Chateau de Joux

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Chateau de Joux
4.5
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andben366
Sydney, Australia50 contributions
Aug 2012 • Family
A wonderful day trip....the chateau is perched high on the cliff top overlooking Switzerland and France. After a nice drive through the country side we arrived with our kids... First stop was to but a shield and sword to play knights in the castle.. The chateau has to be seen by tour which cost our family of 5 about 15 euros....you cannot just wonder around. We were given headphones to play the English version as the guide spoke French. The tour takes about 90 minutes but our 3 kids (12, 9 and 3) loved it all. The mountain views are just as good as the chateau. This was an excellent day followed by ice cream and coffee in the cafe near the entrance.
Written September 3, 2012
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olena_krush
Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine63 contributions
Sep 2012 • Friends
It was one of the most interesting excursions in the castles I've ever met, with a lot of amazing stories told by the guide, a young girl. And it was very long. At the end all the visitors applauded very sincerely.
Attention - really a lot of steps up and down during the tour!
Written August 22, 2013
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Rogenroute
London, United Kingdom130 contributions
Oct 2014
Spectacular views from this quirky amazing place situated on a sheer limestone cliff. It is easy to drive past but worth the stop.
Written February 18, 2015
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Europeanrailwayman
Devon, UK31 contributions
Sep 2014 • Friends
A wonderful place, perched on a craggy outcrop and pretty well preserved . Not a ruin. You really get a feeling for the past history of this fascinating area. There are an awful lot if steps, mind, so be prepared for a bit of a climb. There are guided visits in French and also hand held audio guides in a selection of languages. We had some difficulty with ours, not always picking up the right description in the right place and sometimes not picking it up at all. But apart from that, a fascinating visit.
Written October 2, 2014
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155032Daniel123
Montreal, Canada90 contributions
Jul 2013 • Family
We approached the Chateau along a winding, very scenic route with incredible views of the hills around us.
As earlier reviewers noted, you have to take the guided tour of the chateau, it becomes clear why this is so as you go along. You tour the chateau from top to bottom and could get lost on your own! Unless you speak French well, we recommend you borrow an audioguide. The guide was fun and interesting but spoke quite rapidly and unless you are bilingual, he's hard to follow.
Both the guide and the audioguide have interesting stories to tell about the chateau and some of it's more famous prisoners. The chateau is interesting in itself but also provides wonderful views of the surrounding area, including Switzerland. A very worthwhile trip and one that could be combined with a visit to the Source de la Loue which is about 20 mins from the Chateau.
Written July 30, 2013
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ehles
Adelaide, Australia157 contributions
Aug 2017 • Solo
The setting of this chateau/fort dominating access routes from France to Switzerland, and high on a cliff is superb. The chateau has an interesting history, but what made the visit outstanding was the quality narration and story-telling of our guide. While the tour was in French, it would be understandable for people with an above-basic level of French. The guide also had a wonderful manner with children, not dumbing down his narration but engaging the children in the group in interesting exchanges and role-playing. The whole tour was fascinating, and well thought through, the buildings reflect extraordinary engineering ingenuity and various stories brought to life people who lived, fought, worked or were imprisoned there. Note: tours last over an hour. One significant criticism is the lack of signage after the turn off to the chateau with no indication where to go from the first set of car parks, or that there is another car park close to the entrance to the chateau that saves walking up a steep hill. Even the entrance to the chateau is not clearly marked.
Written August 21, 2017
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Judy L
Hunter Valley, Australia381 contributions
Nov 2014 • Couples
This chateau has a commanding position, so you can't but be amazed at how it was built. Take a tour with a guide if you can. The many rooms and great restoration make it a worthwhile trip.
Written June 30, 2015
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mfaggella
rhode island184 contributions
Sep 2014 • Friends
Great views from numerous points around the castle.Impressive collection of Medieval armaments.Nice place to spend some time the history is fascinating.
Written October 6, 2014
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travlenman2017
Geneva, Switzerland24 contributions
Sep 2018
Amazing historical site with a very interesting story. From the middle ages through WWII, this site has seen an amazing amount of events. A must for a visit off-the-beaten-path.
Written September 18, 2018
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olimaspecto
San Francisco, CA193 contributions
Jun 2017 • Family
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!
Written July 7, 2017
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