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Beyond the studio, “you can feel Freddie all over town,” Freestone says.
There's the statue, a bronze work by Czech sculptor Irena Sedlecka that was unveiled in 1996 and has become, local officials say, one of the 10 most visited tourist attractions in Switzerland.
Visitors can also see some of Mercury's performance costumes, handwritten lyrics and a wide variety of memorabilia.
Like many well-known rock bands and musicians - including David Bowie, Deep Purple and Iggy Pop - Queen was drawn to Montreux by its quiet solitude and the lower taxes.
The band members grew to appreciate the town so much that Mercury rented homes there.
And several of the bars and restaurants Mercury favoured still stand: Fans can have a meal at Brasserie Bavaria, a drink at Funky Claude's, or stay at the Montreux Palace, where Mercury and the band spent many a night.
I stayed down the road/promenade from the palace at the Royal Plaza.
“Early on, in fact, he said that the best place for the studio would be at the bottom of the lake.” Montreux, apparently, was too quiet for the famously energetic Mercury.