Flights to Biel
Known as Biel in German, and Bienne in French, this city in Switzerland is actually officially named Biel/Bienne in recognition of the fact that it lies right on the language border of Switzerland and is completely bilingual. Famous for watchmaking, and visited by many tourists for its beautiful old town, Biel is a lovely place to visit.
A flight to Biel will arrive at the Bern Airport (airport code: BRN) which is 34 kilometres away. Lufthansa and Air France have 1-stop options when flying from Johannesburg, connecting in Munich and Paris respectively. If you get a flight to Biel with Egyptair, you will have connections in Cairo and Paris, but Virgin Atlantic will go through London and then also Paris. That’s also the route offered by British Airways. Depending on the airline, the flight to Biel will take between 13 and 22 hours.
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The Tourist Attractions of Biel:
Biel is a popular tourist destination situated in the west of Switzerland, at the foot of the Jura Mountains. Its attractive old town features all the architecture you would expect to find in an alpine setting, and although small, it’s perfectly formed!
Biel Old Town
The old town of Biel dates from medieval times and is a really beautiful part of the city. It’s not a huge old town, but its compactness is part of the appeal. As you wander around the streets you’ll come across some attractive old buildings and little squares with fountains, decorated with flowers during the summer months. There’s a 15th century church to look out for and when you want to sit down and relax you can enjoy one of the numerous great restaurants of Biel old town.
Biel Cultural District
Outside of the old town another popular part of Biel is the Cultural District. This is where you’ll find several museums that include the Neuhaus Museum and the Schwab Museum. There’s also an art museum called CentrePasquArt. Biel also has a Watchmaking Museum where you can find out more about the long association between the city and making watches. Many of the world’s most famous brands are made in or closely associated with Biel including Swatch, Omega, and Rolex.
The Jura Mountains
The Jura Mountains is the small range just north of the Alps and Biel is an excellent gateway into these mountains. There’s a funicular that runs from the city into the mountains, giving quick and easy access to the peaks and miles of hiking trails, plus of course some spectacular views.
Lake and River Cruises
From the port in Biel you can enjoy lake and river cruises, another great way to see some of the spectacular scenery surrounding the city. You can do a Three Lake Tour that includes not only Lake Biel but also Neuchatel and Murten Lakes, or visit St Peter’s Island.
When Should You Visit?:
Biel is surprisingly warm during the summer months, between May and September. It gets up as high as an average high of 24.8C in July, which is very nice for sightseeing and enjoying the many outdoor activities of Biel and the surrounds. July also has on average less rainfall than August, June and May, making this a good time to visit. If you want to make use of some of the nearby ski resorts then come in the winter. It’s cool to cold, and wet, but skiing in the mountains is good.