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European Castles: Castle of Chillon Montreux Switzerland

ABOVE: The Castle of Chillon in Montreux, Switzerland.

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Life in a Medieval Castle
This article is from the book of the same name by Joseph and Frances Gies.

From Europe for Visitors

Dover Castle
Explore 2,000 years of English history atop the White Cliffs of Dover. The castle's attractions include a medieval keep, a battlements walk, and a tour of WWII's Secret Wartime Tunnels.

Wartburg Castle
Martin Luther used Eisenach, Germany's historic castle as a hiding place during the early days of the Reformation.

Pena National Palace
The Palácio da Pena in Sintra, Portugal is billed as "a consummate specimen of Portuguese romantic architecture," with building styles that range from Moorish to pseudo-medieval.

From Switzerland & Austria for Visitors

Castle of Chillon 
Lord Byron made this château famous with his poem, The Prisoner of Chillon, and its dungeons have been chilling the hearts of tourists ever since.

Tour the moated castle, explore the Moorland and Peat Bog Museum, and take a ride on the historic narrow-gauge railroad in Lower Austria's Waldviertel.

Thun and Its Castle
If you're traveling from Bern to Interlaken or vice versa, stop off in Thun and visit its turreted castle to enjoy lovely town and lakeside views.

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