🏰 CASTLES OF FRENCH-SPEAKING SWITZERLAND

The castles


The golden age of castles ranges from the 11th to the 13th century when they are built, then declined rapidly from the beginning of the 15th century with the appearance of powder artillery around 1370 and the metal ball around 1450. The vast majority of castles in French-speaking Switzerland are built, financed or inspired by the Counts of Savoy, who became Dukes in 1416. The castles have been relatively well preserved over time, few of them have disappeared like those of Palezieux or Bossonnens in the state of ruins. Some of them cannot be visited because they are in private hands but others in the canton of Fribourg, although they are in public hands, house the administration of the district capitals and are therefore not visitable.

The splendid Chillon castle.
The splendid Chillon castle.

A very beautiful video documentary on the history of castles.

The components of a fortified castle


Here is a small glossary that will help you to find your way around a fortified castle.

  • Lower courtyard: First area surrounded by fortifications.
  • Curtain wall: Walls connecting two towers.
  • Keep: Master tower of the castle which acts as a place of last withdrawal if the castle is attacked
  • Moat: Ditch filled with water surrounding the castle
  • Scallop: Small corner turret
  • High courtyard: Second space around the keep.
  • Harrow: Heavy iron grate that can be lowered quickly and blocks the passage of the main entrance.
  • Latrines: Primitive toilets inside the castle. In the case of Chillon Castle, the excrement fell directly into the water of the lake.
  • Mashicolations: Elements overhanging a tower or rampart that allow to reach the foot of the fortifications with the throw of projectiles.
  • Murderer: Vertical and narrow opening for archery or crossbow shooting.
  • Oblivious: Prison located in a cellar of the castle to get rid of a prisoner.
  • Drawbridge: A wooden movable bridge that raises or lowers to allow passage. At Chillon Castle, the drawbridge was replaced by a solid bridge in the middle of the 18th century.
  • Poterne: Back door allowing to escape from the castle. The back door of Chillon Castle is located on the lake side. It was used in 1536 by the Savoyard lord to escape by boat in front of the Bernese attack.

An aerial view of Chillon Castle with a description of its various elements.
An aerial view of Chillon Castle with a description of its various elements.

A video showing the different elements of a fortified castle.

The inventoried castles


Dozens of castles are listed in French-speaking Switzerland, the Torpille team visits the most important of them and only the castles dating back to the medieval period before 1450.

The following castles are not inventoried by the Torpille team:

  • Buildings named as castles but of recent construction (e.g. Aile castle in Vevey or Mercier castle in Sierre)
  • Old buildings that look more like beautiful houses (e. g. Prangins castle)
  • Castles in a state of advanced ruins (e.g. Montorge castle in Sion or Chalais tower)

The tower of Chalais is not inventoried by the Torpille team.
The tower of Chalais is not inventoried by the Torpille team.

Categorization


The castles of French-speaking Switzerland may be in different states of conservation and can be categorised as follows:

Large-sized castles which can be visited and kept in their original state:


Chillon, Grandson, Gruyère, Oron, Valangin, La Sarraz.

Oron Castle.
Oron Castle

Castles of important sizes which can be visited but recycled in museums:


Yverdon, Morges, Romont, St-Maurice, Aigle, Nyon, Boudry.

Nyon castle.
Nyon castle.

Private castles not open to visitors:


Blonay, Châtelard, Champvent, Vufflens, Glérolles, Lucens, Les Clées, Vidomnes, Goubing, Vaumarcus, Gorgier, Saint-Barthélémy, Môtiers.

Blonay castle.
Blonay castle.

Castles owned by a canton or commune but not visitable:


Bulle, Châtel-Saint-Denis, Morat, Rolle, Vaulruz, St-Maire, Chenaux, Majorie, Colombier, Tour d’Anniviers, Tour Bertholod.

Bulle castle.
Bulle castle

Castles in ruins with a visitable keep:


Saillon, La Tour-de-Peilz, Ogoz, Saxon, Orbe, St-Martin du Chêne.

The spiral metal stairs inside the keep of the Saxon castle.
The spiral metal stairs inside the keep of the Saxon castle.

