Natural sites

St. Peter's Island

The famous peninsula of Lake Biel is a destination prized for its stillness and beauty.

St. Peter's Island
St. Peter's Island. © Cathy Gerber

St. Peter’s island invites you to relax among reeds, vineyards, and on small sandy beaches. Even Rousseau succumbed to its charm while seeking refuge on the island for a few days. Don’t miss out and treat yourself to some tasty regional products and excellent local wine at the restaurant. The island can be reached either by boat from Biel or passing through the charming winegrowers’ villages. From Erlach, the Heidenweg path takes you there as well on foot or by bike.

Good to know
Good to know
    • St. Peter’s Island is a nature reserve.
    • Beaches and picnic areas are available.
    • Accessible by boat, on foot or by bicycle.
    • Information boards on Fauna and flora and a forsted nature trail.
    • Rousseau memorial near the southern landing place.
    • Visit the chamber of Jean-Jacques Rousseau.
    • Public toilets available.
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Ship ahoy!

Already the journey with the ship spreads a holiday atmosphere. On the deck of the ships, passengers enjoy the mild breeze and the passing landscape.

Bielersee Schifffahrt

A special experience in unique surroundings .

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On St-Peter's Island
From CHF 20.- Culture & Museums, Bienne

Travel back in time to the 18th century, accompanied by a guide in costume, and walk the same routes as the famous philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

Discover the lovely peninsula of St. Peter's Island in Lake Biel. Visit a late medieval monastery or the remains of prehistoric settlements and Roman buildings.

Small, hidden sandy bays invite you to spend some relaxing hours.

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