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View of Aigle Castle surrounded by vineyards, in Aigle, SwitzerlandView of Aigle Castle surrounded by vineyards, in Aigle, Switzerland
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Aigle is a small town in the heart of the Chablais wine-growing region of Switzerland. Covering 16.41 sq km (6.34 sq mi), Aigle has a population of close to 9,000 people (2011 estimate). It is located in Vaud canton, at an elevation of 415 m (1,362 ft). In addition to wine-growing, Aigle is also a popular center for cycling.

Aigle CastleAigle Castle
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The vineyards in Aigle produces some of the best wines in Switzerland. It lies on the southeastern part shore of Lake Geneva, on the eastern edge of the Rhône Valley, and hemmed in by the Swiss Alps. Within its boundaries are small villages such as Le Cloître, Vers Pousaz and Fontanney.

The warmest month in Aigle is July, when the average high temperature rises to 24°C (75°F). Coldest month is January, when the average low temperature drops to -2.8°C (27°F). August receives the most rain, at 114 mm (4.49 in). Total rainfall of a year is around 1,032 mm (40.63 in).

St Maurice Reformed Church, AigleSt Maurice Reformed Church, Aigle
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The area around Aigle has been inhabited since the Bronze Age. The Romans gave it various names, among them Ala, Alena, Aquilegia and Alquilas, which eventually evolved to Aigle. The town itself was first mentioned in 1153, and was originally called Aleo.

About half the population of Aigle are Roman Catholics (35.9%) and another half belonging to the Swiss Reformed Church (35.9%). Aigle Castle and the Swiss Reformed Church of Saint-Maurice are Swiss heritage sites of national significance, while the entire town and castle are also listed on the Inventory of Swiss Heritage Sites.

Visiting Aigle

There are trains and buses connecting Aigle with major cities such as Montreux.

Sights & Attractions in Aigle

  1. Aigle Castle
    12th century château built by the Dukes of Savoy. It today houses the Musée de la Vigne et du Vin, a museum of vine cultivation and wine making.
  2. Maison de la Dîme
    16th century mansion housing the Musée International de l'Etiquette, a museum on the history of wine labels.
  3. St Maurice Reformed Church
    Church listed as a Swiss heritage site of national significance.
Maison de la Dîme, AigleMaison de la Dîme, Aigle
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