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Les Murs Blancs
Chernex-Montreux The residence "Les Murs-Blancs" is ideally located on the Swiss Riviera heights. The complex contains 6 apartments, from 2.5 to 4.5 rooms, with a balcony, a terrace or a garden.
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Chalet in Vallon-de-Villard
Montreux Chalet in Vallon-de-Villard located on the heights of Montreux with lake view and tranquility.
A commune rooted in tourism
“After the beautiful spectacle of the mountains we believed that nothing could be seem more perfect, but the friendliness of our Swiss hosts doubled the charm of the excursion.” For the celebrated actress Sarah Bernhardt, Montreux left an indelible trace in her heart. She was not the only one to be seduced by the many attractions of the town on the shores of Lake Geneva. From the middle of the nineteenth century, tourists, mainly English, were already flocking en masse on the Riviera. Hotels were built on the abundant free land between the surrounding villages. Montreux did not exist then as a commune, but there were two villages, Les Planches and Le Châtelard, which after a few years began to merge.
The tourist activity and many new constructions meant Montreux was effectively a commune, though it was only in 1961 that Les Planches and Le Châtelard voted to formally join to create a single, new commune: Montreux was born. Ever since, the tourist resort has maintained its international status, welcoming events, concerts, conferences and other gatherings of all kinds.
Montreux, Jewel of the Riviera
Protected by the mountains that surround it, Montreux is privileged to enjoy a gentle climate. The panorama is spectacular: Lake Geneva extends for miles into the distance, with the Jura on the far side, while the Alps rise majestically directly opposite Montreux. The region around the town offers the beauties of Lavaux and its hillsides, and the banks of the Lake are an opportunity for flower-filled promenades.
Living in Montreux means choosing a pleasant and modern lifestyle. It should be no surprise that the sale of property is still doing well in the region. The Cardis | Sotheby’s International Realty agency in Montreux offers the greatest range of properties on sale, whether it is new or luxury property, apartments, houses or villas, at all price levels. With four brokers who possess in-depth knowledge of every corner of the territory, our agency is the largest in the region. We offer a free estimate of your property, professional photos, 360° virtual tours and home staging. These resources, among other qualities, are what allow us to sell an average of two properties per day.
Our real estate agency in Montreux is a model of its kind on the Riviera offering the best services. It also knows how to take care of a cosmopolitan and prestigious clientele, who wish to become owners of a second home on the banks of Lake Geneva.
The Montreux Jazz Festival
Over the first two weeks of July, music lovers all head for the town’s quays to enjoy and discover the stars of the Montreux Jazz Festival. Created in 1967 by the determination of eccentric Montreux native Claude Nobs, the festival was initially focused on jazz, before expanding to take in rock, gospel music, soul and pop. Today, every kind of music is performed here, from electronic to hip hop.
The Montreux Jazz Festival has seen some of the greatest names in music: Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Aretha Franklin, B.B. King, Ray Charles, Deep Purple, Sting, Bob Dylan, to mention only a few. The list is far from exhaustive, but is indicative of the popularity and prestige of the festival. The group Deep Purple even wrote part of their famous song Smoke on the Water after their show here, referring to the fire at the Montreux Casino. A plaque at Territet reminds us today of this anecdote about the “hymn to Montreux”, as the local people like to call it.
The festival continues to bring international fame to Montreux. But the Montreux Jazz Festival isn’t the only event that puts the town on the map. Humour is also to the fore at the Montreux Comedy Festival, where we can laugh alongside local and international comedians. Polymanga, a festival of manga comics and video games, has also become an unmissable event.
From the Château de Chillon to the Rochers de Naye
Since the 12th century, as if floating on the waters of Lake Geneva, the Château de Chillon has stood watch over the magnificent landscape around it, from the high Alps to the green hills. It is a beautiful setting for Switzerland’s most-visited monument. It first rose to prominence thanks to poet Lord Byron, who wrote “The Prisoner of Chillon” in 1816 inspired by the true story of François Bonivard, imprisoned there in the 16th century. La Nouvelle Héloïse by Jean-Jacques Rousseau also contributed to the celebrity of the Château de Chillon, for which it provides the setting. Today, the modern museography and temporary exhibitions draw visitors to discover this unique monument.
When we turn our backs on the lake, we discover the splendid rocky massifs of Montreux. Taking the cog railway that departs the town for Rochers-de-Naye, for a chance to follow different walking routes and gain panoramic views over Lake Geneva. For less adventurous nature lovers, the area around Rochers-de-Naye, which rises to over 2,000 metres above sea level, is a chance to discover the garden of La Rambertia and its more than 1,000 species of flowers. Don’t miss the six summit parks with their adorable marmots.
A favourite of Sissi and Freddy Mercury
Montreux owes its international renown to its pleasant lifestyle and cultural events that attract people from across the world. This global shine has also charmed the famous, who in turn gave Montreux the reputation it has today. Elisabeth of Habsburg, better known under the name of Sissi, enjoyed its calm atmosphere and the numerous walks it offers. She wandered the mountain paths many times during her stays, and always came back to the town to rejuvenate and to dispel her melancholy following the tragedies in her family. Today, a statue at Territet is a reminder of her remarkable and appreciated visits.
Another statue, this time of Freddy Mercury, the extravagant singer of the group Queen, with his fist raised, stands beside Lake Geneva on the market square. He was very attached to Montreux, and the town treated him well. Another artistic visitor was the writer Ernest Hemingway. The great traveller wrote several chapters of A Farewell to Arms here, in his bedroom in a typically Swiss chalet, and Montreux and the region form its setting: “In front of the house where we lived the mountain went down steeply to the little plain along the lake and we sat on the porch of the house in the sun and saw the winding of the road down the mountain-side and the terraced vienyards on the side of the lower mountain, the vines all dead now for the winter and the fields divided by stone walls, and below the vineyards the houses of the town on the narrow plain along the lake shore.” We could also mention Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Alphonse Daudet or Hans-Christian Andersen among the many illustrious personages who have loved the town of Montreux.