Clarens, Switzerland

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Clarens around 1882

Clarens is a small village in the municipality of Montreux, in the canton of Vaud, in Switzerland.

Clarens was made famous throughout Europe by the immense success of the book La Nouvelle Héloïse by Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

Aerial view (1964)

Notable people[edit]

Élisée Reclus, 1905
David Urquhart
Lived in Clarens
Died in Clarens
  • David Urquhart (1805–1877) a Scottish diplomat, writer and politician, MP for Stafford 1847 to 1852, introduced the Turkish bath to Britain, lived in Clarens from 1864 and is buried here. [2] [3]
  • Paul Kruger (1825–1904), ex-President of the Transvaal Republic up to and including the Second Boer War, lived his final year in self-imposed exile in Clarens after escaping from South Africa, and died there. Clarens, Free State, a small town in South Africa, was named in his honor.
  • Johannes van Laar (1860-1938), a Dutch chemist who is best known for the equations regarding chemical activity (Van Laar equation).
Buried in Clarens
  • Sydney Chaplin (1885–1965), an English actor and the elder half-brother of Sir Charlie Chaplin. He died in Nice and was buried in Clarens.
  • Oskar Kokoschka (1886–1980), an Austrian artist, poet and playwright of expressionistic portraits and landscapes, lived in Montreux from 1947 to 1980, where he died. He is buried in Clarens.
  • Vladimir Nabokov (1899–1977), a Russian-born novelist, poet, translator and entomologist; in 1961 he and Véra moved from the United States to Montreux, where he subsequently died. He is buried in Clarens.


St George's School in Switzerland, a British international school, is in Clarens.

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  1. ^ "Reclus, Jean Jacques Elisée" . Encyclopædia Britannica. 22 (11th ed.). 1911.
  2. ^ Robinson, Gertrude (1920) David Urquhart: Some Chapters in the Life of a Victorian Knight-Errant of Justice and Liberty.
  3. ^ "Urquhart, David" . Dictionary of National Biography. 58. 1899.

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Coordinates: 46°26′31″N 6°53′38″E / 46.442°N 6.894°E / 46.442; 6.894