Train Ride & Chateau de Chillon
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I don't really know what to say about the journey to Montreux other than it being amazing. The train was packed, so I couldn't get a seat. I spent the 2-3 hour train ride standing at the end of the train car. I didn't mind so much because the window where I was standing could open, giving me the freedom to take unobstructed photos. Actually, I was quite thankful especially since it was quite the beautiful day.
Once I hit Montreux, I stuffed my bag in a locker and headed out towards the Chateau.
The tour is a self guided one, and quite lengthy. You surely get your money's worth. The castle really doesn't seem that big from the outside, but it is quite expansive inside.
You start the tour in the underground vaults and prison. I know this is supposed to be the worst part of the castle, but I think I liked it the most. The pillars and arches were simply amazing. Though I'm sure if I was chained to the wall down there I might feel differently.
On the wall there is also a mural. It is very faint, but it is still possible to make out what was drawn. It is the crucifixion of Christ shown with the saints.
As you head up out of the vaults and prison, you move on to the constable's grand hall. They had authentic pieces of furniture and household items throughout the castle, so you could get a feel for what the places might look like.
The next room was the Aula Nova. Being a guy, I was naturally drawn to all those medieval weapons. What can I say? Part of me wanted to put on a suit of armor, pick up a sword, and go out to fight some orcs! I'm such a dork...
There were many rooms to be seen, each with their own personality. Two of my favorite sights were the stained glass found in a window and the paintings of the roof of the chapel.
The castle housed multiple courtyards as well. One of the things I enjoyed the most was walking along the tower wall. I almost felt like a sentry on guard duty. Although, little good I would have done. I spent my time checking out the castle than looking for intruders!
Did I mention that the castle sits on the edge of a lake? Actually, the only way you can get in the castle is by going over a bridge (as should be for any castle).
Yeah, I thought so too. Until I realized that their toilets were just shafts from the upstairs down to the lake. So you might want to think twice before opening your windows to get some fresh air! Sorry to spoil it for you!
After the tour, I picked up my bag from the locker and hit the train again. Off to Geneva.