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Montreux

Montreux Introduction 

Montreux is located in the Riviera-Pays-d’Enhaut, and it is in the Vaud Canton in the county of Switzerland. 

It is situated on Lake Geneva at the base of the Alps, and it has a population of roughly 25,000. At least, it had a population of 25,000 when it was measured in 2012. In agglomeration, the municipality has a population of 90,000. 

There several heritage sites of national significance in Switzerland, and they include Chatelard Castle, Cretes Castle, and the Palace-Hotel.

Geography 

When it was measured in 2009, Montreux had a total area of about 13 square miles. Out of this total area, about three square miles (or 25%) is for agriculture, while about 6.5 miles (or 51%) is covered in forest. Out of the rest of that land, about 2.5 square miles (or 19%) is settled (roads or buildings). About 1% is either rivers or lakes and about 5% is unproductive land. 

The municipality was in the district of Vevey, but it was dissolved in 2006, and at that point Montreux became a part of the Riviera-Pays-d’Enhaut district. 

The municipality stretches all the way from the foothills of the Alps to Lake Geneva. It is comprised of the former municipalities of Montreux-Le Chatelard and Montreux-Les Planches. It was created in 1962 when the two former municipalities merged together.

Demographics 

Montreux has a population of about 25,000. When it was measured in 2008, about 44% of the people were foreign nationals. Over the last ten years the population has gone up at a rate of about 15%. 

The majority of the population is French-speaking (about 75%), German is the 2nd most common language (about 6%), and Italian is the 3rd most commonly spoken language (about 4%).

Religion 

When it was measured in 2000 about 38% of the population was Roman Catholic, and 29% are in the Swiss Reformed Church. Out of the remainder of the population, there were about 750 members of an Orthodox church. 

History 

The earliest village was a late Bronze Age one that was at Baugy. Montreux is on the northeast shore of Lake Geneva, right at the fork in the Roman road across the Simplon Pass. It was a very important settlement in Roman times. It was a Roman village from the 2nd through the 4th centuries.

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