Things to do in Montreux.

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Beautiful Montreux, a highlight of the Swiss Riviera should be on everyone's Swiss itinerary.The start or finishing city for Switzerland's famous Golden Pass Train Route, and only three hours by train from Zurich, Montreux is a destination in its own right.There are so many interesting things to do in Montreux; we recommend allowing at least two days. With this two day Montreux itinerary, you can choose the best sights in Montreux for your interests to make the most of your time in the beautiful Swiss Riviera.If taking the Golden Pass Line between Montreux and Lucerne, read our 2 Days in Lucerne Itinerary to make the most of your time in one of Switzerland's other beautiful cities. The only exceptions are the Charlie Chaplin Museum and cog railway to Rochers de Naye.You can take the cog railway as far as Haut de Caux which is about halfway to Rochers de Nayer and still has outstanding views. You will get a 50% discount on the ticket from here to the summit.If breakfast isn't included at your hotel, head to the lakefront for a typical Swiss'French breakfast. There are some lovely hotel and cafes with stunning views of the Swiss Alps across Lake Geneva. After breakfast, head to the Montreux Tourist Information Center on the main street (Grande Rue) in the middle of town. Check the timetables for boats leaving from Chateau Chillon to go to Vevey for later in the morning, between about 10.30 am and 12.30 pm. In winter, there are only three services on a Sunday. From the Tourist Information Bureau, take a walk along the scenic lakefront boulevard towards Chillon Castle. Keep an eye out for the palm trees along the boardwalk.Quite an unusual sight in Switzerland but the trees are one of the reasons the area is called The Swiss Riviera.The views of Lake Geneva and the snow'capped Alps from any stretch of the boardwalk are breathtaking. Along the boardwalk, you will also find art installations and garden sculptures.Look out for a fascinating sculpture that resembles a red British telephone box. The sculpture "Allo Claude" is the work of Swiss artist Pascal Bettex.A tribute to Claude Nobs, founder of the Montreux Jazz Festival, it is a curious mechanical contraption that works on kinetic energy reminiscent of a curio found at an old fairground attraction. You won't miss it as it is near the famous Freddie Mercury statue.One of the most prominent statues on the lakeside boardwalk is the famous Freddie Mercury statue.Freddie was so taken with the serenity of Montreux he not only settled there in the last years of his life but also bought the Mountain Studio recording studio where he recorded his last album “Made in Heaven”. Fans still make the pilgrimage to leave flowers under the statue. If you are a fan of Freddie Mercury, keep walking towards the Castle, and you will come to the Casino- ‘Casino Barrière de Montreux.’ Inside is the ‘Queen Mountain Studio’ where Queen recorded seven of their albums.It has plenty of memorabilia from Freddy’s costumes to pages of handwritten lyrics. It’s a self-guided tour and admission is free—a must for any Queen fan.Chillon Castle is the most visited historic monument in Switzerland. Located on a small island on the banks of the lakefront; for a medieval castle, it is very easily accessed.The castle dates back to the 12th Century when the Counts of Savoy used the castle as a toll station, residence, and prison for four centuries. You can learn about Lord Byron’s connection and the Prisoner of Savoy.In the 25 buildings, three courtyards, and two circular walls there is a lot to explore – gothic vaulted chapels, medieval dungeons, sentries’ walk, bastions, the keep, and extensive banqueting halls.