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48 Hours in Montreux, Switzerland (2024)

The start or finishing city for Switzerland’s famous Golden Pass Train Route, and only three hours by train from Zurich, Montreux is a destination in its own right.

How Long to Spend in Montreux Switzerland

There’s a wealth of amazing activities in Montreux; we suggest dedicating at least 2 days to fully explore. Our hand-crafted two-day itinerary enables you to select the finest attractions tailored to your preferences, ensuring an equally enriching experience in the stunning Swiss Riviera.

For those embarking on the Golden Pass Line journey between Montreux and Lucerne, our comprehensive 2 Days in Lucerne Itinerary offers valuable insights to optimize your visit to another of Switzerland’s enchanting cities.

Bright yellow, pink and green flowers along the edge of lake Geneva Montreux

Getting Around Montreux and the Swiss Riviera

If you have a Swiss Rail Pass, you’re in luck! All transportation and activities listed below are covered by the pass, (except for the Charlie Chaplin Museum and the cog railway to Rochers de Naye.) However, you can still take the cog railway up to Haut de Caux, halfway to Rochers de Naye, and enjoy stunning views.

If you don’t have a Swiss Rail Pass, don’t worry! Your hotel will provide you with a Riviera Montreux Card, offering free public transport in Montreux and discounts on many attractions.

For more information on the Swiss Rail Pass and Swiss Half Fare Card, you should certainly check out our 2 Days in Switzerland itinerary.

Modern train at Lucerne station

Montreux 2 Day Itinerary



If your hotel doesn’t offer breakfast, why not stroll down to the lakefront for a classic Swiss-French breakfast? You’ll find charming hotels and cafes boasting breathtaking views of the Swiss Alps across Lake Geneva.

There are a variety of delicious restaurants in the area. Our favorite is Tea Room de la Baye, as it’s quiet and away from the crowds, with a myriad of teas to choose from. They also have amazing pastries and baguettes as well.

Enjoy Chillon Castle

After a delicious breakfast, take a leisurely stroll along the picturesque lakefront boulevard towards Chillon Castle starting from the Tourist Information Bureau. Make sure to especially keep an eye out for the palm trees lining the boardwalk.

The presence of palm trees may seem out of place in Switzerland, but they are one of the defining features that earned this area the moniker of The Swiss Riviera.

Chillon Castle Montreux Switzerland
Chillon Castle

Chillon Castle stands as one of the country’s most frequented spots, evoking the enchantment of a tale from a children’s storybook. From the castle, bask in breathtaking views stretching across the lake towards France, and delve into its courtyards, towers, and historic prison cells.

Embark on a journey to the castle via Montreux’s scenic lakeside promenade, a picturesque path leading to this captivating landmark.

You can buy your tickets to Chillon Castle here.

Freddie Mercury Statue

Standing tall on the lakeside boardwalk is the renowned Freddie Mercury statue, a prominent feature in Montreux.

Captivated by the tranquility of Montreux, Freddie not only made it his home during his final years but afterwards he also acquired the Mountain Studio recording studio, where he crafted his last album, “Made in Heaven.” Even today, fans embark on pilgrimages to honor him, leaving flowers beneath the statue.

Freddie Mercury Statue, Montreux.
Freddie Mercury Statue

Montreux Casino & The Queen Recording Studio

For fans of Freddie Mercury, continue your stroll towards the Castle, and you’ll encounter the Casino Barrière de Montreux. Inside lies the Queen Mountain Studio, where Queen recorded seven of their albums.

Immerse yourself in a treasure trove of memorabilia, from Freddie’s iconic costumes to handwritten lyric pages. Take a self-guided tour, with free admission — altogether a must-visit for any Queen enthusiast.

Montreux Casino Switzerland

Lake Geneva Boat Cruise

Embark on a scenic Lake Geneva Classical Circular Cruise, a leisurely one-and-a-half-hour journey from the Castle to the opposite shore near the Swiss-French border.

You can immerse yourself in panoramic views of the majestic Swiss Alps while meandering past charming Swiss-French villages nestled along the shores of the crystal-clear Lake Geneva, indulging in the beauty of the landscape and savoring the tranquility of the journey.

You can get your tickets to the Lake Geneva Classical Circular Cruise here!

