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Discovering Montreux

As you may already know from my social media feeds and my last post, this weekend, I popped over to Geneva to celebrate my best friend’s birthday with her.

However, I have decided to dedicate this post to another gem I found in Switzerland (sorry Fi)… Montreux.

Sunken into a valley at the foot of the Alps and renowned for its famous jazz festival, iconic Freddie Mercury statue and festive Christmas market, this idyllic town is a must visit whilst in Switzerland!

Surrounded by the Lake Geneva, Montreux boasts some incredible scenery.

With its traditional Swiss houses, richly decorated in woodwork and nestled in the mountains, picturesque snow-capped Alps, disguised by fluffy clouds and the BEST Christmas market I have ever been to (sorry Champs-Elysees but this Christmas market had Santa Claus in a sleigh…with reindeer… IN THE AIR), Montreux is exactly how I had always imagined Switzerland to look like.

Discovering Montreux, Switzerland - Santa - My Culture Craving

Discovering Montreux, Switzerland - Lake - My Culture Craving

Around the Christmas period, the streets of Montreux come alive with the soft sound of Christmas songs, the smell of melted cheese and spiced mulled wine and the sparkle of Christmas lights and decorations.

Decked in line upon line of cute, wooden chalets selling everything from scrumptious mulled wine (in the cutest cups), yummy raclette, fondue and burgers (these being the most important of chalets) to unique Christmas trinkets, indulgent chocolate, twinkly fairy lights and roasted chestnuts (roasted by hunky men covered in soot in hard hats…), there is a hut to suit any passing traveller… there is even a bubbles bar (to my disappointment, it wasn’t of the fairy liquid variety however, I very much enjoyed the champs).

Discovering Montreux, Switzerland - Christmas Market - My Culture Craving

Aside from the shops, there was also a brass band singing and dancing up and down the market dressed as elves, cosy fire pits placed in several of the wooden chalets (a slight fire risk, but atmospheric nevertheless), restaurants, fairground rides, bars, various, shimmering Christmas lights and, there was even a glitzy, gold carpet, winding throughout the market.

Discovering Montreux, Switzerland - Elfs - My Culture Craving

Discovering Montreux, Switzerland - Fire Pit - My Culture Craving

After a long hard day of drinking mulled wine and rum tea, whilst bopping around the numerous festive huts, we ended the evening in the most perfect way I could ever imagine… WITH A CHEESE FONDUE (if you haven’t already figured it out, I am a huge cheese lover).

Served up in an adorable wooden chalet, adorned in Christmas decorations, sleighs and fur, it was Switzerland all over… we stuffed our faces until our fondue forks were scraping the bottom of the pan and our top buttons were undone.

It was heaven.

Discovering Montreux, Switzerland - Fondue - My Culture Craving

HELPFUL INFO:

– Depending on what method of transport you use to get there, Montreux is approximately an hour away from Geneva. The train takes just over an hour, costs around £20 each way and leaves on a regular basis from Geneva train station.

– Although Switzerland is renowned for its extortionate price tags, Montreux wasn’t horrendously priced. A glass of mulled wine cost approximately £3.50 and depending on where you went, a fondue to share was around £10-15pp.

– The Christmas Market is open from 24th November – 24th December, Monday – Thursday: 11am-8pm, Friday: 11am-10pm, Saturday: 10am-10pm and Sunday: 10am-8pm.

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4 Comments

  • Reply My Top Travel Destinations of 2014 | The Globe-Trotting Graduate

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    December 16, 2014 at 2:30 pm
  • Reply Sabrina

    Geneva! Awesome city, just been there lately – big plus: eduroam, big minus: Swiss prices. What did you enjoy the most? 🙂

    December 21, 2014 at 10:51 pm
    • Reply The Globe-Trotting Graduate

      Sorry for the late reply! Yes, Swiss prices are very steep… I nearly had a heart attack when I first visited haha. I loved Montreux, it was so beautiful… A definite highlight! I hope you had a lovely Christmas 🙂

      December 28, 2014 at 10:16 pm
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