If you take the train from Montreux eastwards you will very soon pass a magic castle that seems to float on the water just off the edge of the lake.
It has been a strategic location at least as far back as the Romans as passers-by are obliged to squeeze past because of the steep hills rising opposite.
The Château as we see it today is a medieval construction, with turrets and arrow slits. Its dungeons housed Lord Byron’s ‘Prisoner of Chillon’ in the 1400s and witches were burned to death inside its walls during the 1500s and 1600s.
After having resisted invaders for centuries, coachloads of eager tourists arrive each day now armed with selfie sticks.