Visit Santa’s Grotto at Rochers De Naye Near Montreux
Where to Visit Santa in Switzerland
Fancy a great Winter outing for all the family ? How about a trip to visit Santa in his grotto at Rochers De Naye ?
Montreux Noël is the beautiful lakeside Christmas Market in the heart of Montreux. However, in addition to the Christmas Market and all its attractions which are suitable for young and old, there is also the very magical experience of taking a ride to visit Santa in his Grotto.
Santa’s Grotto is located at Rochers de Naye, high above Montreux in the Swiss Alps at over 2,000m with sweeping views over Lake Geneva.
Cogwheel Train to Rochers De Naye From Montreux Railway Station
To get there, there is a special cogwheel railway which leaves hourly from Montreux railway station, starting at 9.17am. The journey itself is worth taking as you get views of fields, forests and over Lake Geneva as you ascend more than 1,600 m. This scenic trip takes around 55 minutes and when you get to the top there is plenty to do!
As you get off the train the first thing you will notice are the fabulous views from the top of Rochers-de-Naye. You can see across the Lake and the Vaud Valley and towards Valais, Bern and even the French Alps. Do wear sturdy shoes though, as when you’re walking outside, the snow can be quite slippy!
However, especially if you have young children in tow, you may want to skip the panoramic views till the end, and follow the signs through the tunnels which takes you to Santa! It is all beautifully decorated with lots of colourful Christmas decorations and lights and it’s a fun adventure, especially for little children!
Not only does every child have the opportunity to meet and greet Santa, but they also leave with a little gift and an original Santa Claus certificate.
When To Visit Santa’s Grotto at Rochers De Naye
You can visit Santa at Rochers de Naye from Wednesday to Sunday, from 25th November to 24th December 2021. In addition Santa will also be there on Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th December 2021. Please do make sure to book to avoid disappointment, see details below.
COVID Certificate Requirement
To meet the current health regulations, visitors aged 16 and over may only enter Santa’s house with a valid COVID certificate along with their ID card or passport. Children aged under 16 need only show an ID card or passport for confirmation of their age. Once you have visited Santa you may wish to visit the restaurant with panoramic views or maybe grab a snack or a hot drink at the self-service café ?
Winter Activities at Rochers De Naye
There are plenty of other activities at Rocher de Naye too. As I mentioned earlier you can enjoy the views from the top, or maybe go for a hike or a walk in the snow. There is also skiing at Rochers-de-Naye too. With a top altitude of 2,042 metres, the runs get excellent snow coverage from early in the ski season and there are 5 cable cars and a snowpark. It’s a great ski resort for the whole family.
Other Winter Activities Near Montreux
Other Winter activities in the area include:
- A visit to Montreux Noel Christmas Market
- A visit to Light On Ice Skating Rink in Montreux
- Watch Santa Claus Flying Through the Sky at 5pm, 6pm & 7pm at Montreux Noël
- A trip to Chateau Chillon
- A trip to Chaplin’s World
- An excursion to Glacier 3000
- A fondue or raclette in one of the Christmas Markt pop up restaurants by the lake
Visit Santa’s Grotto at the Rochers De Naye
When: Open every day except Mondays and Tuesdays from 25 November to 24 December 2021
In addition it is open on Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th December 2021.
How to get there: The train leaves from Montreux Railway Staton every hour from 9.17 am until 3.17* pm.
*Occasionally, due to adverse weather conditions the line is closed and if this happens tickets will be reimbursed free of charge.
COVID Regulations: Please ensure you have a valid COVID certificate along with their ID card or passport. Children aged under 16 need only show an ID card or passport for confirmation of their age.
Top Tips: Make sure to dress up warmly as it can be very cold at altitude! Make sure to wear sturdy snow proof footwear and allow enough time to look around. Also note that time of the train times!
How to Book: You can book online here. Please note that there are only limited seats available so do book early to avoid disappointment. Please note that seats are not numbered.
For more information on Santa’s Grotto at Rochers De Naye please see here.
For more information on Montreux Noël please visit the website here.
For more information on things to see and do in the beautiful region of Vaud please visit the Vaud Website here.
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