The Swiss Games Museum: the only one in Europe!

Things to Do — By Sonja Holverson on October 30, 2010 at 5:20 pm
What kind of museum do you put in a Swiss castle? OK, maybe. But this one is different. It’s called the “Château de jeu” or “musée Suisse du jeu” and is located in a little village called La Tour-de-Peilz along the shore of Lake Geneva at the far end of Montreux, Switzerland going toward the mouth of the Rhone River Valley. Address? Le Château, of course.

La-Tour-de-Peilz. Image courtesy of Dominique Schreckling.

There is everything from Chinese checkers to electronic games with everything in between covering 5’000 years of history. The permanent collection displays games (5’500 pieces) from all over the world and is fascinating in itself (in fact, just the castle is fairly overwhelming), but there are also events and special exhibits throughout the year. There is even an exceptional collection of slot machines dating from today back to 1900 (attention children: watch out for your parents!).

Something for every competitor: image courtesy of

Anyone of any age, alone or in a group of friends or family will love this special place. And when you’re tired of playing and need a break, there is a café restaurant called (what else?) “Dominio” which is built in the castle gardener’s house.

Time out: image courtesy of


In addition to the permanent collection, the “Château du jeu” has other collections such as the Japanese stamps that are on display now. In warmer weather there are outdoor games to keep everyone busy, amused and highly competitive.

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