Chillon Castle (Château de Chillon) Tours

Chillon Castle (Château de Chillon)
Chillon Castle (Chateau de Chillon), a medieval castle on the banks of Lake Geneva, is one of Switzerland’s most visited attractions. Travelers come to find out more about its fascinating history—it was used as a defensive outpost, a summer home for the dukes of Savoy, and a state-run prison.
 
The Basics
The castle, which has watched over Lake Geneva for more than 1,000 years, started out as a Roman outpost guarding a strategic pass through the Alps. The fortified castle with its steep roofs and stone turrets is surrounded by water and is only accessible via a drawbridge walkway.
 
Tour the state rooms and secret passages, explore the gloomy dungeons, and get a sense of what life would have been like for residents many hundreds of years ago. Panoramic views of the surrounding lake and the Swiss Alps top off the experience on this historic day out. A visit to Chillon Castle can also be combined with a trip to the towns of Montreux or Lausanne as part of a daylong tour. If you’re touring independently, prebook admission so you can skip the line upon arrival.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Swiss Travel Pass or Museum Pass holders receive free entry into the castle.
  • Discounted tickets are available for students, seniors, and children.
  • Baggage storage lockers can be found on-site.
  • There is a snack bar selling food and drinks on-site, plus two restaurants within easy walking distance.
  • The castle is not suitable for people with limited mobility, as there are steep steps and uneven floors.
  • To see more of Lake Geneva, book a boat cruise that visits the castle along with other lakeside attractions.
 
How to Get There
Chillon Castle, on the banks of Lake Geneva, is a short distance outside the town of Lausanne. Free car parking is available on-site. Trains run regularly from Montreux to neighboring Veytaux-Chillon, and buses also stop nearby. Guided tours with round-trip transfers are also available.
 
When to Get There
The castle is open every day, except Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Opening hours are 9am–7pm in the summer, with reduced hours in the winter months.
 
Walk in Poet Lord Byron’s Footsteps
English poet Lord Byron was so inspired by his visit to Chillon Castle that he wrote one of his most famous works about the castle’s dungeon—The Prisoner of Chillon. Keep an eye out for Byron’s name carved into the dungeon wall and the deep groove in the floor caused by the constant pacing of dukes of Savoy enemy François Bonivard, who was imprisoned here for six years.
Address: 21 Avenue de Chillon, Veytaux, Lake Geneva 1820, Switzerland
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Château de Chillon Entrance Ticket in Montreux

Check out Château de Chillon with this entrance ticket to the lakeside Swiss fortress in Montreux. Just book online to save time when you enter, then spend as long as you like inside, exploring extravagant rooms that were built for the House of Savoy. Learn about the castle from onsite information and an included brochure as you stroll around the famous fortress at leisure.
  • Duration: 1 to 2 hours
  • Duration: 1 to 2 hours
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Day Trip to Swiss Cities with a Visit to Chaplin's World and Steamer Boat Cruise from Chamonix

Enjoy a day out at Lake Geneva from Chamonix, and discover a UNESCO-protected wine road, Charlie Chaplin memorabilia, a steamer boat, and a romantic island fortress. After a visit to Chaplin’s World museum in Vevey, you’ll explore the wine terraces of Lavaux on a trolley tour. Cruise around Lake Geneva by belle epoque steamer, hop off to visit Chillon Castle, then wander the Old Town streets of glamorous Montreux. You’ll also visit Mountain Studios where Freddie Mercury recorded his last Queen album.
  • Duration: 13 hours
  • Duration: 13 hours
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Day Trip to Montreux, Chaplin's World Museum and Chillon Castle

Take a steamboat cruise and see the Swiss cities of Lavaux and Montreux on this day trip from Geneva. Travel through the Swiss countryside, and visit Chaplin's World, a site dedicated to Charlie Chaplin. Visit the Lavaux UNESCO vineyards and take a guided tour of the opulent chambers of Château de Chillon, and cruise along Lake Geneva on an old steamer boat. Top off the day with time to explore Montreux before heading back to Geneva.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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8-Day Highlights of Switzerland from Geneva

On this journey you discover historic Lucerne, glamorous St. Moritz, charming Zermatt and the gateway to the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau – Interlaken.
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Duration: 8 days
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Montreux Chillon Day Trip from Chamonix

Discover hidden gems and top attractions around the French and Swiss Alps on this Montreux and Château de Chillon day trip from Chamonix. Delve into the Vaud region with a guide and enjoy free time to explore the village of Corsier-sur-Vevey. Travel by open trolley though UNESCO–listed Lavaux, and taste the region’s cheeses and wines. Explore the food and craft markets in Vevey, take an optional tour of the medieval Château de Chillon, and enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 15 people.
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Duration: 12 hours
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8-Day Highlights of Switzerland from Zurich

Small yet mighty when it comes to sightseeing, Switzerland has it all from the mountain peaks to glitzy ski towns like St. Moritz to spectacular alpine train routes. Checking off all the items on your Swiss bucket list may be tricky, but this 7-night experience from Lucerne organises it with ease. Relax with hotels and train transport organised in advance, and enjoy excursions to Mt. Pilatus, Gornergrat, and Jungfraujoch. You’ll also ride on the famous Glacier Express train and enjoy discounts with a Swiss Coupon Pass.
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Duration: 8 days
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3-Day GoldenPass Line Tour from Zurich

