Montreux Jazz Festival
Frolic at Switzerland’s Best Festival
For all its punctuality, hard-work ethic, and business focus, Switzerland knows how to have a good time—the highlight being the annual Montreux Jazz Festival. Held on the simply gorgeous Lake Geneva waterfront, this free 16-day festival, usually held in July, sees acts from all over the world perform on various stages, while onlookers snuggle up on its grassy banks or stroll its stall-laden paths sipping glasses of wine and exotic cocktails. In the evening couples not lucky enough to have their own boat—or be invited onto someone else’s—nestle into the lakeside rocks to watch the sun descend behind the Swiss Alps. The night then sees clothes shed and the water filled with bare-bottomed men and women.
By Simon Willis, AFAR Local Expert
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