Chillon Castle

Price Range

6 - 12.00

Reviews

4.6

Overview

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.

 

 

History

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.

 

 

Restaurants at Chillon Castle

  • Café Byron
    With its large bay windows overlooking the castle, Café Byron welcomes visitors for a culinary break throughout the day.
  • Taverne du Chateau de Chillon
    A convenient, touristic restaurant in front of Chateau De Chillon.

 

Timings

  • Sunday : 10:00 am to 05:00 pm
  • Monday : 10:00 am to 05:00 pm
  • Tuesday : 10:00 am to 05:00 pm
  • Wednesday : 10:00 am to 05:00 pm
  • Thursday : 10:00 am to 05:00 pm
  • Friday : 10:00 am to 05:00 pm
  • Saturday : 10:00 am to 05:00 pm

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.

 

How to Reach

  • By Bus : The bus runs generally every ten minutes but even during quieter times at least three times per hour. Bus Line 201 provides transportation to Chillon Castle from three prominent Swiss towns: Vevey (30 minutes), Montreux (10 minutes) and Villeneuve (5 minutes).
  • By Train : The closest station to the Chillon castle is Veytaux. From there, it is a short, ten-minute walk next to the lake in the direction of Villeneuve. You can also take a cab.
  • By Boat : You can also get to this beautiful island castle located on Lake Geneva by boat. Boat rides are available from these three prominent Swiss towns: Vevey (40 minutes), Montreux (15 minutes), and Villeneuve (10 minutes).

 

Ticket Pricing

  • For Adults : 12 Euro
  • For Kids between 6 to 16 : 6 Euro
  • For Family (Two Adults & Five Kids) : 32 Euro

Things to Do

  • The most spectacular attractions that you can witness around Chillon Castle are Golden Pass Railway, Queen: The Studio Experience, Rochers de Naye, Casino Barrière Montreux, Freddie Mercury, and Caux.
  • Enjoy a beautiful sunset sitting at the shore of Lake Geneva.
  • Get familiar with the most prominent sight of Switzerland and feel what it is like to be at the greatest castle of Europe.
  • Return to the past and see how the Duke of Savoy and his family lived.
  • Have a look at the scenic glimpse of Lake Geneva from the Chillon castle

Address

Chillon Castle, Avenue de Chillon, Veytaux, Switzerland

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Jakub Adamík
Jakub Adamík
07/21/2020 12:55
Excellent tour. We just had the pamphlets and it was enough. Basic information, no long lines of text, just enough to keep you entertained but not bored. Lovely castle with good service, no restaurants inside (I liked that), very friendly receptionist. And the wine we bought was quite excellent.
Joana Carneiro Pinto
Joana Carneiro Pinto
08/22/2020 21:42
So full of history... Very pleasant to go with the family. It takes about two hours for the complete visit of the castle.
Aurore Borer
Aurore Borer
08/03/2020 18:56
Very castle and not so crowded on this rainy day. Covid countermeasures are very light (hand sanitisers at many points, clearly marked path), not followed by visitors though. I'd recommend wearing a mask there even if it's not mandatory.
Przemysław K
Przemysław K
08/07/2020 20:32
A great place to visit. The price is well balanced to what you see and how much time you spend inside. Lots of building interior where you can hide from the sun. The visit took me aroun 100 minutes but every single part of the castle was interesting.
kocola
kocola
08/23/2020 15:38
A very nice castle, and not crowded along with beautiful views of the Swiss Alps.

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FAQs

Chillon Castle is one of the impressive island castles in Europe. This place is definitely worthy of a visit. You must be here to get an overview of European history.
Yes, the Swiss Museum Pass is accepted. With a Swiss Museum Pass, you will get the boat ride to the castle and the entry for free.
The easiest way to reach Chillon Castle from Montreux is to take line 3 train. This train will only 8 minutes to reach Chillon Castle. The other convenient option to reach Chillon Castle from Montreux is by bus. Transports Publics VMCV SA operates buses from Montreux train station to Chillon Castle
Chillon Castle is located in Veytaux which is 65 km away from Geneva. You can take a direct train that covers the distance in 1 hour and 15 minutes. This Direct Train runs only on three days of the week - Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Dating back to the time period between the 12th and 16th centuries, Chillon Castle was home to powerful Counts of Savoy who got rich by imposing heavy taxes on Merchants crossing the land of Great St. Bernard Pass and sailors coming at Lake Geneva.
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