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Château de Ferney, Voltaire’s refuge

#ChateaudeVoltaire #InnkeeperofEurope #HisGardenIsIncredible
It was here in this chateau in Ferney, near Geneva, that Voltaire took refuge back in 1759. He was known as the “innkeeper of Europe”, as he invited some of the most important people of the time here. This is where he spent the last 20 years of his life.
The chateau is listed as one of the “Houses of the Famous” (Maison des Illustres), and although it is usually open to the public, it will be closed for major renovation works until 2018.

An unmissable attraction on the doorstep of Geneva

François-Marie Arouet, known as Voltaire, completely rebuilt this chateau and landscaped the park, never afraid to get his hands dirty. Entrepreneur-cum-sponsor, he also developed the town of Ferney, true to his humanist values. This became the meeting place of guests from all over Enlightened Europe. On top of his work ‘Treatise on Tolerance’, Voltaire wrote almost 6,000 letters here.

Discover the legacy left by Voltaire on the town of Ferney-Voltaire, Ain.

A lovely stroll through a lovely park

Due to renovation works taking place at the chateau, visitors can currently access the park and gift shop only , which are open throughout the year.

Guided tours offer the visitor a chance to explore the grounds and admire the different architectural features, such as the orangery, the chapel and the many statues. An original way to learn about Voltaire’s life, the history of the estate and the restoration works taking place.

Practical information

Opening hours

From 19/05/2021 to 31/12/2022, daily between 10 am and 5 pm.
Closed exceptionally on 06/09/2022, January 1st, May 1st and December 25th.


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

Free entry for children < 26 years, press, accompanying guides, the drivers, Job-seeker, teachers, disabled people and accompanying persons.
Group rate available for > 20 people.

Services and amenities

  • Wi-fi


  • Picnic area
  • Lift

Payment methods

  • Bank/credit card
  • Chèques Vacances


  • Children's entertainment

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