Facts and Data

Webpages:
Official Unesco Page
Urbanisme horloger

Basis Data:
Unesco World heritage since: 2009
Size of heritage: 284 ha
- Buffer zone: 4,488 ha

Coordinates:
Longitude: 6,833°
Latitude: 47,104°

About

The site of La Chaux-de-Fonds / Le Locle watchmaking town-planning consists of two towns situated close to one another in a remote environment in the Swiss Jura mountains, on land ill-suited to farming. Their planning and buildings reflect watchmakers’ need of rational organization. Planned in the early 19th century, after extensive fires, the towns owed their existence to this single industry. Their layout along an open-ended scheme of parallel strips on which residential housing and workshops are intermingled reflects the needs of the local watchmaking culture that dates to the 17th century and is still alive today. The site presents outstanding examples of mono-industrial manufacturing-towns which are well preserved and still active. The urban planning of both towns has accommodated the transition from the artisanal production of a cottage industry to the more concentrated factory production of the late 19th and 20th centuries. The town of La Chaux-de-Fonds was described by Karl Marx as a “huge factory-town” in Das Kapital where he analyzed the division of labour in the watchmaking industry of the Jura.


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Hotels and places to stay

Athmos

Address
Distance: 0,3 mi
Avenue Léopold-Robert 45
2300 La Chaux-de-Fonds
Switzerland

Time Information

Checkout: 12:00 - Checkin: 14:00
Reception
Weekday: 7:00 - 23:00
Weekend: closed


Grand Hotel Les Endroits

Address
Distance: 1,7 mi
94-96 Bld des Endroits
2300 La Chaux-de-Fonds
Switzerland

Time Information

Checkout: 11:00 - Checkin: 15:00
Reception
Weekday: 0:00 - 24:00
Weekend: 0:00 - 24:00


Club

Address
Distance: 0,5 mi
Rue du Parc 71
2300 La Chaux-de-Fonds
Switzerland

Time Information

Checkout: 11:00 - Checkin: 14:00
Reception
Weekday: 7:00 - 21:00
Weekend: 8:00 - 20:00


Hotel Des Trois Rois

Address
Distance: 5,2 mi
29, rue du Temple
2400 Le Locle
Switzerland

Time Information

Checkout: 12:00 - Checkin: 14:00
Reception
Weekday: 7:00 - 22:00
Weekend: 7:00 - 22:00 (lunchbreak: 12:00 - 17:00)


Chez Gilles

Address
Distance: 0,1 mi
Rue du 1er Mars 7
2300 La Chaux-de-Fonds
Switzerland

Time Information

Checkout: 11:00 - Checkin: 12:00
Reception
Weekday: 6:00 - 22:00
Weekend: closed


Videos from the area

eHeinz épisode 31: La Chaux-de-Fonds - culture et nature.

Published: January 12, 2012
Length: 27:32 min
Rating: 0 of 5
Author: MySwitzerland

A 1 000 mètres d'altitude, au cœur du Jura : La Chaux-de-Fonds, berceau de l'art international de l'horlogerie. Avec 40 000 habitants, c'est la ville la plus haute en altitude d'Europe. Signe...

Les Sims 3

Published: June 16, 2009
Length: 27:36 min
Rating: 5 of 5
Author: Jakx55

Vidéo personnalisé des Sims 3.

Suivre une étoile

Published: June 03, 2012
Length: 43:43 min
Rating: 5 of 5
Author: Alain Müller

Les écoliers neuchâtelois chantent le Petit Prince (2012) accompagnés par l'Ensemble Symphonique Neuchâtel (ESN)

Le mariage de Juliette et Willy

Published: September 03, 2010
Length: 11:17 min
Rating: 0 of 5
Author: My riam

Qui a dit que les machines n'avaient pas de sentiments!?!?

Etre Tziganes en Suisse - 2ème partie + Bêtisier (Essence Ciel déc 2008)

Published: August 29, 2009
Length: 43:04 min
Rating: 3 of 5
Author: Filmographik

Dans la douce et merveilleuse période précédant Noël, Noémie et Myriam te présentent le micro-trottoir de la 13ème soirée de "61 Minutes pour l'Essence Ciel" du 7 décembre 2008. A...

eHeinz episodio 31: La Chaux-de-Fonds - cultura e natura.

Published: January 16, 2012
Length: 06:35 min
Rating: 5 of 5
Author: MySwitzerland

A mille metri d'altezza, nel cuore dello straordinario paesaggio del Giura: La Chaux-de-Fonds, la culla dell'orologeria internazionale. Con 40.000 abitanti: la città più in alto d'Europa....

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