The Old Customs House

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    Châtel

    Open the door of Châtel’s Old Customs House to discover a different side to this cross-border region.

    Children and adults will enjoy a fascinating trip back in time, learning about the game of cat and mouse that went on between the smugglers and the customs officers (known as “gabelous”) in the mountains of the Portes du Soleil before the advent of winter sports. With lots of eyewitness accounts and a fascinating exhibition packed with documents and illustrations, the Old Customs House tells the story of a picturesque world full of surprises!

    New temporary exhibition: “The Old Customs House celebrates its 10th anniversary”.
    From its construction in the 1920s to the departure of the last customs officers in 2009 and the first visits to the interpretation centre, a lot has happened at the Châtel customs house! For the 10th anniversary of its opening, the Old Customs House has many surprises in store for you, as well as a brand new temporary exhibition looking back at the history of the building and the brigade that occupied these premises!

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    Cultural activities

    • History
    • Discovery

    Services & Equipment & Activities

    • Children's entertainment
    • Temporary exhibition
    • Play area
    • Picnic area
    • Exhibition space
    • Coach access
    • Shop
    • Lift
    • Toilets
    • Parking
    • Guided tours
    • Educational visits
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    Customer base

    • Home school groups
    • Holiday Camps Home
    • Children from 6 to 12 years
    • Young people from 13 to 17 years old
    • Cycle 2: elementary School
    • Cycle 3: elementary school (CM1, CM2)
    • Cycle 3: college (6th)
    • Cycle 4: middle School

    Opening

    From 19/09 to 30/09/2022, every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday between 2 pm and 5 pm.

    From 01/10 to 30/10/2022, every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday between 2 pm and 5 pm.

    Animals

    Animaux : Refused

    Adapted Tourism

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    • Reception staff sensitized to the reception of people with disabilities
    • Accessible for self-propelled wheelchairs
    • Reserved space 330 cm wide < 20 m from the site
    • Vertical signage of parking spaces
    • Even flooring with no obstacles
    • Absence of slope > 5%
    • Doors >=77 cm wide
    • WC + grab handle + adequate space to move
    • Site, building totally accessible

    Prices

    Adult: 4.50 €
    Child : 3.50 €
    Group adults: 3.50 €
    Group children : 3.50 €.

    Free entry for children < 8 years.
    Child entry valid for 8 - 15 years.
    Group rate available for > 10 people.

    Family entrance: €3.50 per person (1 adult + 1 child).

    Family entrance: €3.50 per person (1 adult + 1 child)

    Payment method

    • Carte bancaire
    • Chèque
    • Espèces
    • Credit transfer

    Location

    1277, route de Vonnes
    74390 Châtel

    Characteristics :

    • Environnement
    • Mountain location
    • Ski resort
    • Waterside
    • Lakeside or by stretch of water
    • Near shuttle stop
    • Village 2 km away
    • Lake view
    • Mountain view

    Spoken languages

    • Langue
    • German
    • English
    • French
    • Italian
    • Dutch