Just Chillon At The Castle, Switzerland

We had come down from Leysin,where we had been skiing ,to visit Montreux. Asking one of the locals, what were the local attractions – he picked himself up off the ground and said – “You have never heard of Chillon Castle?”

Well, we feigned some sort of language barrier look,which is a waste of time in this area of the world – most locals speak at least three  languages – and was duly given directions, by bus to – The most visited tourist attraction in Switzerland.

 

Chillon Castle on Lake Geneva

Chillon Castle on Lake Geneva

The castle is built on an island and dates back to 1005.

It was made popular by Lord Byron in the Poem “The Prisoner Of Chillon”.It was about the monk ,who was imprisoned there.

The castle was never taken by siege but did change owners through treaty.

The Monks Etching on the cell wall

The Monks Etching on the cell wall

I love castles, coming from Australia we really don’t have any true castles or the History to that goes with them.

There is also the somewhat disconcerting view from the windows.

Motorway above the Castle

Motorway above the Castle

Looking through a 900 year old window and seeing the  Concrete pylons and roadway of a modern Switzerland.

One thing I do regret is not getting a shot from the Lakeside of the Castle on a sunny day – Google it – it’s Beautiful.

Chillon with a bit of artistic licence

Chillon with a bit of artistic licence

 

 

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