Between 1844 and 1859 more than 1700 watchmakers swarmed into the city of Biel/Bienne. Today several of the well-known brands call the city at Lake Biel their home. But Biel/Bienne is not just worth a visit if you are a fan of clocks and watches. The Old Town is an absolute gem for fans of history. There is for example the gothic City Church of Biel, which dates back to the 15th century, the Roman spring as well as numerous medieval arcs, towers and fountains. If you want to escape everyday life, you should stop at St. Peter’s Island. The guesthouse on the island enthrals with its monastic simplicity, exquisite regional dishes and wonderful views of Lake Biel.