Leisure activities in Biel/Bienne

Biel/Bienne stands for creativity, playfulness, openness, and curiosity - and what Biel/Bienne has to offer is unique in the same way. But see for yourself!

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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:

Biel Running Days / 100km run

Biel Running Days / 100km run

"The night of all nights" will be celebrating its 62th year run in 2021. 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.

6/10/2021 – 6/12/2021
Bieler Braderie

Bieler Braderie

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.

7/2/2021 – 7/4/2021
Biel International Chess Festival

Biel International Chess Festival

The 54nd edition of the International Chess Festival Biel will take place from 24 July to 4 August 2021

7/24/2021 – 8/4/2021
Congress Center
Lakelive Festival

Lakelive Festival

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! 

Lakelive 2019 Retrospective

7/30/2021 – 8/7/2021
Biel/Bienne / Nidau
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