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About Montreux

A gorgeous resort town, Montreux is located on Lake Geneva in the south-western part of Switzerland. The town is burrowed between Lake Geneva, hills, wooded forests, and vineyards that allure people from all over the world to escape the humdrum of their lives amidst its beauty. Though it’s a small place, it has so much action packed in it that can keep you engaged for days. Lake Geneva, a centrepiece in any Switzerland itinerary, takes the spotlight with its picturesque promenade shaded by fig, mulberry, almond, and palm trees.

Enjoy boating in the lake or tuck in delectable Swiss food and wines near the riverside cafes. The gardens at the beaches are adorned with statues made of flowers and vines depicting the wildlife of Switzerland and other quirky silhouettes. The city’s most famous resident, Freddie Mercury, has been immortalised in the form of a statue. This statue stands in front of the Covered Market and is a must-see. Another must-visit attraction to see is the 12th- century Chillon Castle built by Savoy rulers. The castle is famous for its imposing architecture and old-world charm.

Montreux hosts several international jazz festivals that allure people from all over the world. The most famous is the Montreux Jazz Festival (held in July each year), September Musical Concert, and the International Choral Festival (the week after Easter). Montreux experiences a balmy and temperate climate. It gets a significant amount of rainfall during the entire year. The winters are freezing with temperatures going down below zero quite frequently. The summer months are pleasant with temperatures averaging around 15°C. 

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Which are the must attractions to visit in Montreux?

Montreux is full of locations that offer panoramic views of lakes, mountains and rolling hills. Here are some of the just visit places when you are in Montreux:

1. Quays of Montreux: Along the shores of Lake Geneva, the Quays of Montreux grants the view of mountains surrounding the area, the exotic flowers and the ginormous palm trees. One of the notable places in Montreux city, this place attracts visitors with its organised plantations of a variety of flowers.

During dusk, when the sun is spreading the last of its light of day on the sky, a walk along the 13-kilometre long gravelly pathway or a quiet, evening sitting around could be relaxing. The scents of flowers that the gardeners have planted and taken extreme care of, help make the evenings even calmer.

Location: 527 Centre Street, Lake Geneva, WI 53147.

2. Rochers-de-Naye: Soaring high at an altitude of 2,042 meters, the peaks of Rochers-de-Naye proffer a spectacular overlooking view of Lake Geneva and other breathtaking mountains of the Swiss Alps range. Undoubtedly one of the top favourites of the hikers and mountain climbers, the view from the peak is worth all the tough grind to reach atop.

There is also a cogwheel train from Montreux for those who are not avid climbers that takes you through the steepest mountain sides, as you could enjoy the alpine picturesque scenery along the way.

Location: Rochers-de-Naye, Montreux 1820 Switzerland.

Entry fees: For Adult: CHF (Swiss Franc) 68.40, For Children: CHF 34.20

3. Freddie Mercury Statue: The frontman of the rock band Queen had managed to touch the hearts of many and impacted lives even more with the band’s work. His love for Lake Geneva and Montreux, in general, led Freddie to settle down in the town.

To honour the last album by Freddie Mercury with the band “Made In Heaven” that was recorded in Montreux, a bronze statue was erected in 1996 by the waterfront. Today, hundreds of fans of the band visit the statue to pay their respects.

Location: Place du Marche 6B, Montreux 1820 Switzerland.

Entry Fees: Adults: CHF 50.26 (for 2 persons).

Timing: 24 hours.

4. Chillon Castle: If you have been always fascinated by the fortress of medieval eras, this castle is situated on the Lake Geneva shores. It is considered an island castle and it is one of the most visited sites of Montreux Tourism, receiving more than 400,000 visitors every year.

In its centuries of existence, this castle has first been occupied by Counts of Savoy for four centuries from the 12th to 16th centuries. It was then conquered by the Bernese from 1536 to 1798. It is now owned by the State of Vaud. The castle consists of three courtyards, twenty-five buildings, with arts and paintings from different centuries.

Location: Avenue de Chillon 21, 1820 Veytaux, Switzerland.

Entry Fees: For adults: CHF 13.50, for children: CHF 7.00.

Timing: Monday through Saturday – 9:30 a.m to 5 p.m.

5. Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces: Spanned over 800 hectares of land and one of the UNESCO world heritage sites, the astonishing view of Vineyard Terraces at Lavaux will take your breath away. The view of greenery running along the steeped shores of Lake Geneva's never-ending crystal blue water, gives a spellbinding view, unlike anywhere. You could also taste unadulterated locally produced wine while learning about the authentic process from vine to wine.

Location: Canton of Vaud, Switzerland.

Timing: Monday to Sunday: 6a.m to 6p.m.

6. Old City of Vevey: Filled with various historical monuments and museums, Old City of Vevey is located on the north shore of Lake Geneva, near Lausanne. The household name for all chocolate and beverage lovers, Nestlé founded in 1867, has the headquarters in Vevey.

It is also the city where the world-famous comedian and British American actor Charlie Chaplin spent his last years before passing away in 1977. If you walk through the streets of Vevey, even today you will be able to feel the memories of ancient times seeping out each building and walls. 

Location: Grande Place 29, 1800 Vevey, Switzerland.

Timing: 24 hours.

7. Eglise St Vincent: Reached by an uphill walk, in the city of Montreux, is the gothic church Eglise St. Vincent. This quaint church not only offers an amazing interior for all the gothic structure lovers, but it also offers an amazing outdoor view of Lake Geneva and the Montreux town.

The quiet surrounding, enveloped in the alpine beauty of mountain one the sides and the lake at the bottom, the time spent on the church could be quite meditative. The blend of original and modern windows in the interior gives the church a mysterious yet welcoming vibe.

Location: Rue du Temple 30, 1820 Montreux, Switzerland.

8. GoldenPass Panoramic: The GoldenPass Panoramic is a train ride between the German and French-speaking regions of the country. The train that passes through the scenic views of these regions where you could often witness cows grazing on the lush green bed of grass, traditional wooden houses.

When covered in snow during winter, looking something like right out of a magazine cover and the great Alpine heights running along with the backdrop of it all. The leisure train ride not only takes you through the changing scenic routes but also helps you understand how these two regions are one of many reasons for Switzerland's diverse cultural heritage.

Location: Interlaken to Montreux or vice versa, Switzerland.

Entry fee: CHF 33 per person (includes food and beverages).

Timing: The duration of the train ride is 1hour 48 minutes. Confirm timing is available at the time of ticket booking. 

9. Dent de Jaman: For the hikers and mountain climbers, Dent de Jaman is another mountain overlooking Montreux. Situated at the north of Rochers-de-Naye, the elevation is 1,875 m. It is a part of the Bernese Alps mountain range and offers a wonderful hiking trail for adventurous people.

Once you are atop the Dent de Jaman you could lay on the grassy slopes during the summer and soak in the sun. During winter, when the whole range is covered in snow, hiking might get a little bit uncomfortable. However, it is a heaven for the skiers as the slopes provide them with the perfect slanting to practice their sessions. 

Location: Les Rochers-de-Naye 1824 Caux, Switzerland

10. Casino Barrière Montreux: After a long day walk around the various sites at Montreux, if you are interested in little unwinding good booze, poker or other table games, the Casino Barriére at Montreux offers its visitors everything. Established in 1881, the casino has a long history of hosting many symphony orchestras and well-known conductors throughout the twentieth century.

Many rock, blues, jazz artists started performing in the casino by the late 1960s, few among which are Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald, Bill Evans, etc. Today the casino, along with good music and delicious fares, offers various electronic games, slot machines where anyone could try their hands at.

Location: Rue du Théâtre 9, 1820 Montreux, Switzerland

Entry fee: CHF 10.

- Sunday through Wednesday – 10 am to 3 am
- Thursday- 10 am to 4 am, Friday & Saturday – 10 am to 5 am.

Which are the famous things to do in Montreux?

Montreux is a city full of places that has historical significance, rolling mountain range of the Swiss Alps, weird yet interesting statues. This city gives a chance to enjoy every kind of visitor. While the thrill-seeking folks can go for a rock climbing session at the Alpine peaks or a bicycle ride through the rolling steep of Lavaux Vineyard.

For the art lovers, the museums and studios of Charlie Chaplin and the rock band Queen hold their memories, unseen moments. Here is a list of activities that every visitor could partake and make most of their trip to Montreux.

