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Watch making history trail, St-Imier

“The small valley of St-Imier gave birth to the great names in the watch making industry and this watch making trail led me right to the heart of a fascinating story. Between an illustrious local engraver at the court of Louis 16th and thousands of small, anonymous hands that have laboured and continued to labour for the benefit of these watch making treasures, my admiration remained boundless, as much for the work of some as the ingenuity of others.”


Follow the tracks of the most famous watchmakers of the Valley of St-Imier - and also of the small anonymous hands which worked, and still do, at the manufacturing of these watch-making treasures.

Itinerary: St-Imier (station) - St-Imier (funicular)
Duration: 1 hr
Distance: 2 km
Gradient: 20 m


Good to know

  • Documentation: “Saint-Imier on foot” brochure. 
  • Guided tours of St-Imier for groups (in French and German)
  • From St-Imier a funicular takes you up to Mt-Soleil in a couple of minutes. The direct walk from the train station to the funicular takes 10 minutes.
  • The famous watches of Longines are made in St-Imier and there is a great museum at the factory, open to groups upon request

Jura bernois Tourisme
St-Imier and region
Place de la Gare 2
2610 St-Imier
T. +41 (0) 32 942 39 42

Watch making history trail, St-Imier

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