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An unforgettable trip to Montreux and its Riviera

Palm trees, cypresses, umbrella pines, such is the setting that awaits you on the Montreux Riviera.

Situated between Lake Geneva and the mountains, the town of Montreux is like a postcard landscape. It is a real piece of paradise with its flower-lined promenade, its artists' sculptures and its Belle Époque style buildings. Follow the guide for an unforgettable visit to Montreux!

Where is Montreux located?

On the shores of Lake Geneva, in the heart of the Swiss Alps, the town of Montreux enjoys an exceptional location. With Freddie Tours, you'll be able to take full advantage of it. We have put together an exciting programme for your week's holiday in Switzerland.

To make your family or group holiday special, we offer exciting tours. We explore the region and its highlights. The activities range from historical to magical, following in the footsteps of the stars. To spend a beautiful summer or an extraordinary winter in the Montreux region, let's explore this exceptional territory together.

Discover the town of Montreux

Montreux's mild, temperate microclimate is a joy for its 27,000 inhabitants. It has also attracted a large number of tourists since the last century. The conditions are ideal for a visit to Montreux and the region. From your hotel room or rental on Lake Geneva, the list of must-do activities is long!

It is therefore not surprising that a multitude of artists, writers and travellers decided to settle in the region, such as Charlie Chaplin, Igor Stravinsky, Empress Sissi, Lord Byron, Vladimir Nabokov and of course Freddie Mercury!

Cultural and musical events have had an important place for many years, it is notably since 1946 that the city of Montreux became known to classical music lovers thanks to the Septembre Musical festival. The famous Montreux Jazz Festival, which has been held annually since 1967, also attracts many music enthusiasts. One can also mention its magnificent Christmas Market in winter or the Montreux Comedy Festival.

The region also offers some of the best hotel schools in the world and several renowned private clinics. It also has the infrastructure to host top-class international conferences.

Guided tours are offered since 2020, the Freddie Tours propose you to go back to the years when Freddie Mercury was staying in Montreux. You will learn more about the relationship that the singer of Queen had with the town of Montreux.

Why should you visit Montreux?

Charlie Chaplin in his time visited Vevey and then decided to settle here. Freddie Mercury, another great artist, fell in love with this region. The Queen singer immortalised Lake Geneva on the cover of his album "Made in Heaven". The Freddie Tours have been designed to offer you a magnificent view of Lake Montreux, the mountains and the Riviera.

Hiking and winter sports are great for families who want to visit Switzerland and enjoy Montreux to the full. For the less sporty, the museums around Charlie Chaplin and Chillon Castle are ideal. So there are activities for families, young people or couples who want to visit the town of Montreux.

Freddie Tours is already looking forward to welcoming you. On this page you will find a lot of information to help you plan your visit to Montreux. Decide now on the ideal guided tour of Montreux and its beautiful Riviera.

If you have any questions about the town of Montreux, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will be happy to provide you with information about the possibilities of renting a hotel with a view of the lake, the various activities on site and the places you must see during your stay.

must-see attractions in the area

Queen - The Studio Experience

Queen - The Studio Experience
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Montreux

This exhibition-Museum is held within the walls of the Montreux Casino, in the same place where the famous "Mountain Studios" was once installed. Once owned by the band Queen, the area now contains a collection of archives, personal objects and instruments from the time when Freddie Mercury was closely linked to Montreux.

Chaplin's World

Chaplin's World
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Corsier-sur-Vevey

Discover the magnificent residence of Charlie Chaplin on the hills of Vevey. With 1,850 m² of themed tours, the museum presents the humour and emotion that were so important to Charlie Chaplin and that have seduced the whole world.

Montreux Museum

Montreux Museum
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Montreux

Near the railway station, Montreux Museum is a mine of information on the history of the lakeside town, characterised by the beginnings of tourism in the Belle Epoque. Open from April to November, Montreux Museum is a cultural attraction for the whole family.

Chillon Castle

Chillon Castle
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Veytaux

Regularly animated by exhibitions and cultural events, the Castle of Chillon, a former 12th century fortress built on a rocky island overlooking Lake Geneva, has today become an important historical and cultural attraction in the region. It is the most visited historical monument in Switzerland.

