Chateau de Joux, La Cluse-et-Mijoux

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#2 of 9 in Historic Sites in Doubs
Experience the evolution of military architecture from the Middle Ages at Chateau de Joux. It was a stone castle, transformed later into a fort, then a state prison, and now, it is a Monument Historique. The fortress currently houses an arms museum that exhibits more than 600 rare weapons dating to the early 18th to 20th centuries, including a rare 1717 rifle. The Route Abolitions memorial allows you to retrace the routes used by black slaves to escape. The castle also has one of the deepest wells in all of Europe reaching a depth of 120 m (390 ft). Famous architect, Vauban, modernized the fort in 1690, and recent renovations keep with medieval design patterns so you can imagine what it may have looked like around 1000 CE. Put Chateau de Joux and other La Cluse-et-Mijoux attractions into our La Cluse-et-Mijoux vacation route planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Very nice Castle we went as a family. Very nice very beautiful seen history of the Castle. Reasonable rate. I recommend.
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  • August 16, 2017
    We had a fan guide, who shared many anecdotes on different periods. I think the view of the Castle has magnificent being a sunny day, but it is also very much a day of bad weather
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  • August 16, 2017
    A very interesting tour through various eras with sometimes playful, sometimes serious notes...
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  • July 7, 2017
    Stopped here on a drive from Beaune to Lucerne - about midway through the trip. Pretty facade and you get a guided tour (albeit in French, so make sure to grab the paper guide at the entrance station). Tour takes about 1.25-1.5 hours, but was actually quite interesting as you hear the whole history of the fort/castle over the centuries. Also, very interesting history related to the American/Haitian slave trade and imprisonment of a major leader of the uprisings by Napoleon. By far the coolest thing was near the end of the tour when the guide drops water to the bottom of a well (in complete darkness) and it takes several seconds for it to hit - unique and awesome experience!
  • July 1, 2017
    Very nice military fortress. Very cool guide but the tour is only in French.
  • June 29, 2017
    Beautiful castle built in the middle age on top of a rocky mountain, has a very interesting history, and has survived many battles in the past.
  • April 18, 2017
    A Very interesting story
  • March 4, 2017
    Fascinating history.

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