Famous for its bird-watching scene and watchmaking history, Biel-Bienne sits in the north-west region of Switzerland close to Lake Biel. This charming town is the largest bilingual city in the country and sits at the foot of the Jura Mountain Range.
Things to do in Biel
The Old Town of Biel-Bienne is the birthplace of the city and is located on the Ring Plaza. This magical square is dotted with water fountains, quaint cobblestone streets and colourful buildings, where you can spend a morning exploring the local cafes and boutique stores.
For an educative experience, head to Neues Museum, located in the town centre. The museum is home to ancient art exhibits and archaeological artefacts native to Biel and the surrounding areas. Learn about the history of Rolex and the cities clock-making industry.
For a quiet afternoon surrounded by lush greenery, head to Parc Elfenau, a romantic park right in the city centre. This peaceful oasis is home to peacocks so keep your eyes peeled for these majestic creatures as you explore on foot.
Looking for a day trip? Head to Lake Biel just south of the city, where you can take a boat or catamaran ride across the lake, bike around the cycle paths or take a dip in the refreshing waters. Afterwards, head back to the north shore to explore the local wine-making villages.
Getting around Biel
Bern Airport is located just under an hour’s drive south of the city, while Geneva International Airport is just two hours away. Once in Biel, make use of the public transport network, which includes trams, buses and local trains known as the S-Bahn.