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Lake Biel, Biel

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Lake Bienne or Lake Biel or 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 and 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 rivers Aare and Zihl/Thielle flowing from Lake Neuchâtel, the Twannbach draining water down from the surplombing first Jura mountain range and the Suze draining water down from the Vallon de St. Imier, are the main tributaries. The 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.The largest settlement along the shores of Lake Biel are the bilingual city of Biel/Bienne and its sister city Nidau, both located on the northern end. The St. Peter's Island attracts tourists. The island is located near Erlach/Cerlier. Jean-Jacques Rousseau once spent a few months on the island.
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  • Biel is not what you'd call a beautiful city, but it has a Lake from which one might expect more.
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  • Whether you live in the area or you just passing by, Lake Biel has a lot of options for everyone, especially families. Trekking, running, walking, biking, swimming, sailing, sunbathing, diving, etc. A...  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, created after the last ice age in one of the Rhône glacier at the southern foot of the Jura Dump 100 kilometres long from the end moraines in Wangen an der Aare and Solothurn until to the watershed at La Sarraz was formed. 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
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