In 2000, a majority of the population spoke German (26,957 or 55.4%) as their first language. Fares are based on the number of zones crossed during a specified time and are independent of the mode of transport or the number of connections. Whichever language it may be, French or German, your neighbour will be able to understand you.
The alliance with Bern became an eternal alliance in 1352, as Bern itself joined the Old Swiss Confederacy. The democratic reforms of the Regeneration era helped the citizens of Biel to identify with and feel a part of the Canton of Bern. From Erlach, located opposite Biel at the south-western end of the lake, there is a pedestrian path that allows you to walk along the dike to St. Peter’s. A place of natural beauty and tradition, characterized by its deep valleys, its flowering mountain pastures and its steep ridges, the Bernese Jura offers a space to explore and to escape to, and is well suited to hiking and all forms of relaxation. The owner of www.ourswissexperience.com is Hana Hurábová. The remains of the settlements became the Vingelz / Hafen archaeological site, which is now part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pick up a bike and take a ride around the lake or the Jura mountains. The number of jobs in the primary sector was 43, of which 21 were in agriculture and 22 were in forestry or lumber production. Biel a fusionné, le 1 er octobre 2000, avec Ritzingen et Selkingen pour former la nouvelle commune de Grafschaft.
This is the jewel in the crown of this town dating back to Roman times, which has been awarded the Wakker Prize by the Swiss Heritage Society. This website uses cookies to improve your experience. The most important connections are: Some more regional lines connect to surrounding villages. In the federal election, a total of 12,363 votes were cast, and the voter turnout was 39.0%. The city council of Biel struggled to make it the capital of its own district. Biel est une localité et une ancienne commune suisse du canton du Valais, située dans le district de Conches. The first large scale strike was the construction workers strike of 1902. Following the lower Secondary students may attend additional schooling or they may enter an apprenticeship. French was the second most common (13,695 or 28.1%) and Italian was third (2,925 or 6.0%). In 1279 it allied with Bern. Most part of Biel/Bienne and including Nidau belong to fare zone 300, including Vingelz/Vigneules in the southwest at the lake, but excluding Hohfluh on the Magglingen funicular and the Bözigerfeld/Champs-de-Boujean in the northeast, which belong to zone 301. [20] As of 2010[update], 28.1% of the population are resident foreign nationals. Biel/Bienne, a can-do, open-minded and bilingual city that straddles the linguistic border between German- and French-speaking Switzerland, scintillates with its own unique charm. Through Untergässli we got to Burggasse, where there is another fountain (Gerechtigkeitsbrunnen – named after the blind statue of Justice) and the town hall. In 1985 a series of test borings identified the two archaeological layers with a total thickness of about 90 cm (2 ft 11 in). In 1793, the French Revolutionary Army captured the Bishopric of Basel and brought the French into the lands near Biel. In 1388, Bern gained control of Nidau Castle and the town of Nidau. +41 (0)32 329 84 84 Whichever language it may be, French or German, your neighbour will be able to understand you. Biel/Bienne is a gateway between the two main linguistic areas of Switzerland. This travel guide page was last edited at 14:11, on 1 May 2018 by Wikivoyage user. [24] The vacancy rate for the municipality, in 2011[update], was 2%. "Biel" and "Bienne" redirect here.

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