Chateau de Chillon Castle is among the most remarkable medieval castles in the world, providing a strong visual impact, one of the most exciting fall getaways, sprinkled with history, beauty and inspiration.
I do not know if it’s the beauty of Lake Geneva, on whose banks the castle is located or the way it is surrounded and protected by the smashing Alps, giving the impression that it is a precious jewel lost in the midst of the waters. In fact, this ravishing castle it really is a priceless jewel, an architectural masterpiece of the XIII century, I would say unique, because of its strategic location – its fort that faces the ancient road that leads to Italy, and an impetuous residence which is reflected in Lake Geneva.
Chateau de Chillon Castle (French: Château de Chillon, pronounced ‘Shee-yon’), not far from Montreux (3km), is located in Veytaux, Switzerland, on the beautiful banks of Lake Geneva, on a rocky isle, dating back to the presence of Savoyard.
A bit of history…
Over time, Chateau de Chillon housed important figures, from princesses and kings to priests, such as Pierre, the Compte de Savoie or Pope Felix V. Jean Jacques Rousseau, Victor Hugo (he described the Chateau de Chillon as ‘A block of towers on a block of rock’), and Lord Byron, as well as Delacroix and Courbet took inspiration for their artistic creations from this castle.
The grandeur of the castle and its influence is due to three important periods in history through which he went: The Savoy period (12th century to 1536); The Bernese period (1536-1798); The Vaudois period (1798 to the present).
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