Switzerland has always been known for its picturesque and breathtaking views. While much has been said about its mountains, lakes, and other nature-related sights, praises have also been given to its architecture.

One place where you can both nature and historic architecture is Château de Chillon. Otherwise known as Chillon Castle, it is located south of Veytaux and is very much worth the visit when in Switzerland.

What to Expect When You Visit Switzerland's Château de Chillon
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Here's what you can expect when you visit to Château de Chillon.

25 Buildings and Three Courtyards

Château de Chillon, Switzerland
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Château de Chillon is composed of 25 buildings and three courtyards, so there is really much to see when you visit. Parade halls and subterranean vaults can be explored by guests, while wall paintings can be admired by art enthusiasts.

These can be explored via individual or group tours. These tours can be accompanied by guides, although guests are very much welcomed to tour unaccompanied.

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Permanent and Temporary Exhibitions

The castle is home to permanent exhibition as well as temporary ones. Exhibitions held within its premises are usually related to the castle's history and landscape. It is also common to find temporary exhibitions on contemporary art.

Past exhibitions include an art exhibition called "Caroline Tschumi – Princesses in Light," which was held from 2022 to 2023, and Christine Sefolosha's "Casting Off." 

You Can Rent the Castle

Château de Chillon, Switzerland
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Yes, you read that right.

According to the official website of Switzerland Tourism, the castle can be rented for various events. 

A Cafe Opened at the Height of the Pandemic 

While most of the world practiced social distancing and stayed at home during most of 2020, Château de Chillon opened a new cafe within its premises. Named Café Byron, it opened in June 2020 and offers regional as well as seasonal cuisine. 

The cafe is open every day except on Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Opening hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. You can check out its official website by clicking here

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