Historic site and monument

Castle of Ripaille: Home of the Dukes of Savoy

Thonon-les-Bains

Description

By its grandeur, its charm, its memories, Ripaille is one of the most beautiful domains on the shores of Lake Geneva. In the Middle Ages, a semi-religious retreat of the first Duke of Savoy, Amédée VIII, in the 17th and 18th centuries, a Carthusian monastery, protected from the "century" by the high wall that still surrounds it today, in 1900 the property of a great industrialist and aesthete, Ripaille has always been a place where residents and visitors come to "recharge their batteries".

The visit of the site of Ripaille plunges the visitor in the time of the counts of Savoy in the XIIIth century and evokes the reign of the first Duke of Savoy, the great Amédée VIII and the history of the Carthusian monks, owners of the domain from the XVIIth century until the French Revolution. This fresco ends with the fabulous architectural adventure of the 1900 Restoration when the dream of a great Alsatian industrialist made Ripaille a total work of art! Since this year, the dining room of the Engel-Gros family and the kitchen of the castle are refurnished and put back in function, come and discover this unique reconstitution of the daily life in the Belle Epoque!

Beyond history, visiting Ripaille means discovering a preserved nature, an exceptional land and magnificent gardens between Dent d'Oche and Lake Geneva. Come for a visit, a professional or cultural event, a private party or to taste the Ripaille AOC wine produced on site.

The Castle is the seat of a Foundation, created in 1976, which works for the conversation, the valorization and the animation of this monument. The preservation of the environment is at the center of its concerns.

* The visit of Ripaille is for young and old, with:

- The Amédée room dedicated to the presentation of medieval Savoyard civilization through the presentation of stained glass windows, numismatics, and original manuscripts.

- The reconstitution of the old kitchen of the Château de Ripaille and the dining room of the Belle Epoque: kitchen utensils, original objects, tableware, come and discover the modernity of Ripaille with the automatic windows or the dumbwaiter linking the first floor to the second floor.

- The film "Ripaille through time" in a specially dedicated projection room recounting the history of the Château de Ripaille.

- The free visit of the castle: the castle can be visited freely from April to October and during school vacations, from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 am to 6 pm (closing at 5 pm on Saturdays), with the help of a paper documentation and audio guides in French, English and German.

- A special tour for children: spend a convivial moment with your family and follow Aymonet Corviaux, carpenter, architect and builder of Ripaille in 1434, through the maze of the castle. This tour will take you from the large terrace with a panoramic view of the lake, to the old cellars and medieval moats.

- The "Workshops in a mess. Wednesdays at Ripaille": creative and educational workshops offered every Wednesday, according to the opening calendar of the Castle.

- A temporary exhibition renewed every year.

Guided tours provided by professional guides.

Services include both the visit and the tasting or the visit, tasting and meal. Many formulas are possible. The Fondation Ripaille will study all requests by email visite@ripaille.fr or by phone 04 50 26 64 44.

Ouverture

From 08/07 to 31/08/2024, daily between 10 am and 6 pm.

Tarifs

From 10/02 to 10/03/2024
Reduced price: 9 € (upon presentation of a receipt)
Adult: 12 €
Teenager : 6 €
Family pass: 26 €
Audioguide: 3 €.

From 02/04 to 03/11/2024
Reduced price: 9 € (upon presentation of a receipt)
Adult: 12 €
Teenager : 6 €
Family pass: 26 €
Audioguide: 3 €.

Free entry for children < 7 years.
Junior entry valid for 7 - 17 years.
Group rate available for > 20 people.

Contact et accès
83 Avenue de Ripaille
74200 Thonon-les-Bains
Haute-Savoie (74)
Informations complémentaires
Services
  • Guided individual tours
  • Unguided group tours
  • Guided group tours
  • Shop
  • Unguided individual tours
Équipements
  • Parking nearby
  • Coach parking
  • Car park
  • Public WC
  • Exhibition space
  • Entertainments room
Activités
  • Temporary exhibition
  • Concert
  • Product tasting
Moyen de Paiement
  • American Express
  • Bank/credit card
  • Check
  • Travellers Cheque
  • Cash
Langues parlées
  • English
  • French
Langues de visite
  • German
  • English
  • French
Animaux
  • Animaux interdits
Visite
  • Durée moyenne (individuels) : 60 min

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