Voltaire's Château


Over a period of nearly twenty years, Voltaire entertained many important figures at his residence. He described himself as the "innkeeper of Europe", and Ferney became an obligatory port of call for the elite, who flocked here from all over Europe.
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.
OuvertureFrom 09/06 to 31/12/2020, daily.
Closed exceptionally on December 25th.
General informations
  • Group tour services :
    • Guided group tours on request
    • Guided group tours obligatory
    • Guided group tours available permanently
  • Visit :
    • Tour free of charge
    • Educational visits
    • Guided tours
    • Themed tour
  • Cultural leisure facilities :
    • Exhibition space
Equipment & Services
  • Shop :
    • Shop
  • Bathroom/toilets :
    • Public WC
  • Interior facilities :
    • Toilets
    • Lift
  • Help for client/practical :
    • Tourist brochures


Full price: 8 €
Reduced price: 6.50 €
Group adults: 6.50 €
Group children: 20 to 30 €.

Free entry for children < 26 years, press, mountain guides, the drivers, Job-seeker, teachers, disabled people and accompanying persons.
Group rate available for > 20 people.
  • Payment methods :
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    • Cash
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    • Chèques Vacances
    • Chèques Culture
Voltaire's Château
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Château de Voltaire
Allée du Château
GPS coordinates
Latitude : 46.258112
Longitude : 6.10457
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