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Chateau de Chillon

Vacation Travel Guide
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On a rocky outcrop where Lake Geneva meets the Swiss Alps stands this fascinating medieval castle on a small island.

It’s easy to see why Château de Chillon is one of the most visited castles in Europe. For over a thousand years it has dominated the eastern end of Lake Geneva from its small island.

With Lake Geneva at its feet, the Rhône Valley behind it and the peaks of the Alps surrounding it, Château de Chillon has a remarkable setting. View its interiors, which are just as fascinating. For nearly four centuries, Chillon was home to the powerful Dukes of Savoy. From the castle, they controlled the passage of ships on Lake Geneva.

Walk under the vaulted ceilings of the underground rooms. The monk François Bonivard was imprisoned here from 1532 to 1536, an event that was immortalized in Lord Byron’s poem The Prisoner of Chillon.

Explore the chapel, various bedrooms, courtyards and chambers. From its four formal great halls, enjoy gorgeous views across the lake. Check out a fascinating array of medieval armaments in the weapons room. Take note of the exquisite paintings and furniture throughout the castle.

A guided tour is the best way to learn the castle’s history. Select from several different packages, ranging from a basic audio guide to a guided tour and wine tasting. Stop at the gift shop to purchase a souvenir. It has many items that will delight visitors, from medieval costumes to models of castles.

Visit the castle any day of the year except December 25 and January 1. There is an entry fee. Park your car free of charge in the large parking lot or visit by train with stops in nearby Montreux and Veytaux-Chillon. In the peak season, travel by boat from Lausanne, Vevey, Montreux or Villeneuve. There is also a bus stop in front of the castle.

Château de Chillon’s private beach is a must-see. If the weather is warm, take a dip in the clear waters of Lake Geneva. The flower-lined path along the shore offers a serene way to travel on foot. Head south and you’ll reach Villeneuve in 25 minutes or go north and you’ll be in Montreux in 40 minutes.

Top Hotels Close to Chateau de Chillon

Eurotel Montreux
Eurotel Montreux
4.5 out of 5
Grand-Rue 81, Montreux, VD
The price is NT$5,590 per night from Aug 6 to Aug 6
This family-friendly Montreux hotel is located on a lake, within a 10-minute walk of Montreux Convention Center and Freddie Mercury Statue. Chateau de Chillon ...
4.2/5Excellent! (972 reviews)
"We stay in this hotel for one night. The room had a wonderful view on the lake and was quite spacious. We appreciate the welcome gift. We went to the restaurant and although it feels good to go back to the restaurant, social distancing was not followed and many people were wandering without mask. ..."

Reviewed on 2021/4/5

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Grand Hotel Suisse Majestic, Autograph Collection
Grand Hotel Suisse Majestic, Autograph Collection
4.5 out of 5
45 Avenue Des Alpes, Montreux, VD
The price is NT$6,066 per night from Aug 19 to Aug 19
Located in Montreux City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Montreux Convention Center and Freddie Mercury Statue. Chateau de Chillon is ...
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Reviewed on 2021/6/14

Grand Hotel Suisse Majestic, Autograph Collection
Royal Plaza Montreux
Royal Plaza Montreux
5 out of 5
Avenue Claude Nobs 7, Montreux, VD
The price is NT$5,593 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 1
Located in Montreux City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Montreux Convention Center and Freddie Mercury Statue. Chateau de Chillon is ...
4/5Very Good! (498 reviews)
"We stayed for one night in a deluxe lakeside room. Upon arrival the reception staff were helpful and pleasant. Our room was on the 6th floor with an incredible view of the lake. We had requested a queen bed but discovered twin beds pushed together, not ideal. The room was clean and spacious. We visited ..."

Reviewed on 2020/8/16

Royal Plaza Montreux
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Villa Toscane
Villa Toscane
3 out of 5
Rue Du Lac 2-8, Montreux, VD
The price is NT$4,014 per night from Aug 23 to Aug 23
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Grand Hotel Suisse Majestic, Autograph Collection
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4.5 out of 5
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The price is NT$6,066 per night from Aug 19 to Aug 19
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5 out of 5
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The price is NT$5,593 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 1
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Eurotel Montreux
4.5 out of 5
Grand-Rue 81, Montreux, VD
The price is NT$5,590 per night from Aug 6 to Aug 6
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4 out of 5
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3 out of 5
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4 out of 5
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Hôtel Bristol
3.5 out of 5
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Fairmont Le Montreux Palace
5 out of 5
Avenue Claude-Nobs 2, Montreux, VD
The price is NT$12,359 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 1
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