MONTREUX: A Lakeside Secret
Photos Taken / Written by JENNIFER MAHON | This post was read 576 times
It's been over a year....and no, I am still not done posting from the 31 cities we visited in 19 days last summer!
After the unexpected drive through Switzerland's Jaunpass, we get to Montreux - a recommendation from a friend who studied abroad in Switzerland (thanks Tanya!) - and I am completely and utterly overwhelmed by the beauty of this place. We Hotwired a hotel (again) and came up with Hotel Du Grand Lac Excelsior. The most awesome thing about this hotel (besides the steal of a price we got it for) was that every single room in the place had a balcony that looked out over Lake Geneva and the Alps.
Map of the Insane Euro Road Trip of 2014
Pretty decent room at Hotel Du Grand Lac Excelsior
The greatest thing about this hotel is that ALL rooms come with a lakeside view
View looking to the left...
View looking to the right...
Watching some aerobatics from our balcony
YOU'VE GOTTA SEE......
CHÂTEAU DE CHILLON
An hour of walking later and we're finally here. The château itself is not all that impressive, to me it's all about the location. Surrounded by the snow-capped Alps and the gorgeous blue waters of Lake Geneva, the medieval Château de Chillon sits on a rocky island (barely, it's like a 20-foot bridge that connects it to the mainland) and has views to die for. The setting is spectacular.
After chillin' a bit at Chillon (lol) off we go - uphill! - to check out Old Town Montreux, then thankfully back to the hotel for a good night's rest. Tomorrow's another big day, with Lausanne, Geneva and Lyon on the schedule!
Walking along the flower-lined lakeside promenade
I kind of underestimated the walk to the Chateau - it was a lot further than it looked!
Dude painting the incredible view
After an hour's walk....we're here - Château de Chillon
Pier by Château de Chillon - perfect place to sit and rest after that long walk
Making our way up to the Old Town
A little further up.....
Finally at the top - Old Town Montreux
These old cobblestone roads make for great wedding pics
Super cute Old Town
Back by the lake to find a spot for the sunset
Seems like a good spot
The views from anywhere on the lakeside promenade a beautiful
Time for a night cap in the hotel lounge
And a dessert....
....while enjoying this view
Morning view....time to head to the next town
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Keywords: chateau, europe road trip, lake geneva, montreux, road trip, suisse, sunset, swiss alps, switzerland
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