Located between Lake Geneva and the mountains, the town of Montreux looks like a postcard landscape. A real corner of paradise with its flower-lined promenade, its sculptures of artists and its Belle Époque style buildings.
Montreux's favourable and temperate microclimate, which for example allows the city to be home to numerous palm trees, quickly attracted a large number of tourists in the last century.
No surprise therefore that a large number of artists, writers and travellers have 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.
Guided tours have been offered since 2020, the Freddie Tour as well as the Freddie Tour (Extended) take you back to the years when Freddie Mercury stayed in Montreux. You will learn more about the relationship that the Queen singer had with the city of Montreux.
About Montreux in Switzerland
The region also includes some of the best hotel schools in the world as well as several renowned private clinics. It also has infrastructures adapted to the organisation of first-class international conferences.
The town of Montreux, which has a population of about 27'000 inhabitants, lives today mainly from tourism.
Freddie Tours is already looking forward to welcome you here. You will find on this page a lot of information that will help you plan your trip to Montreux.
If you have any questions related to Montreux, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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.
Accommodation in Montreux
You can visit the Montreux Riviera Tourist Office website: www.montreuxriviera.com in order to easily book accommodation according to your budget and preferences.
Many other accommodations are also available in Vevey as well as in Villeneuve. It is very easy to get to Montreux from Vevey or Villeneuve. It takes about 15min ride by bus (line 201) or 5min by train.
Here is a map that will allow you, in addition to the Freddie Mercury statue, to locate the departure point of our 3 different city tours: