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Gstaad or Montreux

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Gstaad or Montreux

Is it a good idea to stay in Gstaad to cover Montreux and Gruyères?

Which is a better place to stay with kids for 2-3 days in May?

Please help

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knoxville
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11. Re: Gstaad or Montreux

I have only 2 full days in Montreux. Can I do Vevey and Chateau de Chillon in the same day? If so, How is best?? To see vineyards should you do tour??

On the other day Gstaad?? Saanen?? Gruyeres?? Morges??

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12. Re: Gstaad or Montreux

Hi annegilmer,

Yes, you can do Vevey and Chillon on the same day. But our suggestions will make more sense if you could tell us when you'll be there -- July? September? December?

Anyway, you could start at Vevey, see the tangled streets of the old town, walk down the lakeside promenade, maybe have lunch. If you do this on a Saturday, there will be a market in the square by the lake. You can then take a ferry to Chillon (if travelling in the summer) and see the castle. Walk back to Montreux. You can easily do the whole thing in reverse.

You can see Gstaad, Saanen, and Gruyeres on one day easily -- even walk between Saanen and Gstaad. Just take the train to Saanen, walk to Gstaad (about 45 minutes), have lunch, then take the train to Gruyeres to see the village and the castle there.

Morges is a beautiful little town that sits on the other side of Lausanne. You may be able to see it on your arrival day --

To see the vineyards of the Lavaux, best thing imo is to walk through them. If you had an extra day, you could see Morges and the Lavaux on the same day. Or you could do this instead of going to Gstaad & Gruyeres.

Have fun as you plan!

s

knoxville
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13. Re: Gstaad or Montreux

THANKS!! Going in early July. Are the wine tours needed to get around the vineyards Vevey/Chillion??

Garmisch-Partenkirch...
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14. Re: Gstaad or Montreux

Hi again annefilmer,

No, no tours are necessary to see the vineyards -- just take the train or the ferry to your start point (Rivaz, Lutry, Chexbres, Grandvaux, etc) and then walk.

If you are going in July, you may want to know that there is a huge international jazz festival that takes place in Montreux in July. The lakeside promenade will be super crowded, as will most of the town.

Have fun as you plan!

s

knoxville
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15. Re: Gstaad or Montreux

Thanks!! In just a day which area would you walk to see best scenes in the wine areas??

Mumbai
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16. Re: Gstaad or Montreux

Hi swandav, what's your take on visiting Glacier 3000 vs. spending the day in Gruyere / vevey? Which one would be recommend if we could do only one and not both. We would definitely be going to Chillon Castle the day we reach Montreux.

We are couple with two young kids 6 and 4 visiting in May and have about 2 days in Montreux. We would be doing Titlis, Pilatus and Rigi when we go to Lucerne from Montreux.

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17. Re: Gstaad or Montreux

This is a very old thread and you might have been better posting your question - since it is somewhat different - on a new thread. In future if you wish to do so simply click on the "Ask a Question" button at the top of the Switzerland forums, choose the Forum you wish to post on (be as local as you can) and ask it!

I don't think there is any comparison between Glacier 3000 and visiting Gruyères and/or Vevey. Glacier 3000 is on the Diablerets glacier, is quite flat at the top, and takes a lot of getting to - train Montreux to Aigle, connect to train to les Diablerets and then postbus from there to the top of the Pillon pass. Finally two cable car rides up to the glacier. Quite frankly I do not think the end result is worth it. The old town of Vevey on the other hand is really beautiful. Very 18th century in parts. Gruyères is a hilltop medieval village, completely walled, and very impressive especially if you are there early in the day since there are fewer people.

I would suggest you go from Montreux to Gruyères (one change in Montbovon) as early as you can. go straight up to the village. the walk from the station will take you about 20mins or there is a bus, and you can check the schedule on the SBB site. www.sbb.ch/en then come back down and visit the Demonstration Cheese Factory. A tour well planned and very informative. You could have lunch there too - they have a nice little restaurant. then back to Montreux and connect to vevey. doesn't matter if you take the express train or the local as the time doesn't differ all that much. Just take the first available. From the station cross the street and head towards the "Grande Place" or Place du Marché. with the lake in front of you turn left into the old part of town.

You should be back in Montreux (travel by boat, bus or train) by late afternoon / early evening.

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