The surrounding sights of Montreux can be divided into the following three tours:- To Les Avants- From Montreux to the Col de Jaman- From Montreux to the Pléiades
From Montreux to Les Avants
To reach the Château Châtelard take Rue de la Gare from the Montreux station; then left along Avenue de Belmont and into a road which climbs up in sharp bends (daffodils in flower in May). On the left is the massive Château Châtelard, built by Jean de Gingins as a refuge for the people of Montreux in 1476. Partly destroyed by the Confederates it was later rebuilt; the large dungeon is of north Italian style.
From Château Châtelard cross N 9 and continue uphill in long bends, via the villages of Fontanivent (559 m/1,834ft), Chernex (603 m/1,978ft), Sonzier (664 m/2,179ft) and Chamby (752 m/2,467ft; Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum; light railroad to Blonay).
From Chamby the road climbs, along the east side of Mont Cubly, towering above the Gorge de Chauderon. 9km/6mi: Les Avants (974 m/3,196ft), a summer and winter resort high above the valley of the Baye de Montreux. 3km/2mi farther on is the Col de Sonloup (1,158 m/3,799ft; hotel), which can also be reached from Les Avants by funicular.
From Montreux to Col de Jaman
Col de Jaman is situated 14km/9mi from Montreux. Leave by Rue de la Gare and the district of Les Planches; then a road which runs uphill in a wide curve. After 3km/2mi is the first stop: Glion (692 m/2,270ft), with beautiful views of the lake and the Alps; funicular down to Territet.
From Glion the road starts to climb steeply, with numerous sharp bends for 3.5km/2mi to Caux (1,054 m/3,458ft), a health resort in a magnificent situation, with extensive views; meeting-place of the "Moral Rearmament" movement.
From Caux there is a cog-railroad to the popular skiing area (ski-lift) on the Rochers de Naye, and from the upper station (1,973 m/6,473ft; hotel) it is a 10-minute climb to the summit (2,045 m/6,710ft), which has superb views of the Alps and Lake Geneva.The Alpine Garden "la Rambertia" is open in July and August.
From Montreux to Pléiades
From Montreux to Lally in the Pléiades it is 15km/9mi along a mountain road. Leave on the Lausanne road, and in Clarens turn right onto a road which crosses the N 9 and winds its way uphill via Chailly (485 m/1,591ft) and comes in 6km/ 4mi to Blonay (623 m/2,044ft), where Paul Hindemith (1895-1963) spent his last years. The castle dates from the 12th C. The town, which for administrative purposes is part of Vevey. From here there is a cog- railroad to the Pléiades (4.7km/3mi), 25 minutes.
Blonay-Chamby Railroad and Blacksmith's Museum
The Blonay-Chamby Railroad and Blacksmith's Museum offers train rides upon request. It is open afternoons and by appointment for groups only.
The road from Blonay to the Pléiades climbs in sharp bends, passing a side road on the right to the spa (sulfurous water) of L'Alliaz (1,044 m/3,425ft). 9km/6mi Lally (1,237 m/4,059ft), at the end of the road. From here it is four minutes on the cog-railroad from Blonay or 20 minutes on foot to the Pléiades (1,364 m/4,475ft; pension and restaurant), from which there is a beautiful view.
Kruger House, Clarens, Switzerland
Paul Kruger, exiled South African president died in the house now known as the Villa Kruger in 1904. A room in this South-African themed hotel is reserved as a museum.
Map of Montreux Attractions