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The Medieval Town of Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne

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The small medieval town of Châtillon in the Dombes region is still marked today by the trace of humanist Saint Vincent-de-Paul who set up the confraternity the Ladies of Charity (la confrérie des Dames de la Charité) here, and was canonised in 1617. Also known as “Little Venice”, the town is now a renowned tourist spot, classed among the “Most Beautiful Detours in France”.

Châtillon, the little village straight out of a fairy-tale

Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne, known by some as the “pink town”, due to the colour of the bricks used in building its houses, is distinguished by its rich, skilfully preserved heritage, its pleasant living environment and exceptional bloom.

Time seems to stand still in this cheerful little village which invites you to take a wander through its flowered alleys, half-timbered houses and suspension bridges, to visit its imposing 15th century market halls, fortifications and Porte de Villars archway.

Uncover a new chapter of Châtillon’s illustrious past with every turn.

Between the real and the imaginary

Come and…

…see what life was like for rural families in the Traditions et Vie Museum, a place for remembrance and passing on traditions, know-how, customs and social practices from Bresse and Dombes at the start of the 20th century.

…live unforgettable memories at one of the most beautiful miniature shows in Europe at the Miniature Train Museum.

…discover the secrets of apothecary elixirs in the old hospital, now the Cultural Centre. This 18th century apothecary houses a rare collection of 120 earthenware pots from Meillonnas, renowned manufacturing town also located in Ain.


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Free of charge.

Services and amenities

  • Pets welcome


  • Play area
  • Picnic area
  • Car park

Languages spoken

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