La Chaux-de-Fonds Flights:
Flights to La Chaux-de-Fonds
La Chaux-de-Fonds is the third largest French speaking city in Switzerland and it’s situated right near the border with France in the Jura Mountains. At an elevation of 1 kilometre, La Chaux-de-Fonds is best known as a watch making city.
The small Les Eplatures Airport does not accept any international flights to La Chaux-de-Fonds, so you will have to come to the Bern Airport (airport code: BRN) instead. It’s 55 kilometres away and you may need a rental car for the trip. You can book a one-stop flight to La Chaux-de-Fonds, landing in Bern, with Lufthansa that has a connection in Munich, or with Air France for a stop-over in Paris. KLM goes a longer way, and will have connections in Amsterdam as well as in Paris.
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The Tourist Attractions of La Chaux-de-Fonds:
La Chaux-de-Fonds started to grow as a town in the 1500s but it wasn’t until the 18th century that its growth really took off when the lace and watchmaking industries were developed. Today La Chaux-de-Fonds is most famous as a watchmaking city and has been recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its cultural importance in this industry. A number of the big names started life right here, or have an association with the city, including TAG Heuer, Omega, Rolex and Rotary.
International Watchmaking Museum
It’s only fitting then that La Chaux-de-Fonds should be home to the International Watchmaking Museum, and this is one of a series of museums set within one small neighbourhood of La Chaux-de-Fonds. You will find out more about the industry and its association with the city, plus there are usually temporary exhibitions being held here too.
Other Museums in La Chaux-de-Fonds
For a city with a relatively small population La Chaux-de-Fonds has a surprising number of museums. In addition to the International Watchmaking Museum there is another museum along these lines that is privately owned and operated. This is the Museum of Girard-Perregaux. La Chaux-de-Fonds also has a Museum of Fine Arts, and the History Museum.
La Chaux-de-Fonds Natural History Museum and Zoo
There’s also a very good Museum of Natural History that has a large permanent exhibition and smaller temporary exhibits through the year. In conjunction with the natural history museum are two other popular attractions, the zoo and the vivarium. The zoo is set within attractive grounds where enclosures have been well thought out, and it houses around 240 animals from the La Chaux-de-Fonds region. It’s called the Zoological Park Bois du Petit-Chateau and it also includes the vivarium.
If you’re travelling with younger children the vivarium will no doubt appeal to some, but repulse others! There’s a large collection of around 288 invertebrates, 326 vertebrates, including fish, amphibians, reptiles and mammals.
When Should You Visit?:
From June to August you should be able to enjoy warm weather in La Chaux-de-Fonds, but with the high elevation of the city it will never get overly hot here. The higher elevation also means that winters will be cold and snowfall is likely. Lows will get below freezing for several months over winter, so this isn’t a good time for sightseeing.