A day at Montreux and its Château de Chillon
This is the true jewel of the Swiss Riviera: charming, inspiring, interesting.
Freddy Mercury loved this place.
A stopover for skiers during the winter and for the ferries in the summer, 100km away from Geneva you will find Montreux, the jewel of the Swiss Riviera. There's a train every half hour from the Cornavin station to this town, which can be used to visit its beautiful Château de Chillon, a medieval castle erected by the lake. Wandering through the cold corridors of this fortress on Roman foundations, observing the subterranean vaulted ceilings and dreaming in the chambers that still keep their original Medieval decoration, when the castle was residence of the Counts of Savoy, will take you back in time. To know more about its history, we recommend joining a guided tour at www.chillon.ch/en/visit/guided-tour. Montreux has been inspirational for artists, writers and even musicians like Freddy Mercury, to whom the town paid homage with a statue by the lake. And talking about music, jazz lovers should not miss the International Jazz Festival that takes place every year in July. More information at www.montreuxjazz.com.