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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.”


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


Good to know

  • Documentation: “Imier routes” brochure, between the station and the funicular, the Watch making trail helps you to discover this fascinating story. Available in English.
  • 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.


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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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