A Swiss Alps road trip: Montreux, Evolene, Saint-Luc and Veyonnaz

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My mind is completely blown. Completely and utterly, blown.

During the time I recently spent in Switzerland, I think my daily happiness levels averaged higher than ever before. The mountain presence here in Switzerland was overwhelming my emotions in a way that I didn’t even know possible.

You can tell already how this post is going to go right? Mountain mountains and more mountains. If mountains aren’t your thing, this road trip probably isn’t the one for you. And if it is? You’re in for a treat.

I lost count of the amount of times during this trip that I was left physically unable to voice any words.

My journey through Switzerland, albeit only a couple of days, left me speechless for probably the first time in my life.

Switzerland… Wow.

Video: An 8-day French and Swiss Alps road trip, Europe

Of our eight days on the road, we spent four in Switzerland which wasn’t anywhere near enough to see what we wanted to, or to even touch the surface. Saying that, you don’t have to travel far in Switzerland to change up your trip and diversify your activities so there’s plenty of scope to have a freaking awesome trip in a short amount of time.

We first entered Switzerland from France on day three of our eight day road trip from London, straight after passing through Belfort where we had attended a day at Les Eurokéennees festival.

Top tip: When you hit the French Swiss border you need to pick up a road sticker from the border for 40 CHF / £30 which will cover you on the roads. You can pay cash or card. There’s no additional tolls and we left and reentered Switzerland 2/3 times without needing to pay any extra so although Switzerland is extremely expensive as a country, the road charges amounted to a lot less than the toll charges we accumulated in France.

The drive in from France had us pass through many a tunnel carved through the mountains, as we watched the landscape shift to something a little more uneven.

We drove 3.5 hours straight through Lausanne and along Geneva Lake down to Montreux where their annual Jazz festival was taking place. We intended to join the buzz in the town for a drink before crashing at a local AirBnb but after realising we had come to visit on one of the busiest weekends of the year, we were trying to book last minute and all the Airbnbs left had a minimum 2 night stay – we decided to pick up some groceries and head out of town instead for a chilled one.

We also then decided that the following day was to be a hike day and with our chosen hike starting from Saint-Luc, we booked up an AirBnb near there and cooked up dinner on a jetty just outside of Montreux to enjoy the sunset before driving onward.

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We cooked up a fresh healthy spread whilst snapping away at the ever changing light that was lighting the mountains in the most mesmerising of ways, each minute more beautiful than the next.

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  • A Swiss Alps road trip: Evolene, Saint-Luc and Veyonnaz
  • A Swiss Alps road trip: Evolene, Saint-Luc and Veyonnaz
  • A Swiss Alps road trip: Evolene, Saint-Luc and Veyonnaz
  • A Swiss Alps road trip: Evolene, Saint-Luc and Veyonnaz
A Swiss Alps road trip: Evolene, Saint-Luc and Veyonnaz
Video: An 8-day French and Swiss Alps road trip, Europe

We vowed to bring our boyfriends back here one days and bookmarked this spot as a very special one. Just us and the mountains. Lydia and I looked at each other and smiled, some how knowing this was just the beginning.

At this point we were searching the Airbnb app to locate some accommodation close to where we wanted to hike the following day in Saint- Luc.

Top tip: Locations may not appear far from each other on the map but there is a lot of winding up down and around mountains in Switzerland so it can take a while to navigate around.

There weren’t many options left last minute but we still seemed to strike gold. We found a room in this boutique hotel in a little mountain town called Evoléne which cost us £40 each for the night.

Having watched the sun set in Montreux, we drove the remaining 40 minutes in the darkness. Saying that, the little we could see had us giddy with excitement for the sun to come up. We passed through clusters of swiss and french houses that made up little villages as we weaved in out and around the mountain roads toward Evoléne. We could see the silhouettes of the mountains all around us. Everywhere we looked.

We drove with the stereo off and the windows down – all we could hear was the sound of flowing water. The anticipation to see where on earth we had driven to and what surrounded us was overwhelming.

I’ll never be able to explain the way that that drive from Montreaux to Evoléne made me feel. The fact I had my best friend by my side feeling the exact same way, reduced me to tears. One of the most beautiful feelings I’ve ever felt. I was totally present and consumed in the environment around me.

