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Château de Voltaire à Ferney

An exceptional site wich preserved its traces of Voltaire’s presence.

The Château de Voltaire was built by the author between 1758 and 1766. He spent the last twenty years of his life here - years that were the most productive of his entire career.
At Ferney, Voltaire led his great campaigns against intolerance, put his hand to architecture and town planning, all the while continuing his literary output at this Château which became the focal point of intellectual life in Enlightenment Europe.

During the restoration of the castle, the estate remains open. Discovery Park and the Orangery of the Castle.

Site with the “Illustrious Houses” label.

Site labellisé Maison des Illustres

View the photo libraryVisit the site


> Free access to the parc with guide booklet and explanatory panels
French, English, German, Italian 

> Guided tour
Reservations required.
Duration: 55 mn

> Tour lecture

French, English
Reservations required
Duration: 1h30

> Prestigious visit, with or without catering service, outside standard opening hours

Practical information

Opening hours


Last access 45 minutes before closing

From 2 January to 31 March

Open every day 10.00-17.00

From 1st April to 30 September

Open every day 10.00-18.00

From 1st October to 31 December

Open every day 10.00-17.00

Parc closed

Mondays from September to June.
January 1st, May 1st, November 1st and 11th and December 25th.


Ferney-Voltaire Château de Voltaire
Allée du Château
01210 Ferney-Voltaire cedex
Ph. : (33) 04 50 40 53 21Fax : (33) 04 50 28 04 84
GPS coordinatesLatitude : 46.2576Longitude : 6.1035Plan your route

By car

A40 (Mâcon-Genève), exit Bellegarde Pays de Gex, N206 direction Pays de Gex, D984, then D35 direction Ferney-Voltaire. From Highway A1 (Lausanne-Genève): exit Ferney


Useful addresses:

Voltaire Tourist Office
tel.: (33) (0)4 50 28 09 16

Ain Tourist Board
tel. : (33) (0)4 74 32 31 30

Nearby national monument:
104 km - Royal Monastery of Brou in Bourg-en-Bresse