I discovered Montreux with a friend from Lausanne. The warmer microclimate allows palm trees and gardens to flourish and it is known as the Swiss Riviera. Poet Lord Byron inspired English tourists with his 1816 poem ‘Prisoner of Chillon’, which in turn inspired a painting by Delacroix. The rich Brits arrived and grand hotels were built. They also decided to educate their children in Swiss boarding schools, and nine of the ten most expensive schools in the world are found around Lake Geneva.
Montreux is the home of the world’s most famous music festival, started in 1967 by Claude Nobs. The casino catching fire during a Frank Zappa concert in 1971 inspired Deep Purple’s ‘Smoke on the Water’
We all came out to Montreux
On the Lake Geneva shoreline.
Famous residents of the Montreux area include Freddie Mercury, Jim Beach (Queen’s Manager) David Bowie, Noël Coward, Vladimir Nabokov, Joan Sutherland Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Charlie Chaplin.