Neuchatel is a French-speaking city located in the shores of Lake Neuchâtel. Together with Geneva and Lausanne, they are the main French-speaking cities of Switzerland. It is a university town with a picturesque and inviting waterfront park, a castle to tour and easy access to smaller, off the beaten path, charming Swiss villages and settlements. It is famous for the old town around the Château de Neuchatel, a castle that dates back to the 12th century, and the Collegiale which is a Gothic church dating back to approximately the same period. The city is family oriented and peaceful and while its economy is most renowned for its watch industry, it is also based on manufacturing tobacco products, chocolate, and metal products. It is considered a center of expertise in the fields of watchmaking, micro/nanotechnologies and microfabrication. One can easily visit two near-by cities that are registered on the UNESCO list of the World Heritage Sites: the town of La Chaux-de-Fonds with 1,000 meters altitude and Le Locle, one of the cradles of the watchmaking industry.