Comparison table


NamesLinksPicturesAltitude mCantonVisitable?Public?ConstructionKeepUnder control in 1400Wars of
Burgundy
VisitRemarks
AigleLinkle château d'Aigle436petit drapeau du canton de vaud Vaud✔️✔️✔️ (Municipality)12th centrurySquareSavoy☠️19.02.2017Musée du vin et de la vigne
Anniviers (Tower)Linkla tour d'anniviers1208petit drapeau du canton du valais Valais✔️ (Municipality)13e centrurySquareHauts-Valaisans👍26.05.2018
Ancien EvêchéLinkl'ancien évêché510petit drapeau du canton de vaud Vaud✔️✔️11th to 15th centurySquareEvêque de Lausanne👍21.07.2018Musée Historique de Lausanne.
Possède peu d'éléments d'origine.
AvenchesLinkle château d'Avenches478petit drapeau du canton de vaud Vaud✔️ (Municipality)1175SquareEvêque de Lausanne👍11.03.2018
Bertholod (Tower)Linkla tour bertholod à lutrypetit drapeau du canton de vaud Vaud✔️ (Municipality of Payerne)13e centruryCircularEvêque de Lausanne👍11.11.2018
BlonayLinkle château de Blonay646petit drapeau du canton de vaud Vaud❌👁️1184SquareVassal de la Savoie👍19.03.2017Habitation
BulleLinkle château de Bulle769petit drapeau du canton de fribourg Fribourg❌👁️✔️ (Canton)1301CircularEvêque de Lausanne👍20.11.2016Administration du district
BoudryLinkle château de Boudry477petit drapeau du canton de neuchâtel Neuchâtel✔️✔️ (Canton)13th centruryCircularComtes of Neuchâtel?24.03.2018
ChampventLinkle château de Champvent502petit drapeau du canton de vaud Vaud❌👁️Beginning of 13th centuryCircularAllies of Burgundy☠️21.01.2018Privé
Châtel-Saint-DenisLinkle château de Châtel-Saint-Denis844petit drapeau du canton de fribourg Fribourg✔️ (Canton)13th centurySquareSavoy👍11.03.2017Administration du district
Châtelard
(Montreux)
Linkle château du Châtelard à Montreux502petit drapeau du canton de vaud Vaud13e centurySquare?☠️24.12.2016Habitation
Chenaux
(Estavayer-le-Lac)
Linkle château de Chenaux à Estavayer-le-Lac456petit drapeau du canton de vaud Fribourg❌👁️✔️ (Canton)1392CircularSavoy☠️21.01.2018Administration du district
Partiellement en brique
Chillon
(Veytaux)
Linkle château de Chillon à Veytaux374petit drapeau du canton de vaud Vaud✔️✔️✔️ (Canton)11e and 12e centrury
Improved during 13th and 14th centuries
SquareSavoy (Baillage)👍07.04.2016Expositions temporaires
ColombierLinkle château de Colombier531petit drapeau du canton de Neuchâtel Neuchâtel✔️12th centurySquareLords of Colombiers Allies to Neuchâtel👍24.03.2018
Glérolles
(Saint Saphorin)
Linkle château de Glérolles à Saint-Saphorin378petit drapeau du canton de vaud VaudKeep in 1150
Castle at the beginning of 14th century.
CircularEvêque de Lausanne👍 ?28.01.2018Possède peu d'éléments d'origine.
GorgierLinkle château de Gorgier524petit drapeau du canton de neuchâtel NeuchâtelEn of 12th centurySquareLords of Estavayer Allied of Comtes of Neuchâtel👍24.03.2018Pas accessible car privé.
Goubing
(Sierre)
Linkle château de Goubing à Sierre565petit drapeau du canton du valais Valais❌ Bourgeoisie de SierreEnf of 12th centurySquareHauts-ValaisansNon-conflicting17.03.2018Accès autour impossible car privé
Gourze (Tower)Linkla Tour de Gourze923petit drapeau du canton de vaud Vaud✔️✔️ (Municipality)Before 13th centurySquareEvêque de Lausanne👍15.04.2018
GrandsonLinkle château de Grandson449petit drapeau du canton de vaud Vaud✔️✔️❌ AssociationBefore 1100
Improved at the 13th and 14th century
CircularSavoy☠️05.02.2017Expo anciennes voitures
GruyèresLinkle château de Gruyères832petit drapeau du canton de fribourg Fribourg✔️✔️✔️11th centuryCircularComte of Gruyère vassal of Savoy👍09.04.2016Musée Giger
La Bâtiaz
(Martigny)
Linkle château de la Batiaz à Martigny539petit drapeau du canton du valais Valais✔️❌ Association13th centuryCircularSavoy☠️11.06.2017Engins de Siège
La SarrazLinkle château de La Sarraz504petit drapeau du canton de vaud Vaud✔️✔️❌ Fondation11th to 13th centurySquareVassal of Savoy☠️10.09.2017Musée du Cheval
Les CléesLinkle château des Clées625petit drapeau du canton de vaud VaudSavoySquareSavoy (Châtellerie)☠️24.02.2018
LucensLinkle château de Lucens551petit drapeau du canton de vaud Vaud❌👁️13th centuryCircularEvêque de Lausanne☠️24.02.2018
Majorie
(Sion)
