Montreux Tourist Attractions
With a magnificent situation and an unusually mild climate which make it the most popular resort on Lake Geneva, Montreux extends for some 6km/4mi along the shores of the lake, incorporating a number of smaller places which were formerly independent communes. The charm of the town's setting depends on its variety of geography and vegetation, ranging from the gardens on the lakeside, through the Alpine meadows and forests around Caux and Les Avants, to the lofty peaks of the Rochers de Naye.
The main part of the resort, Montreux Ville, lies on the steep slopes above the Baye de Montreux, a swiftly flowing mountain stream. From the terrace in front of the parish church (1507), higher up, there is a beautiful view of the lake. To the west, in Vernex, stands the modern Maison des Congrès, and beyond this lies the attractive residential suburb of Clarens.To the east the district of Territet is situated on a narrow coastal strip below the steep slopes of Glion. The Grand Hôtel (1887) by Maillard ranks among the great hotels built at the end of the 19th C. A museum for audio and video technology was opened here in 1990, documenting the history and development of information technology. At the station a marble monument (1902) commemorates the Empress Elisabeth of Austria, murdered in Geneva in 1898.
Old Town Museum
Chateau de Chillon is a well-known tourist attraction in Montreaux, dating back to the 9th century. Amongst the Castle's highlights are the banquet hall, the Count's Great Hall, St.George's Chapel, the Basement and the Kitchen.
Montreux-Vevey Music Festival
This annual six-week festival runs from late August to early October and includes over 30 performances. Events include orchestral, choral, chamber and organ concerts and recitals.Since its inception in 1946, the festival has showcased famous composers and traditional works while at the same time promoting young, new musicians and their more contemporary repertoire.The venues are as varied as the music and include châteaus, castles and halls in the two towns.
International Radio & Television Symposium
International Jazz Festival
This annual two-week festival takes place in early July. The highlight is a non-stop 12-hour overnight marathon featuring dozens of performers. Other concerts are held daily, but the festival is not restricted solely to jazz. African, blues, soul, fusion and Brazilian music is also offered in the fully-packed program.
Map of Montreux Attractions