The romantic jazz capital, Montreux, is an idyllic small town known as the "Swiss Riviera." With a natural romantic, is located on a hillside in the vastness of the Lake Geneva, lakes and mountains between the scattered churches and little houses on the hillside. Around the town the mountains and plains are terraced with vineyards, which visitors can visit for wine tasting, across the lake the stunning backdrop of the snow covered french alps. Montreux has become famous not just for its sights, but also for its many festivals, the most famous of which is the Monteux Jazz Festival. Come and visit the Swiss city that really feels alive!
- The long, flower-bordered lake promenade which links Vevey and Montreux going all the way to Chillon Castle is simply asking to be strolled along.
- Cultural events, such as the Montreux Jazz Festival, or Christmas markets
- Take the funicular up to the Montreux Old town
- Drink a cocktail in the sun at some of the magnificent hotels on the lakeside, dating from the hayday of the Belle Epoque
The earliest settlement of Montreux began in a small village called Baugy. Montreux became an important and large settlement in the Roman era, due to the nature of it location as a gateway to the Italian alps through the Simplon pass. In the 12th century, viticulture was introduced to the region, and the sunny slopes of the lake from Lavaux to Montreux became an important wine-growing region. Montreux was ruled by the Counts of Savoy (resident at Chateau de Chillon) until the 15th century. The Bernese then ruled until the 18th century, until Montreux was “liberated” by Napoleon in 1798. Montreux in the 19th Century The Vaud region including Montreux, joins the Swiss Confederation in 1803, and with the emergence of the railway in 1861, Montreux begins to grow into a vast town, as the small villages expand and join together into 1 large agglomeration. The late 19th century saw the Belle Epoque “golden” era of Montreux, attracting the rich and cultured from Europe and America. Many grand and majestic hotels were built along the lake, to keep up with the demand of this flourishing tourism.