After the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Montreux Riviera has lived a small revolution in July 2017 with the birth of the Montreux Trail Festival. A festive, original and one of a kind event. The shores of Lake Geneva, the largest in Western Europe, bordered by the vineyard terraces of Lavaux, classified by UNESCO and one of the most scenic views in Switzerland. The magnificent Chateau de Chillon provides runners a unique atmosphere and a breathtaking landscape. From the 19th century, the region was a pioneer in mountain tourism, so it is natural that two centuries later, it finally hosts a major trail running event. Once away from the banks of the Lake, the Vaud Alps will be on the runners menu, with Leysin, Villars and the Valley Ormonts as a main course, and the highest alpine peaks in plain sight.
Under the close watch of Freddie Mercury, the Chateau de Chillon, the Dent de Jaman, The Rochers-de-Naye and … the charm of Montreux, all look over one of the most beautiful lake in the world!
Authenticity in its purest states, real swiss made!
At a culinary level, let’s not forget to mention the famous Etivaz cheese manufactured in wood fire heated cauldrons. The regional park Gruyère Pays-d’Enhaut that is crossed by the race, also has a cheese as one of its emblems which might be possible to discover at some aid stations, so do not feed yourself only on gels and keep some taste buds for the cheese flavors.
The Vaud Alps are also famous for its many rack railways that reach the various stations that are crossed by the race; but if you prefer the air ways, you can go to the Pays-d’Enhaut, specifically Château d’Oex, world capital of the hot air balloon.
For more information on your stay in the region, visit : https://www.alpesvaudoises.ch/
It’s the oxygen of the Alpes at the foot of the Tour d’Aï, the Tour de Mayen and the Tour de Famelon, unique!
A majestic glacier, legends of lake monsters and the protected nature of two Muverans, pure mountain!