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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    • An intact old town with a beautiful town hall, gothic town church dating from the 15th century, various fountains and beautiful signposts.
    • Pasquart – a very attractive art museum for contemporary sculpture, graphic art and photography; renovated in 2000 and extended with a new building designed by Basle architects Diener & Diener.
    • The architecturally impressive Congress Centre offers excellent facilities for major international congresses, meetings and seminars.
    • The city of Biel was awarded the Wakker Prize in 2004. The Wakker Prize is awarded by the Swiss Heritage Society to a political community in Switzerland for exemplary townscape protection.

Best of Biel/Bienne

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

Museum | Cité du Temps - French for the City of Time - is nestled in the heart of Biel, the world's watchmaking capital.

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

Combined offer | Choc'o'Clock invites you to explore the fascinating worlds of watches and chocolate.

Natural sites | A paradise for anyone seeking relaxation in the heart of the city.

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

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.

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Where to sleep?

Hotel | The ART DECO HOTEL ELITE is one of the leading hotels in the town and can look back over a long tradition....

Hotel | The railway station, the city centre and the lakeside are just a step away from the City Hotel Biel Bienne. Included...

Hotel | Enjoy your stay at the magnificent Villa Lindenegg in the heart of Biel. Centrally located and surrounded...

Vacation Apartments | The apartment is completely renovated. It is nestled between Biel/Bienne and the winegrowers' village...

Hotel | The Hotel Artist is situated in the Bözingen district of Biel. The Falkenstrasse bus stop is at its doorstep,...

Bed & Breakfast | Two double room and one room with four beds, located in the ground floor of an exclusive house, built...

Bed & Breakfast | Situated close to the old town of Biel, «Les sources» is a Charming accommodations with five separate...

Hotel | The Mercure Plaza Biel is located in the watchmaking city of Biel, close to the pedestrian shopping area....

Natural sites

Schüssinsel Park

A paradise for anyone seeking relaxation in the heart of the city.

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Combined offer

Ahoy on Lake Biel

Escape from everyday life and enjoy La Dolce Vita on Lake Biel.

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