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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 travellers in search of beauty, tranquillity and… inspiration.

About Montreux

It’s no surprise that Charlie Chaplin chose to spend his last 25 years on the hills of Vevey, that Freddie Mercury immortalised 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, Montreux Riviera enjoys a microclimate that gives it a Mediterranean flair. The atmosphere is perfect for relaxing, going on walks, 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 on 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 CGN ship, or a Belle Epoque train on the GoldenPass line?

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. It is also a business hub with infrastructure that is perfectly suited to organising international conferences.


Up high on Rochers-de-Naye and Les Pléiades, on snowshoes, skis or on a sunny terrace, Montreux Riviera combines the joys of winter and a lake view with fantastic cosy restaurants serving traditional dishes. In the heart of the old town or on the shores of the lake, the Vevey Christmas market and the famous Montreux Noël invite you to share precious moments in a festive atmosphere.


When the sun shines, it’s the perfect time to discover the many sides of Montreux Riviera. From the terraced vineyards of Lavaux to the quays of Villeneuve, Montreux and Vevey, from hiking trails to the stages of the most popular festivals, there’s a hint of joie de vivre about the place. A wide range of experiences to enjoy as you wish.

Our personal highlights

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Preferred hotels

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Fairmont Le Montreux Palace

Overlooking the Alps, Fairmont Le Montreux Palace is a unique five-star luxury hotel situated on the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland. Built in 1906, this Jewel of Belle-Époque architecture offers 236 rooms and suites that are luxuriously furnished, designed with five star standards and amenities, and equipped with the latest technology. In any of the three onsite restaurants and bars, guests may savour sumptuous cuisine and famous cocktails, while those here on business can use the business centre. After a day of sightseeing or business meetings, guests can relax in the spa or work out in the state of the art fitness centre. Additional amenities include an indoor and an outdoor swimming pool, a Jacuzzi, a hammam and a sauna.

Clinique La Prairie

Set within a beautiful setting overlooking stunning views of the Alps and Lake Geneva, Clinique La Prairie is the only holistic health and wellness centre to combine a luxury five-star hotel and a renowned private clinic. The property is home to 50 rooms and suites, as well as twenty post-op medically equipped rooms and six suites which allow hospitalised guest full recovery in modern luxury and comfort. Guests can look forward to indulging in a gastronomic menu offering healthy international cuisine, as a balanced diet is the foundation of all programmes. Additional facilities include the lobby bar, a fitness centre and swimming pool.

Unique experiences

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When to go

Switzerland has a moderate climate and four distinct seasons, making it an attractive year-round travel destination.

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