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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Due to the current situation regarding the spread of the new coronavirus, events with public are only permitted with specific restrictions. Please visit the organizers' website.

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 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
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.

9/2/2021 – 9/4/2021
Tissot Arena
Festival du Film Français d'Helvétie (French Film Festival of Switzerland)

Festival du Film Français d'Helvétie (French Film Festival of Switzerland)

The highlight of the year for French-speaking cinema connaisseurs! The FFFH presents once again numerous feature films, including numerous "Grandes Premières" in their original language with mostly German subtitles. Daily podium discussions present the audience with unique opportunities to come in contact with French-speaking film stars, creating an interesting dialogue between the world behind the screen and the audience.

9/15/2021 – 9/19/2021
Cinema Rex and Lido
Bieler Braderie

Bieler Braderie

The legendary Bieler 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.

Because of Corona restrictions, the Bieler Braderie has been postponed to October 1-3, 2021.

10/1/2021 – 10/3/2021
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