Montreux

I’m going to try a new format today, with larger pictures and without the pain of trying to get the text wrapping just right….

We enjoyed our scenic train journeys across Switzerland, and now we had a few days in the city of Montreux, on Lake Geneva near Lausanne. Montreux is in the French part of Switzerland, and it feels like the French riviera — warm, laid back, and cafes galore.

Apparently lots of famous people have settled here, including Freddie Mercury, whose statue is prominently displayed in the main square on the lakefront. And you can understand why those with money to burn would end up here — there’s an elegance and sophistication about the place, and the views of the mountains overlooking the lake are magnificent.

Out for an evening walk along Lake Geneva after arriving in Montreux

Out for an evening walk along Lake Geneva after arriving in Montreux

We didn’t spend a long time here; just a couple of days. We toured the Château de Chillon, a notable and beautiful fortress right on the water, and a short walk from the youth hostel we’re staying at.

The Château de Chillon on a lovely, calm morning in Montreux

The Château de Chillon on a lovely, calm morning in Montreux

We also spent a day in Lausanne and toured the Olympic museum, which was good in its own right and without a hint of controversy.

Visiting the Olympic Museum in Lausanne

Visiting the Olympic Museum in Lausanne

There was a battle for first place...

There was a battle for first place…

Next we are on our way to the Bernese Oberland, the mountainous region of Switzerland with lots of cable cars and funicular railways.

The Territet to Glion funicular is the oldest in the world, built in 1883. We rode up and had dinner with a view of the lake from above

The Territet to Glion funicular is the oldest in the world, built in 1883. We rode up and had dinner with a view of the lake from above

The popular statue of Freddie Mercury on the shores of Lake Geneva in Montreux

The popular statue of Freddie Mercury on the shores of Lake Geneva in Montreux

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