From the lake to the mountains and vineyards, Montreux Riviera offers a postcard landscape. It’s an authentic little piece of paradise that has attracted many artists, writers, and travelers in search of beauty, tranquillity, and inspiration. It’s no surprise that Charlie Chaplin chose to spend his last 25 years on the hills of Vevey; that Freddie Mercury immortalized Lake Geneva with the peaks of Le Grammont on the cover of the album “Made in Heaven”, that Igor Stravinski composed “The Rite of Spring” in Montreux, or that Prince declared his love for Lavaux in a song named after the famous terraced vineyard, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. From Villeneuve to Lutry, along the shores of Lake Geneva, the Montreux Riviera enjoys a microclimate that gives it a Mediterranean flair. The atmosphere is perfect for relaxing, going on walks, and discovering new areas, and the climate is ideal for a rich terroir, cultivated expertly by restaurateurs and winegrowers. A few minutes from the shore, up in the hills, forests interspersed with meadows invite walkers to roam the hiking trails, observe blossoming wild narcissus—known locally as “the snow of May”—and admire a panorama that transforms with each season. The arrival of the first snowflakes signals the beginning of Alpine fun, on skis, snowshoes, or simply on foot. For less sporty visitors, Chaplin’s World and Chillon Castle are the top museum choices. Why not let yourself be tempted by a ride aboard a historical GCN ship, or a Belle Epoque train on the GoldenPass line?
The Montreux Riviera is a land of contrasts. It’s a kind of miniature Switzerland where visitors and locals have been living together for three centuries. The region is especially rich in cultural events, including the unmissable Montreux Jazz Festival, and boasts some of the best hotel schools and private clinics in the world.