Guided tour of the Old Customs house

Guided tour  

The adventures of the local smugglers, in the mountains of Chablais, from the 18th century to the end of 1950s, represent a real heritage nowadays.


1277, route de Vonnes
74390 Châtel

Telephone: 04 50 71 75 11


Opening date
From 24/12/2017 to 29/04/2018, every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between 3.30 PM and 4.30 PM except on 21/03/2018, 22/03/2018, 28/03/2018, January 1st and December 25th. From 03/07 to 31/08/2018, every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday except on August 15th.

From 24/12/2017 to 29/04/2018
Adult: from 6 €, Child : from 3 €.

From 03/07 to 31/08/2018
Adult: 6.50 €, Child : 3.50 €.

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


Additional information

The old customs house has been converted into a cultural tourist attraction, showing visitors a different side to this border region. Children and adults will find this 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. Packed with anecdotes, local witness accounts and customs archives, the Old Customs House provides a picturesque, entertaining and richly documented and illustrated account of our local history. And there are lots of surprises in store!

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