Nothing beats arriving at Château de Chillon from the vast expanse of Lac Leman. The CGN boat service, which plies the route between Geneva and Chillon all year round (with prior stops at Lausanne and Montreux), is one of the best ways to visit this place. The first glimpse of one of the Europe’s best-preserved medieval castle from a distance away greets me with a great enthusiasm.
Château de Chillon is located in the town of Veytaux, a few miles away from Montreux. There is plenty of history behind this imposing castle that dates back as early as the 13th century. A number of famous Swiss figures have called this medieval edifice home such as Counts of Savoy, François Bonivard and Lord Byron. The interesting history on how wars of ideology and battles for independence were fought and won with this castle being at the center-stage is indeed intriguing even to non-enthusiasts of medieval history.
Even if you are not too particularly thrilled by its history, a quick stroll along the external compound of Château de Chillon is an eye-opening experience already. Scrutinize the brown stones that built this castle from the ground up. Ponder on how it can withstand the test of time (and human apathy) for some 700 years.
There is a nice and secluded beach nearby where I saw some local children swimming. There is also a nice lakeside café when you can cool down from the sweltering summer heat of the summer.