Last updated on Jul 09, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Montreux , Switzerland. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.
What do I need to know before moving to Montreux?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Montreux, they said:
"Montreux is a small city located in the French-speaking part of Switzerland, so it would be beneficial to learn some basic French before moving. The cost of living in Montreux is quite high, similar to other Swiss cities, so it's important to budget accordingly. The city is known for its annual jazz festival, so music lovers will find plenty to enjoy. Public transportation in Montreux is efficient and reliable, with a network of trains, buses, and boats. The city is also very pedestrian-friendly, with many areas accessible by foot. The Swiss healthcare system is excellent, but mandatory health insurance can be expensive. Montreux has a temperate climate, with warm summers and mild winters. The city is located on the shores of Lake Geneva, offering beautiful views and plenty of outdoor activities. The local cuisine is heavily influenced by French and Italian food, with a focus on cheese, chocolate, and wine. The Swiss are known for their punctuality and respect for privacy, so it's important to be on time for appointments and to respect personal boundaries. The education system in Switzerland is highly regarded, with a range of public and private schools, as well as international schools. Switzerland has strict recycling and waste disposal rules, so it's important to familiarize yourself with these. Lastly, while Switzerland is not part of the EU, it is part of the Schengen Area, which can affect visa requirements and travel," remarked one expat who made the move to Montreux .
How do I find a place to live in Montreux?
About the Author
Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.
Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.
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