La Chaux-de-Fonds

The capital of the watchmaking industry and the birthplace of Le Corbusier.

La Chaux-de-Fonds
La Chaux-de-Fonds. © Tourisme neuchâtelois
Situated at an altitude of 1,000 meters above sea level, built as regularly as a chessboard, this city is marked by its unique watchmaking industry and tradition which is listed as UNESCO World Heritage site. 
The city nestled in the Neuchâtel Mountains, unlike any other, is considered one of the highest located in Europe. Surrounded by fields and forests, it was built almost entirely by and for the watchmaking industry. You will find rectilinear roads throughout the city, which give it its unique appearance. If you climb up to the Espacité Tower or participate in a guided tour, you can appreciate this special chessboard design even better. 

Watchmaking and UNESCO
The urban structure of the watchmakers’ town of La Chaux-de-Fonds has been listed as UNESCO World Heritage since 2009, and it is best explained at the Espace de l'Urbanisme horloger. It takes special understanding to grasp the meaning of a place which breathes in the rhythm of its watches. The superb Musée international d'horlogerie with more than 4,000 exceptional pieces from sundials to atomic clocks will doubtlessly enchant you. 

Art Nouveau 
La Chaux-de-Fonds is also famous for its importance in the world of Art Nouveau in Switzerland, and it has its own style, the 'Pine Tree' style. Decorations are subtly integrated into buildings or building complexes such as the crematory, and will be discovered during a guided tour on this topic. 

Le Corbusier, native of La Chaux-de-Fonds
His real name was Charles-Edouard Jeanneret, and he was born in this town. As a young man, Le Corbusier realised several of his works here, among others the White House, La maison blanche. This avant-garde building is open to the public on weekends.
A cultural sprawl 
La Chaux-de-Fonds boasts a rich cultural offer thanks to a neo-Baroque Italian-style theatre, a music hall with exceptional acoustics, cafés and bistros with a unique ambiance, a street festival famous in the whole region, and remarkable museums.


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City tours La Chaux-de-Fonds

Guided city tour | A masterpiece of Art Nouveau in the 'style sapin' or pinewood style.

Guided city tour | Offbeat audio-guided visit in the watchmaking metropolis, between reality and fiction.

Guided city tour | Discover the watchmaking metropolis of La Chaux-de-Fonds and its architecture.

Guided city tour | The crematorium, stained-glass windows and staircases are to be discovered.

Guided city tour | Discover the symbiosis between town planning and clock-making, while sitting comfortably.

Guided city tour | Guided tour on the topic of Le Corbusier combining literature and biking.

Guided city tour | Travel back through time to discover what life was like for watchmakers in the town of La Chaux-de-Fonds.

Guided city tour | Discover the early years of Charles-Edouard Jeanneret (better known as Le Corbusier) in La Chaux-de-Fonds.

Guided city tour | Visit La Chaux-de-Fonds in another way.

Guided city tour | A city built by and for the watchmaking industry, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List


Museum | An original space dedicated to Islamic civilizations.

Museum | The biggest museum specialised in clock-making in the world: 4,000 exhibits to see!

Museum | A listed historical monument, this museum houses an impressive collection of art.

Museum | Explore the environment of La Chaux-de-Fonds residents of yesterday in a 19th century villa.

Museum | Go back in time to the life of clock-making peasants in the Neuchâtel Jura.


Fun & Adventure | Locked up in a room full of mysteries to solve a riddle.

Museum | Centre for Contemporary Art.

Museum | A fantastic multimedia space dedicated to the Watchmaking town planning.

Watches | The "Garde Temps" invites you to put yourself in a real watchmaker's shoes.

Hiking | Seven walks in the outskirts of La Chaux-de-Fonds

Cultural Heritage | One of the most striking works of Art Nouveau in the town of La Chaux-de-Fonds

Wellness | You never feel as weightless as when you’re in the water.

Guided city tour | (Re)discover the watchmaking town planning through the inscriptions of authors' phrases on the walls of the cities of Le Locle and La Chaux-de-Fonds.

Fun & Adventure | Come and experience a thrilling live escape game!

Fun & Adventure | Scavenger hunt in the watchmakers’ town and its museums .

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