Photo by Benjamin Gimmel
Become enchanted at this medieval castle
Expect to be transported back into medieval times with a visit to Château de Chillon. This beguiling castle pokes out on a rock from the banks of Lake Geneva and offers an authentic taste of what it would be like to live as a prince, princess or knight in shining armor. Audio guides around the cobbled-floored courtyards, eerie dungeons, secret passages and castle walls are offered in English and are ideal for families. Standing for over 1,000 years this castle has inspired many poetic greats, non-more so than Lord Byron whose poem The Prisoner of Chillon was inspired by the imprisonment of François Bonivard. Slide along the lake on the paddle steam boat to arrive at the castle and note that the Rivera Pass, offered by most hotels, gives you half price entry.
By Simon Willis, AFAR Local Expert
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