Situated on the shores of Lake Geneva, in an area nicknamed the "Swiss Riviera," the Chateau de Chillon is a historic must-see. The castle was built sometime during the Bronze Age, and was intended to defend the passage between northern and southern Europe. There's plenty to explore inside the castle—from underground former prisons to stunning chapels.
Now that it's no longer needed as a military defense spot, the Chateau de Chillon earns its keep as a wine-making operation. Grapes are grown in a vineyard next to the castle, and the wine is produced by Badoux Winery.
For a very special occasion, you can rent the Chateau de Chillon's private beach.
Where is it? On the shores of Lake Geneva, near Villeneuve. Fly to Geneva's Cointrin International Airport (check prices).
Where to Stay? At the Fairmont Le Montreux, an award-winning luxury hotel on the banks of Lake Geneva.
What Else Should I Know? Don't plan your visit for Christmas or New Year's—the only days of the year that the castle is closed.
Who's it For? Historians, artists, writers, photographers.
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