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Vevey and Montreux are the main resorts of the so-called Swiss Riviera. The name describes the stretch of Lake Geneva roughly between Lausanne and Villeneuve and is one of the sunniest places in the country! Many writers, musicians and artists such as Charles Chaplin, Freddy Mercury (their statues are located on the lake shore), Igor Stravinsky, Ernest Hemingway, Lord Byron and many others chose this place for the beauty of the landscape. The two resorts of Vevey and Montreux work closely together. Vevey has a cosy historical downtown, esplanades, a shopping mall and many nice cafés, which offer the traveller a warm feeling. Montreux, 5 km from Vevey, is more touristically oriented, but the promenade on the lake side, with the nearby Castle of Chillon, is a must.
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