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Set in a grand 19th-century property, Beau-Rivage Hotel offers its guests a haven of peace on Lake Neuchâtel, in western Switzerland. Neuchâtel is the canton’s French-speaking capital—and the cradle of Swiss watchmaking.
This precision industry is thriving today; Neuchâtel remains its epicenter, and it has attracted an increasing number of creative, independent watchmakers—all sited within a 25km radius. Beau-Rivage Hotel is keen to educate its guests about the area’s rich heritage. It has forged a partnership with a local horlogerie, a mere 200m from the hotel, which has seen it fund the complete refurbishment of five workbenches. Here, its guests can attend carefully programed workshops, the longer of which leads to a watchmaker’s certificate. Participants experience the craft for themselves, sharing the watchmakers’ passion to conceive and create from scratch. For many they are an introduction to a creative art, a chance to share in watchmaking’s heritage, and a deeply satisfying personal experience.