Linkle château de Majorie à Sion529petit drapeau du canton du valais Valais?Beginning of 13th centurySquareEvêque de Sion👍13.02.2018Musée des Beaux-Arts
MoratLinkle château de Morat458petit drapeau du canton de fribourg Fribourg✔️ (Canton)1180SquareSavoy☠️16.04.2017Administration du district
MorgesLinkle château de Morges374petit drapeau du canton de vaud Vaud✔️✔️ (Canton)End of 13th centuryCircularSavoy (Châtellerie)☠️29.04.2017Musées militaires
Parties hautes en brique
MôtiersLinkle château de Môtiers840petit drapeau du canton de Neuchâtel Neuchâtel1344CircularComtes of NeuchâtelNon-conflicting24.06.2018Montres Bovet
NyonLinkle château de Nyon400petit drapeau du canton de vaud Vaud✔️✔️ (Municipality)13th centurySquareSavoy👍14.02.2018Musée Historique et de la Porcelaine
OgozLinkle château d'Ogoz685petit drapeau du canton de fribourg Fribourg✔️✔️ (Municipality)13th centurySquareLocal lords👍21.06.2017Ruines visitables
OrbeLinkle château d'Orbe485petit drapeau du canton de vaud Vaud✔️?13th centuryCircularLords of Chalon, allies of Burgundy☠️24.02.2018
OronLinkle château d'Oron717petit drapeau du canton de vaud Vaud✔️✔️❌ Association12th centuryCircularVassal of Savoy👍16.04.2016Ancienne Bibliothèque
RolleLinkle château de Rolle377petit drapeau du canton de vaud Vaud❌👁️✔️ (Municipality)Around 1290CircularSavoy👍05.06.2017
RomontLinkle château de Romont782petit drapeau du canton de fribourg Fribourg❌👁️✔️ (Canton)1240CircularSavoy (Châtellerie)☠️22.10.2016Administration du district
Vitromusée
SaillonLinkle château de Saillon552petit drapeau du canton du valais Valais✔️✔️ (Municipality)11th century, improved at 13th, destroyed in 1475.CircularSavoy (Châtellerie)☠️02.04.2017Ruines visitables
SaxonLinkle château de Saxon656petit drapeau du canton du valais Valais✔️✔️ (Municipality)13th century
détruit en 1475
CircularSavoy (Châtellerie)☠️08.02.2018Ruines visitables
Saint-BarthélémyLinkle château de Saint-Barthélémy615petit drapeau du canton de vaud Vaud?12th centurySquareVassal of Savoy ??11.04.2018
Saint-Maire
(Lausanne)
Linkle château Saint-Maire à Lausanne533petit drapeau du canton de vaud Vaud❌👁️✔️ (Canton)1396SquareEvêque de Lausanne👍02.01.2018Parties hautes en brique
Saint-Martin du Chêne
Molondin
Linkle château de Saint-Martin du Chêne619petit drapeau du canton de vaud Vaud✔️✔️ (Canton)?Enf of 11th centurySquare
22m
Seigneurs vassaux de la Savoie?👍28.04.2018Ruines visitables
Détruit en 1536 par les Bernois
Saint-MauriceLinkle château de Saint-Maurice417petit drapeau du canton du valais Valais✔️❌ Fondation (Municipality and Canton)15th centurySquareSavoy👍17.09.2016Exposition dessin et bande dessinée
Saint-TriphonLinkle château de Saint-Triphon477petit drapeau du canton de vaud Vaud?12th centurySquareVassal of Savoy☠️08.02.2018Ruine
Tour non visitable
Tour-de-PeilzLinkle château de la Tour-de-Peilz380petit drapeau du canton de vaud Vaud✔️✔️ (Municipality)13th centuryCircularSavoy (Châtellerie)☠️19.03.2017Ruines visitables
Musée du jeu
Tourbillon
(Sion)
Linkle château de Tourbillon à Sion657petit drapeau du canton du valais Valais✔️?End of 13th centurySquareEvêque de Sion👍13.02.2018Fermé en hiver
ValanginLinkle château de Valangin665petit drapeau du canton de neuchâtel Neuchâtel✔️❌ Société12th centurySquareSires of ValanginNon-conflicting13.05.2017
Valère
(Sion)
Linkle château de Valère à Sion608petit drapeau du canton du valais Valais✔️?12th and 13th century-Evêque de Sion👍13.02.2018
VaulruzLinkle château de Valruz843petit drapeau du canton de fribourg Fribourg✔️ (Municipality)13th centurySquareSavoy☠️10.06.2017
VaumarcusLinkle châteu de Vaumarcus481petit drapeau du canton de neuchâtel Neuchâtel❌👁️SquareNeuchâtel☠️24.03.2018
Vidomnes
(Sierre)
Linkle château des Vidomnes à Sierre544petit drapeau du canton du valais Valais1490SquareHauts-ValaisansNon-conflicting17.03.2018
VufflensLinkLe château de Vufflens473petit drapeau du canton de vaud Vaud❌👁️1415-1430Square?👍 ?28.01.2018Complètement fait en brique
YverdonLinkle château d'Yverdon433petit drapeau du canton de vaud Vaud✔️✔️ (Municipality)13th century
Construction ends around 1265
CircularSavoy (Châtellerie)☠️05.02.2017Musée d'Yverdon et région
NeuchâtelA venir
Tour de la MolièreA venir

