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Charlie Chaplin’s Last Home Is Now a Museum

Exploring the Tramp’s Luxurious Manor in Switzerland

C8e525c88ad81c4c9d51a3008e52042511 PhotosChaplin’s World
In 1972, an Oscars audience gave Charlie Chaplin a 12-minute standing ovation, its longest ever.

In 1975, Queen Elizabeth II knighted him Commander of the British Empire.

And in 2016, his highest accolade yet: the appropriately named Chaplin’s World opened in Switzerland. See the slideshow.

To be fair, Manoir de Ban would be museum-worthy even if Chaplin hadn’t sold his Beverly Hills home, renovated the neoclassical-style 19th-century estate that overlooks Lake Geneva and lived in it for 25 years. But he did. So there’s a serious amount of brilliance to be absorbed here.

It’ll happen while touring the expansive quarters. (Here’s the library where he wrote scripts, here’s the living room where he threw parties...) It’ll happen when pantomiming in the new Hollywood-style studio that houses wax figures connected to his life. (Here’s Albert Einstein, here’s Winston Churchill, here’s Michael Jackson...)

And it’ll even happen when dining at the on-site restaurant, the Tramp. (Here’s the charcuterie, here’s the Campari...)

Then stop by the boutique to pick up a cane and a hat before heading to your hotel, which should probably be the nearby Modern Times. You’re right, that is the name of Chaplin’s 1936 film.

It made more sense than Tillie’s Punctured Romance.

Vitals

Chaplin’s World
Route de Fenil 2
CH-1804 Corsier-sur-Vevey
Switzerland
+41 (0) 21 903 01 30
official website

Modern Times Hotel
Chemin du Genévrier 20
1806 Saint-Légier-La Chiésaz
Switzerland
+41 (0) 21 925 22 22
official website

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