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5 of 5 bubbles Review of Chateau de Chillon

Chateau de Chillon
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Day Trip to Montreux, Chaplin's World Museum and Chillon Castle
Ranked #1 of 37 things to do in Montreux
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2014

Amazing Island Castle - definitely worth the fee to go in and see Lord Byron's signature and everything else inside!I am 50/50 on audio guides, but here it is worth it. Great story of the wars around the time it was build, the prisoner, yadda yadda.

Make sure to explore all the nooks and crannies! Such a beautiful place.

I highly recommend swimming off the pebble beach just to the west of the castle!

Visited September 2013
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Moscow, Russia
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“Interesting and memorable”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2014

Chillon castle is a 12-century structure, perfectly maintained and organized for visits. Free 5-hour parking hearby (be sure to put a "rond bleu" inside your car, insicating the time of your arrival. Thank a lot to the cashier who advised us to do so!)
I highly recommend to rent an audio guide, however on Fridays at 15:00 there is an excursion led by a person in a medieval dress. This is a great fun for kids, and only in french, so we listened to it for a while and continued our way with an audio guide. Inside the Castle the exposition is impressive, from the prison cellars, to the "watching way". Each point is marked by a digit, which allows to find to the audio guide's comment.
Don't miss climbing the top of the tower and take pictures from above !

Visited April 2013
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“If You Like Castles”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2014

Chillon Castle is just a couple train stops away from Montreux or Vevey. My wife and I have been there twice, once on a tour and once on our own. The latter was a day trip from Geneva via SBB to Vevey and bus from Vevey to Chillon. If you are travelling individually the trip is fairly uneventful. The castle itself is unique, jutting out on the ;lake, and has more than it's share of picturesque scenes, especially in the summer when the flowers are in bloom, and the lake is populated with boaters. I am not a castle person but enjoyed the tour, and the obligatory Byron moment in the dungeon, the life in the castle tour, and the occasional special event like a wedding with medieval music. They have there own wine label, and it is fairly good. All in all, a relaxing tour. Our second trip was much more rushed since we were part of a tour, but the castle was and it always was but this time we had a guide versus the handheld tour guide. I prefer the personal guide and recommend that if it is available. While the handheld guide is cheaper and allows you more freedom, the personal guide is just a better way to tour the castle.

Visited July 2013
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“Beautiful Castle”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2014

A great castle to wander around which as a nice history. Beware of big tour groups which can get in the way but overall this castle was a joy to visit.

Visited June 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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“picturesque castle”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2014

take bus to the stop passed Chateau de Chillon and strolled back , good spots to take picture of the castle. Dress warm in winter months so as to enjoy the stroll inside and along the lake back to town.

Visited December 2013
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