Légende:

  • ❌ Castle not open to the public.
  • ❌👁️ Castle not open to visitors but particularly pretty.
  • ✔️ Castle can be visited but no longer in its original state.
  • ✔️✔️ Visitable castle in a good state of conservation. To be visited first.
  • ☠️ Damaged during the Burgundian Wars.
  • 👍 Spared during the Burgundian Wars.

The 9 most beautiful castles to visit


As mentioned above, not all castles in French-speaking Switzerland can be visited. The Torpille team lists below the 9 most beautiful castles to visit in order starting from the most beautiful.

  1. Chillon Castle VD
  2. Grandson Castle VD
  3. Gruyères Castle FR
  4. Oron Castle VD
  5.  Sarraz Castle VD
  6. Aigle Castle VD
  7. Valangin Castle NE
  8. Tourbillon Castle VS
  9. Bâtiaz Castle VS

Chillon Castle


logo city of veytaux

Chillon Castle is by far the most beautiful castle in French-speaking Switzerland. Located on a rocky island near the shore, it was mainly built by Savoy in the 12th century as a symbol of its power. The visitor follows an signposted path that allows him to discover the entire structure. It is an attraction to see absolutely!

  • 🏆 Ranking: ⭐⭐⭐
  • 🔗 Chillon Castle
  • 📍 Municipality: Veytaux
  • 👁️ View: Léman, Dents du Midi, french Alpes
  • ⚔️ Surveillance: Road between Pays de Vaud and Chablais-Valais-Great-St-Bernard
  • 💪 Strengths: Castle as a whole, underground, keep, ramparts
  • 🏃 Open for visits

A sailing boat next to Chillon Castle. On the left is the Chillon motorway viaduct.
A sailing boat next to Chillon Castle. On the left is the Chillon motorway viaduct.

