We will end a hiking tour of 7 days in Montreaux July 24. Our flight leaves Geneva Friday at noon. My husband and I are trying to decide if we should stay in Montreux for the 3 days or to go to some other area for the remaining days. We will have hiked Interlaken, Kanderstag and Lucerne areas.
Swiss Riviera and Montreux for three days
It would have been helpful to know your interests. Therefore, the following suggestions might not be what you are looking for.
You could certainly spend your remaining three days at the Swiss Riviera in and around Montreux. There are tons of interesting things to see and do.
Visit the lakeside cities Vevey, Lausanne (apparently Blondel and Durig have the best chocolate there is; Musée de l’Art Brut), Nyon (charming small town, best view to the city from the Château (History and Porcelain Museums); arcades).
You could take a regular boat from Montreux to any city and return to your hotel at night by train (faster).
You could also take a boat to the well known resorts across the lake in France: St-Gingolph from Montreux; Evian-les Bain, Thomon-Les-Bains from Lausanne or a ferry from Nyon to Yvoire, a small medieval city, but probably overrun with tourists at this time of the year.
Lake Geneva cruise on one of the Paddle Steamers.
Laveaux Vineyards: Hike, bike or take a train through the vineyards: Vine train from Vevey; Lavaux Express, departure Lutry or Cully, depending on the day.
The Swiss Chocolate Train from Montreux to Gruyères and back (a bus will take you from Bulle to the Cailler Chocolate factory and to the medieval town of Gryères).You need a reservation.
The best beach for swimming is in Bouveret, just around the corner from Montreux:
Fancy a relaxing finish after your hiking holiday? Are you interested in wellness? Switzerland is known for its thermal baths, and the largest of them is in Leukerbad, approximately 100 km (62 miles) from Montreux.
If you like classical concerts, Ernen in the Goms Valley - approximately 70 km (44 miles) from Leukerbad - is known as the Swiss music village and offers great concerts throughout the summer.
If you don't mind to venture a little further, you could take the Golden Pass Train (reservation needed) from Montreux to Spiez. This small village has Switzerland's most beautiful cove, a castle and a delicious local white wine (Spiezer), served in Restaurants there.
Thun, in a gorgeous setting and the gateway to the Bernese Oberland is one of my favoured cities. Take a lake steamer excursion. Visit the Beatus Caves (Beatus Höhlen). Have dinner on the terrace of Schloss Schadau and visit the Wocher Panorama in the castle park.
If time permits before heading back to Geneva, visit Murten instead of Bern. Murten on the shores of a lake with the same name is still considered an insider tip, a lovely and excrellent-preserved medieval city with an intact town wall that encircles the city.
I hope this gives you a few ideas on how to spend the remaining days of your holiday.