It’s safe to say that Lydia and I both sprung out of bed earlier than a 5 year old would on Christmas morning to see the view from out the window of our hotel…

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  • A Swiss Alps road trip: Montreux, Evolene, Saint-Luc and Veyonnaz
  • A Swiss Alps road trip: Montreux, Evolene, Saint-Luc and Veyonnaz
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  • A Swiss Alps road trip: Montreux, Evolene, Saint-Luc and Veyonnaz
  • A Swiss Alps road trip: Montreux, Evolene, Saint-Luc and Veyonnaz
My top tips and a budget friendly guide to a Swiss and French alps roadtrip
A Swiss Alps road trip: Montreux, Evolene, Saint-Luc and Veyonnaz

See the Airbnb we booked here.

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We had planned to get up early and seize the day with a hike but after seeing the above view we decided not to give ourselves a strict agenda. We got the camping stove out the back of the car again, made breakfast and coffee and stared into the valley that stood before us encased with snow topped mountains. A perfect morning if ever I had one.

In the afternoon we drove over to Saint-Luc to catch the gondola up to Tignousa – the starting point for a number of insanely reviewed hikes.

We walked for about two hours from the top of the gondola before turning round and getting the last cable car down at 6pm. We did just part of the walk from Tignousa to Zinal which, if you have time, is apparently one of the best day hikes in the area. If you park at one end you can get the bus back to your car from Zinal. Grab a bus timetable from the gondola when you catch it.

Budgeting tip: The little train from St-Luc – Tignousa was 16 CHF return for an adult. 10 CHF for the one way, way up if you’re planning to get the bus back and do an extended hike.

  • A Swiss Alps road trip: Montreux, Evolene, Saint-Luc and Veyonnaz
  • A Swiss Alps road trip: Montreux, Evolene, Saint-Luc and Veyonnaz
  • A Swiss Alps road trip: Montreux, Evolene, Saint-Luc and Veyonnaz
  • A Swiss Alps road trip: Montreux, Evolene, Saint-Luc and Veyonnaz
  • A Swiss Alps road trip: Montreux, Evolene, Saint-Luc and Veyonnaz
  • A Swiss Alps road trip: Montreux, Evolene, Saint-Luc and Veyonnaz

Parking tip: The car park by the gondola is free out of winter season (April-Nov)

A Swiss Alps road trip: Montreux, Evolene, Saint-Luc and Veyonnaz
Video: An 8-day French and Swiss Alps road trip, Europe

I would also highly recommend checking out or at least driving by Lac bleu and Pyramides D’Euseigne.

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For our second night in paradise we made another last minute booking at THE most ridiculous B&B in Veysonnaz – Iglusaq apartments.

You thought our first night was unable to be topped? Look at the view as we drove up to the property in Veysonnaz…

  • My top tips and a budget friendly guide to a Swiss and French alps roadtrip
  • A Swiss Alps road trip: Montreux, Evolene, Saint-Luc and Veyonnaz
  • A Swiss Alps road trip: Montreux, Evolene, Saint-Luc and Veyonnaz
  • A Swiss Alps road trip: Montreux, Evolene, Saint-Luc and Veyonnaz

Now look at this view from the communal kitchen…

  • A Swiss Alps road trip: Montreux, Evolene, Saint-Luc and Veyonnaz
  • A Swiss Alps road trip: Montreux, Evolene, Saint-Luc and Veyonnaz
  • A Swiss Alps road trip: Montreux, Evolene, Saint-Luc and Veyonnaz
  • A Swiss Alps road trip: Montreux, Evolene, Saint-Luc and Veyonnaz
  • A Swiss Alps road trip: Montreux, Evolene, Saint-Luc and Veyonnaz
My top tips and a budget friendly guide to a Swiss and French alps roadtrip

Holy scha-molies. I’m dead. What is this. How does this place even exist.

Book your stay at Iglusaq Apartments here.

We stayed here for £80 all together which included a private kitchen, bathroom and balcony plus that insane shared kitchen and also breakfast. This is a very very decent price for Switzerland.

Considering the quality of the building and possibly the most surreal view I’ve ever witnessed – we had bagged ourselves an absolute slice of double chocolate fudge cake here. On top of that, there were Toblerone bedtime treats waiting on our pillows.

Once again we cooked up our own feast in the kitchen (saving those pennies) and worked away on the WIFI until our clocks showed 1am.

P.s. Opposite our B&B I found my DREAM home. I will be showing this to the architect that builds my future house in the mountains. Universe, I just planted the seed – thank you.

See my top tips for planning a road trip through France and Switzerland here.

A Swiss Alps road trip: Montreux, Evolene, Saint-Luc and Veyonnaz

Stay tuned for the next part of our road trip where I take on my first ever Via Ferrata!

A Swiss Alps road trip: Montreux, Evolene, Saint-Luc and Veyonnaz

Have You Been To Switzerland?

What were your favourite spots? I’d love to know!?

Love as always + happy adventuring,

Mollie.

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