Interpretation centre La Vieille Douane

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  • Exposition 70 ans
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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!
Temporary exhibition: "Châtel since 1947: the station celebrates its 70th anniversary".
In the 1940s, most smugglers abandoned their culpable activities, in favor of more respectable professions in the field of tourism booming. And during the winter of 1947/1948, Châtel opens its first lift! How much has been done since then ...

From Monday 17 September to Sunday 28 October 2018

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday

14:00 to 17:00

From Sunday 23 December 2018 to Sunday 28 April 2019

Every day except Saturday

14:00 to 18:00

Exceptionally closed : Tuesday 25 December 2018

Exceptionally closed : Tuesday 01 January 2019

General information
  • Accessibility criteria for people with reduced mobility :
    • Site, building totally accessible
Category Trade, Service
  • Discovery and knowledge :
    • Discovery
  • Arts and culture :
    • History
Proposed service(s)
  • Parking :
    • Car park
    • Coach parking


Adult: €4.50
Children (8-15yrs old): €3.50, up to 7yrs free of charge.
Supplement for guided visit: €2/adult
Family: €3.50 per person (1 adult + 1 child)
Group: €3.50 / pers (10 people min. adult or child)
Supplement for audioguide: €1
  • Payment methods :
    • Cheque
    • Cash
    • Bank/credit card
    • Credit transfer
We also suggest...
  • Visite de la Vieille Douane
    Guided tour of the Old Customs house
  • Châtel Since 1947
    Exhibition «Châtel since 1947: the ski resort celebrates its 70th anniversary! "
Contact us
Interpretation centre La Vieille Douane
1277 route de Vonnes
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Phone : +33 4 50 71 75 11
Phone : +33 4 57 26 90 04
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  • Spoken language(s) :
    • English
    • French