Chillon Castle is an island castle located on Lake Geneva, south of Veytaux in the canton of Vaud.
Chillon Castle Facts
- The Chillon Castle is the most visited Castle in Switzerland.
- The Chillon Castle has been around for over 1000 years.
- The Chillon Castle is one of the only Medieval Castles in Europe never captured in a seize.
- Lord Byron wrote a famous poem known as ‘The Prisoner of Chillon’ while he was being held captive in the dungeons.
- The castle consists of 100 independent buildings that were gradually connected to become the building as it stands now.
- The history of the castle was influenced by three major periods: The Savoy Period (12th Century to 1536), The Bernese Period (1536 to 1798), The Vaudois Period (1798 to the present).
- The first writing about this castle appeared in 1160.
- The Chillon Castle belongs to the State of Vaud and is classified as a Swiss Cultural Property of National Significance.
- Chillon Castle is located on a rocky islet on the eastern end of Lake Geneva some 20 miles east of Lausanne and 2 miles east of Montreux.
- The dungeons of Chillon Castle are cut directly into the rock that forms the base of the castle’s floor.