Category: Things To Do

Celebrating the holidays in Montreux

December 12, 2014


Celebrating the holidays Montreux. Photo courtesy of Kosala Bandara via Flickr.

The picturesque Swiss Riviera transforms into veritable winter wonderland over the Christmas season and celebrating the holidays in Montreux means you’re guaranteed a white Christmas. Whether you want to explore the nearby cities of Geneva and Lausanne, marvel at the snow-blanketed landscapes on the famous Golden Panoramic train or shop at some of Switzerland’s most atmospheric Christmas Markets, there are plenty of things to do in Montreux at Christmas.

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Montreux Christmas Market

November 28, 2014


Montreux christmas market. Photo courtesy of Cyril Vallee via Flickr.

With atmospheric log cabins lining the waterfront of the glittering Lake Geneva and a backdrop of snowy peaks and frost-covered vineyards, there are few Christmas shopping destinations as picturesque as Montreux. As winter descends on the Swiss Riviera, the town transforms into a fairy-tale holiday destination, hosting a Christmas village and Santa’s grotto atop the Rocher de Naye Mountain and weekend medieval markets at the majestic Chillon Castle. The main event though is the Montreux Christmas Market, renowned as one of Switzerland’s biggest and best festive markets, which opens in late November and runs until Christmas Eve.

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Switzerland Mountains, Cheese and Chocolate Tour

November 21, 2014


Bazar Hersche

Having never been to Switzerland I decided to start my last European vacation by flying into Zurich and taking a few days to explore. As it was only going to be a short visit I wanted to take time to enjoy the charms of the city, but I also really wanted to see some of the countryside. When I saw there was a full day Switzerland Mountains, Cheese and Chocolate Tour, my eyes lit up. This was just what I needed. A whole day out exploring what lay beyond the city with cheese and chocolate in the mix? We had a winner.

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Winter Fun Around Lake Geneva

November 14, 2014


Lake Geneva, photo by Zoe Smith

Whether hitting the ski slopes, shopping for gifts at the Montreux Christmas market or celebrating at a medieval-style carnival, there’s plenty of choice for winter fun around Lake Geneva – here are some ideas for spending the holidays in the Swiss Riviera.

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8 Swiss Adventures to Add to Your Bucket List

October 17, 2014


Switzerland's views

Home to some of Europe’s highest peaks and vastest glaciers, Switzerland has long been renowned as one of the world’s most popular winter destinations, but the landlocked country is also a top spot for extreme sports and adventure activities all year-round. What better place then, to check off some once-in-a-lifetime experiences from your to-do list? From soaring to the Top of Europe to braving one of the world’s most terrifying bungee jumps, here are 8 Swiss adventures to add to your bucket list.

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Lake Geneva’s Most Unique Attractions

September 19, 2014

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Montreux, Lake Geneva

Undeniably picturesque, with its backdrop of alpine peaks, terraced vineyards and fairytale castles, and the French border just minutes away, it’s little surprise that Lake Geneva is one of Switzerland’s most enchanting holiday destinations. The region’s top sights include Geneva’s famous Jet d’Eau, Chillon Castle, the United Nations headquarters and the UNESCO-listed Lavaux vineyards, but there are also plenty of little known attractions and curiosities to discover around the lakeside. To give you some ideas, here are 8 of Lake Geneva’s most unique attractions to add to your itinerary.

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