There's no end to the list of things to do in your free time in Biel/Bienne. An entire world of outdoor activities is waiting to be discovered just outside your doorstep! Biel/Bienne is perfectly nestled in the midst of pristine natural surroundings between the Jura, Lake of Biel/Bienne, and the vast region of the Seeland. School children have every opportunity to try out a wide array of sports through school, for example, and there are clubs for just about every interest under the sun.
For those searching for a more culturally enriching experience, there is plenty to discover in both the established, and more experimental arts. Biel/Bienne's bilingualism creates a unique environment, fosters talent, and is an immense source of inspiration for creativity in its native population. Biel/Bienne is hometown to the well-known Swiss band Pegasus and rapper Nemo, both proud recipients of several Swiss Music Awards. Biel/Bienne is also home to the last AJZ (Independent youth club) of Switzerland - the "Chessu" -, which features concerts, live acts, and other cultural events.
Biel/Bienne is the perfect setting to take a chance, enjoy, and come along for the ride! Here are some of the year's biggest highlights for everyone to enjoy:
Bieler Christmas Market
The arrival of Biel’s Christmas market on Nidaugasse marks the start of the pre-Christmas season in Biel. Covering an entire stretch of 300 meters, it features artists, craftsmen and diverse traveling market vendors, all presenting their products in beautifully decorated traditional wooden cabins. One of the Christmas market’s most popular meeting spots is at the Burgergemeinde’s Canadian log cabin, where you can try out a variety of typical specialities one might normally associate with the woods. And of course, there’s the ever-present smell of mulled wine lingering in the air, something a Christmas market simply cannot be without!
On the first Friday of every month, Biel's beautiful old town transforms into a lively but laid-back block party. The captivating historical streets and buildings draw you in for a scenic stroll, where you can do a little shopping, meet friends, and celebrate. The old town's quaint shops, selling rare and specialty items, are open until 22:00. Theaters, galleries, restaurants, bars and clubs provide unique entertainment with concerts, DJs and special programs late into the night.
Biel Running Days / 100km run
"The night of all nights" will be celebrating its 62th year run in 2020. There is a choice of various levels of participation - The 100 kilometer run, the kids run, the night experience run, the night half-marathon, the 56 km night ultra-marathon - just about anybody can take part in this classic Bieler event! Even for spectators, the Bieler Lauftage is a one-of-a-kind experience that is well worth discovering.
The legendary Bieler summer party par excellence! Every year, around 100,000 visitors from near and far come together in Biel for this extraordinary event. It's something that you won't want to miss out on: strolling through town, meeting up with friends, shopping for bargains, indulging in a wide variety of food & drinks, and enjoying the fantastic free concerts that rock the city center of Biel during the three day Festival.
Biel International Chess Festival
The 53nd edition of the International Chess Festival Biel will take place from 18 to 29 July 2020.
The nine-day festival invites people of all generations to discover a vibrant world full of art, culture, music and sports in a unique setting on the grounds of the "Strandbad" beach - the most beautiful bay in Switzerland. This event is a must! The Big Bang - The lake of Biel's famous firework show on July 31st , will give you even more reasons to have a ball! This year together with Lakelive, there will be more than 70,000 visitors celebrating Switzerland's birthday together. Happy Birthday Switzerland!