Montreux is a town of about 23,000 people situated in the Swiss canton of Vaud, in the Alpine foothills that surround Lake Geneva. The town stands dramatically on the edge of the lake, and its theatrical appearance was celebrated in prose, poem, and song by Romantics from Jean-Jacques Rousseau to Lord Byron to Deep Purple. Tourists visit Montreaux for its spectacular scenery and its longstanding associations with art and, especially, music. The town received the Swiss government's Wakker prize in 1990, for its preservation of historic structures.
One of the most famous attractions in Montreaux is the Chateau de Chillon, a brooding castle from at least the 12th century that looms right over the edge of the lake. A more modern attraction is the Montreaux Casino, whose conflagration at the hands of a Frank Zappa fan was the subject of Deep Purple's song, "Smoke on the Water." Another Montreaux attraction is the enormous statue of Freddie Mercury of the band Queen, frozen in a flamboyant gesture while facing the lake. Use EasyToBook.com to find the best hotels in Montreaux. The site has listings for Montreaux hotels at all price levels, including discount hotels in Montreaux and other Montreaux cheap hotels.