1. The Queen Studio tour: Whether you have listened to the British rock band Queen while they were on their peak, or you have known about it from your parents, the band has managed to ingrain their music in the hearts and minds of many. The band, when visited Montreux, instantly fell in love with the natural beauty and peacefulness of the city.

They bought the studio ‘Queen Mountain Studios’ and recorded seven of their albums.  At present the studio is located inside a casino, most of it remains untouched and unchanged from the original design. The studio displays Freddie Mercury’s stage costumes, old tapes, handwritten lyrics, and many other memoirs. The studio is a cynosure for Queen fans.

Location: Casino Barrière Montreux, Rue du Théâtre, Montreux, Switzerland

Timing: Monday through Sunday- 10:30 am to 10 pm.

2. Lakeside Promenade Fleuri: One thing about the city of Montreux is that it never fails to provide breathtaking views throughout the year. When you are on a trip to Montreux, if you want to take in the view of the city the stroll along the Lakeside Promenade Fleuri is the best way to do it. While the soft breeze from the lake will help you enjoy a pleasant walk accompanied by the mellow warmth of the sun. The planned flower bed alongside the lake doubles the scenic beauty. 

Location: Quai Edouard-Jaccoud, 1820 Montreux, Switzerland

Timing: 24 hours

3. Gorges du Chauderon: For hikers, the trail along the Gorges du Chauderon not only offers an easy hike during warmer weather but also provides wild scenic views along the trail. The hiking trail is located just only a few steps from the Old Town, leading to Glion.

The Glion village overlooks Montreux. So if you like hiking and want to experience a bird’s eye view of the city of Montreux, Gorges du Chauderon is where you go. In this gorge also flows the river La Baye de Montreux, that meets Lake Geneva below.

Location: 1820 Montreux, Switzerland.

Timing: 24 hours.

4. Montreux Palace: This five-star hotel overlooking Lake Geneva, is one of the most prestigious hotels in Switzerland. Over the years Fairmont Le Montreux Palace has hosted hundreds of notable personalities including musicians and others. The jaw-dropping design of the hotel is a perfect example of European style architecture.

When, during the dusk, the sun rays hit the building and the led illuminates the ceilings and window sills, it is a sight to behold for a lifetime. The well-trimmed trees running along the boundary, the statues and well-kempt grass bed of the Montreux Palace make a picture-perfect site. The hotel also has 5 on-site restaurants where you could try local and international delicacies.

Location: Av. Claude-Nobs 2, 1820 Montreux, Switzerland.

Timing: 24 hours.

5. Boat ride in Lake Geneva: While we have already talked about the never-ending scenic beauty of the shoreline running along Lake Geneva, to get a different perspective of these places, a boat ride in Lake Geneva is the best way to go with. Boat rides and cruises across the well known Lake Geneva are available all year round.

While during the warmer months you could experience the sweeping varied coloured and breed of flowers covering the shoreline, with the towering peaks of the Swiss Alps on the other side. During the winter months, the white snow blankets the area making it look like a scene out of the movies. The cruises in Lake Geneva are a means to spend your time leisurely; witnessing everything Montreux has to offer.

Location: Montreux, Switzerland.

Entry fee: Boat rides fee are: 1st class - Adult: CHF 51, Children: CHF 25.50, 2nd Class – Adult: CHF 36, Children: CHF 18

6. Glacier 3000: If you have ever wanted to feel like on top of the world and you are not an experienced hiker, the exhilarating ride in the Glacier 3000 gives the almost identical feeling. The cable car Glacier 3000 takes the visitors up to 3000 metres.

The view from above in the cable car is spectacular, as you could see the endless mountain chains. It is also a perfect place for ski lovers and snowboarders, as the waves, curves, jumps, and loops give an opportunity to experience adrenaline high. 

Location: Montreux, Switzerland.

Entry fees: The price of the cable car ticket is CHF 81.86

Timing: 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.

7. Chaplin’s World Museum: Honouring the works of comedian and actor Charlie Chaplin, keeping his memory alive, this museum displays a wax figure of Charlie Chaplin, his family and close friends, film clips, and interactive displays. If you are fascinated by the world that Chaplin had managed to create and spread joy among the viewers, this museum will help you learn much more about the man himself.

