The watchmaking route

The international Museum of watchmaking in La Chaux-de-Fonds |Photo Jura TourismeThe installation of the dial|Photo Edition D+P SA, Le Génie horlogeThe "Serious" manufactured by the Geneva watchmaker Patek Philippe pocket watch |Photo AFPAssembly of a mechanical watch|Photo Edition D+P SA, Le Génie horlogerThe space farmer-watchmaker to the Boechet|Photo Jura TourismeThe Museum of watchmaking du Locle|Photo Jura Tourisme

Description
Themes : heritage, culture,

The «Watchmaking Route"begins in Geneva with the visit of the Patek Philippe Museum. It then goes into the high places of the watch production with the cities of Neuchâtel, Le Locle and La Chaux-de-Fonds. Then in the Franches-Montagnes and the Jura.


Accomodation
Hotel des Horlogers, Geneva, Switzerland (en)
Hôtel
Located in the centre of Plan-les-Ouates, Hotel des Horlogers is 4 km from the centre of Geneva and within a 3-minute walk from many of Switzerland’s......
Hotel de la Lande, Le Brassus, Switzerland (en)
Hôtel
The Hotel de la Lande is a renovated 19th-century coaching inn in Le Brassus village, in the heart of the Watch Valley and a 45-minute drive away from both......
Hôtel Maison Prussien, Neuchâtel, Switzerland (en)
Hôtel
Set in a former brewery from the 18th century, this hotel is only a 15-minute walk away from the Old Town of Neuchâtel....
The stages
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Geneva, symbol of watchmaking
For more than four centuries, watchmaking expertise is present in Geneva with the largest global brands. Including brands Rolex, Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin, Chopard and Cartier.
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The trail
The inhabitants of the trail ancestor from the 18th century to watch and there is still today one of the villages known for its watchmaking companies, such as Audemars Piguet, Jaeger-le-Coultre, Breguet and Blancpain.
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Le Brassus
The village of le Brassus is the headquarters of many industrial companies of fine mechanics, but especially of luxury watches such as Blancpain and Audemars Piguet.
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Neuchâtel
The city of Neuchâtel enjoys a charming location between Lake Neuchâtel and the Hill of Chaumont. It has a rich cultural and architectural past. Downtown medieval century gives the city of Neuchâtel a special charm.
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Le Locle
Registered with the world heritage of UNESCO for its watchmaking town planning, the city of le Locle is built around the know-how of its watchmakers. Discover the watchmaking Museum in the castle of the mountains and the Col-des-Roches underground Mills
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La Chaux-de-Fonds
La Chaux-de-Fonds owes its fame to watchmaking and Microtechnology. Destroyed by fire in 1794, the town was rebuilt according to a plan in a checkerboard pattern which is originality. La Chaux-de-Fonds is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage for its 'watchmaking town planning.
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Space peasant-watchmaker
The peasant-watchmaker from the Boechet area, is located in a small Jura town 15 kilometres from la Chaux-de-Fonds. The space is composed of a hotel restaurant and a museum dedicated to the history of the peasant-watchmaker of the Franches-Montagnes.
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Delémont
Delémont is the capital of the Swiss canton of Jura. This historic town is set in the hilly and densely forested Jura landscape. The physiognomy of its old town is marked by medieval buildings, beautiful facades and interesting museums.
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Porrentruy
The presence during 250 years of Prince-Bishops of Basel in Porrentruy and influences of the France, the Switzerland and Germany, explains the large number of buildings, monuments of beautifully crafted that make Porrentruy a city that is worth trying.
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