Guided tour of the Old Customs House

From Tuesday 22 December 2020 to Thursday 22 April 2021

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

15:30 to 16:30

Location : La Vieille Douane1277, route de Vonnes74390Châtel
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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.
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.
OpeningsFrom 22/12/2020 to 22/04/2021
Opening hours on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between 3.30 pm and 4.30 pm.
General information
  • Accessibility criteria for people with reduced mobility :
    • Accessible for self-propelled wheelchairs
Event details
  • Cultural and artistic :
    • Guided tour
  • Art and culture :
    • Historic
Proposed service(s)
  • Services :
    • 23 people max per group
    • 10 people min per group
    • number of people minimum : 4

Specific measures

Mandatory mask from 11 years old, recommended underneath.
Access to the building is limited to a maximum of 10 people, respecting physical distances (1.5 metres) and barrier gestures.
Interactive elements are not available (telephones, olfactory boxes, etc.).


FaresRates periodMinMax
22/12/2020 - 22/04/2021
AdultA l'année6.50€
Child (8-15 years)A l'année3.50€
Group adultsA l'année3.50€
Group childrenA l'année3.50€
  • Payment methods :
    • Cheque
    • Cash
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La Vieille Douane1277, route de Vonnes74390Châtel
  • Spoken language(s) :
    • French


Parking with place for disabled person.
Stop shuttle nearby: line 4 stop Les Fioles.
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