Chaplin had spent the last 24 years of his life in Montreux, attracted by its peaceful environment. Chaplin's World was also nominated for the Best Museum in Europe in 2018, by European Museum Academy. The museum is located amongst the greenery of nature. 

Location: Route de Fenil 2, 1804 Corsier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland.

Entry fee: Adult – CHF27, Children – CHF 20, Families – CHF 80

Timing: 10 am to 5 pm.

8. Maison Cailler: When in Switzerland, how can you not visit the chocolate factory? There even is a chocolate train that runs between Montreux the Cailler-Nestlé chocolate factory at Broc. On this train ride, you get to visit the cheese factory and chocolate factory, and experience the production of chocolate from the beginning.

The chocolate tasting will be one of a kind experience for the taste buds, with the chocolates will leave the scent of exquisite cocoas, fresh Alpine milk. The train ride to the countryside alone is just as breathtaking.

Location: Maison Cailler, Rue Jules Bellet 7, 1636 Broc. 

Entry fees: CHF 12 per chocolate bar.

Timing: 10 am to 5 pm.

What are the most romantic things to do in Montreux?

The quaint little town of Montreux has varied options for the couples looking for a romantic getaway. Since the town is covered in either snow or greenery and flowers, just a small walk alongside the lakes makes it romantic. However, here is a list of few romantic things for couples to do:

1. Château de Chillon: A walk inside one of the most beautiful castles of Europe with your partner would make you feel like you are a couple from a Disney movie. Moreover, who doesn’t like Disney movies and fairytales? Located in the narrow shores with two towns – Montreux and Villeneuve on either side of it, the castle is an impressive example of ancient days’ architecture. The underground, great halls, and courtyards are the main attraction of the castle. Click Here to Book: Chateau De Chillon Tickets

2. La Rambertia Alpine Garden: If you are a couple who likes a little bit of adventure, visit the alpine garden at an altitude of 1980 meters, above Montreux. Located on the south-east ridge of Rochers-de-Naye, it is accessible by foot, on a gravelly path of 400 metres long.

3. Lavaux Vineyards: If you enjoy wine tasting, or just keen on tasting some of the best wines in the world the cellars at Lavaux Vineyards is the best place to be. Or you could take a walk, hand-in-hand, with your partners along the steep paths of Lavaux vineyards, as the systematically planned vineyard runs along both sides of the path. 

4. Boat ride on Lake Geneva: Catch the glimpse of the last of sunrays spread wide on the sky as the water of the lake reflects the same making the whole experience magical. During the summer months, as the boat leisurely goes across the lake, on one side you could see the differently coloured flowers while on the other side the great Swiss Alps. It is one of the most romantic things a couple could experience, a moment worth of photographic memory.

Is Montreux worth visiting?

Montreux City is probably one of the most beautiful and worth visiting cities in the world. Even though it is a small municipality city, the views overlooking Lake Geneva, the walks alongside the shoreline, the visits to the castle and museums – everything is worth spending time and money for in Montreux.

How far is Montreux from Geneva?

While taking a train from Montreux to Geneva the distance is 64 km. If you travel by car, the distance between both cities is 95.6 km.

Where to eat in Montreux?

The Montreux Tourism respects not only their own culture but other cultures from around the world as well, and it can be seen in the food they prepare, with utmost care. Apart from local dishes, there are also a few restaurants that prepare Thai, Chinese, Italian, Asian, French and Mediterranean dishes.

Some of the top-rated restaurants to eat at Montreux are La Corsa Al Cilento, Le Pont de Brent, Chez John the Roadhouse, MP’s Bar and Grill, Montreux Palace, Auberge de Chaulin, etc. For local cuisine, you could visit Crazy Moose, Caveau des Vignerons, etc. The cafes in Montreux have some of the best coffees, teas, and snacks.

How far is Montreux from Lucerne?

Montreux City is located at a distance of 127 km via train from Lucerne and 197 km when travelled by car.

What is Montreux famous for?

