Geneva, Montreux, Switzerland, Travel
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Swiss Treasures: Geneva & Montreux

Geneva

Switzerland will always have a special place in my heart. This country brings me so much memories and anecdotes until this day. It was my friends’ first time in Switzerland and I don’t know why, but made me so happy to share my knowledge with them

10 years has passed since boarding school, and yet everything was nothing quite like I remembered it. I remember back in 2007, we visited all major cities. I knew that I’d been to Geneva multiple times before, yet upon my arrival Geneva was a complete stranger.

This made me happy because: 1. It’s like exploring a new city.  2. Because this time I could get to know the city with my friends.

Jackie and Kristine are excellent travel buddies. Every day was another anecdote to laugh at or one of those “happenings” while traveling that the only thing to be said is : “I can’t believe the bus left us!” and laugh out loud.  This are the kind of travel buddies I look for when planning a trip. If you laugh at the things that go wrong, then you are approved to travel with me.

Where To Stay?

Switzerland is expensive. And not just expensive, it’s VERY expensive. A hotel room in downtown Geneva costs approx. 800 Euros a night. (The cheapest one you’ll find.)

Many travelers prefer to stay at the outside of the city where hotels are usually cheaper. But this is not of my preference. I would rather stay in the center of the city where all the happenings are in full effect. For this reason, we decided to rent an Airbnb. It was more beautiful than in the pictures!

Lake Geneva is something to die for. A beautiful lake that reflects nothing but beautiful views no matter what time of the day it is. Worth staying in the pier until the sun goes down.

We were happy with our accommodation choice. Our first day in Geneva was somewhat open, which gave us time to walk around Lake Geneva, take pictures, watch the sunset in the pier, buy a bottle of wine to enjoy while overlooking the stunning view that Geneva offers.

Where To Party? 

Geneva is not a party place. I would describe it as a family oriented town with a great amount of professionals visiting from abroad for business purposes. You will not find bars or clubs in Geneva. The closest to a party is drinking beer or wine at the pier with friends at sunset.

One of the many good things Switzerland possess is its closeness between cities. In as little as one hour, you can hop from one city to another. For this reason, we decided to explore Montreux and Gruyeres as well.

Montreux

Montreux will make your mouth open. This is where I attended boarding school back in 20017, so this city/town bring a lot of memories.

I actually had the opportunity to pass by in front of my school’s building during our train ride returning from Gruyeres to Montreux. I had just the right time to take a picture! The station was filled with Le Chatelard girls ready to board the train to Montreux. I had a moment to introduce myself and chat with a group of teenage girls from high school.

 

Montreux is a quiet town. Most of the time looks deserted. Just like in Geneva, residents are usually families. Honestly, there’s not much to do in this town. Therefore, our tour guide took us to a winery for a quick wine tasting and snacks.

 

Lake Geneva’s looks absolutely stunning from this perspective! Don’t you think?

Until next trip, 

 

 

 

 


 

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12 Comments

  1. We’re hoping to visit Switzerland next year because it’s so darn beautiful! We’ll definitely make a stop in Genevea and Montreux. I think we’ll be staying at airbnb’s too to cut down on the cost. 800 euros a night is crazy!

    • Mariella says

      Yes, Airbnb is the best option! Accommodations fees there are out of this world. Have a lovely trip – enjoy!

  2. I have been to Zurich few times but never been to Geneva yet! Switzerland is truly mesmerising! Thats your school?! Looks like some posh hotel building! Thank you for sharing this post. Definitely visiting Geneva next time.

    • Mariella says

      Hi Jain – Yes, I had the opportunity to study there for a few months! Switzerland is a one of a kind 🙂

  3. Beautiful pictures – I love the mountain views. I have been to the neighboring country Austria several times, and this post inspires me to go to the Switzerland as well.

    • Mariella says

      If you have the opportunity to go, you should totally consider it! Such an amazing place to visit 🙂

  4. Last year I visited Zurich and Lucerne. I didn’t plan much in advance and I was shocked when I arrived. It was sooooo beautiful, almost unrealistic. Hope one day’ll go back and visit Geneva 🙂

    • Mariella says

      Hi there – I’ve been to Zurich and Lucerne as well but let me tell you each city or town in Switzerland is very different from each other haha This is one of those countries where you have to go to all over 🙂

  5. I just passed once through Switzerland, while on a bus to Italy. It was the first time the bus had a different route and I was like: could we drive slower through Switzerland? It was WOW! I can’t wait to go back and visit it!

    • Mariella says

      Hi Dia – definitely a must visit! This country is so beautiful thats worth taking the time to explore it 🙂

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