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 the internet site. They will open the doors to these two extraordinary cities.

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

A fantastic multimedia space dedicated to the Watchmaking town planning.

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Espace de l'urbanisme horloger (Showroom)

Visit the watchmaking town planning

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Watchmaking town planning agenda

Discover the world of watchmaking

Watches | Discover one of the world’s rare enamelling workshops in the watch making industry.

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

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

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

Watches | An exclusive and unique experience at the high-class watchmaker Corum.

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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Town planning, UNESCO La Chaux-de-Fonds