Dates & opening times

The Château de Joux is open from June 1 to August 29, 2021!

Times of visits:

N.B.: The Château de Joux will be closed for renovation.

The main entrance, fixed bridge and drawbridges will be the first parts of the Chateau de Joux to be undergo restoration work.

The site will therefore be closed to the public from Sunday 29th August to allow for the renovation works to be carried out before the winter.

Opening times: from 10h to 12h30 and from 13h30 to 18h
Last entry at 11h45 and 17h45

Guided visits: 6 guided visits per day. Starting at 10h30, 11h, 14h, 14h30, 15h30 and 16h15
Duration of the guided visit: 1h15

(40 peoples maximum per guided tour)

Access for groups and schools: only during the open season and only by reservation.
Bookings must be made at least 14 days before the date of the visit. Any visit that is cancelled less than 48h in advance must be paid for.

N.B.: The Museum of weapons is closed for renovation.
Part of the collection is on display at the Pontarlier Museum.

 

From June 1 to June 8: 12 people maximum per guided tour

From June 9 to July 2: 40 people maximum per guided tour

Visits start at: 10h30, 11h30, 14h30, 15h15, 16h15

Access for groups and schools: only during the open season and only by reservation.
Bookings must be made at least 14 days before the date of the visit. Any visit that is cancelled less than 48h in advance must be paid for.

N.B.: The Museum of weapons is closed for renovation.
Part of the collection is on display at the Pontarlier Museum.

Recommendations for your visit

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the group size for guided visits will be modified according to current health regulations:

  • from June 1 to June 8: 12 people maximum per guided tour
  • from June 9 to July 9: 24 people maximum per guided tour
  • from June 3 to August 29: 40 people maximum per guided tour

We therefore recommend that you arrive early.

Our four legged friends are allowed on guided visits only if kept on a lead.

In order to fully enjoy your visit, we recommend that you wear warm clothing and comfortable shoes.

Visitors with disabilities

The Château de Joux sits on a rocky buttress, making access difficult for poeple of reduced mobility, wheelchair users and pushchairs.

  • For guided visits, due to steep paths, numerous staircases and uneven ground, the visit will be difficult for anyone who has difficulty walking. The visit is unfortunately not possible for wheelchair users or those with a pushchair.
  • Due to the restoration work on the bridges this summer, access to the Main courtyard is impossible for people with reduced mobility and strollers even for shows.

Visually impaired visitors will also find access difficult, due to various obstacles (steps, unannounced changes of height) and highly contrasted light levels.

This situation is a particular focus of the renovation works of the chateau that will be ongoing until 2030. One of the first stages of work will make most of the site accessible thanks to specific installations and a digital guide.

These works will be carried out to achieve no more than the conformity requirements of the Historical Monuments body in order to maintain as far as possible the integrity of the site and its buildings.

Vertigo and claustrophobia warning

We would like to inform visitors suffering from vertigo and/or claustrophobia that the guided visit includes a vast spiral staircase about thirty metres high and various narrow underground passages.

Parking and toilet facilities

The chateau has a lower car park and an upper car park, recommended for people with reduced mobility.

Public toilets are available near the lower car park. There are no toilet facilities within the site itself.

This situation is a particular focus of the renovation works programmed for the chateau between 2020 and 2030, with the creation of picnic areas and a number of toilet facilities in various buildings within the site itself

Food and relaxation

The chateau does not yet have a cafeteria or restaurant.

This situation is a particular focus of the renovation works programmed for the chateau between 2020 and 2030, which include the creation of a cafeteria and a restaurant in the officers mess of the Vauban barracks.

The Eagle’s nest (Nid d’aigle) chalet, next to the upper car park is not part of the Chateau de Joux tourism facilities.

Filming and drones

The filming of reports, documentaries and films are subject to authorisation.

As an Historical Monument open to the public, overflying any part or all of the chateau, is forbidden.

More information here (in French)

For further information: contact@chateaudejoux.com

How to access the Château de Joux

 Route du Château, 25300 La Cluse-et-Mijoux

Entrance fees:

Guided visit rates:

Adult: 8 €
Child (6 to 14): 4.50 €
Discounts (university and high school students,  carte Cézam, Pole emploi, senior citizens): 7 €
Visitors with disabilities: free entry
Family (2 adults + 2 children): 21 €
Additional children: 2.50 €

 

Self-guided visits:
N.B. The Château de Joux is only open for self-guided visits during the summer from 3rd July to 29th August 2021.

Adult: 6 €
Child (6 to 14): 3 €
Discounts (university and high school students,  carte Cézam, Pole emploi, senior citizens): 5 €
Visitors with disabilities: free entry
Family (2 adults + 2 children): 15 €
Additional children: 2 €

Guided visit

Adults (from 20 people): 7 €
Children (from 10 people) : 4 €
Visitors with disabilities (from 10 people): free entry

Supplement for private visits: 100 € in addition to the entrance fee

Due to the health context, adult group visits will only be possible as a private visit.

Adult: 7 €
Child (6 to 14): 4.50 €
Child (3 to 6): 3 €
Discounts (university and high school students,  carte Cézam, Pole emploi, senior citizens): 6.5 €
Visitors with disabilities: free entry
Family (2 adults + 2 children): 20 €

Adult: 12 €
Child (6 to 14):
7 €
Child (- 6):
Free
Discounts (university and high school students,  carte Cézam, Pole emploi, senior citizens):
10 €
Visitors with disabilities:
free entry
Family (2 adults + 2 children):
32 €
Family (additional children -6 to 14 yrs): 4 €

Groups of adults ( from 20 people): 10 €
Groups of children ( from 10 people): 6 €

Payment accepted by: bank card, cash (€ only), cheque (made out to: régie de recette-château de Joux), chèques vacances

Book online

Ticket office

Pre-booking

For a group of 10 children or 20 adults, you can use the form below to pre-book activities or a visit.

For groups of more than 20 people a reservation is required and must be made at least 14 days before the date of the visit.

Please indicate, for each request, the exact title of the visit or the activity you wish to participate in, the date, your preferred time and the number of people in the group (adults, children 6 – 14 yrs, children of under 6 yrs).

If you are a teacher and you want to come with your class, please indicate how many children, their age and the date of your outing.

N.B.: every effort will be made to handle all requests appropriately, according to the timetable already established for your requested date. Reservations are only confirmed once we have sent you a confirmation form for your booking. If we are not able to fulfil your request, we will contact you directly in order to find an alternative date or time available.

For any special requests, please contact the Chateau de Joux on 03.81.69.47.95.

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