The Old Customs House

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  • Exposition 70 ans
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  • La Vieille Douane à Châtel
  • La Vieille Douane à Châtel
  • Exposition 70 ans
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Presentation

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 ...
Groups welcome all year round by reservation
Opening

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

From Sunday 01 to Sunday 15 September 2019

Every day except Saturday

14:00 to 18:00

From Monday 16 September to Sunday 27 October 2019

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday

14:00 to 17:00

Practical informations
  • Visites :
    • Average group visit length (minutes) 60
    • Average individual visit length (minutes) 60
  • Tour language(s) :
    • French
  • Audio-guide language(s) :
    • French
    • English
    • Dutch
  • Documentation language(s) :
    • German
    • English
    • French
    • Italian
    • Dutch
  • Accessibility criteria for people with reduced mobility :
    • Accessible for self-propelled wheelchairs
    • Reserved space 330 cm wide < 20 m from the site
    • Vertical signage of parking spaces
    • Even flooring with no obstacles
    • Absence of slope > 5%
    • Doors >=77 cm wide
    • WC + grab handle + adequate space to move
    • Site, building totally accessible
  • Accessible tourism :
    • Accessible tourism
Features / Thematic
  • Type of culturel patrimony :
    • Interpretation Centre
  • themes :
    • Folk art and traditions
Services/Visits
  • Parking :
    • Parking
  • Individual tour services :
    • Unguided individual tours available permanently
    • Guided individual tours on request
  • Group tour services :
    • Guided group tours on request
  • Interior facilities :
    • Lift
    • Toilets
  • Cultural leisure facilities :
    • Exhibition space
  • Help for client/transport :
    • Coach access
  • Shop :
    • Shop

Good deal

Discount with the Multi Pass.

Tarifs

FaresRates periodDates Min Max
AdultThe whole year through23/12/2018 - 27/10/20194.50€
ChildThe whole year through23/12/2018 - 27/10/20193.50€
Group adultsThe whole year through23/12/2018 - 27/10/20193.50€
Group childrenThe whole year through23/12/2018 - 27/10/20193.50€
Guided tour: +€2/adult.
Family entrance: €3.50 per person (1 adult + 1 child)
Audioguide supplement: €1.
We also suggest...
  • The Smugglers' Way audio trail.
  • 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
The Old Customs House
1277, route de Vonnes
74390
Châtel
mail / message
Phone : +33 4 50 71 75 11
Phone : +33 4 57 26 90 04
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  • Spoken language(s) :
    • French
    • English

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