La Chaux-de-fonds

12 de noviembre de 2010 | Por | Categoría: Viajes

por Cris Pedreño

I’m going to write about La Chaux-de-Fonds. This is a small town in Switzerland.

La Chaux-de-Fonds is located in the Norwest of the country near France, at 1000 metres above sea level. The trees of the central street are cut straight at the top as a simbol of these 1000 metres of altitude. Its history says that it was burnt three times and three times rebuilt and the church is meant to be only place that was not burnt.

In this village it snows a lot. Snow arrives in October and it remains until April.   All the people love snow.  When people finish their work they normally go skiing in the afternoon. The town has three sky slopes and it’s very beautiful to see them illuminated.

You can go for a walk on the ice lakes or to the river and drink the typical hot red wine.

Winter is very cold.  In La Brevine, near La Chaux-de-Fonds, they had the lowest temperature recorded in a inhabited place on earth( -41,8ºC). This place is called the Swiss Siberia.

In Switzerland there are four oficial languages: French, German, Italian and Romanche.  In La Chaux-de-Fonds people normally speak French.

The popular Swiss watchmaking industry is known for its excellent quality and precision.  Here is the place where

the first modern watch was made.

If you go shopping you will find several renowned factories: Ebel, Cartier, Piaget, Rolex, Sandoz, Omega, Zenit and Longines.

Here, it is also the most important international watch museum and the biggest digital carillon  watch with different colours for each season.


This is the town of the famous architect Le Corbusier. And this photograph is the White house or Turkish villa.

Other interesting places are: Le bois du petit château , the zoological park,  the Science Museum, its wonderful theatre, the Napoleon Museum where he lived etc….


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