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Biel/Bienne

Biel/Bienne is Switzerland’s largest bilingual town. German and French have equal rights here. This town is also the cradle of Swiss watchmaking.

Biel, the largest bilingual city in Switzerland, is situated directly at Lake Biel.
 

Besides events of national and international significance, Biel offers a host of other cultural highlights as well. The Neues Museum Biel and the Pasquart are two important museums near the lake. In 2004, Biel was awarded the Wakker prize by the Swiss Heritage Society for its exemplary townscape protection.  
 
Most visitors imagine Biel to be an industrial town, and they are surprised to find that it has a well-preserved medieval centre. This historc part of town invites to go on a stroll through the charming alleys and along the picturesque squares and terraces with the pretty little shops.
 
In Biel, you will hear people converse in German and in French. In the largest bilingual city of Switzerland, all streets and official buildings are signposted in both languages. The mixture of German and French-speaking inhabitants makes Biel an especially charming place.
 
This bilingualism is a result of the watchmaking industry. In the middle of the 19th century, Biel became Switzerland’s most important watchmaking centre. The numerous watchmakers from the Jura who found work in Biel brought the French language with them. To this day, renowned brands such as Omega and Swatch are headquartered in Biel.
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Biel's old town
Biel's old town. © Tourismus Biel Seeland | Stefan Weber
Biel's old town
Biel's old town. © Tourismus Biel Seeland | Stefan Weber
Schüsspromenade, Biel
Schüsspromenade, Biel. © Tourismus Biel Seeland | Stefan Weber
Biel/Bienne
Biel/Bienne. © Tourismus Biel Seeland | Stefan Weber

Best of Biel/Bienne

The museum of art and history in Biel/Bienne has quite a mixture, but also captivating.

Cruise schedule: vineyards, idyllic villages and the famous St. Peter’s Island.

The art centre in Biel/Bienne brings together contemporary art, photography and cinema.

In the heart of Biel’s old town: discover local products.

During this tour you gain insight into urban living, the economy and the combination of city and nature in Biel.

Famous for its charming alleys, beautiful facades and venerable corporate houses, the old town is a privileged place in the heart of the city of Biel.

Biel's old town

Brunch

Start a nice Sunday morning with a brunch at the restaurant La Péniche and enjoy a magnificent view of Lake Biel.

A rich offer für all brunch lovers.

Every Sunday in summer brunch cruise on Lake Biel. Passengers enjoy three hours aboard the MobiCat.

A healthy start of the day.

Enjoy every Saturday and Sunday a gourmet buffet at the restaurant la Barrique.

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