Montreux City is famous for its scenic beauty at the foot of the Swiss Alps, the Lauvaux Vineyard, the Chillon Castle, Geneva lake, the Old Town of Vevey. The Montreux tourism department has managed to upkeep the Freddie Mercury statue and Queen Studio, the Chaplin’s World Museum that displays the works of the band and the comedian-actor. Montreux is also famous for its chocolate companies and ski tracks.

What is the best time to visit Montreux?

For the visitors who are looking for some sightseeing activity, the Montreux tourism department considers the months of April through October to be the best. If you are looking to gain some musical experience of Montreux Jazz Festivals, according to Montreux tourism, July is the month you should visit.

What currency is used in Montreux?

Montreux city uses Swiss Francs as its currency.

Do you need a visa to travel to Montreux?

If you have a passport from the UK, Ireland, USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand, Montreux tourism allows you to visit the city without any visas. The same rule applies to the citizens of the European Union, Norway, and Iceland. However, if you are not a citizen of these countries or do not hold a passport of the said countries, you would need to apply for a Schengen Visa.

Is Montreux safe for female tourists?

Yes, it is. Montreux tourism has taken all the necessary measures to keep the city safe for female tourists, even for solo travellers.

Is Montreux good for shopping?

The various shops, boutiques and fashion store outlets and malls in Montreux city that allows you to have the best shopping experience. You could also find some of the original Swiss watch collections at a low price in the malls.

How to reach Montreux?

Montreux City can be reached from Geneva Airport via Genève- Cornavin station on main line train service. There are four trains available per hour from Geneva to Montreux.

Can you swim in Lake Geneva Montreux?

During the warmer months, the Montreux tourism department allows the visitors to swim in the crystal clear Lake Geneva. The access to most public beaches at Lake Geneva is free and it is safe to swim at the said lake.

Is it better to stay in Lausanne or Montreux?

Montreux city is a touristy and resort town, with many comfortable accommodation options available. The resorts, hotels – both budget and luxury, are available throughout the Montreux city. Lausanne is a university town, with several museums spread across the city. If you are looking for vacation time and to unwind, Montreux probably would be a better choice to stay.

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Which are the best areas to stay in Montreux?

The hotels and apartments all across the Montreux area are an equally good choice to stay, as it provides the stunning views of rolling Alps and Lake Geneva. The top-rated hotels at Montreux offer modern spacious rooms, with stunning interiors and with a view of the lake.

Some of the rooms in the hotels also have balconies that overlook the lake. The chic, contemporary look of some of the 17th Century buildings now turned into a hotel are individually decorated for the more home-like vibe. Some of the best hotels in Montreux are:

1. La Rouvenaz: With a view of Lake Geneva from the bed and the balcony, these hotel rooms are modern and spacious. Located only 20 minutes away from the lake, another famous nearby is Chillon Castle.

2. Au Fil de L'eau: The delicious gastronomic and seasonal fare of this hotel is known for wide. The individually decorated rooms show the hospitality of authority and how seriously they take it. Some of the rooms have private balconies with a view of the lake and the scenic view of the shoreline

3. Grand Hotel Suisse Majestic: This lakeside hotel not only provides a stunning view of the lake but also the comfort and luxury of the spa. The smart bedrooms, impressive views from the balconies are everything that you need during a perfect Swiss retreat.

Which are the famous places for shopping in Montreux?

Some of the top-rated shopping malls, stores, and boutiques in Montreux are:

1. Marché Montreux: It is a Christmas market with more than 100 vendors. The market place also has food stalls for a quick bite like roasted chestnuts, crepes, churros, and mulled wine. The amusement rides and gift markets make the whole market even more interesting and a place for unlimited entertainment. 

2. O'Coeur des Rêves: This is a boutique and gift store for high-end fashion clothes and accessories. Located right next to the Hotel des Trois Couronnes, this store attracts a lot of tourists due to its high-quality product.

3. The local stores: The local shops and stores spread throughout the city are the best places to buy souvenirs and gift items. Manufactured by the locals, these stores are full of gifting items that tourists could buy for their loved ones back home. The clothes made from the finest raw materials and accessories that reflect the Swiss culture could be a great memoir for the tourists. 

4. Chocolate Factories: If you love chocolate and want to buy in a bulk amount, you could buy it at the factory rate in the chocolate factories. The price is less and the product you will get is authentic.

Which are the best things to do in Montreux at night?

