UNESCO World Heritage

Watchmaking town planning

Discover a fascinating world to the rythm of a watch.

Town planning, UNESCO La Chaux-de-Fonds
Town planning, UNESCO La Chaux-de-Fonds. © Aline Henchoz

Le Locle and La Chaux-de-Fonds – two towns at the heart of time


Le Locle and La Chaux-de-Fonds : two towns built by and for the watchmaking industry.

The Watchmaking town planning of La Chaux-de-Fonds and Le Locle was recognized by Unesco in June 2009 for its exceptional universal value.

These two towns, which draw their wealth from the harmony linking town planning and the watchmaking industry, possess multiple hidden treasures that reveal themselves with keys found on this internet site. They will open the doors to these two extraordinary cities.
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- The towns of La Chaux-de-Fonds and Le Locle have been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list in June 2009

A fantastic multimedia space dedicated to the Watchmaking town planning.

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Visit the watchmaking town planning
Fun & Adventure, La Chaux-de-Fonds

Scavenger hunt in the watchmakers’ town and its museums.

Guided city tour, Le Locle

Take a guided tour and discover the history of Le Locle and its unique town planning.

Visit the former workshop of Rodolphe Spillmann, a wealthy manufacturer of gold watch cases, as well as his former reception room.

Guided city tour, La Chaux-de-Fonds

Visit La Chaux-de-Fonds in another way.

Guided city tour, La Chaux-de-Fonds

The crematorium, stained-glass windows and staircases are to be discovered.

Guided city tour, La Chaux-de-Fonds

Discover the symbiosis between town planning and clock-making, while sitting comfortably.

Guided city tour, La Chaux-de-Fonds

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

Guided city tour, Le Locle

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

An exhibition dedicated to the history of watchmaking town planning in Le Locle.

Museum, La Chaux-de-Fonds

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

Museum, La Chaux-de-Fonds

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

Museum, La Chaux-de-Fonds

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

Museum, Le Locle

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

Watchmaking town planning agenda

Discover the world of watchmaking
Watches, Le Locle

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

Watches, Le Locle

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

Watches, La Chaux-de-Fonds

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

Do you know Türli and Flidari? The two rascals have visited the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Switzerland together and experienced many exciting adventures.

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Find out more

To know more about the inscription of La Chaux-de-Fonds and Le Locle on the World heritage list, you will find all the information in the brochures and under the links below

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