Located on Lake Geneva, south of Veytaux in the canton of Vaud Château de Chillon, Chillon Castle is an island castle, situated at the eastern end of the lake, on the narrow shore between Montreux and Villeneuve, it provides access to the Rhône Alpine Valley.
Even in prehistoric ages, the rock island between Lake Geneva and the steep towering Alps was inhabited. The passage of ships on Lake Geneva and the crucial land route to the St. Bernhard Pass were both controlled from this island for hundreds of years. From the 12th to the 16th centuries, Chillon belonged to the Counts of Savoy, after which the inhabitants of Bern conquered the water fortress, and finally the citizens of Vaud triumphed.
The castle may be rented for a variety of events. Montreux is a ten-mile stretch of sheltered bays bordered by flower-lined promenades, exotic plants, and palm palms that may be reached by boat, bus, or foot from the Castle.
Every year, almost 400,000 people visit Chillon. They see 14th-century wall murals, subterranean vaults, parade halls, and a bedroom from the time of Bernese control (which has been maintained in its original shape). Two circular walls surround the entire complex, which consists of 25 buildings and three courtyards.