What’s Doing in the Lake Geneva Region

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Located farther east of the Lavaux region is Montreux, a town in the Riviera-Pays-d’Enhaut district of the Vaud canton. The town is the location of the annual Montreux Jazz Festival, a two-week event that takes place in July. The festival is the second largest annual jazz festival in the world, and attracts about 200,000 visitors a year. It began in the 1970s as a pure jazz festival, but soon expanded to include contemporary blues, soul, and rock artists.

Montreux also has a picturesque Vieille Ville, or Old Town, district full of cafés, shops, and quaint houses. The neighborhood resembles a smaller version of Geneva’s Old Town with its hilly cobblestone streets that stretch upwards, affording visitors breathtaking views of the surrounding lake and Swiss Alps.

Nature lovers will enjoy hiking in the nearby Hauts-de-Montreux mountains, which provide numerous forest trails, villages, caves, and grottos. Hikers may also visit the Marmots’ Paradise at the summit of the Rochers-De-Naye mountain, a small wildlife park home to11 species of whistling marmots from Europe, Asia, and North America, and also containing a popular burrow exhibition.


Don’t forget to stop by the Chillon Castle, or Château de Chillon, one of the most visited tourist sites in the Montreux area. The castle, which sits on an island connected to the lakeshore by a bridge, contains four great halls, three courtyards, and multiple bedrooms, including a grand bedroom that once belonged to the Duke of Savoy. The building also features a chapel and a dungeon where Genevese monk François de Bonivard was imprisoned from 1530 to 1536, an event that was immortalized in Lord Byron’s poem “The Prisoner of Chillon.” The castle offers audio-guided tours and is also a popular site for art exhibitions and cultural events.

The neighboring town of Vevey, also part of the Riviera-Pays-d’Enhaut district, is most well known for being the world headquarters of the Nestlé food and chocolate corporation. The town is home to a large handicrafts market open on Tuesdays and Saturdays, as well as the renowned Winegrowers Festival, which takes place four or five times every century to celebrate the region’s wine-growing culture.

Another must-see attraction in Vevey is the Alimentarium Museum, a truly unique museum that contains exhibits and interactive displays on food, nutrition, cooking, the digestion process, and the history of the Nestlé company. The museum also hosts a small café-restaurant that serves themed meals.

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