In 2017, Chillon broke its all-time visitor records with over 405,000 visitors
The Chillon Castle Foundation ended 2017 on a high with over 405,000 château de ChillonTM visitors: the highest number in its history
Chillon Castle Foundation (La Fondation du Château de Chillon - FCC) is pleased to announce its record visitor numbers for 2017, with 405,319 visitors having crossed the drawbridge. This is a 10.3% increase compared with 2016. This success is down to the quality, variety, and originality of its cultural offering, including the temporary Medieval Factory exhibition (+14% visits compared with 2016), the centennial performance of The Soldier’s Tale, the Clos de Chillon submersion ceremony in Lake Geneva, and winning the first prize for Swiss wine tourism. Claude Ruey, President of the FCC, said "These extraordinary results are the fruit of the strategy that was put together by the Foundation, its advisory board and management team from 2002. The canton was right in choosing to privatise the castle’s management and conservation through a private foundation. The weakening of the Swiss franc and the revival of Asian tourism also worked in Chillon Castle’s favour. Moreover, 76% of visitors came from overseas.
In terms of visitor origins, Swiss visitors still top the rankings, representing 24%. The Chinese are in second place (+15% compared with 2016), followed by the Americans (+12%). French visitors came in fourth (similar numbers to 2016), with Korean visitors rounding off our top five (+46%). Chillon Castle, therefore, remains the most visited historic monument in all of Switzerland.
For comparison, number of visitors from previous years:
1927: the milestone of 100,000 is exceeded
1896: 34'242, first year of entrance fee's perception
Chillon's guestbook has the signatures of the following celebrities who we were honored to receive: Queen Elizabeth II, Quincy Jones, Henri Salvador, Salvador Dali, several Presidents of the Confederation (the most recent visit being that of Pascal Couchepin on March 13th, 2008), Princess Maria Gabriella of Savoy, the actor Rupert Everett, the singer Stefan Eicher, the writer Philippe Djian, or the French singer Christophe Willem here below on concert in the Aula Magna: