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The old customs house, mountain Smuggling Interpretation Centre

1277, Route de Vonnes

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 2018) 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!

Free shuttle service during summer and winter periods.

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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 Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday between 2 PM and 5 PM.

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

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

Equipment & comfort

  • 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
  • Discovery
  • History
  • Guided individual tours
  • Unguided group tours
  • Guided group tours
  • Coach access
  • Shop
  • Unguided individual tours

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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.