Standing above the entrance to the Pontarlier Gap, with the Swiss border on the horizon, you cannot fail to see this architecturally imposing castle. From e height of some 100 meters, the Château de Joux overhangs the major international road and trade route that has connected Italy to the Jura, Burgundy, Flanders and Champagne regions since the days of the Roman Empire.
Symbol of a thousand years of evolution in the history of fortification, the Château de Joux has witnessed the great European conflicts: the passage of Charles the Bold in 1476, occupation during the 30 Years War in 1639, and surrender during the French conquest of Franche Comté in 1674. During the 18th century, the Château de Joux became a state prison, just like the Bastille in Paris and the Château d'If in Marseille. Many inmates suffered there the harshness of prison life, among them Count de Mirabeau who, a few years later, would go on to play a role in the French Revolution as one of the authors of the “Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen”.
The castle is also a key stage on the Road of the Abolitions linking four sites, symbols of the fight against slavery: the House of Négritude in Champagney (Haute- Saône), the House of Abbot Grégoire in Emberménil (Meurthe et Moselle), the Victor Schoelcher Museum in Fessenheim (Haut-Rhin) and the Château de Joux (Doubs).
In the heart of the Haut Doubs, the fortress today houses a museum with a rich collection of 18th- and 19th-century weapons some of which are extremely rare exhibits. Guided tours, lectures, evening activities, and the festival of “Les nuits de Joux” mean the castle is busy all year long.
Château de Joux
25300 La Cluse et Mijoux
Phone : 03 81 69 47 95
Guided tours only (lasting about 11/2 hours):
- from 31st march to 6th of july and from 3rd september to 4th november from 10 am to 11:30 am and from 2 pm to 5:30 pm, guided tours at 10:30am, 11:15 am, 2:30 pm, 3:15 pm and 4 pm.
- from 7th July to 2nd september from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, last admission 30 minutes before closing.
The castle is open for group bookings throughout the year.
2018 admission fees
• adults: €7,50
• children from 6 to 14 years old: €4,50
• reductions / students / school children: €6,50
• families (2 adults and 2 children from 6 to 14 years old): €20.50 €
• additional children (from 6 to 14 years old): €2.50 €
• adults (from 20): €6,50
• children (from 10): €3,70
Association Franche-Comté Evasion
Correspondance à adresser à : Musée de plein air des Maisons comtoises
Pôle Communication-Accueil Rue du musée
25 360 NANCRAY
Tél. 03 81 55 29 77
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