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"We had barely arrived in Biel/Bienne and off we went for a walk through the Nidaugasse towards the old town. The jewel of the old town is where the Romans worshipped the God ‘Benelus’ for many centuries. Incidentally, Biel/Bienne owes its name to this Roman deity. Around here the numerous small restaurants invite you to linger. Along the Museum Mile we walked towards the lake, the sun glistens on the water and we looked forward to a pedalo ride."


Biel/Bienne is Switzerland’s largest bilingual town. Languages, German and French have equal rights here. This town is also the cradle of Swiss watchmaking. Biel/Bienne’s old town is a jewel and the Ring is the city‘s oldest square.

Good to know

  • Guided tours.
  • 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.
  • Discover Biel/Bienne on your own with the free map available at the tourist office.


City map: old town | PDF, 603 kB
City map: new town | PDF, 666 kB

Tourism Biel Seeland
Bahnhofplatz 12
2501 Biel/Bienne
T. +41 (0) 32 329 84 84

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