Location: Lake Geneva
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Chillon Castle was built on a rocky inlet near the eastern shore of Lake Geneva. (Lac Lemon), Switzarland, not far from Montreux. There was a castle here as early as the ninth century, built to protect one of the main roads to the Great St. Bernard pass to Italy, but the present castle was for the most part built by the counts of Savoy in the late twelfth and thirteenth centuries. During the sixteenth century, the castle was used as a state prison and was the setting of the English poet Byron's “The Prisoner of Chillon”
Beautiful Montreux is the most visited resort in Lake Geneva. The landmark Chillon Castle, originally built in the 9th. century, is a must see for visitors. Its rich history and distinctive appearance has served as inspiration to such literary greats as Lord Byron, Victor Hugo and others. There was a castle here as early as the ninth century, built to protect one of the main roads to the Great St Bernard pass to Italy, but the present castle was for the most part built by the counts of Savoy in the late twelfth and thirteenth centuries. During the sixteenth century, the castle was used as a state prison and was the setting of the English poet Byron's “The Prisoner of Chillon”
Arija Gifford, 30, from Bremerton, WA. wrote:
Chillon Castle is a must see for anyone who loves Medieval history. It is like stepping back in time into the life of a working castle. It is filled with furniture of the time and has beautiful window seats where women used to sit and embroider. The tour was wonderful and informative but there is much more to see on your own. I hope I get to go back there one day!
Annette, 17, from Missouri - St. Louis, wrote:
In march of 2001, my father, older sister and I had the opportunity to go to the chateau de Chillon. There are no tour guides, but there are numbers posted throughout the castle so that if you simply follow the numbers, you will see the entire castle and not get lost. It was very interesting to bew in the dungeons and be able to look out through the grating and see the lake (which by the way, is gorgeous). Getting to the highest tower was quite the experience. Luckily there were very few people visiting the day we went, so it wasn't crowded. But there were so many flights of stairs, oh my goodness. I swear there were about eight levels that we went through before we got to the top. It was worth it though, the view from up there is spectacular, and just to be able to point to the top window on that castle in a picture or a post card and say “I was there” gives me an great feeling. The only time I've ever been out of this country was when I went to France and Switzerland and, and it was so worth it to visit Chillon.
Scott Helms, 18, from Washington State, USA, wrote:
visited this castle in July, 2000 along with the Washington State Ambassadors of Music. This tour took us (250 people) from London to Paris, Switzerland, Austria, Venice, Liechtenstein, and to Germany. All of these places were great but Switzerland was by far the best! If you plan on visiting this castle and country, I would like to endorse the village of Champery (30 min. drive away) for great sight-seeing and shopping. Scott Helms Moses Lake, WA
Marnee, 51, from North Carolina, wrote:
I visited this castle about 3 years ago and was overwhelmed with its beauty, both in its location and its building. The dungeon gave be goose bumps as it was dank and dreary. I could almost here the prisoners crying for mercy. The lapping of the waves against the walls was especially eerie. The courtyard was beautiful, in contrast, with fragrant flowers and warm sunshine. This castle is a definite one to visit. Not far, is the town of Guyere, where the cheese is made. It is the picture of a town out of the story, “Heidi.” Please do not miss it or the delicious cheese fondue.
Katie, 13, from Texas, wrote:
This was an awesome castle. It showed how medieval times really where. It was amazing how hard their life was. The castle had a lot of features to tell you that. I would highly recommend going there. I went in 1998 and it was fantastic.
Yolanda Sulser, 10, from Australia, wrote:
Beautiful Montreux is the most visited resort in Lake Geneva. The landmark Chillon Castle, originally built in the 9th. century, is a must for visitors. It's rich history and distinctive appearance has served as inspiration to such literary greats as Lord Byron, Victor Hugo and others. There was a castle here as early as the 9th century, built to protect one of the main roads to the Great St Bernard pass to Italy, but the present castle was most part built by the counts of Savoy in the late 12th and 13th centuries. During the 16th century, the castle was used as a state prison and was the setting of the English poet Byron's “The Prisoner of Chillon”
Robert C Merton, 72, from Cambridge, Massachusetts, wrote:
As a professor of finance at Harvard Business School and Nobel Laureate, the Chillon castle at lake Geneva is simply magnificent
D. Means, 53, from Texas, wrote:
Chillon is one of the greatest castles in Europe, as well as one of the most famous. The dungeons are really dark, and you can still see where Lord Byron scratched his name in one of the pillars. I hope everyone can get a chance to visit Chillon Castle.
A castle lover from Denver, Colorado, wrote:
Chateau de Chillon is a very pretty castle. The tour I took was very informative and the setting of the Castle on the lake is incredibly gorgeous. I found the castle to be rather perfect in its setting, completely surrounded by water except for on one side which was protected by a moat. Other than that you have to see it for yourself to understand the beauty of the castle.
Bryan Curry, 45, from Phoenix, AZ, wrote:
I have visited this wonderful castle in 1973 and in 1997. The first visit was particularly memorable, since I was working as a farm hand in Lausanne and took the boat trip to Montreaux. The best way to come upon this sight is by boat. All I can say is that the Dukes of Savoy must have had a great real estate agent! To all: if you have a chance to visit this area, Chillon is well worth a side trip.
Linda Strand, from Midwest, USA wrote:
I personally visited this Memorable Castle! It is “Rich” with history, it is as if the King and Queen are still there. When you visit it, please try and read Lord Byrons account at the castle. Prisioner of Chillon is extra special and will only make your visit absolutely unforgettable!
Sharon, 42, from Arkansas, wrote:
This was a very beautiful Castle. The Dungeon was something to see. Terible place for the prisoners that was once there! And Byron's carved name in one of the posts was plain to see. The rooms above were exciting to see - all the armour, swords, cups, furniture from the early times. Even indoor toilets! The chapel was very pretty. There were even painted shields of people that had visited in the very early times. A must to see!
Terry, 40, from Florida, USA, wrote:
Chillon is a great example of an older castle. The setting on Lac LeMan (Lake Geneva), with the mountains across the lake, is breathtaking. Montreux is a quaint town full of nice shops and friendly people. I have been there twice an will definitely go back!
Anna, 16, from, Oregon, wrote:
This castle is so amazing!! It's not the biggest one around, but it's small and cozy. It has a gorgeous view from any window you look out of. You get a great view of the mountains that surround it. I definitely recommend this castle if you're traveling through Switzerland