Leaving Montbéliard on a wet and rainy day we headed in the direction of the Rhine. Our next planned stop was the small pleasure craft port in Montreux-Château. Montreux-Château’s port small straddles the border of the Haut-Rhin and Territoire de Belfort Departments, the official edge of the Alsace region since the end of the Franco-Prussian War in 1871.
With “château” in the commune’s name we figured there must be a castle to see somewhere nearby. But as we discovered after exploration on foot there wasn’t a castle to be seen. Indeed there wasn’t even a large stately home that could be mistaken as a château anywhere nearby.
Some after the fact Internet searching revealed that Montreux’s castle had collapsed in 1750. After the Revolution the château’s stone was recycled for use in the foundations of the village’s half-timbered houses. So aside from a small, nicely restored chapel and some undoubtedly lovely stones mostly hidden in other buildings’ foundations the namesake château lives on only in Montreux’s name.
Castle or not, Montreux-Château is a pleasant serviced mooring. The banks of the canal port are lined with trees and flowers. Its garden-like setting had us questioning our decision to tell the lock keeper that we would be continuing on the next morning. We could always stay longer on the return trip, or so we thought at the time.
It is 21.5 kilometers with 11 locks, one lifting bridge, and a pont-canal between Montbéliard and Montreux-Château. Wanderlust’s engine ran for 5.4 hours.
A map of the route: