Lake Geneva & Montreux

Located in the heart of the Swiss Riviera, the region around Montreux and Lausanne offers a diverse scenery and mild climate with palm trees and Lake Geneva on one side and snow-capped mountains peaks on the other.

Montreux is a traditional resort town on Lake Geneva,  known for its mild microclimate and the Montreux Jazz Festival, held in July. The town's promenade is lined with flowers, sculptures, Mediterranean trees and grand Belle Époque buildings. Offshore is a medieval island castle, Château de Chillon, with ramparts, formal halls and a chapel with 14th-century murals. Great base to explore more of the region by train!

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When to visit

The best time to visit Montreux & Lake Geneva Region in general is in summer, which is July – September. However, it is very busy during these times. So, shoulder seasons are a good alternative, especially October – November, because the snow hasn't come yet  and the weather is usually quite sunny.

November to December -  Christmas Markets are a Swiss tradition for the festive season. As Christmas approaches, decorated and illuminated chalets appear in Switzerland’s main cites and the nights are filled with twinkling lights and a cheerful buzz as shoppers explore the stalls and enjoy classic entertainment, drinking in the festive atmosphere. Market stalls showcase local handy crafts, regional food specialties and much more. Some of the best Christmas markets can be found in Montreux, Zürich, Basel, Bern, Wengen, Einsiedeln and Lucerne to name a few, each with its own unique Winter Christmas experiences.

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