The music city of Montreux

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View on Lake Geneva and France © Christian Perez

View on Lake Geneva and France © Christian Perez

Montreux is a municipality in the district of Riviera-Pays-d’Enhaut in the canton of Vaud in Switzerland. It is located on Lake Geneva at the foot of the Alps and has a population of 23,800 and nearly 90,000 in the agglomeration.

Montreux boasts one of the most beautiful walks along the lake, stretching from Villeneuve all the way towards Vevey. The main square of the town, Place du Marché, features a statue of Freddie Mercury facing Lake Geneva. Some of the numerous small villages around Montreux include La Tour-de-Peilz, Clarens, Territet, and Villeneuve. The Château of Chillon provides a marvelous view of the entire Lake of Geneva and can be easily accessed via bus, walk or boat.

Montreux at night © Bernd Brägelmann Freddy Mercury statue © Bernd Brägelmann Chateu Chillon © Melintir Montreux. View to the Chablais © Wofratz Montreux. View on the Lake Geneva and France © Muhaidib Montreux Panorama © Paolo Steffan Montreux Panorama © Kicksi Montreux, seen from Lake Geneva © DWS Trivia King Montreux Casino © Roland Zumbühl - www.picswiss.ch Hotel Montreux Palace © Ygrek Freddy Mercury memorial © Roland Zumbühl - www.Picswiss.ch View on Lake Geneva and France © Christian Perez
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Freddy Mercury memorial © Roland Zumbühl - www.Picswiss.ch
Deep Purple’s famous song “Smoke on the Water” tells of the events of 1971, when a Frank Zappa fan with a flare gun set the Montreux Casino on fire. The destroyed Casino was reopened in 1975. Montreux is the home of Mountain Studios, the recording studio used by several artists. “Bonzo’s Montreux” by Led Zeppelin is named after the city where the drums session of John Bonham was recorded in 1976. In 1978, the band Queen bought the studio. It was then sold to Queen producer David Richards. In 2002, the Mountain Studios was converted into a bar as part of a complete renovation of the studio. David Richards has left Montreux to settle down somewhere else. Queen also appeared in 1984 and in 1986 at the Golden Rose Festival and Queen guitarist Brian May appeared in 2001 at the Jazz Festival. Montreux was also the subject of the 1995 Queen single “A Winter’s Tale” on the album Made in Heaven, one of Freddie’s last songs before his death on November 24, 1991. The album cover features the statue of Mercury beside the lake.

In 1990, the Wakker Prize for the development and preservation of its architectural heritage was awarded to Montreux. The Federation International de Roller Skating was founded in Montreux in 1924.

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