Visiting Chillon Castle is like stepping back in time. Each room reveals yet another part of its history, as well as the daily life and habits of the court of the House of Savoy and of the Bernese Bailiffs.
Discover the 14th century murals in the Duke of Savoy’s bedchamber and in the chapel, and see the large collection of wooden chests and furniture in all the rooms. The four great reception halls, where sumptuous banquets and feasting took place in the past, will plunge you right into the life in the Middle Ages. But never forget that Chillon is a fortress. It is protected by the lake but, facing the mountain, defensive towers and the sentry walk on the ramparts served to keep enemies at bay. Many weapons are on display.
Throughout the years, this thousand-year-old citadel has inspired the imagination of writers and artists, from Rousseau to Victor Hugo, from Delacroix to Courbet. Legends galore sprung up here, including the most famous one of Bonivard, rendered immortal in the poem by Lord Byron - The Prisoner of Chillon. Viewing the pillar in the underground dungeon where he was chained up is something not to be missed.
All events of the Castle !
By car : Access motorway A9, exit Villeneuve or Montreux. The castle is situated along the Lake road between Montreux (4 km) and Villeneuve (2 km). Free Parking in front of the castle.
By train : Main rail connection is Montreux (4 km from the castle). Regional trains go from Lausanne to Veytaux-Chillon (300 meters from the castle).
By bus : Line No 1 from Vevey, Montreux or Villeneuve Bus stop "Chillon" in front of the castle. Bus service every 10 to 20 minutes.
By boat : Regular departures during the high season from Lausanne, Vevey, Montreux and Villeneuve. The quay "Chillon" is a 100 meters from the castle
Adult : CHF 12.50
Child (6 to 16 years) : CHF 6.00
Students, seniors, reduced rate : CHF 10.50
Family (2 adults with own children from 6 to 16 years old), self guided : CHF 29.00
Groups (minimum 20 pers.)
Adult : CHF 9.50
Child : CHF 5.00
Dates of availabilities
The Castle of Chillon is open every day except December 25th and January 1st.
April to September : 9h00 - 18h00 (doors close at 19h00)
March and October : 9h30 - 17h00 (doors close at 18h00)
November to February: 10h00 - 16h00 (doors close at 17h00)
The doors close one hour after the cash desk opening hours at the latest. Even if late comers can visit the monument at leisure, we recommend nevertheless to arrive earlier.
Proposed visits and duration
Guided tour (50’, max. 40 persons) per guide: CHF 90
Visit with guide in costume (50’, max. 30 persons) per guide: CHF 140
Thorough guided tour (80’, max. 30 persons) per guide: CHF 140
Guided tour with refreshments (80’, max. 30 persons) per guide : CHF 140 + 10 per person
Visit with guide in costume with refreshments (80', max. 30 persons) per guide : CHF 200 + 10 per person
Thorough guided tour with refreshments (110’, max. 30 persons) per guide : CHF 200 + 10 per person
50-110' (as per wish)
The visitor can rent an audioguide (i-pod) available in 8 languages. A written description available in 20 languages is also given at the cash desk. Guided tours can be organised on demand in 10 languages.
Description of services and / or proposed infrastructure
Free parking, 2 shops, rest area with automatic beverage distributors inside the castle, snack bar and picnic area outside.