Tradition, modernity and nature in the capital of the Swiss watchmaking industry

Tradition, modernity and nature in the capital of the Swiss watchmaking industry
Biel/Bienne – the gateway to the Jura – is a multi-faceted city which is a little bit Swiss, a little bit French, modern and traditional alike. Both German and French are equally spoken here. In contrast to the modern architecture at the shore of Lake Biel lies, on a gentle hill, the intact Old Town with its gothic church that dates back to the 15th century. Biel/Bienne offers its visitors a varied programme of events and excursions: the Taubenloch Gorge, which leads from Bözingen to Frinvillier, the Three-Lakes cruise, the Lake Biel Festival with its famous firework display that attracts 100,000 visitors ever year, the truffle market, the international chess festival, the Royal Arena Festival as well as traditional wine festivals. Talking about wine, Biel/Bienne and its surroundings are home to numerous winegrowers and winemakers. If you would like to find out more about winemaking, you shouldn’t miss the hike along the vineyard path or a visit to the wine tasting centre Viniterra. Art and culture lovers might find inspiration at the different exhibitions in the Art Centre Pasquart.

The Swiss capital of the watchmaking industry

Swatch, Rolex, Omega, Tissot, Movado and Mikron call Biel/Bienne their home. As early as the 19th century the watchmaking industry started to develop in the city. Visitors will learn about the history of this industry and clocks and watches in general at the Neues Museum Biel as well as the Omega Museum. Have you ever dreamed of being a watchmaker for one day? By participating in the workshop of the CIMIER Watch Academy your dream will come true.


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