A video of Chillon Castle.

Grandson Castle


logo city of grandson

Château de Grandson is an imposing monument built on the shores of Lake Neuchâtel. He witnessed the Burgundy Wars, a key event in the history of French-speaking Switzerland and of the whole of Switzerland, which opposed the Swiss to the army of Charles the Bold at the end of the 15th century.

  • 🏆 Ranking: ⭐⭐
  • 🔗 Grandson Castle
  • 📍 Municipality: Grandson
  • 👁️ View: Lake Neuchâtel
  • ⚔️ Surveillance: West bank of Lake Neuchâtel
  • 💪 Strengths: Armor, old cars, treasure of the Burgundy Wars
  • 🏃 Open for visits

Chillon Castle from the car park next to the reception.
Chillon Castle from the car park next to the reception.

A video of Grandson Castle.

Gruyères Castle


logo city of gruyères

Château de Gruyères is built on a hill overlooking the magnificent Gruyère region. It is built next to the old town of Gruyères in which you should not miss to stop to taste a half and half fondue (fondue moitié-moitié) and meringues.

  • 🏆 Ranking: ⭐⭐
  • 🔗 Gruyères Castle
  • 📍 Municipality: Moléson
  • 👁️ View: Gruyère region, Pré-alpes fribourgeoises
  • ⚔️ Surveillance: Intyamont valley
  • 💪 Strengths: Natural environment and old town of Gruyères (fondue and meringues 😋)
  • 🏃 Open for visits

Aerial view of the castle of Gruyères with the adjoining old town.
Aerial view of the castle of Gruyères with the adjoining old town.

A video of the castle of Gruyères.

Oron Castle


logo city of d'oron

Oron Castle is a small but very well preserved castle northeast of Lausanne.

  • 🏆 Ranking: ⭐⭐
  • 🔗 Oron Castle
  • 📍 Municipality: Oron
  • 👁️ View: Préalpes fribourgeoises, Valais alpes
  • ⚔️ Surveillance: Fortified point of the Oron region
  • 💪 Strengths: Ramparts under the roof
  • 🏃 Open for visits

Oron Castle with its keep on the right.
Oron Castle with its keep on the right.

A video about Oron Castle.

Sarraz Castle


logo city of la sarraz

The Sarraz Castle is a very pretty castle between Yverdon and Lausanne at the foot of the Jura. It has two large towers, partially rebuilt after the Burgundy Wars. In recent centuries, a section of the ramparts has been demolished to bring light into the courtyard.

  • 🏆 Ranking: ⭐⭐
  • 🔗 Sarraz Castle
  • 📍 Municipality: La Sarraz
  • 👁️ View: Old town of Sarraz, surrounding region
  • ⚔️ Surveillance: Road leading to France via the Jougne pass
  • 💪 Strengths: Two magnificent tours, Horse Museum
  • 🏃 Open for visits

The castle of Sarraz with its two towers.
The castle of Sarraz with its two towers.

A video of Sarraz Castle from a drone.

Aigle Castle


logo city of aigle

Château d’Aigle is located in the Chablais region of the Canton of Vaud in the middle of the vineyards. It was conquered by Bern at the expense of Savoy after the Burgundy Wars in the 15th century and then returned to the new canton of Vaud at the end of the 18th century. It houses the Museum of Vines and Wine.

  • 🏆 Ranking: ⭐
  • 🔗Aigle Castle
  • 📍 Municipality: Aigle
  • 👁️ View: Chablais region, French, Valais and Vaud Alps
  • ⚔️ Surveillance: Rhône valley, roads leading to the Col des Mosses and the Col du Pillon
  • 💪 Strengths: Wine and Vine Museum
  • 🏃 Open for visits

The Castle of Aigle in the middle of the vineyards.
The Castle of Aigle in the middle of the vineyards.

A video about the castle of Aigle.

Valangin Castle


logo city of valangin

Valangin Castle is located between the city of Neuchâtel and the View of the Alps (Vue des Alpes) on the banks of the Seyon Gorge. It has an elegant central structure that serves as a main building and keep that is surrounded by partially ruined walls.

