XOXO Montreux - 1 Day in Montreux, Switzerland
Updated: Jan 30, 2021
On December 12, 2019 Kat and I took the train from Geneva to Montreux. Both of my sisters studied abroad in Zermatt, Switzerland and recommended going to Montreux for the Christmas market. My Durham University lacrosse coach also told us Montreux has the best Christmas market because it is right along Lake Geneva. Right when Kat and I got off of the train, we knew it was going to be a great day. Below is a list of what we did.
1. Walk along Lake Geneva.
I am not exaggerating at all when I say that Montreux is the prettiest European city I traveled to. When Kat and I were there, the weather was nice so we could comfortably walk around the lake for hours. During our walk, we saw different areas with boats, beaches, and art installations.
After watching Bohemian Rhapsody, I became a huge fan of Queen. The band loved Montreux so they built a recording studio there. Queen recorded a total of seven records there. Today, the studio has turned into a small museum where guests can see some of the band's outfits and go into a fake studio and play with the audio of the songs.
The Freddie Mercury Statue was built in 1996, five years after the Freddie Mercury Passed away. It is right in the center of town so it is impossible to miss.
From the center of town (or the Freddie Mercury Statue) to the Chillon Castle is only two miles. Wanting to save money, Kat and I walked instead of taking a taxi or an Uber. Although we did not buy tickets to go inside the castle, Kat and I walked around the premises. It was beautiful to visit because the castle sat right on Lake Geneva. The picture on the right was taken from here.
5. The Montreux Christmas Market
If you visit Montreux during the month of December, you absolutely have to visit the Christmas market. I had the opportunity to visit several Christmas markets in Europe but the Montreux one was my favorite. Each vendor is set up on the lake and has amazing views of the mountains. In addition to the food being fantastic, there are little bars and restaurants set up next to the shops where you can go inside and warm up for a bit.