Il castello Chillon è l'edificio storico più visitato del paese. Si trova a 20 minuti di treno, fuori da Montreux, e risale al XI secolo. Per evitare la massa di turisti durante i mesi estivi si consiglia di arrivare alle 9 del mattino. Se possibile prendere il treno a Montreux e camminare lungo il lago. Ci vuole 45 minuti. Un piccolo regalo è un video che si trova proprio fuori dall'entrata. Ma si consiglia di non rimanere incollati al virtuale quando il reale è a pochi passi!
Perched atop a small hill with the mighty Swiss Alps in the background, the Gruyères Castle forms a picturesque fairytale like image. Built in the late 13th Century, the castle has been passed down through a number of noble families but has been remarkably well preserved throughout all these years. A Swiss heritage site today, it attracts a number of visitors every year due to its rich historical heritage and beautifully manicured hedge gardens. Today it is home to an art museum with paintings by notable artists like Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Barthélemy Menn and many others. A number of temporary exhibitions, cultural events and music festivals are also regularly organized at its premises.
Located on the outskirts of Martigny, the medieval castle of Château de la Bâtiaz offers visitors a unique historical experience with its remarkable architecture, gruesome torture chamber, a small tavern and a display of old war machines and siege engines. Situated atop a small hill, it offers panoramic views of the city and can be accessed via a short trek or a tourist train called Le Baladeur. The castle also hosts many events like metal concerts, discotheque nights, civil marriages and rock operas which are very popular among the local citizens. Visitors are advised to check opening hours on the official website or see if a blue flag is hoisted atop the tower, signifying that the place is open. Access to the site is free, but one can opt for guided tours and demonstrations for a small price.
La cattedrale di Losanna è il più bello e grande edificio gotico della Svizzera. Anche se è stato inaugurato nel 1275 la torre a nord è ancora mancante. Durante la giornata si può salire in cima alla torre per godersi una fantastica vista della città e non ci si può perdere le vetrate a colori. Dalle 22 alle 02 il banditore comunale grida l'ora dai quattro angoli della torre, una tradizione che risale al medioevo - e il comune è l'ultimo a farlo in Europa. Spesso nella cattedrale si organizzano concerti di musica classica.
A site of regional and national pride, this formidable defensive fortification sits along the picturesque Lake Geneva. Built in the year 1286 on the orders of Baron Louis I of Vaud, this castle was constructed as a traditional Savoyard Carré, essentially a thick fortress with four conical towers enveloping a plaza. Through the years, several of the castle's features were altered, especially during the Bernese conquest of Vaud, when the castle's gates were destroyed. After years of instability, the castle was converted into a site housing four regional museums, the most prominent of which is the Vaud Military Museum.
One of the oldest and most serene chalets in Switzerland, the Grand Chalet dates back to the 18th Century but in 1852 it was turned into a classy hotel. It is one of the most popular landmarks in the village of Rossiniere and is situated on a small hill right above the center of Gstaad, offering an amazing view over the valley and the mountains. The architecture of the chalet is a testament to the ancient era of the village. The Grand Salon inside the building hosts popular exhibitions and concerts, showcasing the cultural heritage of the region.
GoldenPass Line offers rail tours of the beautiful countryside in Switzerland in an ultra-modern train coach. The swift movement of the train combined with world-class amenities inside make sure your trip is comfortable and fun. Watch through the huge glass windows the scenic surroundings comprising snow-topped mountains, lush greenery and quaint villages during your fun ride. Starting from the Montreux Railway Station, GoldenPass Line is one of the best ways to enjoy the real beauty of Switzerland's countryside.
Located in the village of Le Bouveret, on the brink of Lake Geneva, discover a miniature Swiss world, replete with stunning replicas of Switzerland's landmarks. Meandering through the thick of these model buildings are 16 locomotives, eight of which are steam-powered. The trains go along eight tracks that intertwine their way through the length of this beautiful, scenic park. The park includes a 700-meter (5577.42 feet) track, along with 1200 meters (3937 feet) of walking trails. The Swiss Vapeur Parc hosts the Swiss International Film Festival in June every year. Visitation hours vary as per the season, so check the official website prior to planning your visit.
Built by Pierre de Savoie in the 13th century, Château de la Tour-de-Peilz was once a strategic stronghold and observation post, by the Geneva lake. This former fortress, was tasked to defend the region from invaders using the lake route, and to monitor traffic of vessels sailing via the lake. A key figure during the Burgundy wars, the castle was heavily damaged and decommissioned. Subsequently converted into a residence building, the castle changed hands several times, before being purchased by the state. It now houses the Swiss Museum of Games on the first and second floors.
Chateau Maison Blanche is an unmissable sight while visiting the picturesque Yvorne village. Its tall towers look majestic, and this grandiose facade is complemented by the wonderful vineyards which are part of the estate. Explore the cellars where fine wines are produced and aged in wooden barrels. Visitors can also enjoy exquisite local cuisine at the on site restaurant, which when paired with the delicious wines and sweeping countryside views makes it a oenophile's dream destination.
Set on a gentle knoll and wrapped by endless fields of manicured vineyards, the impressive Castle of Aigle is located in the heart of the Chablais Vaudois. It was built in the 12th Century, was later owned by the Government of Bern and houses a restaurant and museums. The Vine and Wine Museum showcases used over the years in wine-making. Interactive exhibits also show how wine is made. There is also the Wine Label Museum with wine labels collected from various countries, dating from the early 19th Century to the mid-20th Century. With strong roots in the local wine industry, the wines produced here are acclaimed as some of the best in Switzerland.