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

Guided city tours | Remontez le temps afin de découvrir la vie horlogère de la ville de La Chaux-de-Fonds

Guided city tours | Une superbe oeuvre d'Art nouveau de style sapin.

Guided city tours | Le crématoire, les vitraux et les cages d'escalier Art nouveau sont à l'honneur.

Guided city tours | Découvrir la métropole horlogère de La Chaux-de-Fonds et son architecture.

Guided city tours | Découvrir la symbiose entre urbanisme et horlogerie, confortablement installé.

Guided city tours | Une ville créée par et pour l'horlogerie, inscrite au patrimoine mondial de l'UNESCO

Guided city tours | Découvrir la jeunesse chaux-de-fonnière de Charles-Edouard Jeanneret, futur Le Corbusier.

Guided city tours | Visiter la Chaux-de-Fonds autrement.

Guided city tours | Visite guidée sur le thème Le Corbusier alliant littérature et cyclisme.


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

Museum | Un saut dans le passé dans la vie des paysans horlogers du Jura neuchâtelois.

Museum | Un espace original dédié aux civilisations de l'Islam.

Museum | Le plus important musée spécialisé dans l'horlogerie au monde : 4'000 pièces à découvrir.

Museum | A la découverte du cadre de vie des Chaux-de-Fonniers de jadis dans une villa du 19e siècle.


Cultural Heritage | L'une des œuvres les plus marquantes de l'Art nouveau en ville de La Chaux-de-Fonds

Wellness | Nulle part ailleurs vous vous sentirez aussi léger que dans l’eau.

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

Fun & Adventure | Se plonger dans l'univers palpitant d'un jeu d’évasion grandeur nature!

Fun & Adventure | S'enfermer dans une pièce remplie de mystères afin de résoudre une énigme.

Museum | Centre d'art contemporain.

Fun & Adventure | Jeu de piste dans la ville en damier et dans les Musées

Watches | Le Garde Temps vous invite à entrer dans la peau d'un véritable horloger.

Museum | Un très bel espace multimédia dédié à l'urbanisme horloger.

Guided city tours | (Re)découvrir l’urbanisme horloger grâce à des inscriptions de phrases d'auteurs sur les murs des villes du Locle et de La Chaux-de-Fonds.

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Hotel | 4 stars hotel,located in the main street of the watchmaking metropolis. Combine charms of yesterday and...

Hotel | 2 Star-Hotel situated at the heart of the old town. Traditional cuisine, butcher's specialities.

Bed & Breakfast | Located east from La Chaux-de-Fonds, right at the starting point of hiking and cross-country skiing trails,...

Hotel | Why don't take avantage of a first class high level venue, just of the beaten track of social life, which...

Hotel | 3 Star hotel with 28 rooms. We want you to feel at home, our good name depends on it. No stay would be...

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