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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  • Visit with my 3 boys, we thought find a medieval castle (it is from the 13th century) and we are left with a Museum of wine and vine, very much related to the life of the castle through the centuries... In summary it is too clean, too smooth, not enough Castle. On the outside it is beautiful
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  • Castle is located in a very nice setting for me the visit brings not much Yes is a castle... the village and the place are really very nice to complete the visit take a tourist train ride
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  • Organized by the Eagle's castle we took part (I mean children) to hunt for the (nice) dragon which made misery to the guides of the castle during the night. In the form of a guided treasure hunt children discover the Castle and... A friendly time for children. Activity from 6 years old.
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  • Beautiful castle and its surroundings - definitely worth visiting! Restaurant is pretty good too!
  • Beautiful castle. Although some people commented it is not worth it to visit the inside, I don't agree. Many rooms are not on its original aspect, but it has a great history and you are only able to see the beautiful landscape from the castle once you get in the towers. Thus I would pay for visiting the inside, but maybe not stay too long and combine this short trip with a city tour in Vevey.
  • Pretty on the outside, pointless on the inside. Don't pay the entrance ticket. Even if you like wine. Or castles. Not worth it.
  • A peacefully and silently place without many people. If you want to understand the history of wine and a romantic castle . You can try it.
  • Beautiful castle! Very interesting to walk around. Amazing atmosphere and you can buy young pino noir in the castle shop. Wine from this place is very nice.

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