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Watchmaking town planning

Town planning, UNESCO La Chaux-de-Fonds
Town planning, UNESCO La Chaux-de-Fonds. © Aline Henchoz
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    • La Chaux-de-Fonds / Le Locle

Discover a fascinating world to the rythm of a watch.

"To be perfectly honest, La Chaux-de-Fonds has never inspired me very much. Until today when, thanks to UNESCO, I had an opportunity to find out all about it. I knew practically nothing about the history of clock-making and its links to the development and planning of the town but it’s extremely interesting. The tour takes us back to the time when the flourishing clock-making industry of the Neuchâtel mountains made more than half of the world’s production. As you walk along the straight streets, you can easily imagine the clock-makers behind their windows (south-facing to catch the light) and the swarming employees going up and down the streets carrying parts from one workshop to another.”




Good to know

Good to know

- The towns of La Chaux-de-Fonds and Le Locle have been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list in June 2009


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