Fort de Chillon

Fort de Chillon
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Veytaux

Buried deep in the rock since 1941, exactly opposite Chillon Castle, this former military site, which was on the military’s secret list until as recently as 2001, opens to the general public in 2020, promising to plunge into the astounding history of a fortress designed for the country’s defence.

GoldenPass Train

GoldenPass Train
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Montreux

Departing from Montreux, embark on a train journey and discover tipical Swiss landscapes like green hills and majestic forests. The GoldenPass line allows you to admire a magnificent view through the panoramic windows of its Belle Époque train.

CGN Cruise

CGN Cruise
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Montreux

An original way of transportation, cruises on Lake Geneva (departing from Montreux, Vevey or Lausanne) are a popular leisure activity both for locals and tourists from all over the world. During the summer months, the numerous boats of the "Compagnie Générale de Navigation" (CGN) constitute one of the most renowned Belle Epoque fleet.

Little train of Montreux

Little train of Montreux
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Montreux

The Montreux little train is an ideal tourist attraction for visiting the beautiful shores of Lake Geneva. Built in 1977, it is a popular attraction in the town. There are two routes of about 25 minutes each at a very attractive price.

Rochers de Naye

Rochers de Naye
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Montreux

To reach its summit at an altitude of 2042 metres, a rack railway train will take you every hour from the Montreux railway station. After a wonderful 55-minute ride, you will have the chance to discover a unique panoramic view of the Swiss Alps as well as the French Alps, including the famous Mont Blanc just opposite.

Lavaux Vineyards

Lavaux Vineyards
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Lavaux

A visit to the terraced vineyards of the Lavaux, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and which produce famous white wine, is essential as the panorama is so impressive. Freddie Mercury particularly appreciated the wine produced in this region.

The Alimentarium

The Alimentarium
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Vevey

The Alimentarium, founded by the Nestlé company, which has been headquartered in Vevey since 1866, offers you the opportunity to explore the themes of food and nutrition. Opposite, its giant fork standing in the lake is also one of the places not to be missed.

The Glacier 3000

The Glacier 3000
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Les Diablerets

A little fresh air, spend a day in the high mountains on Glacier 3000 in Les Diablerets. Snowed in winter and summer, it is a unique summit in the world and will let you enjoy a breathtaking view of the Swiss Alps.


How to get to Montreux

If you want to visit Montreux on your holiday, you need to know how to get there. There are several ways to get to this famous place in Switzerland: 

By plane: The closest airport to Montreux is Geneva Airport (GVA), located at the other end of the lake in the west of Switzerland. It then takes about 1 hour (by car or train) from Geneva to Montreux. www.gva.ch

By train: The 1 hour journey between Geneva airport and Montreux will allow you to admire magnificent landscapes and the Lavaux vineyards listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Montreux train station is located in the city centre. For timetables and prices : www.cff.ch

By bus: The "Marché Couvert", meeting point of Freddie Tours, is located at the "Montreux Marché" bus stop of line 201 (main line linking Vevey to Villeneuve). The "Montreux Convention Centre" (2m2c), meeting point of Freddie Tours (Extended) is located at the bus stop "Montreux, Centre des Congrès" of the line 201 (main line linking Vevey to Villeneuve).. www.vmcv.ch

By car: although we advise you to come to Montreux by public transport, a 450-space paid public car park located under the covered market right next to the Freddie Mercury statue is at your disposal. Other paid parking spaces are available in the city.

Where to stay in Montreux?

You can visit the Montreux Riviera tourist office website: www.montreuxriviera.com to easily book accommodation according to your budget and preferences. There are plenty of hotels and palaces in this town where there are many tourists all year round. Book a double or single room and plan your stay as early as possible.

Many other accommodations are also available in Vevey and Villeneuve. You will easily find a weekly or monthly rental to enjoy the Freddie Tours. For groups, booking a lakeside house is ideal. It is very easy to get to Montreux from Vevey or Villeneuve. It takes about 15 minutes by bus (line 201) or 5 minutes by train.

Map of Montreux

Here is a map which will allow you, in addition to the statue of Freddie Mercury, to find the departure points of our 3 different tours:

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