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Voltaire’s château

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.


 Château de Voltaire ©Bruno Bourgade Château de Voltaire 2 ©Daniel Gillet Château de Voltaire 3 ©Daniel Gillet Allée de la Charmille ©OTPV 

From 28 of march to 8 of november 2015


The château will open from Tuesday to Sunday and every day in July and August, from 10 am to 1 pm and from 2 to 6 pm and from 10 am to 6 pm in July and August.

You can visit the château only with a guide. Timetables on request : + 33 (0)4 50 40 53 21.


Normal price (adult): € 5,50
Free admission for people under 26 years of age from any of the 28 countries of the European Community

Since 2014, the château of Voltaire joined the Franco-Swiss attractions 
" LEMAN SANS FRONTIERES ", more than 40 places of interest around the Lake Leman.  lsf


Excellence label

plaque illustre chateauVoltaire's chateau saw itself attributed the label " houses of the illustrious ", managed by the Ministry of Culture and Communication.

The certified sites " Houses of the Illustrious " domains, studios, laboratories and museums are before any villas, of which count of historic monuments. The label " Houses of the Illustrious " is awarded at Home which guarantee an excellent cultural program, adapted to all the public. In Rhône-Alpes' region, 14 sites received this label, among which 3 in the department of Ain.




Château de Voltaire
Allée du château
01210 Ferney-Voltaire
Tél.: + 33 (0)4 50 40 53 21 (Accueil)
Tél.:+ 33 (0)4 50 40 56 49 (Administration)
Fax : + 33 (0)4 50 28 04 84
Mél.: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Web site: http://voltaire.monuments-nationaux.fr/

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Access to the château

Bus F, stop 'Ferney-Voltaire-mairie"(from Geneva) or "château de Voltaire" (from Gex)
Bus Y,  stop "Ferney-Voltaire-mairie"
Bus TER, stop "Ferney-centre" 







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