The centuries-old Chillon Castle (Château de Chillon) is located in Switzerland, on Lake Geneva. This is an island castle that was used as a source of inspiration for Prince Erik’s castle in The Little Mermaid. Funny, isn’t it? In this article you will find information about a visit to the Chillon Castle.
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The Chillon Castle dates back to the 13th century and is one of the best-preserved medieval castles in Europe. The castle is built on a rocky island, which has been a strategic choice to control the passage between northern and southern Europe. Chillon is characterized by three important periods of history, namely the Savoy period (12th century – 1536), the Bernese period (1536-1798) and the Vaud period (1798 to the present day).
Visit the Chillon Castle
It is possible to view the castle from the inside. If you walk into the castle, you’ll be thrown back into history! Each room reveals parts of the castle’s history. You’ll find a prison, a crypt, several dining rooms and bedrooms, fortified towers and an armory. It’s great to walk and imagine yourself in another world!
During your visit you can choose to use an audio guide, which provides information about the architecture and history of the castle. I always like this, as you’ll get more information than just walking around throught the castle. Don’t like the audio guide? There’s also a free brochure available with information in English.
The entrance fee is 13,50 CHF per person and the opening hours can be found here.