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Chillon Castle (Château de Chillon)
Chillon Castle (Château de Chillon)

Chillon Castle (Château de Chillon)

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21 Avenue de Chillon, Veytaux, Lake Geneva, 1820

The Basics

The castle, which has watched over Lake Geneva for more than 1,000 years, started out as a Roman outpost guarding a strategic pass through the Alps. The fortified castle with its steep roofs and stone turrets is surrounded by water and is only accessible via a drawbridge walkway.

Tour the state rooms and secret passages, explore the gloomy dungeons, and get a sense of what life would have been like for residents many hundreds of years ago. Panoramic views of the surrounding lake and the Swiss Alps top off the experience on this historic day out. A visit to Chillon Castle can also be combined with a trip to the towns of Montreux or Lausanne as part of a daylong tour. If you’re touring independently, prebook admission so you can skip the line upon arrival.

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Day Trip to Montreux, Chaplin's World Museum and Chillon Castle

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Day Trip to Montreux, Chaplin's World Museum and Chillon Castle
$218.33 per adult
Montreux
Great visit to the Castle, Chaplin Museum and Montreux. Castle is a must see in the region.The views of the vineyards are spectacular.
Trek62697806469, Aug 2019

Recent reviews from experiences in Montreux

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A Real Beautiful Swiss
GrandTour137316, Jul 2019
Day Trip to Montreux, Chaplin's World Museum and Chillon Castle
It was a beautiful experience. It was all I could imagine I could see in Swiss. The Chillon Castle is a beautiful place to see. But I wish we could stay bit longer. There is a lot to see but practically we had to quickly pass through few rooms. But in general it is one of most to see in Swiss. Thanks
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Amazing
Connector64297498759, Jul 2019
Day Trip to Montreux, Chaplin's World Museum and Chillon Castle
This was a great day trip. Very comprehensive, and allowed us to see a lot of attractions and the countryside in a condensed amount of time. The tour guide Maggi was magnificent. Not only is her knowledge exceptional, but she is also a lovely person. Would definitely recommend this tour!
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Delightful Guide & Interesting Sites
peggy924, Sep 2019
Day Trip to Montreux, Chaplin's World Museum and Chillon Castle
This was a wonderful day all around. Yolanda was the most thoughtful, well informed and friendly guide (a breath of fresh air compared to the awful guide, Neil, that we'd had the day before). She provided interesting insights about the region and was very engaging. We visited Chaplin's Museum (I hadn't been excited about that part but turned out to be really interesting), drove through the scenic vineyards, visited Vevey, a steamboat ride to Chillon Castle and ended at Montreux. A fun-filled day all around. It was also a small group which made it even more enjoyable.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Swiss Travel Pass or Museum Pass holders receive free entry into the castle.

  • Discounted tickets are available for students, seniors, and children.

  • Baggage storage lockers can be found on-site.

  • There is a snack bar selling food and drinks on-site, plus two restaurants within easy walking distance.

  • The castle is not suitable for people with limited mobility, as there are steep steps and uneven floors.

  • To see more of Lake Geneva, book a boat cruise that visits the castle along with other lakeside attractions.

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How to Get There

Chillon Castle, on the banks of Lake Geneva, is a short distance outside the town of Lausanne. Free car parking is available on-site. Trains run regularly from Montreux to neighboring Veytaux-Chillon, and buses also stop nearby. Guided tours with round-trip transfers are also available.

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When to Get There

The castle is open every day, except Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Opening hours are 9am–7pm in the summer, with reduced hours in the winter months.

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Walk in Poet Lord Byron’s Footsteps

English poet Lord Byron was so inspired by his visit to Chillon Castle that he wrote one of his most famous works about the castle’s dungeon—The Prisoner of Chillon. Keep an eye out for Byron’s name carved into the dungeon wall and the deep groove in the floor caused by the constant pacing of dukes of Savoy enemy François Bonivard, who was imprisoned here for six years.

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