Access Plan

How to get there for a tour

The tour lasts between an hour and a half and two hours depending on the program chosen. However, it can be adapted if you wish to visit only the underground galleries. For safety reasons, the internal visits of the fortress are always conducted by one of the specialized guides on the site. Free visits are only available outside.

ATTENTION : Due to the many staircases present in the enclosure of the fortress, access for people with reduced mobility is not available at the moment. It is advisable to have good shoes for the visit. The rooms visited are very fresh no matter what season. So do not forget to dress accordingly if you are sensitive to the cold.

The fortress is open all year

However, please check the opening times before arriving on site :

  • From 1st February – 30th November, the site is open every day,
  • From 1st December - 31st January, the site is only open to those with reservations
  • ​Closed from 21st December – 14th January.

Visits are scheduled as follows :

  • From 1st February – 31st March visits are at 2.30 p.m. and 4.00 p.m.
  • From 1st April - 31st October visits are at 10.30 a.m., 2.30 p.m. and 4.00 p.m,
  • From 1st – 30th November visits are at 2.30 p.m.

If you wish to make an appointment for a visit or to get more information on the site, you can reach the Association du Vieux Châtel by telephone on +33 (0)3 29 67 14 18 or contact them by e-mail at

Access to the site :

  • By car, follow the N57 dual carriageway and take the exit for Nomexy, then, in the village, follow the directions for Châtel-sur-Moselle ;
  • By train. Take the TER (local train) Nancy-Épinal-Remiremont and get off at Châtel-Nomexy. The site is about a 15-20 minute walk.
  • The site is also accessible by bike if you take multi-use trail along the banks of the Canal des Vosges. In Nomexy, at a lock, you can find an exit for the town of Châtel-sur-Moselle. Follow the indications that take you to the site of the fortress.
  • ​The site is 18 kilometres from Épinal and 55 kilometres from Nancy by car. By train, it is 40 minutes from Nancy and 15 minutes from Épinal.
Once there, you will be welcomed at the Centre Culturel Guyot D’Avilley:
8 rue des Capucins
88330 Chatel-sur-Moselle

You will see a house with green shutters with a banner marked "forteresse”.