Montreux – Switzerland just….Different.
From Spain to Montreux Switzerland…why?
Well Madrid is a great place…Historic, cool, famous and also sooooo crowded…
Trip apps & webs as always say go to cool far away beaches, exotic destinations…but they take a stressing to long a time to go and discover for 14 days….so i looked at the map in Europe and ask myself…were can i go…with…nice atmosphere, music…wáter ( lake or beach) and a relaxing sunset to watch but with nightlife close and good…with good restaurants and possibly some other entertainment susch as a Casino for a Little game of póker?….and my eyes popped when i saw Switzerland!! And specially Montreux!!..
Where is it?
Montreux is a municipality in the district of Riviera-Pays-d’Enhaut in the canton of Vaud in Switzerland. It is located on Lake Geneva at the foot of the Alps and has a population, as of December 2014, of 26,208 and nearly 90,000 in the agglomeration.
But ti resume my feeling…it´s Europe versión of Beverly Hills and Rodeo Drive…
So don´t expect it to be cheap, and dont expect anything normal…all in montreux is High Class and so extra Chic!!
Montreux has an area, as of 2009, of 33.4 square kilometers (12.9 sq mi). Of this area, 8.47 km2 (3.27 sq mi) or 25.4% is used for agricultural purposes, while 16.93 km2 (6.54 sq mi) or 50.7% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 6.37 km2 (2.46 sq mi) or 19.1% is settled (buildings or roads), 0.08 km2 (20 acres) or 0.2% is either rivers or lakes and 1.59 km2 (0.61 sq mi) or 4.8% is unproductive land. Of the built up area, housing and buildings made up 10.9% and transportation infrastructure made up 6.3%. Out of the forested land, 47.0% of the total land area is heavily forested and 3.1% is covered with orchards or small clusters of trees. Of the agricultural land, 0.4% is used for growing crops and 8.8% is pastures, while 1.6% is used for orchards or vine crops and 14.7% is used for alpine pastures. All the water in the municipality is flowing water. The municipality was part of the Vevey District until it was dissolved on 31 August 2006, and Montreux became part of the new district of Riviera-Pays-d’Enhaut.
The municipality stretches from Lake Geneva to the foothills of the Swiss Alps (Rochers-de-Naye). It includes the former municipalities of Montreux-Les Planches (until 1952 Les Planches) and Montreux-Le Châtelard (until 1952 Le Châtelard). It was formed in 1962 with the merger of the two former municipalities.
A bit of History..
The earliest settlement was a Late Bronze Age village at Baugy. Montreux lies on the north east shore of Lake Geneva at the fork in the Roman road from Italy over the Simplon Pass, where the roads to the Roman capital of Aventicum and the road into Gaul through Besançon separated. This made it an important settlement in the Roman era. A Roman villa from the 2nd-4th centuries and a 6th–7th century cemetery have been discovered.
In the 12th century, viticulture was introduced to the region, and the sunny slopes of the lake from Lavaux to Montreux became an important wine-growing region. Montreux is first mentioned in 1215 as Mustruel. In 1295, the Bishop of Sion sold the parish of Montreux to Girard of Oron. In 1317, it was split between the Lords of Oron (Le Châtelard) and the Counts of Savoy (Les Planches). A Brotherhood of the Holy Spirit administered estates and a hospital in Montreux starting in about 1309. The region was subject to various princes, most notably the princes of Savoy from the south side of the lake. They unified the territory which comprises the present canton of Vaud and were generally popular sovereigns. After the Burgundian Wars in the 15th century, the Swiss in Bern occupied the region without resistance, an indication of the weakness of the princes of Savoy. Under Bernese rule (1536–1798) it belonged to the bailiwick of Chillon (renamed in 1735 into the bailiwick of Vevey).
The Reformation made the region around Montreux and Vevey an attractive haven for Huguenots from Italy, who brought their artisanal skills and set up workshops and businesses.
The abbey of Les Echarpes blanches was founded in 1626.
In 1798, Napoleon liberated the region from the Bernese. In the 19th century, the tourist industry became a major commercial outlet, with the grand hotels of Montreux attracting the rich and cultured from Europe and America.
Starting in the 19th Century there were three independent municipalities that shared a central authority. This county council was made up of four deputies from Le Châtelard, two from Les Planches and one from Veytaux. The church, the market hall of La Rouvenaz, the secondary school (the building was from 1872 and 1897) and the slaughter-house (1912) were all owned by the county council. Each municipality had its own taxes and a mayor. In 1962, the municipalities of Le Châtelard and Les Planches merged, while Veytaux remained independent.
OK…ENOUGH NOW TO THE ACTION….
In el Diario La Razon ( Spanish Newspaper) i see offers to Geneva back and forth for 200€ in Iberia but only 143€ in it´s Low cost sister Vueling…so i signed up for July 1-20 …19 days of Searching and researching..Montreux….
I Found a very nice hotel Hotel Parc & Lac , and i must admit that i was amazed by it´s prize…it was Incredible 69€ per night for a week but only 60 € for 2 weeks or more… So i Booked it! 18 days and 19 nights!!…
Flight, is short 1 hour and 15 min and you arrive to great and so easy to transit, Geneva Airport…flight landed i went for bags and was out in 30-35 min.. in a 5 min walking distance you find Sbb Train Station that can take you for 22€ to Montreux in Second Class ( very good seats and cabins)…train taked to go to Montreux 1 hour and 7 minutes.
So that makes a total time in Trip to, 2 hours and 22 min.
So am i lucky or what?…one of Europe´s greatest music festival is in town, The Montreux Jazz Festival is an annual festival, this year is held from July 1 till the 16th and therefore ill have plenty of time to dine & wine and also have great night music and activities, so cool!
The Montreux Jazz Festival is an annual jazz festival created in 1967 by Claude Nobs, which takes place in Montreux, Switzerland facing Lake Geneva. It is the best known music festivals in Switzerland. Originally, the festival focused solely on jazz music, but from the 1970s was opened to other styles of music, although jazz is the most important part of the festival. Overall attend the festival about 200,000 people.
Among the artists who have been presented at the Montreux Festival include Nina Simone, Etta James, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Ray Charles, Gary Moore, David Bowie, Camaron de la Isla, Charles Mingus, Marvin Gaye, Elis Regina, Lito Vitale, Hermeto Pascoal, Cafe Tacuba, Jamiroquai, BB King, Albert King, Sade, among others.
The 2005 edition took place from 1 to 16 July with the participation among others of Isaac Hayes, Billy Preston, B. B. King, Albert King, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Alice Cooper and George Benson.
soon an update…keep tuning in