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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: "Chatel since 1947"
In the 1940s, most smugglers gave up their activity, in favor of more respectable trades in the field of tourism which is booming. And during the winter of 1947/1948, Châtel opens its first lift! How much has been done since then ...

Free shuttle service during summer and winter periods.

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From 01/07 to 31/08/2018
Opening hours on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday between 10 AM and noon and between 2 PM and 6 PM. On Wednesday between 2 PM and 8 PM.
Closed on Saturday.

From 02/09 to 16/09/2018 between 2 PM and 6 PM.
Closed on Saturday.

From 17/09 to 28/10/2018, every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday between 2 PM and 5 PM.

From 23/12/2018 to 28/04/2019 between 2 PM and 6 PM.
Closed on Saturday.
Closed exceptionally on January 1st and December 25th.

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

From 10/06 to 28/10/2018
Adult: 4.50 €
Child : 3.50 €
Group adults: 3 €
Group children : 3 €.

From 23/12/2018 to 28/04/2019
Adult: 4.50 €
Child : 3.50 €
Group adults: 3 €
Group children : 3 €.

Free entry for children < 8 years.
Child entry valid for 8 - 15 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
  • Reception staff sensitized to the reception of people with disabilities
  • Discovery
  • History
  • Guided individual tours
  • Unguided group tours
  • Guided group tours
  • Coach access
  • Shop
  • Unguided individual tours