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Chillon Castle, Villeneuve, Switzerland

At the wooden bridge leading to the entrance
Inside the castle grounds with Montreaux in the background
Junnie on the right just above the datestamp :)
The zoomed-in shot of the castle
My take on the Chillon.
Jerry and me
The towers and turrets up close
Side shot
From the courtyard
Just like stepping into a storybook
The pewter plates
The massive wooden door with iron fittings
Dress code during medieval times
Ornate wooden chests
"Spear-proof" metal top
In a pensive mood
Junnie doing a Rapunzel
From the courtyard
Relic of their farm implements
Waiting for our night train bound for Florence Italy
Mitzi sending us off
June 10 - Another day, another tour. This time we were bound for the ancient castle of Chillon.


No one is sure when the castle was first built. Its site has been occupied since the Bronze Age, but most historians date the oldest parts of the château to about a thousand years ago and credit Pierre II of Savoy with building the present structure in the 13th Century. Its infamous dungeons were literally carved from the rock that supports the castle foundations. The visible portions of the castle include some two dozen buildings around three courtyards, all jammed together in a classically crowded medieval style.

For the last 200 years, the château has been owned by the Canton of Vaud, and it has been a tourist attraction since it was visited (and popularized) by 19th Century poets and authors such as Byron, Shelley, Victor Hugo, Hans Christian Andersen, Flaubert, Mark Twain, and Charles Dickens.


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