From La Chaux-de-Fonds back to Zurich …continued from Grand Tour of Switzerland, day 4. But not after spending the morning learning all about Swiss’ second nature: watch-making.
Grand Tour to Espace de l’Urbanisme Horloger
The most important meal of the day is breakfast. Ours was made with love and healthy care by our host of Passion d’une Vie Guesthouse in La Chaux-de-Fonds. We very much enjoyed our delicious, healthy breakfast. It even included a fresh carrot-apple-ginger juice. That’s the way we like it!
Pick-up time by Maison du Tourisme de La Chaux-de-Fonds is 09.30 hrs on the last day of our Grand Tour of Switzerland. Since we arrived in this city yesterday, we had a private driver to our disposal which was more than convenient.
First thing we headed for was Espace de l’ Urbanisme Horloger. This special exhibition, housed in the former auction hall (Halle aux Enchères), welcomes visitors with information about the global importance of the town-planning around the watchmaking industry in La Chaux-de-Fonds,
Visitors can watch a movie about the heritage of this metropolis. Unique is that the film is projected on the floor so that one can watch from above. A birds view. The story tells us that the city was completely destroyed by a fire in 1794.
La Chaux-de-Fonds was rebuilt following a grid street plan, which was and is still original among Swiss cities. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2009.
Grand Tour to Musee International d’ Horlogerie
With the knowledge about this city of watchmakers fresh in mind, we were fully prepared to visit the Musee International d’ Horlogerie just around the corner.
As we entered the foyer, it was like walking into the internals of a huge clock. Our journey through the mysteries of time started here. Either as an observer or as a participant in little experiments.
You can’t help but being overwhelmed by the beauty and ingenuousness of the most outstanding pieces. Seeing all the big, impressive brands made us wonder about the luxury and prestige of all this. Too bad we did not have time on our hands today to stay a bit longer. We have to come back.
The restaurant Les Enfants Terribles was highly recommended to us for lunch, let’s find out for ourselves. What better way than to end this magnificent trip with the memory of a good meal?
You easily could miss this little place, since it has a narrow and dark wooden entrance. No trendy interior here, even a little outdated, but we can still taste the fantastic homemade pasta.
All good things must come to an end, this 5 day Swiss rollercoaster journey is almost over. While leaning back in our first class train seats on our way to Zurich Flughafen, we muse about the wonderful impressions of the last days. The variety of landscapes, food, people and places to stay. The scents and the colours. We saw so much!
We realise that we only did about 400 km of the Grand Tour of Switzerland. There is still 1200 kms of Swiss beauty to discover. See you soon, à la prochaine!
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This trip is an online influencers trip organised by MySwitzerland.com. We are here by invitation on behalf of Chapter Fifty and did not pay for any of the above-mentioned activities. Words, photos and opinions are my own.