Châteaux des Allinges

Châteaux des Allinges

Châteaux des Allinges
4.5
Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins • Castles
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Marshall B
Ferney-Voltaire, France3,490 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
The castle complex has been improved over the last several years with some careful pruning and removal of trees, so, if you have not had a chance to re-visit, or have not visited yet, you should take the opportunity. The improvements have improved the overall aspect of the site – and the size of the complex now is much more obvious and impressive. Yes, perhaps it would have been more striking had the castle not fallen into ruins, or had it been reconstructed like that in Carcassonne, but there is also a beauty in the ruins, and the existence of these ruins makes even more real the description of how the chateau was attacked and destroyed. And, for kids of all ages who enjoy running up and down the grassy inner courtyard, this is a good place to let them loose. There is a pleasant but hilly walk from one chateau to the other, not really suitable for wheel-chair or persons with limited mobility. Helpful markers describe the chateau's fortifications. Beautiful views of the lake, the Jura and the Alps. The first chateau that you encounter on the hike up the road (the parking area is at the foot of the hill and is rather small) includes a chapel dedicated to Saint Francis of Sales - who came from this area. From time to time local artists hold exhibitions within the complex. It was good to see that improvements to the site are continuing - it is quite a historic place but without much fanfare, so the crowds should be minimal, despite its importance in the region. And, at least for now, it is free.
Written May 15, 2019
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Van Landeghem Rik
Deinze, Belgium71 contributions
Aug 2018 • Friends
Two castles to visit, free of charge. It reminds one of Romeo and Julia, since both castles were once inhabited by mutual enemies, which bombarded each other across a ravine. Count on a steep climb to reach the location, but you are rewarded with real ruins, a medieval chapel with fresco, and on the side some local art exhibit. Nice weather is a must, since it is an open air location
Written September 4, 2018
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Staci W
Mies, Switzerland32 contributions
Apr 2017 • Family
We had a lovely afternoon exploring the castle ruins. The views are stunning, the hike is interesting enough for children (ages 5 & 7), & the history is interesting. Recommend sturdy shoes & water.
Written April 29, 2017
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lonepine101
Blackwall, Australia62 contributions
Jul 2016
I quite enjoyed this. Drove there with my son. It was raining and we were the only people there, which made the atmosphere interesting. Really big, although covered in grass. Worth seeing if you can get to it easily.
Written July 29, 2016
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oliverd
Sydney, Australia626 contributions
Nov 2015 • Friends
A ruined castle and one in slightly better condition, set in a picturesque location with views over Lac Leman and the countryside. Suggest parking at the village of Allinges and doing a circular walk that takes in both castles.
Written November 11, 2015
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