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A canalized section of the River Schüss in Biel/Bienne, SwitzerlandA canalized section of the River Schüss in Biel/Bienne, Switzerland
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Biel/Bienne is one of the officially bilingual towns in Switzerland. It is known as Biel in German and Bienne in French. To keep everybody happy, the town is called Biel/Bienne, officially since 2005.

Old Town quarter of Biel/BienneOld Town quarter of Biel/Bienne
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authorshipAndreas Praefcke
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The town of Biel/Bienne covers 21.2 sq km (8.19 sq mi) and has a population of 50,000 people (2011 estimate). It is located at an altitude of 434 m (1,424 ft) above sea level.

Biel/Bienne is the second largest town in Bern canton after Bern itself, and the 10th largest in Switzerland. It is located at the foot of the Jura Mountains, on the shore of Bielersee/Lac de Bienne, at the point where the River Schüss enters the lake. Next to Biel/Bienne is its sister city, Nidau.

Biel/Bienne has a charming Old Town with cobblestone streets and fountains. From the town you can see the surrounding hills in the distance.

Jordi-Kocher House, Biel/BienneJordi-Kocher House, Biel/Bienne
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Visiting Biel/Bienne

Biel/Bienne is just half an hour by car from Bern, Solothurn and Neuchâtel. You can take trains to Biel/Bienne from Basel, Bern, Geneva, Lausanne and Zürich, among others.

Sights & Attractions in Biel/Bienne

  1. Centre Pasquart
    A center where art and photography exhibitions are held regularly.
  2. Museum Neuhaus
    Museum with exhibits related to the town's history and industries.
  3. Rathaus
    The Gothic-style town hall of Biel/Bienne, located at the intersection of Burggasse and Rathausgasse. It dates back to the 1530s.
  4. Ring
    Not a ring, but the square in the heart of town, surrounded by historical buildings.

In the vicinity of Biel/Bienne

The following small towns can be visited by boat from Biel/Bienne.
  1. Erlach
    A small town near Biel/Bienne with a castle.
  2. La Neuveville
    This is a medieval town with lovely cobbled streets.
  3. St Petersinsel
    A small town that you can visit if you have the time, while in Biel/Bienne.
  4. Twann
    This is a medieval town that is worth a visit if ever you are in Biel/Bienne.

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