Château de Joux
Castles and Defense Sites

Château de Joux


A veritable synthesis of 1,000 years of the history of fortification architecture, the Château de Joux experienced many of the major European conflicts: passage of Charles the Bold in 1476, occupation during the Thirty Years' War in 1639, the signing of the surrender during the French conquest of Franche-Comté in 1674...

From the 18th century onwards, the Château de Joux discovered a new vocation, that of state prison, alongside the Bastille and the Château d'If. A great many inmates were to discover the rigours of prison life within the walls of Joux and among them was the Comte de Mirabeau who, several years after his escape, was to play his part in the French Revolution as one of the authors of the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen. The Château is also a major stage on the Abolitions Trail linking 4 sites which are symbols of the fight against slavery (Maison de la Négritude in Champagney (Haute-Saône), the birthplace of Abbé Grégoire in Emberménil (Meurthe et Moselle), the Victor Schoelcher Museum in Fessenheim (Haut-Rhin) and the Château de Joux (Doubs).

Château de Joux
Route du Château
  • French
  • Payment cards, Cheques and postal orders, Holiday vouchers, Cash
  • Pets welcome
  • Picnic area
  • Parking
  • Toilettes
  • Shop
  • Specific theme activities
  • Junior workshop
  • Temporary exhibitions
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Prices & Schedules Opening :

From 29/03/24 to 04/07/24 of 09:30 to 12:00 - of 13:30 to 17:30

From 05/07/24 to 31/08/24 of 10:00 to 18:00

From 01/09/24 to 15/11/24 of 09:30 to 12:00 - of 13:30 to 17:30

Open from 29 March to 15 November 2024.
Guided tours only from 29 March to 4 July and from 1 September to 15 November.
From 5 July to 31 August, guided tour and free discovery trail.

Special opening conditions :

The Château de Joux is once again opening its doors under a regulated sanitary protocol. The staff will be equipped with protective equipment in order to offer you quality services in optimal conditions of reception. Provision of a game booklet for children aged 6 and over Guided tours: 3 guided tours per day: 10:30, 14:30 and 16:15

Château de Joux
Château de Joux

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