Lac Leman + Chateau Chillon
It was very peaceful waiting at Outcy for the ferry
to Chateau Chillon.
This turned out to be a nicely done up 100 year-old paddle steamer, with
the engine working visible.
And there was a restaurant serving decent coffee!
It was hazy, but I had nice views of the famous Lavaux terraced vineyards
on the north and the steep forested mountains to the south, with little
villages nestled on the shoreline.
Chateau Chillon was more interesting than I expected. It's a major
tourist attraction and has a fair bit of stuff aimed at kids, and
of course the Byron connection is played for all it's worth. but the
walking route goes through almost every room in the castle and there's
a lot of information in the displays.
I walked to Ville Neuve looking for somewhere for lunch, but ended up
catching the bus back to Montreux and arriving at the station just in
time to get the panorama train to Interlaken. So I ended up having lunch
on the train, chatting to a Scottish woman who was part of a tour group.
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The views from the train were pretty good, as the train
goes through the mountain and then works its way through
verdantly green valleys with bubbling rivers, surrounded
by towering hills. I was particularly keen to see the area
around Chateau d'Oex, as I'd read a history of that commune, Switzerland:
A Village History. There's a train change in Zweisimmen, where
the railway changes gauge.
Next: Interlaken: Faulhorn walk