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Montreux
Country Switzerland
Canton Vaud
District Vevey
46°26′N, 6°55′E
Population 22,897  (2003)
  - Density 686 /km² (1,776 /sq.mi.)
Area 33.40 km² (12.9 sq mi)
Elevation 390 m (1,280 ft)
Montreux at night.
Postal code 1820
SFOS number 5886
Mayor Pierre Salvi SPS/PSS
Surrounded by Blonay, Haut-Intyamon (FR), La Tour-de-Peilz, Noville, Veytaux, Villeneuve
Twin towns Wiesbaden (Germany), Menton (France), Chiba City (Japan)
Website www.montreux.ch
Montreux (Switzerland)
Montreux

Montreux is a municipality in the district of Vevey in the canton of Vaud in Switzerland. This list of countries, arranged alphabetically, gives an overview of countries of the world. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (811x1000, 71 KB) Coat of arms of Montreux Description: Blason de la commune de Montreux VD (CH) Auteur: Arnaud Gaillard (arnaud () amarys. ... Valais Ticino Graubünden (Grisons) Geneva Vaud Neuchâtel Jura Berne Thurgau Zurich Aargau Lucerne Solothurn Basel-Land Schaffhausen Uri Schwyz Glarus St. ... The Canton of Vaud is one of the 26 cantons of Switzerland located in the southwestern part of the country. ... In contrast to centrally organised states, in the federally constituted Switzerland each Canton is completely free to decide its own internal organisation. ... Arms of Vevey (district) Vevey is a district in the canton of Vaud, Switzerland. ... 2003 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar, and also: The International Year of Freshwater The European Disability Year Events January events January 1 Luíz Inácio Lula Da Silva becomes the 37th President of Brazil. ... Population density per square kilometre by country, 2006 Population density map of the world in 1994. ... This article is about the physical quantity. ... To help compare sizes of different geographic regions, we list here areas between 10 km² (1000 hectares) and 100 km² (10,000 hectares). ... Elevation histogram of the surface of the Earth – approximately 71% of the Earths surface is covered with water. ... This article is about the unit of length. ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (3072x1860, 1226 KB) Summary Montreux bei Nacht. ... Here are postal codes of Switzerland and Liechtenstein: Zone 1 1000s are found in Lausanne, Lavaux and parts of Morges, 1100s in parts of Morges, 1200s are in Geneva and parts of La Côte, Vaud, 1300s in La Vallée, 1500s are found in Clavaleyres, the 1700s are found... The Official Munipality Key, formerly also known as the Official Municipality Characteristic Number or Municipality Code Number, is a number sequence for the identification of politically independent municipalities or municipality-free areas. ... A mayor (from the Latin māior, meaning larger, greater) is the modern title of the highest ranking municipal officer. ... The Social Democratic Party of Switzerland (also rendered as Socialist Party of Switzerland, in German: Sozialdemokratische Partei der Schweiz (SPS), French Parti socialiste suisse (PSS), Italian Partito Socialista Svizzero, Romansh Partida Socialdemocrata de la Svizra. ... The following is a list of the municipalities in Switzerland, listed alphabetically. ... Blonay is a municipality in the district of Vevey of the Canton of Vaud, Switzerland. ... Haut-Intyamon is a municipality in the district of Gruyère, in the canton of Fribourg, Switzerland. ... La Tour-de-Peilz is a municipality in the district of Vevey of the Canton of Vaud, Switzerland. ... Noville is a commune in Switzerland in the canton of Vaud, located in the district of Aigle. ... Veytaux is a commune in Vevey in Vaud & in Switzerland Stubs Categories: Switzerland geography stubs ... Villeneuve Categories: Municipalities of the canton of Vaud | Switzerland geography stubs ... This list includes twin towns/sister cites (Partnergemeinden, Partnerstädte, villes ou communes jumelles) in Switzerland linked by a sister city agreement (Städtepartnerschaft or Gemeindepartnerschaft; jumelage de villes) and towns linked by friendship agreements (Freundschaft or amitié). A few municipalities participating in projects arranged by the Swiss organizations Patenschaft... Wiesbaden is a city in central Germany. ... Menton (Occitan: Menton in classical norm or Mentan in Mistralian norm; Italian: Mentone) is a town and commune in the Alpes-Maritimes département of the Provence-Alpes-Côte dAzur région of France. ... Chiba (千葉市 Chiba-shi) is the capital city of Chiba Prefecture, Japan. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1359x922, 341 KB) Switzerland Map drawn by Tschubby see also Karte_Schweiz_Details. ... Image File history File links Red_pog2. ... Municipalities are the smallest government division in Switzerland. ... Valais Ticino Graubünden (Grisons) Geneva Vaud Neuchâtel Jura Berne Thurgau Zurich Aargau Lucerne Solothurn Basel-Land Schaffhausen Uri Schwyz Glarus St. ... Capital Lausanne Population (2004) 657,700 (Ranked 3rd)   - Density 205 /km² Area 3212 km² (Ranked 4th) Highest point Les Diablerets 3210 m Joined 1803 Abbreviation VD Languages French Executive Conseil dEtat (7) Legislative Grand Conseil (150) Municipalities 382 municipalities Districts 19 districts Website www. ...


It is located on Lake Geneva and has a population of 22,897. Lake Geneva or Lake Léman (French Lac Léman, le Léman, or Lac de Genève) is the second largest freshwater lake in Central Europe (after Lake Balaton). ...


History and geography

Montreux lies on the north east shore of Lake Geneva at the fork in the Roman road from Italy over the Simplon Pass, where the roads to the Roman capital of Aventicum and the road into Gaul through Besançon separated. This made it an important settlement already in Roman times. Ancient Rome was a civilization that grew from a small agricultural community founded on the Italian Peninsula circa the 9th century BC to a massive empire straddling the Mediterranean Sea. ... Simplon Pass (Italian: Sempione) is a mountain pass at 2,008 m (6,589 ft) in the Lepontine Alps between Switzerland and Italy. ... Aventicum was the largest town and capital of Roman Switzerland (Civitas Helvetiorum). ... Gaul (Latin: ) was the name given, in ancient times, to the region of Western Europe comprising present-day northern Italy, France, Belgium, western Switzerland and the parts of the Netherlands and Germany on the west bank of the Rhine river. ... City flag City coat of arms Motto: Utinam (Latin: If God wills) Citadel Vauban of Besançon Location Time Zone CET (GMT +1) Coordinates Administration Country Region Franche-Comté Department Doubs (25) Intercommunality Grand Besançon Mayor Jean-Louis Fousseret (PS) (since 2001) City Statistics Land area¹ 65. ...


In the 12th century, viticulture was introduced to the region, and the sunny slopes of the lake from Lavaux to Montreux became an important wine-growing region. wine grapes Viticulture (from the Latin word for vine) is the science, production and study of grapes which deals with the series of events that occur in the vineyard. ... Lavaux is the northern shore of the Lake Geneva (Lac Léman) in the canton of Vaud in French-speaking Switzerland. ...


The region was subject to various princes, most notably the princes of Savoy from the south side of the lake. They unified the territory which comprises the present canton of Vaud and were generally popular sovereigns. Flag of Savoy This article is about the historical region of Savoy. ...


After the Burgundian Wars in the 15th century, the Swiss in Berne occupied the region without resistance, an indication of the weakness of the princes of Savoy. The Reformation made the region around Montreux and Vevey an attractive haven for Huguenots from Italy, who brought their artisanal skills and set up workshops and businesses. Combatants Duchy of Burgundy Swiss Confederation Valois Dynasty The Burgundian Wars were a conflict between the Dukes of Burgundy and the Kings of France, later involving the Old Swiss Confederacy, which would play a decisive role. ... For other uses, see Berne (disambiguation). ... Vevey A house in Vevey Vevey is a town in Switzerland in the canton Vaud, on the north shore of Lake Geneva. ... In the 16th and 17th centuries, the name of Huguenots came to apply to members of the Protestant Reformed Church of France. ...


In 1798, Napoleon liberated the region from the Bernese. In the 19th century, the tourist industry became a major commercial outlet, with the grand hotels of Montreux attracting the rich and cultured from Europe and America. Napoléon I, Emperor of the French (born Napoleone di Buonaparte, changed his name to Napoléon Bonaparte)[1] (15 August 1769; Ajaccio, Corsica – 5 May 1821; Saint Helena) was a general during the French Revolution, the ruler of France as First Consul (Premier Consul) of the French Republic from...


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Culture

Freddie Mercury statue at sunset in Montreux.
Freddie Mercury statue at sunset in Montreux.

Montreux hosts several noteworthy festivals:

  • Freddie Mercury's Montreux Memorial Day, annually first week end of September since 2003.
  • The Montreux Jazz Festival, annually in July since 1967; It is held at the Montreux Music & Convention Centre, built in 1973.
  • The Golden Rose Festival, annually in spring (1961-2003), which awarded the Golden Rose of Montreux, an international award for television;
  • The Golden Award of Montreux, annually in April, is traditionally, since 1989, the first international advertising and multimedia Competition in Europe - starting the global season for awarding creative excellence.

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 Chateau of Chillon provides a marvelous view of the entire Lake of Geneva and can be easily accessed via bus, walk or boat. Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara; 5 September 1946 – 24 November 1991) was a British musician, best known as the lead singer of the rock band Queen (inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001). ... The Montreux Jazz Festival is the best-known music festival in Switzerland. ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ... Year 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Rose dOr (or Golden Rose) is a highly prestigious television award, given annually since 1961 at the Festival Rose dOr in spring each year. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1551x3003, 2792 KB) en: Freddy Mercury Statue in Montreux, Schweiz. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1551x3003, 2792 KB) en: Freddy Mercury Statue in Montreux, Schweiz. ... Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara; 5 September 1946 – 24 November 1991) was a British musician, best known as the lead singer of the rock band Queen (inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001). ... Villeneuve Categories: Municipalities of the canton of Vaud | Switzerland geography stubs ... Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara; 5 September 1946 – 24 November 1991) was a British musician, best known as the lead singer of the rock band Queen (inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001). ... Château de Chillon Château de Chillon The Chillon Castle (Château de Chillon) is located on the shore of Lake Geneva near Montreux, Switzerland. ...


Deep Purple made Montreux famous with their song "Smoke on the Water", which tells the events of 1971, when a Frank Zappa fan with a flare gun set the Montreux Casino on fire. This article is about the rock band. ... Machine Head track listing UK single cover Smoke on the Water is a rock song by British rock band Deep Purple. ... Frank Vincent Zappa[1] (December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993) was an American composer, musician, and film director. ... Montreux Casino (Casino de Montreux) is a casino located in Montreux, Switzerland, on the shoreline of Lake Geneva. ...

We all came out to Montreux on the Lake Geneva shoreline / To make records with a mobile - We didn't have -much time / Frank Zappa & the Mothers were at the best place around / But some stupid with a flare gun burned the -place to the ground / Smoke on the water, fire in the sky

The Casino was reopened in 1975.

Chateu de Chillon in Montreux.
Chateu de Chillon in Montreux.


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 has, very unfortunately, due to a complete renovation of the Casino, been converted into a bar. 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 24th November 1991. Mountain Studios is a recording studio located in Montreux, Switzerland. ... Bonzos Montreux is a song by English rock group Led Zeppelin. ... For the bands 1969 eponymous debut album, see Led Zeppelin (album). ... John Henry Bonzo Bonham (May 31, 1948 – September 25, 1980) was an English drummer and member of the band Led Zeppelin. ... For the Australian film composer, see Brian May (composer). ... A Winters Tale is a song by Queen, from the album Made in Heaven, released in 1995 after Freddie Mercurys death in 1991. ... For the film, see Made in Heaven (film). ...


Russian-American writer Vladimir Nabokov resided with his wife Vera in a suite at the Montreux Palace Hotel from 1960 until his death in 1977. He is buried in Montreux. This page is about the novelist. ...


In 1990, the Wakker Prize was awarded to Montreux. This article is about the year. ... The Wakker Prize (in German: Wakkerpreis, in French Prix Wakker) is awarded annually by the Swiss Heritage Society to a Municipality of Switzerland for the development and preservation of its architectural heritage. ...


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Montreux - LoveToKnow 1911 (226 words)
MONTREUX, the general name applied to the villages situated along the shore at the east of the Lake of Geneva in Switzerland, from Clarens to Veytaux: sometimes the name is specially given to Vernex only.
As the delights of clear, cold weather in winter and of tobogganing (here called "luging") and skiing became appreciated, the higher hotels (such as Les Avants, Caux, Glion) were frequented at that season, as well as at other times.
Montreux was not a Roman settlement, but otherwise its history is similar to that of Vevey.
Montreux - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (652 words)
Montreux is a resort town in the Canton of Vaud, Switzerland, on Lake Geneva with a population of 22,897.
Montreux lies on the north shore of Lake Geneva at the fork in the Roman road from Italy over the Simplon Pass, where the roads to the Roman capital of Aventicum and the road into Gaul through Besançon separated.
In the 12th century, viticulture was introduced to the region, and the sunny slopes of the lake from Lavaux to Montreux became an important wine-growing region.
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