; ferry routes link Montreux to other lakeside towns and sights, including Lausanne and Villeneuve.

When to Get There
The memorial is available to see all year round and is in a public spot with no fences or restrictions. The memorial is particularly popular during the city’s annual jazz festival, which takes place in June and July.

Queen: The Studio Experience
To really learn about Queen’s time in Montreux, head to Queen: The Studio Experience. The museum is housed in the famous Mountain Studios, a recording studio that was once owned by the band and the spot where they made seven albums. The museum boasts interactive exhibitions and displays iconic costumes, instruments, and other fascinating memorabilia.
Address: Place du Marché, Montreux 1820, Switzerland
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Photogenic Montreux with a Local

Photogenic Montreux with a Local

This Experience is provided by a private local. Come with me to discover the city of Montreux through your camera lens! Join me on this city walk for the unique opportunity of experiencing the city from an insider’s point of view and taking stunning pictures of it at the same time! Our walk will take us from the statue of Freddie Mercury to the wonderful Castle of Chillon. While using your camera to capture the beauty of Montreux, you will also come across local spots and hidden gems that a typical tourist tour won’t show you. Let us discover an alternative side of Montreux, full of history and unique beauty! Don't forget to book the Experience at a suitable time to have the best light possible for the pictures! You cannot leave the city without having captured the beauty of the Gorges du Chauderon and getting to know everything about why Freddie Mercury and Charlie Chaplin fell in love with Montreux.
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