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Le Locle
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Stage 1, Ste-Croix–Le Locle
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Stage 2, Le Locle–Tramelan
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Jura Route
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Stage 4, La Chaux-de-Fonds–Fleurier
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Le Locle
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Le Locle

Le Locle

Le Locle is considered to be the cradle of the Swiss watch industry. A museum is dedicated to this 250-year-old watchmaking tradition. Two highlights of the Jura landscape are found close to Le Locle: Lac des Brenets and the Saut du Doubs waterfall.
Le Locle lies at 920 metres altitude in a high valley in the Neuchâtel Jura. For over 250 years, Le Locle’s economy was mainly driven by the watch industry, which is why the town was so badly affected by the crisis in that branch from 1970. But the watch industry (luxury watches) is still of significance in Le Locle. Château des Mont, an enchanting castle in Louis XVI style a little above the town, houses a superb timepiece and automatic machine collection in a fitting environment.

Le Locle was devastated by fire on a number of occasions. After the fire of 1833, taking La Chaux-de-Fonds as an example, the town was rebuilt with a chessboard layout. Worthy of note in the townscape are the former Rathaus (town hall) now serving as the local court, built 1839-41, the Haus Du Bois (from the second half of the 17th century), the Villa an der Côte des Billodes built by Le Corbusier in 1912 and today’s Hôtel de Ville built from 1914 to 1918 in Neo Renaissance style.

The Farming and Trades Museum is housed in a former farmhouse dating from the early 17th century. And finally the Kunstmuseum (Musée des Beaux-Arts du Locle) exhibits works by Swiss artists from the 19th and 20th centuries. Also worth viewing are the cave mills on the Col des Roches leading in the direction of France. Here you can see a mill that has been driven by an underground water course since the 17th century.

The climate in the Jura is raw. The village of La Brévine, which lies on a secluded rise of the Jura, west of Le Locle, is known as the Siberia of Switzerland and at -41.8°C holds the record for Switzerland’s lowest temperature. Also nearby Le Locle are Lac des Brenets and the Saut du Doubs fall: the snake-like lake was formed by a rockfall that dammed the water of the French-Swiss border river Doubs. An impressive, natural spectacle is presented by the waterfall that returns the lake water back to its rightful source in the river. A narrow gauge railway branch line runs between Le Locle and Les Brenets.

Highlights

  • Höhlenmühlen at Col des Roches near Le Locle – a cave mill with a sawmill driven by an underground water course used since the 17th century has been restored and is open to visitors.
  • Doubs-Tal with waterfall «Saut du Doubs» - the French-Swiss border river with a 27 metre-high waterfall and snake-like Lac des Brenets. Perfect for a lake cruise, a hike or a cycle tour.
Le Locle is considered to be the cradle of the Swiss watch industry. A museum is dedicated to this 250-year-old watchmaking tradition. Two highlights of the Jura landscape are found close to Le Locle: Lac des Brenets and the Saut du Doubs waterfall.
Le Locle lies at 920 metres altitude in a high valley in the Neuchâtel Jura. For over 250 years, Le Locle’s economy was mainly driven by the watch industry, which is why the town was so badly affected by the crisis in that branch from 1970. But the watch industry (luxury watches) is still of significance in Le Locle. Château des Mont, an enchanting castle in Louis XVI style a little above the town, houses a superb timepiece and automatic machine collection in a fitting environment.

Le Locle was devastated by fire on a number of occasions. After the fire of 1833, taking La Chaux-de-Fonds as an example, the town was rebuilt with a chessboard layout. Worthy of note in the townscape are the former Rathaus (town hall) now serving as the local court, built 1839-41, the Haus Du Bois (from the second half of the 17th century), the Villa an der Côte des Billodes built by Le Corbusier in 1912 and today’s Hôtel de Ville built from 1914 to 1918 in Neo Renaissance style.

The Farming and Trades Museum is housed in a former farmhouse dating from the early 17th century. And finally the Kunstmuseum (Musée des Beaux-Arts du Locle) exhibits works by Swiss artists from the 19th and 20th centuries. Also worth viewing are the cave mills on the Col des Roches leading in the direction of France. Here you can see a mill that has been driven by an underground water course since the 17th century.

The climate in the Jura is raw. The village of La Brévine, which lies on a secluded rise of the Jura, west of Le Locle, is known as the Siberia of Switzerland and at -41.8°C holds the record for Switzerland’s lowest temperature. Also nearby Le Locle are Lac des Brenets and the Saut du Doubs fall: the snake-like lake was formed by a rockfall that dammed the water of the French-Swiss border river Doubs. An impressive, natural spectacle is presented by the waterfall that returns the lake water back to its rightful source in the river. A narrow gauge railway branch line runs between Le Locle and Les Brenets.

Highlights

  • Höhlenmühlen at Col des Roches near Le Locle – a cave mill with a sawmill driven by an underground water course used since the 17th century has been restored and is open to visitors.
  • Doubs-Tal with waterfall «Saut du Doubs» - the French-Swiss border river with a 27 metre-high waterfall and snake-like Lac des Brenets. Perfect for a lake cruise, a hike or a cycle tour.

Arrival and return Le Locle

Adresse

Tourisme neuchâtelois - Montagnes
Rue du Col 23
2400 Le Locle
Tel. +41 (0)32 889 68 92
info.ll@ne.ch
www.neuchateltourisme.ch

Services

Accommodation

Guesthouse Le Locle
Guesthouse Le Locle
Le Locle
Maison DuBois - Chambres d’hôtes
Maison DuBois - Chambres d’hôtes
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Places of interest

Musée d'horlogerie du Locle
Musée d'horlogerie du Locle
The subterranean mills of Le Col-des-Roches
The subterranean mills of Le Col-des-Roches
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Cycling in

Le Locle
Arc jurassien
Arc jurassien
Stage 1, Ste-Croix–Le Locle
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Arc jurassien
Arc jurassien
Stage 2, Le Locle–Tramelan
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Jura Route
Jura Route
Stage 4, La Chaux-de-Fonds–Fleurier
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Mountain biking in

Le Locle
Neuchâtel Bike
Jura Bike
La Chaux-de-Fonds Bike
Pouillerel Bike
La Sibérie Bike
Le Doubs Bike