  • 🏆 Ranking: ⭐
  • 🔗 Valangin Castle
  • 📍 Municipality: Valangin
  • 👁️ View: Old town of Valangin
  • ⚔️ Surveillance: Seyon gorges, Vue des Alpes road – Neuchâtel
  • 💪 Strengths: Keep
  • 🏃 Open for visits

The castle of Valangin with the surrounding walls.
The castle of Valangin with the surrounding walls.

A video of Valangin Castle from a drone.

Tourbillon Castle


logo city of sion

Tourbillon Castle is located on one of the famous hills of Sion opposite the fortified basilica of Valère.

  • 🏆 Ranking: ⭐
  • 🔗Tourbillon Castle
  • 📍 Municipality: Sion
  • 👁️ View: Valère, city of Sion, Rhône valley and Valais Alps.
  • ⚔️ Surveillance: Fortified point of the Sion region
  • 💪 Strengths: nice structure on top of a hill
  • 🏃 Open for visits

The steep path leading to the Castle of Tourbillon.
The steep path leading to the Castle of Tourbillon.

A video about the castle of Tourbillon.

Bâtiaz Castle


logo city of martigny

Overlooking Martigny, the Castle of Bâtiaz dominates the region with its high keep from which one can enjoy a very beautiful view. The castle overlooked the Rhone Valley towards both Sion and Saint-Maurice. He also monitored the path leading to the Great St Bernard Pass to reach Italy.

In the castle courtyard there are interesting reconstructions of medieval war machines such as the trebuchet.

  • 🏆 Ranking: ⭐
  • 🔗 La Bâtiaz Castle
  • 📍 Municipality: Martigny
  • 👁️ View: Rhône Valley towards Lake Geneva and Upper Valais, town of Martigny
  • ⚔️ Surveillance: Rhone Valley, road to Grand-Saint-Bernard
  • 💪 Strengths: Keep
  • 🏃 Open for visits

The Castle of Bâtiaz with its imposing keep.
The Castle of Bâtiaz with its imposing keep.

A video about the Bâtiaz castle.

 The 7 most beautiful castles that are not open to visitors


There are some very pretty castles in French-speaking Switzerland but unfortunately they cannot be visited because they are in private hands or reserved for the district administration. Nevertheless, it is worthwhile to come and see them. The Torpedo lists below the 7 most beautiful castles that cannot be visited in order starting from the most beautiful.

  1. Vufflens Castle VD
  2. Lucens Castle VD
  3. Blonay Castle VD
  4. Chenaux Castle FR
  5. Champvent Castle VD
  6. Vaumarcus Castle NE
  7. Bulle Castle FR

Vufflens Castle


logo city of vufflens-le-chateau

The castle of Vufflens is the most important castle in French-speaking Switzerland with the castle of Chillon. Entirely made of brick, it is particularly impressive with its magnificent structure and imposing keep. It belongs to Saussure’s family.

The castle of Vufflens with its vineyard.
The castle of Vufflens with its vineyard.

A video of Vufflens Castle from a drone.

Lucens Castle


logo city of Lucens

Lucens Castle is a very pretty castle located in the north of the canton of Vaud. It impresses particularly by its elegance and in particular its many small side turrets. After the Bernese left, it became the property of the canton of Vaud in 1801, which put it up for sale. Since then, the castle has remained in private hands.

  • 🏆 Ranking: ⭐⭐
  • 🔗 Lucens Castle
  • 🧘 Closed to the visit

The castle of Lucens with its many watchtowers.
The castle of Lucens with its many watchtowers.

A video of Lucens Castle from a drone.

Blonay Castle


logo city of Blonay

Blonay Castle is a castle built on a hill in the heights of Vevey at the foot of the Pleiades. The Blonay family still owns this very pretty castle, whose keep resembles that of Chillon Castle.

  • 🏆 Ranking: ⭐⭐
  • 🔗 Blonay Castle
  • 🧘 Closed to the visit

The castle of Blonay with its central keep.
The castle of Blonay with its central keep.

A video of Blonay Castle from a drone.

