Castle of Chillon Photos
From: Castle of Chillon
Lake steamers of the Compagnie Générale de Navigation sur le lac Léman stop at the Château de Chillon. Visit the CGN Web site for a journey planner, timetables, and fares. (You can save money with a Swiss Pass or the local Montreux Riviera Card.)
The Château de Chillon is less forbidding than many castles, thanks to the Swiss penchant for hanging flowerboxes in places where one might expect to see archers or cauldrons of boiling oil.
This view shows a parapet walk inside the castle courtyard, with one of several medieval towers behind. (Most of the current structure was built in the 11th to 13th Centuries.)
As you explore the Castle of Chillon, you'll climb staircases and walk along the sentries' gallery.
The interior of the Château de Chillon has rooms from different eras. Some are furnished to look as they might have appeared in the castle's heyday; others house collections of antique weapons and pewterware.
A barrel-vaulted wood ceiling, tapestries, and other decorations add warmth and a human touch to the the stone château's otherwise chilly interior.
The 13th Century latrines are for display purposes only.
The dungeons are the best-known feature of the Château de Chillon, thanks to Lord Byron, who wrote:
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