The moderate climate makes Montreux, one of the most frequented resort on Lake Geneva and earns its name as Vaud Riviera for it’s lakeshore. Enhanced by the astounding background of the Alps, the town of 20,000 inhabitants has mesmerized many people in the past and I was entranced with it’s charm the moment I landed there. Many Edwardian hotels are present here with an air of sophistication and romance, that are reminiscent of the French Riviera.
The town has long been popular with celebrity musicians and writers including Tchaikovski, Stravinski, Byron, Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky and more. At the lakeside, not only did I observe fig, bay, almond, mulberry, cypresses, magnolias and palm trees flourishing at truly Mediterranean temperatures. but also gorgeous flowers of varied kinds. I was particularly enchanted with the colorful display of tulips, roses and hyacinths. Walking down the lakefront promenade, it was a refreshing and engrossing exercise.
I was amazed by the craftsmanship of the Chillon Castle in Montreux, one of the most the most beautiful, grand architectural delight in switzerland. Erected in the 13th century, it used to be the residence of the Counts of Savoy throughout the Middle Ages. Through ages, the castle has gone through numerous transformations and renovations and used to be the house for many prominent figures in history : Emperors, Popes and Princesses.
As I delved deeper inside the castle, I was enamored by the rugged interiors . A journey to the deepest dungeons, gave me some insights of the hair raising historic incidents that once occurred. Right from the Medieval ages, history unfolded…wrapping my mind and thoughts as I slowly made my way to the topmost tower of the castle. It was a hear-stirring view from the top.
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