Christmas market in Montreux & Santa Claus’s house at the Rochers de Naye

As always, December flew by so quickly! And to finally get into festive mood just before Christmas, I decided it would be a good idea to visit Santa Claus himself! Yes, this is possible. On top of the Rochers de Naye in Switzerland, he has is office. In this bogpost, I’m going to tell you how you can visit Santa Claus as well. And of course, I’m also going to reveal some more information about the area.

Der Rochers de Naye in der Schweiz

Santa Claus’s House at the Rochers de Naye

The Rochers de Naye is a more than 2,000 metres high mountain of the Swiss Alps, overlooking Lake Geneva and near to Montreux. From the top, you have an amazing view over the Alps. And when the weather is good, you can even see Mont Blanc. In summer, this is a wonderful area for hiking tours, but you can also observe marmot species from three continents and look at hundreds of plants from all over the world. And in winter, Santa Claus has his office there. To reach the top, it’s best to use the railway.

Der Blick vom Rochers de Naye in Montreux/Schweiz

The Railway from Montreux up to the Rochers de Naye

The railway starts from the train station in Montreux and takes about 55 minutes up to the top of the Rochers de Naye. However, this trip was over ways faster than expected, as I was busy looking at the amazing winter wonderland around us! You also have a gorgeous view over Montreux and Lake Geneve. The railway up to Rochers de Naye operates year-round, but is quite pricey. (Find the price list here.)

RetroCat blickt aus dem Fenster der Zahnradbahn auf den Rochers de Naye

Blick auf den Genfersee und Montreux von der Zahnradbahn aus

Die Schienen der Zahnradbahn auf den Rochers de Naye

Die Zahnradbahn von Montreux auf den Rochers de Naye in der Schweiz

Santa Claus’s House on top of the Rochers de Naye

From the end of November until Christmas, Santa opens his house on top of the Rochers de Naye for visitors and is even available for photo shoots. To get to his office, you have to go through a corridor enlightened by hundrets of lights and pass some ice bear figures. Santa Claus’s office it quite kitschy, however, this is exactly what I have expected. And you know, we all need some kitsch for Christmas. 😉

Der Gang zum Büro des Weihnachtsmanns auf dem Rochers de Naye

Eisbärenfamilie auf dem Rochers de Naye

Reise-Bloggerin RetroCat vor der Eisbärenfamilie auf dem Rochers de Naye in der Schweiz

Eisbären-Figuren auf dem Rochers de Naye in Montreux/Schweiz

Der Weihnachtsmann auf dem Rochers de Naye in den Schweizer Alpen

Ein Reh in der Grotte des Weihnachtsmannes auf dem Rochers de Naye

Hasen auf dem Rochers de Naye

Das Büro des Weihnachtsmannes auf dem Rochers de Naye in der Schweiz

After all this Christmas kitsch, we decided to go up to the panorama terrace to enjoy the amazing view. After that, we went back to the railway to go back down to Montreux.

Eiszapfen auf dem Rochers de Naye in den Schweizer Alpen

Der Panoramablick vom Rochers de Naye über Montreux aus

Felsen auf dem Rochers des Naye in der Schweiz

Eine kleine Berghütte auf dem Rochers de Naye in den Schweizer Alpen

The Christmas Market in Montreux

Back in Montreux, I definitely recommend to visit the beautiful Christmas market. This is said to be one of the most beautiful ones in Switzerland with a focus on high quality products, beauty, and a warm welcome to all the visitors.

Das Riesenrad auf dem Weihnachtsmarkt in Montreux

Beautiful crafts and even better food make it really worth a visit. However, due to the very high prices, especially visitors from foreign countries don’t have to worry about getting really drunken or bloated with food too much. 😉 Nevertheless, I really enjoyed strolling around this beautiful Christmas market at the most beauiful location along the lakeside promenade of Lake Geneve. The highlight and also the ending of our visit was the flying Santa Claus over Lake Geneve. You can watch this spectacle daily at 5, 6, 7 pm and on Saturday as well at 4 pm. (Only during Christmas market time, of course.)

Maronen frisch zubereitet auf dem Weihnachtsmarkt in Montreux

Ein Tannenbaum auf dem Weihnachtsmarkt in Montreux

Der schönste Weihnachtsmarkt der Schweiz in Montreux

Der fliegende Weihnachtsmann über dem Genfersee in Montreux

And now, I wish you and your loved ones a very merry Christmas!

Bloggerin RetroCat mit dem Weihnachtsmann in seinem Büro auf dem Rochers de Naye

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