The Château de Chillon is the thrilling culmination of centuries of human ingenuity and labour. Initially the Counts of Savoy wanted a fortress, first and foremost; later, a residence. While they erected dozens of castles over their territories, Chillon is in a class of its own. Here the builders had to respond to the unique challenge of the terrain â€“ a rocky island off a precipitous lakeshore, a dreamlike setting â€“ by creating appropriate forms and spaces: Chillon is unique.
Visitors can see the famous prison, the chambers of the lords of the castle, the feasting hall and the chamber of coats of arms, as well as the chapel. Throughout the year there is a busy programme of events, from guided tours and concerts to theme weekends and children's storytelling.
There is no other building like this one in the whole world. Chillon invites you to relive history, from the 12th to the 16th century. Built in the 13th century on Roman foundations, the Chateau de Chillon was the official residence of the Counts of Savoy throughout the Middle Ages. Originally a fortress, the Chateau de Chillon underwent numerous transformations as its owners tried to adapt the building to the advances in defensive and offensive weapons of the time.
Other modifications were carried out in order to install various amenities and to make life in the castle as comfortable as possible. Many prominent historical figures have stayed there: emperors, popes, princes, etc.
All year round. Guided tours available.
How to get there:
By car: take the A9 motorway, exit at Villeneuve or Montreux.
By train: take a direct train to Montreux, which is 4 km away from the castle, or a regional train to Veytaux-Chillon, which is 300 m away from the castle.