Majestic, it naturally integrates into the waters of Lake Geneva. Undoubtedly one of the most famous silhouettes in the world, Chillon Castle is a symbol of Switzerland, a beautiful illustration of the country through the harmony of its forms (twenty-five building bodies) and the impression of solidity and balance that emerges. A fortress on the water, a real lock overlooking the old Italian road, a necessary passage - because of the narrowness of the area - on the north-south axis, it is also, facing the lake, a ducal residence. It is difficult to date this fortress precisely, but the presence of a Roman post office already seems to be attested by coins and remains found on the site. Throughout the Middle Ages, the castle was the seat of the powerful Counts of Savoy, who settled in the region. In 1536, Chillon was known to the Bernese bailiffs, who first made it their residence, before moving to Vevey in the 18th century; as the taste for life in society spread, they began to get bored within these solitary walls. Bern took pity on its bailiffs and bought the Tavel house in Vevey as their new home. It was then a question of demolishing Chillon Castle; fortunately, the cost of the operation was too high. Its cellars and attics were used, the courtroom became a mill, a press was installed in Count Pierre's room... Finally, the French Revolution brought about the fall of Berne. In 1798, the Vaud region was liberated from Bernese control and since then, the castle of Chillon has belonged to the canton of Vaud.
In the romantic era, Chillon Castle was made famous by countless writers such as Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Mary Shelley, Victor Hugo, Alexandre Dumas and especially Lord Byron. The latter, having fallen in love with a historical episode relating to the imprisonment of Genevois Bonivard in the 16th century, will dedicate his very famous poem The Prisoner of Chillon to him. Painters, including William Turner and Gustave Courbet, also contributed to Chillon's fame.
On site: local wines for sale, gift shop and beach.
Opening hours: open from April to September from 9am to 7pm (last entrance at 6pm) and from October to March from 9.30am to 6pm (last entrance at 5pm). Prices for 2020: adult entrance CHF 13.50, child CHF 7 and family CHF 35.
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