Biel is located in the Three Lakes Region at the northeastern end of Lake Biel. The city is the largest bilingual city in Switzerland. German and French are spoken here. Since large parts of the city are undercut by groundwater, many houses stand on stilts. The medieval old town with the old Roman spring is well worth seeing. At the Roman Spring, the Romans paid homage to their god "Belenus" for several centuries. Biel got its name from him.
What sights and attractions does Biel have to offer?
The old town of Biel is worth seeing with its old guild houses, more than 100 beautiful fountains and the Ring. The Ring is the oldest square in the city. The old Roman fountain is also very popular. Everywhere in Biel you will find houses standing on stilts, as many streams and canals under the city have been built over. A nice place to visit is a waterfall at the bottom of the Taubenloch Gorge. It is turned on only on special holidays. The water is otherwise used to generate electricity.
What activities are possible in and around Biel?
Since Biel is located directly on Lake Biel, you can practice various water sports. In addition, 9 BSG ferries operate on Lake Biel. As for museums, you can find here for example the historical museum Schwab, the museum of the watch brand Omega and the Optical Museum, which shows optical objects from 4 centuries. Pasquart is a beautiful art museum. It shows contemporary graphics, sculpture and photography.