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Aigle Castle, Aigle

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Aigle Castle is a castle in the municipality of Aigle of the Canton of Vaud in Switzerland. It is a Swiss heritage site of national significance.HistoryThe Barons of Aigle were first mentioned in 1179. At that time they had a small fortification, that became the center of the modern castle, along the road over the Col du Pillon and Col des Mosses passes of the Rhone. However, only traces of this first castle have been archaeologically discovered.Some time before 1200, the Barons of Aigle ended up as vassals of the powerful Counts of Savoy. In 1232, Count Thomas of Savoy granted Aigle as a fief to the brothers Jacob and Peter of Saillon in exchange for their ancestral castle in Valais. The Saillon family seems to have been closely related with the barons of Aigle.In the second half of the 13th Century, Aigle expanded and received a city charter. The castle was rebuilt, with a fortified donjon and a curtain wall.In the 14th Century, the Lords of Compey inherited the rights of the Saillon family. They were also vassals of the Counts of Savoy and made Aigle into their headquarters. They added turrets and in 1450 built a massive tower in the south corner. This tower was an example of late French Donjon architecture.
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  • This castle is a Museum of the vine and wine of the region. More than 500 years old, it has a very interesting exhibition about the different wines of the region. Beautiful location.
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  • A beautiful castle surrounded by vineyards, in the beautiful region of Vaud in Switzerland. You can take great pictures going up and stopping along the road to Leysin.
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  • In the town of Aigle is a beautiful ancient 15th century castle with preserved corner towers and turrets. Now there are two magnificent museum devoted to wine and winemaking. This is a wine Museum and wine, as well as the Museum labels.
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  • Magnifique! The muséum is a must for everybody! Even if you dont drink wine!
  • Ride down from Villars though the forest by bike to the Castle. It is worthwhile.
  • A pleasant place to spend a few hours during mid July and not many other visitors. 11 CHF per adult and range of languages on displays inconsistent as some had English and others not.
  • Picturesque setting, surrounded by large vineyards. The museum focuses on the history of wine.
  • Very nice Castle and Wine Museum. Activities for the whole family.
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