Visit Chillon Castle in Lausanne: the Medieval Landmark that Served as an Inspiration to the Greatest Romantic, Lord Byron

Perched on Lake Geneva, Chillon Castle is a sprawling, medieval castle that has witnessed a millennia of Swiss history

 Lausanne, 9 April 2019: The historic Chillon Castle which is more than 900 years old has become the most visited building in Switzerland recording more than 400,000 guests per year, reports Lausanne Tourism.

Constructed high on a rocky island, the castle dates back to 1150 where the Counts of Savoy controlled the fort, as well as the path between Lake Geneva and the mountains. The monumental landmark was designed to be a natural protection and a strategic location to control the passage between northern and southern Europe. Most noteworthy, it is marked with influences from three major periods- The Savoy Period (12th century to 1536), The Bernese Period (1536 to 1798), and The Vaudois Period (1798 to the present).

The iconic address even served as the setting of Lord Byron’s poem The Prisoner of Chillon, with the poet leaving a carving of his name on one of the pillars in the dungeons. It was also the inspiration behind the famed castle in Disney’s animated film The Little Mermaid.

The castle prides on wall paintings from the 14th century, subterranean vaults, parade halls and the residences that have been preserved in its original form, dating to the time of Bernese rule. The entire complex consists of 25 buildings and three courtyards, protected by two circular walls.

Chillon Castle is located on the banks of Lake Geneva, south of Veytaux in the canton of Vaud. While a guided tour is recommended, guests can visit the castle independently or with an audio guide. The castle is open daily from 9am to 7pm.

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