Located in the vineyards near the southeast shore of Lak... - Secret World

Place du Château 1, 1860 Aigle, Svizzera

by Serena Eve


Located in the vineyards near the southeast shore of Lake Geneva, at the foot of the Vaud Alps in the Rhone Valley, Aigle Castle was built by the Knights of Aigle at the end of the 12th century. Fortifications like a curtain wall and central keep were added in the 13th century. The castle has medieval roots and absolutely looks the part with thick walls, towers and turrets, curtain walls, and arrow slits. The oldest parts of the Castle date back to the twelfth century but the present structures are mostly from the period of Bernese occupation (1475-1798). The Vaudoises certainly do not nurse a grudge with many Bernese symbols still visible throughout the castle. In the 1970s, the municipality of Aigle renovated the castle and opened it to the public as the Vine and Wine Museum. Visiting the museum offers you the opportunity to view original artwork painted in the 16th and 17th centuries.