Chenaux Castle


logo city of estavayer-le-lac

The Chenaux castle in Estavayer-le-Lac is a castle built by Savoy counts. It houses the administration of the services of the Broye district. The “circuit of the ramparts” of about ½ hour allows you to discover the old defensive structures of the city.

The castle of Chenaux in Estavayer-le-Lac.
The castle of Chenaux in Estavayer-le-Lac.

A video of the castle of Chenaux.

Champvent Castle


logo city of champvent

The Castle of Champvent is located in the immediate vicinity of Yverdon in the north of the canton of Vaud. It is a beautiful building built according to the principle of the “savoy square”.

The castle of Champvent near Yverdon.
The castle of Champvent near Yverdon.

A video of the castle of Champvent from a drone.

Vaumarcus Castle


logo city of vaumarcus

Vaumarcus Castle, located between Grandson and Neuchâtel, is an elegant castle lined with small elongated turrets. It overlooks the vineyard and Lake Neuchâtel. In the 15th century, he witnessed the Burgundian wars.

Vaumarcus Castle near Lake Neuchâtel.
Vaumarcus Castle near Lake Neuchâtel.

A video of Vaumarcus Castle from a drone.

Bulle Castle


logo city of Bulle

The Castle of Bulle is an imposing castle in the centre of the town of Bulle. It is built according to the “savoy square” model with a powerful keep.

  • 🏆 Ranking: ⭐
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The castle of Bulle with the Keep on the right.
The castle of Bulle with the Keep on the right.

A video of an aerial view of the castle of Bulle.

Cartography of castles


The following link shows the geographical location of the castles in French-speaking Switzerland.

Questions


What is the most beautiful castle in French-speaking Switzerland ?

  • Chillon Castle is by far the most beautiful castle in Switzerland.

Which are the two castles to visit first ?

  • Chillon Castle due to its imposing stature
  • Gruyères Castle because of its magnificent environment and its old town

Which castles suffered the greatest attacks ?

  • The Grandson Castle during the Burgundy Wars
  • The castle and old town of Murten during the Burgundy Wars

What are the castles built according to the type known as the “savoy square” ?

  • Bulle Castle
  • Champvent Castle
  • Morges Castle
  • Yverdon Castle

What are the castles on the shores of Lake Geneva ?

  • Nyon Castle
  • Morges Castle
  • Rolle Castle
  • La Tour-de-Peilz Castle
  • Chillon Castle

Which two cities have best preserved their medieval appearance ?

  • Murten
  • Gruyère

What is the only castle in French-speaking Switzerland built on an island ?

  • Chillon Castle, built on a rocky spur, is the only one in French-speaking Switzerland to be on an island surrounded by water.

Which castles host a museum ?

  • Aigle Castle – Museum of Vine and Wine VD
  • Old Bishop’s Palace of Lausanne – Lausanne Historical Museum
  • Boudry Castle – Museum of Vine ans Wine NE
  • Grandson Castle – Regional Museum
  • Château de Morges – Military Museums
  • Nyon Castle- Historic Museum and Porcelain Exhibition
  • Romont Castle – Swiss Museum of Stained Glass
  • La Tour-de-Peilz Castle – Swiss Museum of Game
  • Valère Castle – Historical Museum of Valais
  • Yverdon Castle – Museum of Yverdon and its region

What are the main castles owned by the bishopric of Lausanne ?

  • Saint-Maire Castle
  • Old Bishop’s Palace of Lausanne
  • Lucens Castle
  • Bulle Castle
  • Avenches Castle
  • Glérolles Castle
  • Gourze Tower

Which castles have kept their drawbridge ?

  • There is no longer a single castle that has kept its drawbridge, they have often been replaced by stone bridges as in Chillon or Oron Castle.

Since what age can a child visit a castle ?

  • According to his interest, from 4 years old a child can visit a castle

What is the largest castle in the world ?

  • The largest castle in the world is the Krak des Chevaliers (Knights’ Krak) located in present-day Syria, it was built in the 12th century by the Crusaders.
    The Krak des Chevaliers. Image: Wikimedia Commons.
    krak des chevaliers