Chateau de Chillon

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by StaneStane on August 24, 2005

Most castles started off as fortresses, and Chateau de Chillon started off as a tourist attraction. Originaly built in the 12th century as place where Dukes of Savoy could spend their summers. This castel was immortalized by Lord Byron prehaps his most famous visitor, who wrote a poem about Francois Bonivard one time prisoner of the castel.

Who ever started the catel picked just the perfect spot on the rocky islet just a few meters off the shore of the lake, allowing the elegant lines of Chateau to reflect in to its calm waters with imposing mountain range as a backdrop.

Chateau de Chillon was in 19th centurie converted in to a museum offering a splendid tour to all visitors. Addmition costs 8chf, student discount is available. It will take you about two whole hours to go through 25 connecting buildings that compose the castel.

Do not forget to visit the dungeon where Bonivard was imprisoned. The third pillar still holds the signature scratched in by Lord Byron himself.

You can reach the castle by train or car but probably the best way is on foot. Take a nice long walk from town of Montreux along the promenade on the lake wich looks more like a botanical garden. It should take you about 45 minutes if you can resist not to make too many stops to admire the view.

Chillon Castle/Ch√Ęteau de Chillon
Avenue De Chillon 21
Montreux, Switzerland
+41 (21) 966 8910

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