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.


Information

1277, route de Vonnes
74390 Châtel

Telephone: 04 50 71 75 11

Email: lavieilledouane@mairiedechatel.fr

Opening date
From 03/07 to 31/08/2018, every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. 3.30pm and Wednesdays 6pm. From 26/12/2018 to 03/01/2019, every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between 3.30 PM and 4.30 PM except on bank holidays. From 12/02 to 07/03/2019, every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between 3.30 PM and 4.30 PM. From 09/04 to 25/04/2019, every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between 3.30 PM and 4.30 PM.

From 10/06 to 22/12/2018
Tarif réduit: 5.50 € (Adult), Adult: 6.50 €, Child : 3.50 € ((8 -15 yrs old)), Group adults: 3 €, Group children : 3 €.

From 23/12/2018 to 25/04/2019
Tarif réduit: 5.50 €, Adult: 6.50 €, 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.


Plan


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!

Groups are welcome all year-round on advanced booking.

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