Is it a good idea to stay in Gstaad to cover Montreux and Gruyères?
Which is a better place to stay with kids for 2-3 days in May?
Both places are gorgeous in May -- the lakeside promenade in Montreux with have flourishing flowers, and the wildflowers may still be out in the meadows and fields around Gstaad.
It's very easy to see Gstaad and Gruyeres from Montreux and equally easy to see Gruyeres and Montreux from Gstaad. Which one will work best for you may be determined by your itinerary and which makes the most sense for your route. Where will you be before and after?
Thanks for the reply. We have 6 days in Switzerland. We enter and leave the country from Zurich. We would like spend 2-3 days in interlaken area and rest of the days in gstaad or montreux. Please suggest the ideal itineray. Which place shd we do first. We donot want to change the hotels very often hence would like to select 2 places to stay.
I would put the mountains later in the trip to try to have warmer weather during the visit there.
I guess I would go directly to Montreux from Zürich and spend a few days there. You could see Chillon castle, visit the tulip gardens and the lakeside park in Morges, spend at least one day in Vevey enjoying the cafes and boutiques in the old town, maybe take a nice walk in the hills around the lake, maybe from Glion or so (Glion has one of the best restuarants in the area btw).
Then, leave Montreux earlyearly in the morning. Send your bags on the train by Fast Baggage Service, and take the train to Gruyeres. See the cheese demonstraion, stroll the village, visit the castle, have lunch. Then hop on the train and head to Gstaad for the rest of the day. Stroll the town, go window-shopping, and have an early dinner. Then hop on the train again and head to Interlaken.
Spend the next few days in Interlaken.
Have fun as you plan!
Thanks once again.
Really appreciate your suggestions. Like the idea of Fast luggage.
As per your suggestions we are planning to spend first 3 days in Montreux/ Gstaad and then head to Murren for 3 days to cover the interlaken area.
Please also advise us about the things to do in Murren.
Wanted to know the best way to visit the Gruyères and Broc chocolate factory. Is it possible to cover these two in half a day?
Yes, I think you can do those two in half a day. Just use the Swiss rail site to get all the train connections --
The chocolate factory stop is called Broc Fabrique; you can get more information on the factory at
If you choose to do the chocolate factory, you probably won't have time for a visit to Gstaad, so you should choose one or the other.
As for things to do in Mürren, sorry, but I can't help. I normally ski in the area, not hike.
Hi again (and again!),
I think it's great that swissaholic has posted the link to the Chocolate Train, but I don't think that would be the best use of time for you guys. Since you'll have so little time in Montreux, and since the trip to the Jungfrau area goes right on the Golden Pass route, it seems like a waste of time and duplication of scenery to do the actual Chocolate Train.
I would just do Gruyeres and Broc on your own, while you are enroute between Montreux and the Jungfrau area.
Thanks one again for your inputs.
You easily can cover Montreux and Gruyere from Gstaad/Zweisimmen. And it's a great place for kids. gstaad.ch/en/page.cfm/FamilyHolidaysSummer
Kids up to 9 years are free on all open cable cars and in a lot of hotels and other activities.