In 1758, at the age of 64, Voltaire purchased the estate of Ferney, which he declared to be a "miserable hamlet". He then had built, under his close supervision, the house in which he spent the last years of his life. For almost twenty years, Voltaire entertained numerous distinguished guests there. Declaring himself to be the "innkeeper of Europe", Ferney became an obligatory destination for an elite who flocked to it from all over Europe.
In 1999, the State acquired the château de Ferney, the place where Voltaire wrote so much in defence of Human Rights.
Opening 2014: from 29 March to 9 November
The château is open from Tuesday to Sunday and every day in July and August.
The inside of the châtau is open for guided tours only (duration : 1 hour, strongly advised reservation).
The park is open from 10 am to 1 pm and from 2 to 6 pm and from 10 am to 6 pm in July and August.
Normal price (adult): € 5,50
Free admission for people under 26 years of age from any of the 28 countries of the European Community
Garden admission free (from 10 am to 6 pm)
Château de Voltaire
Allée du château
Tel. : + 33 (0)4 50 40 53 21 (during the opening period)
Tel. : + 33 (0)4 50 40 56 49 (Administration)
Fax : + 33 (0)4 50 28 04 84