The nightlife in Montreux is quite vibrant and lively. The clubs and bars in Montreux city are often filled to the brim with party-goers. While some people prefer going to the casinos and bars, many people are seen taking a walk along the shores of Lake Geneva after a long tiring day, to relax. Here are some of the things you could do at Montreux at night after a long day of visiting tourist destinations:

1. Walk along the quays of Montreux
After a long tiring day, you could walk along the quays, breathing in the aroma of fresh flowers and sea breeze wafting in the air. The walks are kind of meditating, as you hear the water from the lap slapping against its shore.

2. Casino at Montreux
The Montreux casino has a variety of games for its customers. From table games to poker, from slot machines to other electronic games, Montreux Casino keeps the nightlife fancy and vibrant. The casino also has one of the best foods in the town and the drinks at the bar are prepared according to the taste of the customer. The casino is a great place to meet people who like playing casino games which makes a great company.

3. Montreux Jazz Festival
In the month of July, every year, the Montreux Jazz Festival takes place. If you happen to visit the city this month, do not miss the festival. Many local and internationally acclaimed artists perform at the festival. Even though you are visiting the city for tourist purposes, spending an evening at the Jazz festival could open up a new world to you. It is the second-largest Jazz festival in the world, with thousands of fans visiting and grooving to the music of the famed artists.

What is there to do in Montreux in the winter?

If you like Montreux during the warmer months because of its blooming flowers and crystal clear lake, you will love the city in winter months when the city is covered in snow. When you first hear about it, you might think there is nothing much to do in Montreux during winter, however, you could not be more wrong. There is plenty to do.

1. Christmas market
The Christmas Market is not only for selling Christmas trees and buying gifts, but all kinds of fun activities and games in the market is a nice way to welcome the holidays. 

2. Ice-skating and skiing
Winter months in cold countries are special because of various outdoor activities like ice skating, snowboarding, and cable car ride. These are undeniably some of the beautiful experiences that make you happy and warm even in the coldest of days. Skiing in the slopes of Rocher-de-Naye beats the chill of winter as the turns and loops in the mountain take you to a euphoric high.

3. The train ride through Golden Pass
Take a magical train ride through the Golden Pass when either side of the city is enveloped in a white blanket of snow. The view of majestic Alps in the background and brown trees dotted along with the snow is a sight for sore eyes.

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Montreux Reviews

Chandrabhaga Bhattathiri
Reviewed: 10 Aug 2022
We had a free day on our itinerary, and decided to visit Chateau Chillon in Montreux. We got the entry tickets from Thrillophilia, and got a really good discount on the price! Booking in advance turned out to be a great decision, since the attraction was fairly crowded and we could skip the line.
Sai Sreeja
Reviewed: 21 Jun 2022
I went on the Chateau Chillon tour with my family and had a blast exploring this amazing architectural marvel. We booked this tour from thrillophilia on good discounts. My kids loved the way our tour guide made the castle's fascinating history engaging for them by adding some lighthearted comments. ... Read More
Shankardhayal Sharma
Reviewed: 15 May 2022
The castle looked like it was floating on the lake and is so much better to visit in the evening near sunset. The surrounding is just as amazing as the interiors. They had exhibits that showcased beautiful art and historical items. The dungeon was so mysterious and my friends and I had a great time.... Read More
Prashant Saini
Reviewed: 27 Jul 2022
You definitely don’t need an audio guide or a guide at all. The place is just so amazing to look at, and the exhibits offer a great insight. Though we got tired at the stairs, the experience of exploring this place was wow. Definitely recommend it to anyone who loves old castles and history. Highly... Read More
Ayan Ghosh
Reviewed: 26 Mar 2022
It is such a popular tourist attraction and a great place for a quick tour to learn about Swiss history. It has amazing gothic architecture and exhibits that we loved exploring during our visit. Thankfully these exhibits were in English so we didn’t need a guide and a self tour was enough. We booked... Read More
Suushil Kummar
Reviewed: 14 Feb 2022
Chateau De Chillon feels like from another dimension. Extremely happy to see such great preservation of history and heritage. My family enjoyed the entire palace tour and we learned a great deal about the culture. Thanks to thrillophilia for planning the entire thing for us.

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