The sleepy lakeside town of Montreux livens up during its star-studded Montreux Jazz Festival (montreuxjazz.com), held in the first half of July. Over 45 years it’s pulled in the likes of Miles Davis and Ray Charles, but “jazz” is now something of a misnomer; these days the festival features big-name acts from all types of popular music. Check online for tickets or just join the street parties and free entertainment around the lake.

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