Chateau de Joux, La Cluse-et-Mijoux

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Must see · Castle · Tourist Spot
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. A visit to Chateau de Joux represents just the start of the adventure when you use our La Cluse-et-Mijoux trip planner to plot your vacation.
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  • 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.  more »
  • 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...  more »
  • I went 5 times, do I need to say more ! If you have a connection to Haiti, you simply must go !
  • Very good. Not too expensive, there is a lot to see and do.

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