Chillon™ Castle is rounding off 2016 in style!
Report: the fortress on the banks of the lake has continued to rake in the crowds. It ended the year with a score that matches previous years, with 367,500 visitors.
Once again, visitors flocked to the doors of Chillon™ Castle in 2016! Thanks to its status as an unmissable site and its cultural programme, the fortress drew in 367,500 curious minds. This is an excellent figure, in line with the trends from previous years; in 2015, the castle totted up 371,944 tickets.
Chillon’s success is mostly down to the wealth of events on offer over the course of the last twelve months. Ranging from the Night of the Museums, workshops for children, concerts, Swiss Castle Day and Scary Night at the Castle, to Medieval Magic, flagship events are always met with great enthusiasm.
So, we have some good news... The number of Swiss visitors to make their way over the cobbles has increased since 2015 with a total of 90,118 (+6,149), of which 30,877 were Swiss German (+2,938). The number of Swiss Francophones is also up, with a total of 57,767 (+3,040).
The large exhibition celebrating the bicentenary of Lord Byron's visit (English poet, author of “The Prisoner of Chillon”) was a great success, as was the exhibition on Swiss artist, Daniel Frank. English visitors came in their droves (+1,401) and so did the French (+1,363).
Visitor numbers from China (outside of Hong Kong) were down (-23,461), while there was a boost in the numbers from elsewhere in Asia, such as Taiwan (+2,977) and Thailand (+1,108).
The USA clung on to its second place title with 33,460 tourists (+1,167) while the Russian market is still declining (-2,460).
Claude Ruey, President of the Foundation, says "Chillon's pull factor is still intact, despite the difficulties associated with the strong Franc. This is down to the creativity and dynamism displayed by the Castle's management team and staff, who are constantly striving to help visitors from across the globe."
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: