European Heritage Days - Visits to Old Customs

From Saturday 21 to Sunday 22 September 2019

Location : La Vieille Douane1277, route de Vonnes74390Châtel
  • La Vieille Douane


The former customs of Châtel, transformed into an interpretation centre, transports you into the picturesque history of smuggling in the mountains on the slopes of the Portes du Soleil at the Franco-Swiss border.
Discover the adventures of the formerly inseparable partner of the border: customs officer and smuggler.
Archives, anecdotes and illustrations will give you a new look at a relatively unknown part of Chablais history.

Temporary exhibition: "Black gold and grain of salt".
Did you know that salt, the ‘white gold’ of the 18th century, and oil, the ‘black gold’ of the modern day, have much in common? In those far off days as now, these commodities were and are a valuable part of our everyday lives, hence their national strategic importance, both in terms of tax revenue and foreign policy. As a result, both ‘white gold’ and ‘black gold’ have crossed the border as contraband, with rival smugglers and customs officials playing an ingenious cat-and-mouse game…
Event details
  • Cultural and artistic :
    • Exhibition
    • Guided tour
  • Art and culture :
    • Historic
    • Arts and crafts


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La Vieille Douane1277, route de Vonnes74390Châtel
  • Spoken language(s) :
    • French
    • English


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