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Le Locle

This centre of the watchmaking industry lies in the heart of the Montagnes neuchâteloises range.

Le Locle
Le Locle. © B. Vaucher
Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site for its exceptional urban development defined by watchmaking, the small industrial town of Le Locle offers some lovely jewels in a familiar, welcoming atmosphere. 

Exclusive: a visit to the Zenith Manufacture
Every Friday morning, the prestigious watchmakers open their doors to the public and show the visitors how a luxury watch is manufactured. A unique experience as you venture into a world of expert know-how, precision, and passion. 

Hôtel de ville: nothing short of a work of art 
Situated at the centre of Le Locle, its Town Hall combines different architectural styles in complete harmony. Its broad pediment is adorned with an impressive fresco by Biéler, its windows and its high turret make it a very special and impressive building.

Watchmaking, the number one activity 
Marked by a long watchmaking tradition and the people who formed it, Le Locle is best explored by participating in a guided topical tour. You will have the option of a general introduction to watchmaking, or you attend a workshop where you will be instructed in the assembly of your own watch as you become a watchmaker yourself, naturally with a specialist by your side. 

Feel at home 
Le Locle has a relaxed atmosphere which is felt in its casual-style cafés, its market, and its charming guesthouses, like the Maison Dubois, managed by Céline, who will welcome you to one of the oldest watchmaking houses of Switzerland. Or you can stay at the Guesthouse with its unique ambiance created by an enthusiastic couple from Zurich. 

A charming watchmaking museum 
Château des Monts is an elegant manor dating back to the 18th century, now housing a collection of antique pendulum clocks and automata. Tic-tac and jingles resound in the otherwise silent halls and small boudoirs.

 
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Zenith
Zenith
Tourist train Le Locle
Tourist train Le Locle. © Anne Monard
Le Locle
Le Locle. © Gérard Benoît à la Guillaume
Le Locle
Le Locle. © Vincent Bourrut
Musée d'horlogerie, Château des Monts, Le Locle
Musée d'horlogerie, Château des Monts, Le Locle. © Tourisme neuchâtelois
Clock-making museum Château des Monts
Clock-making museum Château des Monts. © Guillaume Perret

Enjoy the unique experience of a visit of a genuine, world-renowned Swiss watchmaking manufacture.



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Museums

Museum | The secrets of time nestled in a magic place: the Château des Monts

Museum | A mythical descent 23 m underground to discover a unique industrial heritage.

Museum | Printmakinf, photography, installation, painting: exhibitions demultiplying points of view.

Highlights

Guided city tours | Sit down and let yourself be seduced by the watchmaking city.

Guided city tours | Explore a UNESCO town that was made by and for clock-making.

Watches | Build one's own watch with the help of a watchmaker.

Watches | 39 stages to explore the exceptional watch-making heritage of the town of Le Locle which was awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status for its watch-m

Watches | Bring a watch to life in a workshop in Le Locle.

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Bed & Breakfast | The house "DuBois", one of the oldest Swiss watchmaking houses (1785) has been changed into a comfortable...

Vacation Apartments | Rooms-studios set high up in the trees between 5 and 8 meters from ground, with kitchnette and bathroom....

Hotel | 8 studios with each two single beds or a double bed in an 1844 building located at the heart of Le Locle....

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