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Montreux is gorgeous at any time of year. At the eastern end of Lake Geneva, the town hosts the Montreux Jazz Festival each July, which sees top musicians from all over the world jet in and perform. From late spring until autumn, the lake is great for water sports, the Alps offer plenty of walking routes for all abilities and the local microclimate ensures that the air is warm all day.

But what about the winter? Well, here are five great reasons to book a French course at our Montreux school this winter:

Winter Sports

photo: skistar trysil

The hills around Montreux have some of the finest winter sports areas in Europe. Leysin has over 60km of pistes ranging from 1300m to 2200m and snow machines for when it’s just too darn sunny to snow! There is a snow park, spectacular views and a direct link with Les Mosses – La Lécherette.

Villars, Les Diablerets and Chateau d’Oex are all nearby and the high alpine resorts are also within reach, with Zermatt just 2 hours’ drive away.

You can rent equipment locally, so whether you are an experienced skier or boarder, or just a newbie, Montreux is a great place to take the to the snow!

Christmas market

photo: Ricardo Hurtubia

Montreux’s Christmas market is lovely. The smell of roasting chestnuts, the moon glistening on the dark lake at night, the warming feeling of a cidre chaud… you’ll soon fall in love in the chilly winter air. A huge range of stalls offers everything from handmade soaps to winter clothes.

In 2011, the market runs from November 24th until December 24th.

Location

photo: Fabienne Zeller

The school is situated just a couple of metres from the shore of Lake Geneva. On a clear evening, you get a truly spectacular sunset over the lake: a kaleidoscope of oranges and purples as the sun dips between the mountains. Stroll along the river, past the famous statue of Freddie Mercury, and you will soon see why so many poets, artists and rock stars have made Montreux their home over the years.

Top quality school

Our Montreux school is fully accredited and offers a range of courses from DELF/DALF/TCF preparation courses to one-to-one lessons and intensive group courses. With 10 bright and comfortable classrooms, a cafeteria, a resource centre and a computer room with free internet access, you are assured of a quality learning environment.

10% discount on courses and accommodation

For trips between 30th October 2011 and 28th January 2012, we are offering a ten per cent discount on the cost of your course and accommodation. Simply mention the code ESLMTX10 during your enrolment by telephone or copy it out on your enrolment form. That’s a bargain!

Find out more about French courses in Montreux.

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