Hôtel de Cordon


This former hôtel particulier (historic private mansion) has interactive displays on local culture on its upper floor. It's also the starting point for tours of the Château des Ducs de Savoie and Old Town.

Tours usually take place at 2.30pm Tuesday to Sunday in May, June and September, and at 2.30pm Saturday and Sunday from October to April.

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