Also known as the “pearl of the Swiss Riviera” for its sunny climate, Montreux is ideally located at the centre of Europe, just one hour from Geneva international airport. Easily and rapidly reached by road and rail, the town is in French-speaking Switzerland, on the shores of Lake Geneva, facing the Alps with a superb quayside promenade. The Montreux Music & Convention Centre and the whole town are right on the water’s edge with all amenities (train station, hotels, restaurants, etc.) just a few minutes walk away.
Montreux Riviera stretches along Lake Geneva from Lutry to Villeneuve. Blessed by a Mediterranean climate, this region features historic castles, vibrant towns, lovely countryside and charming hotels – making it the ideal destination for dream holidays as well as demanding business trips.
Lavaux vineyard, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2007, is the jewel of Montreux Riviera. Its terraced vines, dating from the 12th century, make up some of the loveliest countryside in Switzerland. Its wine-growing villages offer outstanding hospitality, especially in the vintners' cellars.
The majestic panorama at Rochers-de-Naye, the peaceful Grangettes nature reserve and the fields of blooming narcissus in May number among Montreux Riviera's many natural attractions.
The region's history comes to life inside the walls of Chillon Castle, where the secrets of an eventful mediaeval past are revealed; visitors can also relive the more recent Belle Epoque era on board a CGN (Lake Geneva General Navigation Company) steamer or at one of the luxurious hotels in Montreux or Vevey.
Celebrities have always been captivated by this region's beauty. Stars flock to the Montreux Jazz Festival, whereas Chaplin preferred the tranquillity of his manor house, now converted into a museum (opens in 2016).