Biel – the world capital of the watch industry – impresses with a wealth of historical and architectural sights. The old town is an absolute gem, with its authentic charm, narrow alleyways, picturesque fountains, venerable guild houses, theaters, galleries, small specialty and rarity stores, as well as a variety of restaurants, cafés and markets.
The Old Town is not only a popular residential area, but also exudes a lively atmosphere. Especially on the first Friday of every month, known as First Friday, the old town comes to life when people flock from all directions to stroll through the alleyways late into the night, explore the diverse stores, enjoy delicious food and drink and experience performances by local artists and cultural figures.
The superlative art of watchmaking
The cultural diversity and harmonious coexistence of different cultures in Biel are an inexhaustible source of inspiration. This cultural vibrancy is expressed in renowned institutions such as the Kunsthaus Pasquart, the Neues Museum Biel (NMB) and the numerous galleries and diverse concerts to be discovered. Incidentally, the Neues Museum Biel is not only a window into the region’s archaeological past, but also presents fascinating information about the history of the watchmaking and industrial city of Biel.
An absolute highlight is the newly opened Cité du Temps museum, which translates as “City of Time” and is part of the Swatch Group. It offers a fascinating insight into two different worlds of watchmaking. Under one roof, it combines the playful and trendy style of the Swatch brand with the luxurious character of Omega.
Immerse yourself in the fascinating world of time and be inspired by the innovative presentation and unique ambience of this museum.
In Biel/Bienne, you can feel the vibrant creativity and cultural diversity on every corner. The city is a melting pot of cultures, where different languages and traditions come together in harmony. This vibrant coexistence creates an inspiring atmosphere that is reflected in the city’s art, music and culture. Immerse yourself in this unique cultural landscape and be enchanted by the diversity and richness of the artistic scene in Biel/Bienne.
Biel as a diverse discovery and experience region
Biel, idyllically situated on the shores of Lake Biel, is surrounded by the breathtaking landscape of the Seeland. This region is also known as the vegetable pantry of Switzerland and impresses with its diversity. Here you will find untouched natural areas, majestic gorges, picturesque vineyards and charming winegrowing villages. The proximity to the steeply sloping Jura mountains gives the area an impressive backdrop.
There are numerous ways to explore this charming region. A relaxing boat trip on the three interconnected lakes – Lake Biel, Lake Neuchâtel and Lake Murten – allows you to experience the beauty of the region from the water. For cycling enthusiasts, there is an extensive network of cycle paths suitable for both family outings and challenging mountain bike tours. Hikers and climbing enthusiasts will find a variety of routes suitable for all levels of difficulty, from easy walks to challenging summit tours.
The Three Lakes region is a true paradise for water sports enthusiasts. Swimming, paddling, surfing and sailing are just some of the activities where you can experience the beauty and charm of the lake landscape up close. Immerse yourself in the refreshing waters and enjoy the many possibilities that the Three Lakes Region has to offer.
The region around Biel is a true natural paradise that delights nature lovers, sports enthusiasts and those seeking relaxation in equal measure. Discover the unspoiled nature, explore the picturesque trails and be enchanted by the diversity and beauty of this unique landscape.
Video Sightseeing flight over the old town
The old town of Biel/Bienne from a drone’s perspective…