10 Chillon Castle Facts


Chillon Castle is an island castle located on Lake Geneva, south of Veytaux in the canton of Vaud.

Chillon Castle Facts

  1. The Chillon Castle is the most visited castle in Switzerland.
  2. The Chillon Castle has been around for over 1000 years.
  3. The Chillon Castle is one of the only Medieval Castles in Europe never captured in a seize.
  4. Lord Byron wrote a famous poem known as ‘The Prisoner of Chillon’ while he was being held captive in the dungeons.
  5. The castle consists of 100 independent buildings that were gradually connected to become the building as it stands now.
  6. The history of the castle was influenced by three major periods: The Savoy Period (12th Century to 1536), The Bernese Period (1536 to 1798), The Vaudois Period (1798 to the present).
  7. The first writing about this castle appeared in 1160.
  8. The Chillon Castle belongs to the State of Vaud and is classified as a Swiss Cultural Property of National Significance.
  9. Chillon Castle is located on a rocky islet on the eastern end of Lake Geneva some 20 miles east of Lausanne and 2 miles east of Montreux.
  10. The dungeons of Chillon Castle are cut directly into the rock that forms the base of the castle’s floor.