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  • Address: 21 Avenue de Chillon, Veytaux, Lake Geneva 1820, Switzerland
  • Hours: April–Sept 9am–7pm; Oct & March 9:30am–6pm; Nov–Feb 10am–5pm
  • Admission: CHF 12.50

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Château de Chillon (Chillon Castle)

Dominating Lake Geneva from a natural rocky promontory, the fairy-tale Château de Chillon is one of the most iconic medieval castles in Switzerland. Entirely surrounded by water and reachable via the reconstructed remains of an ancient drawbridge, this monument encompasses 1,000 years of Savoyard history and chronicles the power shifts between France and Switzerland.

With each detail intrinsically part of the castle's tumultuous history, Chillon features everything a medieval fortresses should have: rounded turrets; murky vaulted dungeons (famously immortalized by Lord Byron); an intricate network of passageways; great banqueting halls; and impressive ramparts. In addition, vino aficionados will be pleased to learn that the wine-making tradition of Chillon is still alive and well to this day, with wines bottled and aged right in the chateau's historic cellars.

An essential part of any excursion around the pristine Lake Geneva, Chillon Castle is often included in tours to Lausanne and Montreux from Geneva, while those visiting in winter can embark on an atmospheric Christmas market-themed visit to Chillon and Montreux. In January and February, the snow-capped Swiss Alps serve as a stunning backdrop on a drive along Lake Geneva to Lausanne, Montreux and Chillon.

Practical Info

Château de Chillon is located in Veytaux, a suburb of Lausanne along Lake Geneva. Just 2.5 miles (4 km) outside the city, the site is accessible by car and has free parking. From Montreux, head southeast along route 9 following Lake Geneva. Local trains departing from Montreux station stop at Veytaux-Chillon, just north of the castle, while bus #201 travels between Vevey and Montreux, with stops in front of the castle every 10 to 20 minutes. Chillon is open from 9am to 7pm between April and September; from 9:30am to 6pm in October and March; and from 10am to 5pm between November and March. Admission costs CHF 12.50 per adult and CHF 6 per child aged 6 to 15.

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Day Trip to Lausanne, Montreux and Château de Chillon, Geneva, null
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Day Trip to Lausanne, Montreux and Château de Chillon

4.5 star rating: Recommended 1366 Reviews

Explore the beautiful Swiss cities of Lausanne and Montreux on this relaxing and scenic day trip from Geneva. You'll drive through the beautiful Swiss ...  Read more

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $208.73
Chillon Castle Day Tour from Lausanne, Lausanne, Day Trips
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Chillon Castle Day Tour from Lausanne

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 10 Reviews

Discover the castle of Chillon, a large piece of Swiss historical heritage. Over the course of this 6-hour journey, you will visit Vevey and Montreux, two ...  Read more

Location: Lausanne, Switzerland
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

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Christmas at Montreux and Chillon, Geneva, Day Trips
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Christmas at Montreux and Chillon

4.5 star rating: Recommended 35 Reviews

Immerse yourself in the Christmas spirit on this leisurely winter day trip to Montreux from Geneva. On your way to Montreux, enjoy driving past verdant ...  Read more

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $124.39
Winter Tour to Montreux and Tour of Château de Chillon, Geneva, Day Trips
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Winter Tour to Montreux and Tour of Château de Chillon

4.5 star rating: Recommended 18 Reviews

Explore the lovely city of Montreux on this winter day trip from Geneva. Travel through breathtaking Swiss countryside on your way to Montreux, which has an ...  Read more

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $156.02
Montreux Chillon Day Trip from Chamonix, Chamonix, Day Trips
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Montreux Chillon Day Trip from Chamonix

Discover the castle of Chillon which is part of Swiss historical heritage. During this journey, you will also visit Lausanne, Vevey and Montreux on the ...  Read more

Location: Chamonix, France
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

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