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The old customs house, mountain Smuggling Interpretation Centre


GROUPES
1277, Route de Vonnes
74390Châtel

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:
"Customs Officers in the Snow" (until April 2017) Get a breath of fresh air on the trail of the "gabelous" on the snowy slopes! Learn all about their history, from tough challenges in the early
days to the champions achieving greatness on skis!



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Opening

From 19/09 to 30/10/2016, every thursdays, fridays, saturdays and sundays between 2 PM and 6 PM.

From 18/12/2016 to 30/04/2017 between 2 PM and 6 PM.
Closed on saturday.
Closed exceptionally on January 1st and December 25th.
Guided tour Tuesday to Thursday at 3.30pm with advanced booking (min 4 people).

From 11/06 to 30/06/2017 between 2 PM and 6 PM.
Closed on saturday.

From 01/07 to 31/08/2017.
Closed on saturday.

From 01/09 to 17/09/2017 between 2 PM and 6 PM.
Closed on saturday.

From 18/09 to 29/10/2017, every wednesdays, thursdays, fridays and sundays between 2 PM and 5 PM.

Environment
  • Lakeside or by stretch of water
  • Lake view
  • Mountain view
  • Close to a public transportation
  • Ski resort
Prices

Group adults: 3 €
Group children (8-15 years): 3 €
Adult: 4 €
Child (8-15 years): 3 €.
Free entry for children < 8 years.
Group rate available for > 10 people.


Equipment & comfort

Equipment
  • Lift
  • Toilets
  • Exhibition space
  • Parking
Adapted Tourism
  • 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
Activity
  • Discovery
  • History
Service
  • Guided individual tours
  • Unguided group tours
  • Guided group tours
  • Unguided individual tours

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