Joux Château

The château. ©Joux Château

With its five fortified walls, Joux Château demonstrates the development of fortifications over ten centuries.


The ten centuries of history of this fortress, the first constructions of which date from 1034, present developments made in defences on a 2-hectare site: the solid towers of the Middle Ages, the bastions from Vauban's era and the modern fort built in front of the château by Joffre in 1879.


Three ditches with drawbridges protect a world of prisons, from the dungeon which housed the legendary Berthe de Joux to the cells where Mirabeu, Kleist and Toussaint Louverture were confined.


A particularly memorable feature of the site is a large well, a vertiginous cylinder dug out of the rock.


A rich museum of weapons from the 18th and 19th centuries, which holds several particularly rare pieces, is a perfect complement to the visit.


In addition to the various exhibitions, visitors will see a scale model of the château measuring 3.64m by 1.76m complete with audio commentary.


Visits, talks, evening events and the Nuits de Joux festival in July-August are organised.


Joux Château

25300 La Cluse-et-Mijoux

Tel: +33 (0)3 81 69 47 95


Official Joux Château website

  • ©L. Lepeule
  • Porte d’honneur du Château de Joux
    ©A. Baud
  • Château de Joux sous la neige
    ©L. Lepeule – L2 Photographie
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    Practical information


    La Cluse-et-Mijoux
    03 81 69 47 95


    Adultes 6,5 € Enfants (de 6 à 14 ans) : 3,5 € Réduit : 5,5 € Famille (2 adultes et 2 enfants) : 17 € Enfant supplémentaire : 2 €

    Weekly opening hours

    Du 1er avril au 15 novembre : 10h à 11h30 et de 14h à 16h30 Juillet et août : de 9h à 18h Du 16 novembre au 30 mars : le château est susceptible d'être ouvert selon les conditions météo. Groupe toute l'année sur réservation

    Fermetures annuelles

    Musée d'armes anciennes fermé en hiver