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onTour: a Weekend in and around Lausanne, Switzerland (Part 2/2)

After discovering Lausanne at daytime, Dave invited some friends to his appartment. There we had a great Dinner with BBQ, selfmade Crepes and local Beer – the friends of Dave were very international: from Australia, the U.S., Germany, France, NZ and Switzerland. I had quite a few good conversations before we went to a local club: the great escape.

Like i pointed out in the first part, the outdoor lifestyle seems to be an important part of the suisse culture. Also at the club we went to, most of the people were standing outside on a big terrace with Beer or Cider in their hands. The Music was international like all the guests were – it seemed that you could meet people from everywhere in the world here. To cut a long story short: the Cider was delicious, the music and the atmosphere good – a perfect night!

Montreux © by yashima

We wanted to use the Sunday for a trip to Montreux, a municipality in the district of Riviera-Pays-d'Enhaut in the canton of Vaud in Switzerland. Before that we had to find a place where we could have a good brunch to be prepared. The Café we went to was located in the center of Lausanne and offered a wide range of brunch meals. I ordered pancakes with bacon and eggs on it, sided by a little fruit salad:

[note]“… 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.
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. …”

(Source: Wikipedia)
[/note] If you take the train from Lausanne to Montreux you'll need around half an hour to get there, driving along the lakeside with nice views.
Montreux is like a small town, but due to it's beautiful location there is a high amount of notable residents: the most popular was Freddie Mercury, today there is a big statue (it stands 3 metres high overlooking Lake Geneva) – a pilgrimage site for a lot of fans:

Freddie Mercury (1946-1991) - Montreux - Switzerland © by Lomyx

Unfortunately it was raining the whole day therefore we wanted to visit Château de Chillon, only 3km away from the centre of Montreux. The Castle was build on a little island in the Lake Geneva and is open to the public. We used the next 2hours to learn more about the history of this impressive building and the area around:

Château de Chillon © by GregTheBusker

Back in Lausanne we prepared some “Tarte Flambee” for Dinner and i packed my stuff, because I had to leave the next Day. What a great Weekend – thanks Dave!


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