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La Vieille Douane


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!

New temporary exhibition: "The Old Customs House celebrates its 10th anniversary".
From its construction in the 1920s to the departure of the last customs officers in 2009 and the first visits to the interpretation centre, a lot has happened at the Châtel customs house! For the 10th anniversary of its opening, the Old Customs House has many surprises in store for you, as well as a brand new temporary exhibition looking back at the history of the building and the brigade that occupied these premises!

From 19/09 to 30/09/2022, every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday between 2 pm and 5 pm.

From 01/10 to 30/10/2022, every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday between 2 pm and 5 pm.

Adult: 4.50 €
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.

Family entrance: €3.50 per person (1 adult + 1 child).

Suitable for:

  • Groupe scolaire (EN)

Adapted tourism:

Spoken languages:

  • English
  • French


  • Educational visits
  • Coach access
  • Shop
  • Guided tours
La Vieille Douane

Place in pictures

1277, route de Vonnes
74390 CHÂTEL

Phone: 04 50 71 75 11