This beautiful spot on the edge of lake Geneva was a hidden gem I discovered when looking for a relaxing two night stay in 2014. I wanted something close enough to family I was visiting just over the border in France and wanted to get just a glimpse of the Swiss mountains for my first time visiting Switzerland. Recently I visited again and felt just as charmed by this place.
I'd recommend staying for 2-3 nights to explore the area but even just staying overnight you could get a great experience. Disclaimer: there may be affiliate links within this article, which I may receive a small commission at no expense to you.
Things to do or see
Visit Chateau de Chillon - I've done a bit more detail and pictures on this further down this post as I've visited twice and think both beautiful and a really fascinating place.
Don’t miss the Freddie Mercury statue on the pin below (he famously recorded his last album with queen here and purchased recording studio in the town).
Walk along the lakefront to the Chateau and further. This beautful waterfront has some beautiful views of the mountains and historic architecture lining the path. The path is also lined with beautiful flowers and trees including willows.
Try the lakeside mini golf, I did this on my first visit, it was fun and have amazing views.
You can go paddle boarding (I love paddle boarding if you haven't already guessed, I taught Sup classes in Greece and have since bought myself a ISUP for home to explore my local canals, lakes etc) or take out boats at certain times of the year on the lake.
There is a casino next to the hotel, and a few more in the main town. You’ll be sure to see lots of supercars driving round as it’s clearly a playground for the wealthy.
On your way out of Montreux there are vineyards and amazing architecture, if you time to explore more.
You can also go on a day trip to the Glacier.
I stayed here both times (on my first visit, I was messed around by another hotel that double booked us and only told us when we arrived that we didn't have a room. The Palace offered to take us in and honour their room price with breakfast). The hotel has a bit of an old style luxury feel and the service has been fabulous on both stays. But the best features of this hotel are the location right next to the lake with amazing uninterrupted views (pictured below) and the food.
This medieval Castle has some fascinating stories and has played a key role in the history of the area. The architecture of the this building made it a very difficult castle to breach and the perfect place for prisoners in the dungeons who would be kept with little to no light and damp conditions hearing the sound of the water crashing against the castle walls. The British poet Lord Byron famously wrote the poem 'The Prisoner of Chillon' where he depicts the dark, damp dungeon. And you can see his name carved into the one of the pillars he visited which he also described in his poem. Click here to book your tickets.