Castle Chillon is a 13th-century castle that occupies a rocky islet and is connected to the mainland by a small wooden bridge. The castle consists of 25 independent buildings that were gradually connected and now form a whole. A museum features historical objects and offers public tours.

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Away Travel Expert: Christine Loomis
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FamilyExpert Rating 4.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Children aged 6 - 12 and 13 - 17
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  • The castle, on a rocky island near the shore in Lake Geneva, is Switzerland's most famous and one of its most impressive. Castle Chillon was modified throughout the 12th to 16th centuries, though there were Roman outposts on the rock long before that.
  • Shelley, Dumas, Hugo, and Rousseau all wrote about it, but Lord Byron captured the world's imagination with his 392-line poem, The Prisoner of Chillon, based on political activist Francois Bonivard who was imprisoned here in the 1500s. You can visit the dungeon and see the pillar where he was chained. Bring along a copy of the poem and read it before your visit.
  • The castle is open year-round. Tours in English are available, and there is both family and children's pricing. Learn more at

Parking: Jan & Feb., Nov-Dec 10am-4pm, Mar, Oct 9:30am-5pm, Apr-Sep 9am-6pm
Price: Adults CHF 12, Children (6-16) CHF 6

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 41 21 966 89 10
Price Information: Adults CHF 12, Children (6-16) CHF 6
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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