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Territet is a locality which is part of the Montreux commune, in the Vaud canton, (Switzerland).

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Location of Territet
Territet is located in Switzerland
Territet is located in Canton of Vaud
Coordinates: 46°25′N 6°55′E / 46.417°N 6.917°E / 46.417; 6.917Coordinates: 46°25′N 6°55′E / 46.417°N 6.917°E / 46.417; 6.917
400 m (1,300 ft)
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Territet is located between Montreux and Veytaux, on the lake Geneva shore.


Territet unites several formerly separate hamlets. While the lower part (below the main road) was always called Territet, there were two other localities on the higher ground called Collonge and la Veraye.

While the very first hotel of the region was opened in neighbouring Veytaux in 1829, other hotels were soon built in Territet, like the "Chasseur des Alpes" in 1840 which became in 1855 the Hôtel des Alpes-Grand Hôtel. The current Montreux city centre consisting of rich farmland was developed only later, which is why the famous Orient Express train would stop in the Territet station and not in Montreux. Foreign tourists started to stay in Territet from 1848 onwards and their numbers picked up from 1861 when the train station was opened. A number of VIPs visited Territet in the following years, among whom emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria in 1893 and his wife Empress Elisabeth of Austria (Empress Sissi) who came on her own four times.[1]

In 1879 the first phone to be installed in Switzerland was installed in à Territet. Territet also had the first tennis court in Switzerland. It was created in 1894, exclusively for the use of the English tourists (Swiss or other nationalities weren't allowed to access this tennis court!). The Territet–Glion funicular railway, one of the oldest in Switzerland, was opened in 1883.[2]


Statue of Empress Sisi of Austria by Antonio Chiattone, inaugurated in 1902

Territet is home to three museums, the Swiss national audiovisual museum (French: musée national suisse de l'audiovisuel), the new Ruzo museum and the carriage museum (French: musée de la calèche). There are several important monuments, among which the French: Hôtel des Alpes-Grand Hôtel which is listed as a cultural property of national significance in Switzerland, an Anglican chapel and a statue of Empress Sisi of Austria created by Italian sculptor French: Antonio Chiattone in 1902.

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  1. ^ a b c Evelyne Lüthi-Graf, Article on Territet in Dictionnaire historique de la Suisse online, version of 5 July 2000
  2. ^ Lausanne, Riviera suisse, by Laure de Gonneville, Guide Petit Futé 2008–2009, p.230

Other sourcesEdit

  • Gilbert de Montmollin, Le Grand-Hôtel et Hôtel des Alpes de Territet, Audiorama Musée suisse de l'audio-visuel, 1994, 10 pages
  • Dave Lüthi, Le Grand-Hôtel et Hôtel des Alpes à Territet (1840–1975): Reflet du développement de Montreux au XIXe siècle : Historique et description, Musée du Vieux-Montreux, 1998
  • Most of the information in this article was translated from the French Wikipedia pages fr:Territet and fr:Hôtel des Alpes-Grand Hôtel on 9 September 2015.

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