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
Château de Joux opening the 1st April to the 15 novembre 2023
2023 admission fees
Guided tour only between the 1st april to 6 July and the 1st september to the 15 november (booklet in english, german or dutch available at the ticket office)
Individuals Guided Tour:
• adults: €9
• children from 6 to 14 years old: €5
• reductions / students / school children: €7
• families (2 adults and 2 children from 6 to 14 years old): €25
• additional children (from 6 to 14 years old): €3
Groups Guided Tour:
Private tour : €100
• adults (from 20): €7
• children (from 10): €4
Self-guided visits only between the 7 July to 31 August (booklet in english, german or dutch available at the ticket office)
Individuals self-guided visits:
• adults: €7,50
• children from 6 to 14 years old: €3,50
• reductions / students / school children: €6
• families (2 adults and 2 children from 6 to 14 years old): €19
• additional children (from 6 to 14 years old): €2,50
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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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