A little gem: the idyllic St. Peter’s Island attracts visitors to Lake Biel
Its history goes back a long way: in 1107, the Order of Cluny was given the island as a gift; 20 years later, a monastery was built on it.
Today, the monastery welcomes visitors to St. Peter’s Island as a restaurant and hotel. The car-free island promises peace and relaxation for the whole family and a free ride for cyclists. Besides the former monastery, it is occupied by a single farm and about 20 holiday homes. Hikers are enchanted by the local plant life as they tour the island. In fine weather, there’s nothing to stop them visiting the mainland along the “Heidenweg” path.
Despite its modest size, St. Peter’s Island treats guests to some real delicacies. Freshly caught fish from the lake, wine from the local vineyards and fine beef from the farm combine regional heritage and delicious cuisine. Looking over Lake Biel from the Riedmatt hill, visitors will understand why Jean-Jacques Rousseau was so inspired by the island back in the 18th century. As the Genevan philosopher himself said, his stay on the island was the happiest time of his life. By the way, fans of Rousseau can still visit the room where he lodged in the autumn of 1765.
The gateway to the island
Before you head to St. Peter’s Island via the harbour, Erlach is well worth a visit. It exudes historic charm throughout the year with its castle and old town, while sunbathers gather at the lido in summer. It’s also an ideal starting point for all kinds of excursions on Lake Biel – from relaxing themed cruises including murder mystery dinners to active pursuits like water sports.