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Guided tour of the Old Customs house


La Vieille Douane
1277, route de Vonnes
74390Châtel

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.


The old customs house has been converted into a cultural tourist attraction, showing visitors a different side to this border region. Children and adults will find this 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. Packed with anecdotes, local witness accounts and customs archives, the Old Customs House provides a picturesque, entertaining and richly documented and illustrated account of our local history. And there are lots of surprises in store!


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Opening

From 18/12/2016 to 30/04/2017, every tuesdays, wednesdays and thursdays between 3.30 PM and 4.30 PM except on January 1st and December 25th.

From 13/06 to 29/06/2017, every tuesdays, wednesdays and thursdays between 3.30 PM and 4.30 PM.

From 04/07 to 31/08/2017, every tuesdays and thursdays between 3.30 PM and 4.30 PM except on August 15th.

From Tuesday 5 to Thursday 7 September 2017, every tuesdays, wednesdays and thursdays between 3.30 PM and 4.30 PM.

From 20/09 to 19/10/2017, every wednesdays and thursdays between 3.30 PM and 4.30 PM.

Environment
  • Lakeside or by stretch of water
  • Mountain location
  • Ski resort
Prices

Adult: 6 €, Child (8-15 years): 3 €.
Free entry for children < 7 years.