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Montreux Riviera, Switzerland Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 11
Total Sleeping Rooms 1,057
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 236
Committable Meeting Rooms* 27
Largest Exhibit Space 3,199 Sq. Mtr.
Average Hotel Room Rate CHF 230
Average Daily Meal Cost CHF 165
Average Weekly Car Rental CHF 751
*Maximum for a single hotel

Montreux Riviera, Switzerland Meeting Planning Overview

Montreux Riviera is known the world over for its spectacular setting on Lake Geneva, mild year-round microclimate, and surrounding vineyards and snow-covered Alps. Even so, it has managed to retain its serene, relaxed atmosphere and charming ambience. As a "Swiss Riviera" resort area, Montreux is a spectacular leisure and event destination, home to an array of fascinating venues, social activities, and team-building possibilities. Nestled between Lake Geneva and the Alps, Montreux serves as an ideal central location for excursions to Lausanne, Gruyeres, Gstaad, Zermatt, Lucerne, and Interlaken. Montreux's convenient setting is easily accessible by car, bus, and train. It is also within three hours of two major airports.

Situated only one hour by car and train from Montreux, Geneva International Airport has flights from more than 120 direct destinations throughout Europe, North America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The two-terminal airport ranks as the second-busiest European airport for private aviation, after Paris le Bourget, and features direct access to Swiss Federal Railways service, which runs to Montreux. Visitors can also fly into Zurich Airport, which is located 2.5 hours by car and three hours by train from Montreux. As Switzerland's largest and busiest airport for international flight connections, the two-terminal airport also features direct access to Swiss Federal Railways service.

In addition to Swiss Federal Railways service, Montreux features a number of public transportation options, making it easy to navigate the surrounding area. GoldenPass Services provides daily train service throughout the Swiss Alps, connecting Montreux and Lucerne, while PostBus links Chernex to Villars-sur-Chamby, Villeneuve to Rennaz and Noville, and Cully to Puidoux-Chexbres in the Montreux Riviera region. Operating throughout the Montreux Riviera region, Vevey-Montreux-Chillon-Villeneuve trolley bus service carries approximately 20,800 passengers a day, with its backbone Route 201 providing direct service to the Montreux Music & Convention Centre.

As one of Montreux's leading event venues, the Montreux Music & Convention Centre expertly accommodates meetings and conferences, as well as hosts the world-renowned Montreux Jazz Festival each July. Perched along the shores of Lake Geneva, the center is surrounded by gardens and major hotels, and is within a short walk of rail service and restaurants. Montreux Music & Convention Centre features 193,680 square feet of event space and 23 meeting rooms between two connected, glass-walled buildings designed to take full advantage of Lake Geneva and the Alps views. Event spaces include the 1,800-seat Auditorium Stravinski, a multi-purpose hall for up to 1,200 delegates, two exhibition halls with more than 43,000 square feet of raw floor space, vast terraces, and nearly 48,500 square feet of lobbies and public spaces.

Montreux's variety of unique venues allow groups to experience the beauty of the region firsthand, as well as immerse themselves in regional culture and cuisine. One of the most visited monuments in Switzerland, Chillon Castle is a medieval 13th-century fortress perched on a rocky inlet that is minutes from Montreux. Groups can request guided tours to explore the castle's underground rooms, great halls, terraces, and exhibitions, as well as reserve a variety of indoor and outdoor event spaces at this prestigious heritage site. Groups can also board a train from Montreux and take a beautiful, scenic 55-minute trip to the top of Rochers-de-Naye, which is known for its panoramic Lake Geneva and Alps views. The breathtaking site features two restaurants, hiking trails, an alpine garden, and an animal park that is home to marmot breeds from all over the world. Groups can gather in the mountain complex's 30-person seminar room or even spend the night in Rochers-de-Naye's seven Mongolian yurts. Situated in the heart of Vevey, Theatre de Vevey showcases concerts and theater productions year-round, as well as offers rentals for groups of up to 730 people. When it's time for some team-building or bonding, groups head to Fun Planet, a nearly 108,000-square-foot indoor leisure complex housing bowling, carting, billiards, indoor miniature golf, racing simulators, and video games, as well as two bars, a lounge, and indoor and outdoor dining. Aside from its leisure activities, Fun Planet features meeting and event space in six conference rooms accommodating 350 people.

About Montreux Riviera, Switzerland / Additional Info

Home to breathtaking landscapes, charming Belle Epoque architecture, and the highest density of top restaurants in Switzerland, Montreux is a Swiss paradise. A town of music, Montreux has enjoyed relations with musical greats from Igor Stravinski to Freddie Mercury, and welcomes more than 250,000 visitors each year to its July Montreux Jazz Festival, which features 20 days of concerts. Other popular events include the Classical Music Festival and Montreux Christmas Market, which opens one month before Christmas.

Montreux's official language is French, but English and German are widely spoken. Montreux served as an important settlement in the Roman era, as it sat at the fork in the Roman road from Italy over the Simplon Pass, where the road to the Roman capital of Aventicum and the road into Gaul separated. Montreux was introduced to viticulture in the 12th century, and quickly became a prestigious wine region along the sunny slopes of Lake Geneva from Lavaux to Montreux. The Montreux region evolved into a major tourist destination in the 19th century, as visitors were attracted to its gentle climate, serenity, and regal Chillon Castle. Montreux has had its fair share of celebrity visitors and residents, including Victor Hugo, Gustave Eiffel, Charlie Chaplin, Mahatma Gandhi — and the aforementioned Mercury.

Many of Montreux's most visited attractions and sites celebrate the region's heritage and natural beauty. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lavaux is home to 2,050 acres of vineyards between Lausanne and Montreux. Lake Geneva is a region graced with a warm Mediterranean climate and light reflecting off of the water, as well as eight places of production, most producing Chasselas wines. Visitors can explore Lavaux via two trains or on foot via the vineyard trails, stopping in wine cellars along the way. Another popular walking site is the four-mile Montreux Lakeside path that runs from Vevey to Villeneuve along Lake Geneva. The path is adorned with exotic flowers and palm trees; visitors can even walk from the center of Montreux to Chillon Castle in 45 minutes' time. The nearby Old City of Vevey, accessible along the lakeside path, is lined with historical monuments, museums, boutiques, and eateries. Known as the site of the Nestle world headquarters, Vevey is also well known for its Tuesday- and Saturday-morning markets with offerings of flowers, fruits, vegetables, cheese, meats, and fish. Situated about 50 minutes away by car, Glacier 3000 serves as the leading excursion destination in the permanent snow area of the Swiss mountains. Home to skiing and hiking trails, as well as a number of restaurants and other recreation adventures, Glacier 3000 features the world's highest railway-sledge installation, a coaster that takes a one-kilometer descent with 520 degrees of curves, waves, jumps, and bridges.

When it comes to culinary adventure, Montreux does not disappoint. The region is home to a number of regional, international, and gastronomic fine restaurants, many with spectacular lake and mountain views. Restaurant 45 in the Grand Hotel Suisse-Majestic serves traditional and modern gastronomic cuisine in a glass-lined space overlooking Lake Geneva, while The Brasserie du Palace serves international fare in a setting reminiscent of Parisian brasseries of old. Le Caveau des Vignerons is known for its regional Swiss offerings served in a former winegrower's cellar, while Le Palais Oriental serves Middle Eastern specialties in a grand Moorish-style building. Set in the heart of Montreux, La Rouvenaz specializes in Italian and seafood selections, served in a relaxed setting with a seasonal terrace overlooking Lake Geneva.

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