I’ve already written about how I was able to explore around Lake Geneva this past summer while dropping off and picking up my son from camp in beautiful Leysin, Switzerland .
One of the places I visited with my son was beautiful, lakeside Montreux.
Montreux is wonderfully picturesque, with its stately grand hotels and idyllic lakeside views of the dramatic Chillon castle and the mountains surrounding the lake.
It also happens to be the site of the internationally renowned Montreux Jazz Festival, held each year in July.
We happened to catch the tail end of it, and enjoyed a free concert in a lakeside park.
It was a warm day, and although we hadn’t brought our bathing suits, we enjoyed wading in the water.
Montreux is a good walking town, with a long, lakeside walkway and beautiful views from each curve.
There are also statues to its well-known residents. Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of Queen lived here for many year and died here in Montreux. His statue is at a busy section of the lake.
One of my favorite authors, Valdimir Nabakov, also called Montreux home.
As soon as he made his name (and fortune) with Lolita, he happily left my alma mater, Cornell, where he’d taught Russian literature, to spend the rest of his days living and writing in the sumptuous Montreux Palace Hotel along the lakes of Lake Geneva. He died there in 1977.
His statue can be found in a lakeside park. The Palace Hotel is still a luxurious lakeside property.
Montreux is a beautiful place to visit when you’re on Lake Geneva. Enjoy strolling the town for stunning lake views and enjoy the wonderful grand hotels from a bygone era. If you’re lucky enough to be there during the jazz festival, take in some lakeside concerts, too. Can’t wait to get back.