The Chateau de Joux is closed until further notice. Re-opening planned for May 2021!

Following the government announcement on 28th October 2020, the Chateau de Joux closed its doors to the public on 30th October for the whole winter. It will reopen at the beginning of May 2021 with a new season of cultural events, and in full compliance with the health regulations.

From early May to 2nd July 2021, 5 guided visits per day

Outside the main summer season, the chateau de Joux can only be visited with a guide.

Visits start at: 10h30, 11h30, 14h30, 15h15 and 16h15
Group numbers: depends on the regulations at the time
Duration: 1h15-1h30

Summer 2021, the self-guided visit of the Chateau!

Summer 2021, exceptionally the full extent of the guided visit of the chateau will be open for self-guided visits.

After the success of summer 2020, explore at will the site. Take the time to immerse yourself in 1,000 years of the Chateau’s history. Access the Vauban gunpowder storage room and the interior of the Horseshoe tower, which are both rarely open to the public. New this summer, the vertical gallery and  Vauban’s great well are also open to the public!

The Chateau de Joux being on a rocky buttress, access is difficult for people with reduced mobility (steep paths, many steps, uneven ground…). Visits with pushchairs and wheelchairs are possible as far as the parade ground.

And the guided visits, as always

6 guided visits per day during summer 2021: 10h30 – 11h – 14h – 14h30 – 15h30 and 16h15. – Duration: 1h15 approx.

The guided visits of the chateau will introduce you to its highlights. From the underground fort to the dungeon, the main courtyard to the great well, we invite you to travel through ten centuries of the History of military architecture, in the company of a heritage guide.

Hear about Mirabeau’s escapades, Berthe’s tragic destiny, or the fatal imprisonment of Toussaint Louverture.

For visitors with vertigo and/or claustrophobia, the guided visit of the Chateau includes ascending a spiral staircase about 30m high and passing through narrow underground galleries to reach the well.

Activities for all family! Accessible from 3 years old

This summer, enjoy our programme of family events with your children!

Family groups from 3 years old: “Photo-rally at the Chateau” every Wednesday at 10h30, for about 1h30, by reservation.

Join in with all the family to solve the puzzle of the photo-rally. Explore the chateau de Joux in a fun, original way. Keen eyes and curiosity will help you discover the chateau de Joux in a completely new way!


Family groups from 6 years old: “In search of the Bourbaki treasure”, Mondays, Tuesday, Thursdays and Fridays, at 10h, duration 2h, by reservation.

1871, soldiers from the Army of the East passed through Pontarlier. In the snow and freezing cold, they advanced slowly towards Switzerland… Legend tells that before crossing the border, they may have hidden their “treasure”. Will you be able to find answers to the clues and find it? Come and solve this mystery with your family!

Contemporary works by the artist Laurent Guenat

Swiss contemporary artist Laurant Guenat brings to life the feelings and emotions of the soldiers of the Army of the East in flight. Using various media including paint and charcoal, and formats such as artists books, the works also aim to echo the reality of 21st refugees, raising questions around the notions of borders and nations.

18th & 19th September 2021

European Heritage Days

For the European Heritage Days, come and discover the Chateau de Joux in your own time! All accessible and restored areas are open to the public. Guides will be positioned at each level of fortification to share with you 1,000 years of history and events at the Chateau.

From the Mougin bunker, to the gunpowder store, from the firing rooms to the keep, from Toussaint Louverture’s cell, to the great Vauban well, the Chateau de Joux will reveal all its secrets to you!

For your own safety and to allow you to fully enjoy your visit, a mask is required for all visitors of 11 years and over in the interior and exterior spaces of the Chateau. Disinfectant gel is available at different points of the visit. We ask that you respect the social distancing and hygiene rules.

Please note...

The Museum of military art and history is closed for renovation!

This Museum traces the advances in weapons used by French troops in the 18th and 19th centuries, through the display of 700 items, some of which are extremely rare. Since 2015, museographic and renovation work has been under way to bring a new audience to these collections. These are repaired, cleaned, dusted off and restored.

Until the new spaces at the Chateau de Joux are finished, these collections are conserved and displayed in a storage area that can be visited at the Pontarlier municipal museum and in a temporary exhibition “Two men from the Franche-Comté in Napoleon’s Guard”. They will then be returned to the Chateau, and displayed in a creative, innovative and original layout.

Access, opening times and entrance fees

Practical info

Access, opening times and entrance fees


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