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. © Schweiz Tourismus

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 and closed to traffic
    • Beach and barbecue areas
    • 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

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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

Guided city tour | Rousseau's life work led him to the previously unexplored island in Lake Biel. During this tour you will learn more about his works, quirks, and revolutionary ideas.

Hiking | The hike over the Jolimont and Heidenweg path comprises diverse attractions. Colourful, mixed woods,...

Guided city tour | 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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