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Saturday, April 25, 2020

Best Castles of Europe

Château de Chillon, Switzerland

If Château de Chillon looks familiar, it might be because Prince Eric's castle in Disney's The Little Mermaid was inspired by the Lake Geneva structure. (Sorry, Ariel. Fresh-water mermaids only.) The chateau has been in use since the Bronze Age as a fortress, arsenal, prison, and residence for counts. Lord Byron romanticized the site in his 1816 poem "The Prisoner of Chillon," and it remains a popular historic destination  for day-trippers from Geneva. as it's only about two hours by car, on the opposite side of the lake from the Swiss city.

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