Top 10 Must-Do Winter Activities in Montreux

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Top 10 Must-Do Winter Activities in Montreux
Montreux Riviera
Montreux Riviera

The city of Montreux renowned for it’s iconic Music festival, The Montreux Jazz Festival and its annual Christmas Market, actually offers a whole lot more than that. Settled at the foot of the Rochers de Naye and on the shore of Lake Geneva or as we call it the Lac Léman, Montreux has a very mild climate which makes it ideal for palm trees,  giving an exotic vibe to the town.  Summer, like in Winter, Montreux attracts tourists and locals alike due to its cultural offerings.  If you are stopping by this Winter,  I am going to share my favourite things to do in Montreux this Winter.

1. Montreux Christmas Market

La Rouvenaz Oyster Bar
The Montreux Christmas Market is on from 22nd November – 24th December 2018. There are plenty of things to do for families and adults alike. Bring the kids to Santa’s Village or to the Chillon Castle for fun activities. Decide between red or while mulled wine as you discover various Christmas stalls where you can pick up some beautiful presents. Finding somewhere to eat is a tough choice, there are so many options ! Enjoy a delicious moitié-moitié fondue at Chalet Heidi, a Flammenküche, or oysters at the Rouvenaz‘s Oyster and Champagne bar (my personal favourite).
The Big Iconic Wheel
http://montreuxnoel.com  Opening Hours
Artisans & Merchants Monday – Tuesday  11a.m. – 8p.m. Wednesday – Thursday  11a.m. – 9p.m. Friday 11a.m. – 10p.m. Saturday  10a.m. – 10p.m. Sunday  10a.m. – 8p.m.
Food & Beverage Monday- Tuesday 11a.m. – 10p.m. Wednesday-Thursday  11a.m. – 11p.m. Friday  11a.m. – 11p.m. Saturday  10a.m. – 11p.m. Sunday  10a.m. – 10p.m

2. Ice Skating in Caux

https://www.montreuxriviera.com/en/P5220/ice-rink-of-caux
credits: Montreux Riviera
Above Montreux, approximately 15 mins by car or 20 mins by train you can find a natural frozen rink to ice skate on. It has been used for decades and historically was even used for curling. It opens mid-December normally ! www.ilovecaux.ch  Opening Hours Wednesday: 14h00-18h00 Friday: 16h00-22h00 Saturday and Sunday: 13h00-18h00 Holidays: 11h00-18h00 Price: Adults : Sfr. 4.- / Children : Sfr. 3.- / Ice skate rental : Sfr. 3.- Infos:
Chemin de la Glacière 9, 1824 Caux
021 963 63 80
 

3. Fondue with a view at Coucou Montreux

Image result for coucou montreux Make your way up the mountain to Caux, a little village overlooking all of Montreux and Lake Geneva. The Coucou Montreux resembles a traditional Swiss Chalet from the outside and the inside.
Credits: Coucou Montreux
Here, you can enjoy traditional Swiss dishes such as the Papet Vaudois, Alpine Macaroni or my ultimate winter favourites, Cheese Fondue with Truffles and Champagne! (It is literally mouthwatering…) Click here to view the full menu.

4. Magical Train Ride on the Panoramic GoldenPass

Image result for goldenpass montreux winter Let our beautiful Alps blow you away as you wind in and out through our Winter Wonderland. Grab the panoramic train from Montreux in direction of Gstaad for the most impressive scenery. Once in Gstaad, enjoying wandering around this enchanting city before heading back to Montreux. If you enjoy skiing or snowboarding then don’t forget to bring them along as there are many ski resorts surrounding Gstaad.

5. Cocktails & Live Music in Funky Claude’s bar

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Credits: Montreux Palace
Sit back and relax with one of the numerous delicious cocktails executed by world-class bartenders and let the various musical performances entertain you and your crowd all through the night.
Image may contain: 3 people, people on stage and people playing musical instruments
Credits: Montreux Palace

6. Enjoy a panoramic view from the top of the Dent de Jaman

I love going up to the Dent de Jaman ! You can see a panoramic view of all of the Riviera from up there. The walk up is absolutely beautiful but I advise you check the weather conditions first as the road up is a little steep and I would avoid extreme icy conditions. You can only get up here by car ! There are no trains or buses. As an alternative,  you can take the www.sbb.ch  to go to the Rochers de Naye. However, I think it is ridiculous to pay CHF 70.- for a train ride which lasts less than 50 mins each way.
credits: loisir.ch

7. Artisanal Hot Chocolate at C-Chocolat

This tea-room is notorious for its artisanal hot chocolates or delicious teas! C-Chocolat is located on the main street or “Grand-Rue” as we know it, making it easily accessible to everyone. They also have various pastries and sandwiches if you are hungry for more.

c’Chocolat

+41 021 525 89 59

Grand rue 64 1820 Montreux

Monday :  12:30 – 18:30

Tuesday – Friday : 09:00 – 18:30

Saturday – Sunday : 09:30 – 18:00

8. Les Avants Sledging Run

Image result for les avants luge Before you turn your nose up and say that this is a children’s activity, just imagine a 2.5km road covered in snow and all you need is a sledge and some good company. This activity is great fun whether you are with kids or not. I promise you will have a BLAST !! The starting point is at the base of the funicular in Les Avants, you need to take it up to Sonloup before sliding all the way back down.  If you feel like being a little more adventurous, this run is open until 10 pm Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Prices

Day Card

Adult (from 16 years old) CHF 15.-

Child (from 6 years old) CHF 7.-

Junior Card not accepted

Singe Run

Adult (from 16 years old) CHF 5.-

Child (from 6 years old), abo 1/2 fare CHF 2.50

Junior Card Accepted

Toboggan rental CHF 10.- at the station Les Avants

Schedule for toboggan hire

Wednesday from 1.30 pm to 9.30 pm

Friday from 16:00 to 21:30

Saturday from 9:30 to 21:30

Sunday from 9:30 to 18:30

To get to Les Avant you can take the train www.sbb.ch or you may also drive up to the funicular.

9. Walk Through the Old Town

Image may contain: tree and outdoor I love walking through the “Vieille Ville” (Old Town to you and I) of Montreux. I just love the architecture, the river that runs through it, it’s little boutiques. It isn’t very big but it is quite active in terms of cultural entertainment. You can find all the latest information on their Facebook Page.

10. Après-ski in the Montreux Palace Igloo

Image result for igloo montreux palace If you are looking to enjoy an après-ski in style, then head on over to the Montreux Palace igloo. Sit around their version of a fire and enjoy the cosy winter vibes. You can enjoy some delicious mulled wine, champagne, local wines as well as fondues, “planchettes” which are dried ham and cheese boards, truffle risotto and a whole lot more. Opening hours Monday to Friday: 5 pm – 11 pm Saturday: 12 am – 12 pm Sunday: 12 am – 8 pm www.fairmont.com/montreux

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