Château d'Aigle. Photo/Foto: TES.

Aigle Castle

Modern Chablais is a region which spans Switzerland and France. Its territories are shared between the cantons of Valais and Vaud in Switzerland and from the south of Lake Geneva to the northern part of the Haute-Savoie in France.

The castle of Aigle and at its feet the monastery dedicated to Saint Maurice date from the 12th century. The castle shows the (medieval) history of the region, first the rule by the Kingdom of Burgundy (888-1032), then the rule of the House of Savoy (1034-1475) and Berne (1475-1798).

The occupation of Aigle in 1475 was the first French-speaking conquest of Berne. Berne also introduced the Reformation in Aigle in 1528. The castle of Aigle became the seat of the governor or Bailiff.

Rich painted decors and the bear of Berne from the XVIth and XVIIth centuries still adorn the rooms and the gate of the castle.

The castle was bought by the commune of Aigle in 1804, following the establishment of the canton of Vaud in 1803 and was made a historical monument in 1900.

The castle hosts a wine museum since 1975. (Source and further information: A. M. Barelli, Le Chablais, Viterbo, 2011).