Lake Biel or Lake Bienne is a lake in the west of Switzerland. Together with Lake Morat and Lake Neuchâtel, it is one of the three large lakes in the Jura region of Switzerland. It lies approximately at, at the language boundary between German & French speaking areas.The lake is 15 km long and up to 4.1 km wide. Its surface area is 39.3 km², the maximum depth 74 m. The lake is located at 429 metres above sea level.Lake Biel has a catchment area of about 8,305 km². Water remains in the lake for an average of 58 days. The river Aare, the river Zihl/Thielle flowing from Lake Neuchâtel, the Twannbach draining water down from the surplombing first Jura mountain range and the river Suze draining water down from the Vallon de St. Imier, are the main tributaries. The river Aare was redirected into the lake in 1878, in order to prevent the flooding of the nearby area called "Seeland", and drains the water out of the lake down to Büren through a simultaneously man-made channel. The level of all three lakes is being controlled by a dam built across the channel, in Port.For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Biel holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Lake Biel and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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Oliver MAugust 9, 2017
Der Bielersee ist mit einer Fläche von 37,8 km², einer Länge von 15 km und einer maximalen Breite von 4,1 km einer der drei Seen südlich des Juras, Überbleibsel des ehemaligen Solothurnersees dar, der... more »The Lake of Biel is remnants of the ancient legend behind Solothurn Lake with an area of 37.8 km² and a length of 15 km and a maximum width of 4.1 km of one of the three lakes South of the Jura, dar, after the last ice age in a cavity created by the Rhone glacier at the southern foot of the Jura 100 kilometres in length from the end moraines in Wangen an der Aare, Solothurn was until to the watershed at La Sarraz. Attachment of the Alps and Jura rivers filled a large part of this area, so that today the three Jura border lakes are present, the Lake of Neuchâtel as major, the Lake of Biel in second place and the Morat as the smallest of the three lakes. They are all connected and together form a large compensation pool. Because with the Jura water correction, in whose train you lowered the lake level and directed the Aare by the newly built Hagneck Canal into Lake and can the newly built Nidau-Büren Canal from Biel to Büren you now the amounts of water reglieren, leaving the Lakes. The left shore of the Lake, the North is characterized by vineyards and the old, small wine villages Tüscherz, Wingreis, Twann, Ligerz. It is grown white wine for the most part, also red and rosé wine. In the autumn, numerous wine festivals in these locations take place during the grape harvest. According to a tradition, the local speciality, the Treber sausages, is served to visitors during the winter months in the wine cellars of this wine-growing area. In Ligerz, the regional Weinbaumuseum.Hier is steeply down the shore and the Lake reached its greatest depth of 74 meters here not far from the shore away. The southern shore is publicly available in the eastern part of for the most part, with two swimming pools Biel and Nidau, as well as the newly designed shore facilities at Ipsach and Sutz. There is also a great campsite. Along the shore of the Lake, an important wetland of in Switzerland, which is under nature protection located between Mörigen and Hagneck Canal. This wetland of international importance is specially designed for birds. Many rare and endangered species breed in the Bankside and vast area of reeds and marshland, click here on their migration between breeding and wintering grounds, or spend the winter. A nature trail leads through this nature reserve and the Reed belt. On and in the sea all sorts of sports are exercised, SUP, surfing, kitesurfing, sailing, water skiing, rowing, kayaking, diving and and and. Rate ships of the Bielersee shipping company do not connect only the villages around the Lake, but all three lakes together. The most important and most tourist attraction of Lake of Biel is the St. Peter's Island at Erlach. A Cluniac monastery was built on the island in the middle ages. In the 18th century, Jean-Jacques Rousseau stayed for several weeks at this point. Since the Jura water correction, is the island by a narrow strip of land about 2 km length with the Lakeshore at Erlach and forms a peninsula. A recommended restaurant can be found here. Source: Oliver Menge, parts of Wikipedia
DASSUGUSAugust 4, 2017
Von Neuchatel aus mit dem Mittags-Schiff nach Murten gefahren. Eine wundervolle Fahrt nicht zuletzt auch wegen dem längeren Teilstück durch den Kanal während dem beinahe eine Art Flussfahrt-Gefühl auf... more »From Neuchâtel with the lunch ship to Murten driven. A wonderful drive, not least because the long stretch through the Canal during the almost a kind of cruise feeling came up. We took the time to take lunch in the restaurant of the boat and were very pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food offered. You didn't expect something like this on the part of the rather reminiscent of a Mensa Spartan interior of the room. It was an all around wonderful experience which we will like to repeat.
jmdlsJune 27, 2017
Endroit très vaste où les activités de plein air sont nombreuses. L'environnement naturel est également propice au repos. more »Very big place where there are many outdoor activities. The natural environment is also conducive to rest.
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