Clouds over the snow capped mountains and lake, Montreux

Explore Charlie Chaplin’s World

A scenographic concept unique in the world. Charlie Chaplin’s World retraces the private and public life of this genius of the seventh art. The Studio, a new building of Hollywood inspiration, presents the cinematographic work of one the greatest artists of the 20th century.

The four-hectare park showcases hundred-year-old trees beloved by Charlie Chaplin and a breathtaking view of Lake Léman and the Alps.

Charlie Chaplin Montreux Switzerland

Cogwheel Train to Rochers de Naye

Head to Montreux station, where you can embark on an hour-long adventure aboard the charming cogwheel train to Rochers de Naye.

As the train winds its way up the mountainside, you’ll be treated to breathtaking views of the picturesque Swiss countryside, for an especially beautiful panoramic vista from the summit.

Once at the top, lace up your hiking boots and explore the various trails available, allowing you to stretch your legs and immerse yourself in the stunning landscape on foot.

Cog wheel train, Rochers de naye


Numerous top-notch restaurants in Montreux tantalize taste buds with a blend of French delicacies and traditional Swiss fare. You can experience these culinary delights served with breathtaking views overlooking the serene lake. Among our favorites are the Montreux Jazz Cafe and the Michelin-rated Le Bistro by Décotterd (which we think has one of the most delicious menus in the country!).

For those seeking a quick bite after a day of exploration, head to Les Boucaniers Montreux. This restaurant is a small spot for delicious international cuisine.

Near the railway station awaits the inviting Barrel Oak Irish Pub, a beloved spot for an equally hearty meal.

La Palais Oriental restaurant on the lake, Montreux


Planning Tip

Go online to the SBB app or at the station ask for a print out with;-
1. times for trains to Gruyeres (two trains) between 8 am, and 9 am
2. times for trains Gruyeres to Broc Fabrique between 12 noon and 2 pm
3. Times for train from Broc Fabrique to Montreux between 3 pm and 5 pm

Gruyeres Medieval Castle & Cheese Factory

Depart from Montreux Station aboard a train between 8:00 am and 9:00 am. You will need to transfer at Mont Boven, en route to the charming destination of Gorgeous Gruyeres. Expect the journey to last approximately 2 hours, unveiling a plethora of captivating sights and attractions upon arrival.

Upon reaching Gruyeres, catch sight of the castle perched majestically atop the hill overlooking the station. Enjoy a leisurely stroll to the castle or inquire about available bus services departing from the station..

Gruyere medieval castle and famous Gruyere Cheese factory.

Interestingly, in Gruyere, there is also a Tibetan Museum, high on the hill alongside the medieval castle.

There is also the H R Giger Museum. H R Giger, the Swiss painter, was part of a special effects team that won an Academy Award for design work on the film Alien and was well known for his nightmarish science-fiction motifs.

Bronze statue of an alien outside the H R GIGER MUSEUM in Gruyere.

When you’ve seen the castle, head back through the medieval village and back down to the station. You may wish to have lunch at one of the small cafes in the village or the cheese factory. Try the traditional meringues with fresh berries and La Gruyeres double cream.

Snow capped mountains overlook Gruyeres old town

Embark on a Cheesy Adventure in Gruyere

Behind the station is the cheese factory La Maison du Gruyère. There is an interactive tour that takes you through the production of Gruyeres Cheese. The tour includes free samples! There is also an excellent shop and cafe on the premises.

Man surrounded by racks of cheese at cheese factory La Maison du Gruyère

Cailler Chocolate Factory

Hop aboard the train bound for Broc Fabrique, where your senses will be delighted at every turn. Upon arrival, you’ll encounter the Nestle Outlet shop conveniently located at the station, followed by a short stroll down the road to the renowned Cailler Chocolate Factory.

Indulge in a captivating interactive tour of the factory and treat yourself to complimentary chocolate tastings, promising an unforgettable experience for chocolate enthusiasts of all ages.

Old fashioned chocolate posters adorn the wall at Cailler Chocolate Factory

Final Night in Montreux and Fairmont Le Montreux Palace Hotel Gardens

Return to Montreux and enjoy a final sunset walk along the lakeside promenade and see the sculptures of famous musicians in the garden of the Fairmont Le Montreux Palace Hotel.

Montreux has always attracted famous musicians to the town and is well known for the annual Montreux Jazz Festival. In the garden, you will see sculptures of famous musicians who have played at the Jazz Festival.