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Swiss Diary: Montreux


Along the Quai in Montreux, looking toward the French Alps.

You can live lavishly and discreetly in Montreux, the centerpiece of the Swiss Riviera. Legions of pop stars (like Freddie Mercury and Robert Plant), former heads of state, and even literary figures such as  Vladimir Nabokov came here to do just that.


Room at the Tralala Hotel, Montreux.

Or you can stay in a more affordable fashion, at the three-star Tralala Hotel, with its Montreux Jazz Festival-themed rooms, its quiet location in Les Planches area of the city, and its welcome prices in a town synonymous with palace hotels (doubles from $117).


From the hotel, a five minute stroll takes you to Cafe du Grutli (41 (0)21 963 42 65), where classic cheese fondue, perhaps laced with tomatoes or truffles, come with a side of colorful locals.


Spring in Montreux.

But rich or not-so-rich, every visitor is beguiled by Montreux's setting, overlooking Lake Geneva and offering a panorama of the French Alps. There's no better time to be here than in the spring.

For more info, visit the Lake Geneva Region.

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