Lake Biel offers a glimpse of the past: Lake-dwellings from the Neolithic Age can still be seen at its shore. However, there is so much more to discover – whether by foot or by boat.
The surroundings of Lake Biel hold numerous scenic and historical hotspots. There are vineyards on sun-exposed hills, the picturesque city of Biel/Bienne, charming towns such as Le Landeron or Erlach, lake-dwellings as well as one of the most important wetlands in Switzerland. Rare birds have their nests in reed-beds along the shoreline or stop here on their way to their winter grounds. The easiest way to admire the lake and its multi-faceted surroundings is either on a stand-up paddle or a cruise. The Lake Biel Navigation Company offers special theme tours for every taste. There is a broad range of tours guests can choose from such as the Fajita Evening, the SeeSound Festival, the Fireworks Tour or the Tanznacht40. The “Canal-3” boat of the Swiss radio channel 3 offers entertainment for the whole family with clowns, live music and concerts for children. The “Detective Cruise” entertains families with quizzes and puzzles. Those who solve the puzzle might even find a treasure.
Simply relax, unwind and enjoy the sweetness of doing nothing! In the past philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Goethe as well as Empress Joséphine were among those who appreciated the tranquillity on the island at Lake Biel. Circa 1127 a monastery was built on the island. Nowadays, it serves as a guesthouse and is the only building on the island that is occupied all year round. The hotel combines monastic simplicity with the past. In the adjacent restaurant gourmets can enjoy fresh fish from Lake Biel, wines from the neighbouring vineyard and meat from the island’s farm.