Visitors with limited time can find it difficult to fully appreciate Switzerland’s unique landscape and varied cultures. Make the most of your visit on a self-led 3-day tour of Lucerne, Interlaken, and Montreux, with overnight accommodation included. Gain insight into Swiss German and Swiss French cultures, admire the region’s natural landmarks, and avoid the hassle of travel with included transfer by train, allowing you to sit back and relax as you absorb scenic vistas.
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Duration: 3 days
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Château de Chillon Entrance Ticket with audioguide in Montreux

Visit lakeside Château de Chillon near Montreux with a prebooked entrance ticket and explore the fairy tale castle at your own pace. Saving you time at the admission desk, the entrance ticket lets you step straight inside to walk around the elegant state rooms. Learn about the castle’s past as a fortress, prison, and even a residence for the Counts of Savoy from the complimentary audio guide, and follow touch-screen videos as you go.
  • Duration: 1 to 2 hours
  • Duration: 1 to 2 hours
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Chillon Castle Day Tour from Lausanne

Discover Lake Geneva’s star attraction on this 8-hour tour of Chillon Castle from Lausanne. Stroll around the pretty market town of Vevey, then hop aboard a steamboat and cruise to Chillon Castle, perched on an island outside Montreux. End your tour in lively Montreux where you can stroll the waterfront promenade, pose for photos with the Freddie Mercury statue and admire views of the UNESCO-listed Lavaux Vineyards.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private trip from Geneva to Montreux through Lausanne

The charming Swiss villages of Lausanne and Montreux are home to mountain views, glamorous resorts, and beguiling streets. This round-trip tour starts and ends in Geneva, passing through the Swiss countryside on its way to Lausanne and Montreux. Along the way, you’ll stroll the Montreux Riviera, visit a resort associated with rock legend, Freddie Mercury, explore the Chillon Castle, and take a boat ride across Lake Geneva.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Day Trip to Montreux and Château de Chillon

Experience the charm of Montreux on a full-day tour from Geneva. Soak up views of the Swiss countryside as you travel toward the city cradled by the Alps and Lake Geneva. Discover Corsier-sur-Vevey, the village around Chaplin’s World, a site dedicated to the artist Charlie Chaplin; see the magnificent medieval castle of Château de Chillon; and take an open trolley tour of Lavaux, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Before making the return trip to Geneva, top off the day with some free time to explore the sights of Montreux.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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6-Day Swiss Grand Alpine Tour from Lucerne

Snow-capped Alpine peaks, lush meadows, and cosmopolitan cities typify Switzerland’s spectacular landscapes. Experience the best of this beautiful country on this 6-day tour from Lucerne, which includes five nights’ accommodation, breakfast, and select meals. Explore the vibrant cities of Geneva, Zurich, and Berne, the Swiss capital, and relish the serenity of Lake Como, Interlaken, and Valais. Ride a cable car to the top of Mt. Titlis and delve into medieval history in the towns of Chur and Zermatt. This tour is ideal for first-time visitors to Switzerland. 
  • Duration: 6 days
  • Duration: 6 days
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4-Day Switzerland Tour from Geneva to Zurich Including Italy and Liechtenstein Visits

Let the Alpine majesty of Switzerland seduce you on a spectacular 4-day tour that weaves through the rural beauty of Italy and Liechtenstein. From Zurich, venture to idyllic Alpine towns like St Moritz, Zermatt and Lugano and relish their stunning natural scenery. Cruise the shores of Italy’s luscious Lake Como; see the impressive historical monuments of Vaduz, Liechtenstein’s quaint capital; and marvel at the visual magnitude of Switzerland’s rolling countryside. Transportation by air-conditioned coach and overnight stays in 4-star hotels are included on the tour.
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Duration: 4 days
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Montreux, Château de Chillon, and Chaplin's World Day Winter Trip from Geneva

Explore the highlights of Montreux, Chillon, and Lavaux on this day trip from Geneva. Learn about the life of artist Charlie Chaplin with a visit to Chaplin's World, before traveling past the sprawling vineyards of the UNESCO-listed Lavaux region by coach. Take a guided tour of Château de Chillon, an opulent lakeside castle hailed as one of Switzerland’s most iconic attractions, and then top off the day wandering the charming streets of Montreux.
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
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Swiss Riviera Day Trip Including Montreux and Chaplin's World from Lausanne

Combine Swiss mountain scenery with lakeside towns and Charlie Chaplin memorabilia on a half-day trip from Lausanne. The 6.5-hour experience includes round-trip transport, a guide, and ample free time for you to see the sights at your own pace. Discover Charlie Chaplin — the man and the artist — at the Chaplin’s World museum in Corsier sur Vevey, tread the streets of Montreux to see Queen’s recording studio, then check out Chillon Castle on Lake Geneva.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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