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Chillon Castle, also known as Chateau de Chillon, is the result of several centuries of construction and redevelopment. The excavations started out from the end of the 19th century. The excavations headed by the archaeologist Albert Naef (1862-1936) indicate that the site has been occupied since the Bronze Age.
The history of the castle is marked by three great periods: those of the Savoy family, the Bernese bailiffs and the Canton of Vaud.
This goes back to the Twelfth century when a castle was built on a small Rocky island on the Lake Geneva by the rulers of Savoy. Savoy could control trade and traffic in the Lake Geneva region, as well as very important trade routes to Italy from here.
In 1536, the Bernese took over the castle by force and kept it until the Vaud revolution (1798). By that time the castle lost strategic importance and served as storage space and gaol before becoming the most popular historical monument in Switzerland.
From the nineteenth century onwards, the Chillon Castle has been a major tourist attraction for visitors to the Lac Léman region as well as for skiers in the Valais Alps in the Rhone Valley and the Chablais Alps in France.
Timings are subject to change. You will be automatically booked into a time slot as part of the check out process. Please visit the official website to confirm the time slot before your visit.