Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Switzerland (Veytaux) - Chillon Castle

The world is a country which nobody ever yet knew by description; one must travel through it one's self to be acquainted with it. 
Lord Chesterfield 

Le Château de Chillon or Chillon Castle was built more than one thousand years ago (around the year 1005). It is said to be Switzerland's most visited monument. It occupies a spot right on Lake Geneva in the town of Veytaux, which is only about 2 miles from Montreux. This made visiting this lovely castle very easy. The castle was written about in Lord Byron's famous poem, "The Prisoner of Chillon". It is a great example of what noble life was like in this area in the 11th century. Although the castle was never taken by siege, it did change hands a few times through treaties. An added benefit were the numerous ducks in the moat which Ashley didn't hesitate to feed!

The Castle sits right at the end of Lake Geneva

Ashley talking to the animals

The castle chapel (the door on the left leading from the nobleman's bedroom)

The dining room

The bedroom (as you can see people were a lot shorter 1,000 years ago!)

Coats of arms on the great hall's walls

The wood burning fireplace

The castle's own vintage wine

Ashley imagining what it was like to be the Prisoner of  Chillon

The castle courtyard

The towers

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