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Chillon Castle (Château de Chillon)
Chillon Castle (Château de Chillon)

Chillon Castle (Château de Chillon)

21 Avenue de Chillon, Veytaux, Lake Geneva, 1820

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.

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Day Trip to Montreux, Chaplin's World Museum and Chillon Castle
Day Trip to Montreux, Chaplin's World Museum and Chillon Castle
$188.19 per adult
Traveler Favorite
The day began with a...
The day began with a visit to Vevay vineyards , on to Chaplins world with next a ferry ride to Chillon Castle . All of these were done with ample time to view and see what you wanted at each stop. The ferry ride was 1st class on a nice , crisp sunny day which made it more enjoyable .
Debra_S, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Montreux

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Memorable and lovely
athari_s, Sep 2021
Day Trip to Montreux, Chaplin's World Museum and Chillon Castle
The tour driver tom was very friendly and helpful when we had the covid test issue, he tried to help
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Nice Tour
Daniel_M, Jul 2021
Day Trip to Montreux, Chaplin's World Museum and Chillon Castle
This was a nice way to vet a sampling of the greater Geneva area. Our tour guide, Neil, did an excellent job! The tour is expensive though.
star-5
Maggie was a great tour guide. For...
marta.gseda, Jul 2017
Day Trip to Montreux and Château de Chillon from Geneva
Maggie was a great tour guide. For example, we had the option on this trip to upgrade to include a boat ride to chillon and Chaplin world Studios. I only wanted the boat tour. She gave me tips on where to purchase the boat tickets and where on the boat the group was going to be at.
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Montreux
Trek62697806469, Aug 2019
Day Trip to Montreux, Chaplin's World Museum and Chillon Castle
Great visit to the Castle, Chaplin Museum and Montreux. Castle is a must see in the region.The views of the vineyards are spectacular.
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The tour was really nice. The guide...
Abdelkader D, Oct 2017
Day Trip to Montreux and Château de Chillon from Geneva
The tour was really nice. The guide was amazing, friendly, and knowledgeable. We learned so much. The driver was very nice too. They made sure we had everything we needed and were comfortable throughout the trip. The weather was great too !! I really recommend this trip.
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A Real Beautiful Swiss
GrandTour137316, Jul 2019
Day Trip to Montreux, Chaplin's World Museum and Chillon Castle
It was a beautiful experience. It was all I could imagine I could see in Swiss. The Chillon Castle is a beautiful place to see. But I wish we could stay bit longer. There is a lot to see but practically we had to quickly pass through few rooms. But in general it is one of most to see in Swiss. Thanks
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Amazing
Connector64297498759, Jul 2019
Day Trip to Montreux, Chaplin's World Museum and Chillon Castle
This was a great day trip. Very comprehensive, and allowed us to see a lot of attractions and the countryside in a condensed amount of time. The tour guide Maggi was magnificent. Not only is her knowledge exceptional, but she is also a lovely person. Would definitely recommend this tour!
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I would have liked more time to...
Monisha G, Sep 2017
Day Trip to Montreux and Château de Chillon from Geneva
I would have liked more time to spend at Charlie Chaplin studios and Chateau Chillon with a shorter break at Montreux which requires not more than 45 min to stroll through th etown.
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The tour was great.. only we had a...
Sunita, Aug 2017
Day Trip to Montreux, Chaplin's World Museum and Chillon Castle
The tour was great.. only we had a lot of rain!!But the Diver and the Tour Guide Maria were very nice.. esp our Guide was very informative about the history. The Chaplin Museum was worth going!! Got enough time to have lunch. The boat cruise was nice and got lovely scenic pictures! The castle was also very historical.Lovely beautiful view of the lake!! !Overally a nice tour and must do when visiting Geneva!!
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Our guide was so thoughtful and...
Marcia, Sep 2017
Day Trip to Montreux, Chaplin's World Museum and Chillon Castle
Our guide was so thoughtful and helpful. Day was rainy but she was sunny! I would recommend a longer visit to Chillon Castle -- was the highlight of the trip.
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The guide and driver were wonderful...
Bernard G, Oct 2017
Day Trip to Montreux, Chaplin's World Museum and Chillon Castle
The guide and driver were wonderful and every stop was great! Our favorite stop was Chaplin's World. This museum is the most different one we have ever been in. He was a film star and every room had running movie loops, display of scenes with wax figures, actual clothes and props used in the set. Enjoy hearing Charlie Chaplin speak and great you. See private home movies, visit his private music room office where he wrote music, wrote scripts and played his violin and piano. Loved it!
star-4
Excellent day out but would have...
malcolm.groat, Sep 2017
Day Trip to Montreux, Chaplin's World Museum and Chillon Castle
Excellent day out but would have liked a little more time in either Montreux or at the Castle but I guess you cant have both with the time constraints. Difficult to cover the whole castle in 45 mins.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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