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Biel - or Bienne, in French - located between Bern in the south and Basel in the north, offers great experiences in a small region. The city of Biel borders Lake Biel and is the only city in Switzerland where there are two official languages: German and French. Even the streets are marked in both languages in this charming city. In Biel lies the cradle of the Swiss watchmaking industry. Trademarks such as Swatch, Omega, Rolex, Tissot and many others, are closely associated with this city. A city with a small but beautiful historic centre, with its gothic church (15th century), and its many fountains decorated with flowers. The Port of Biel is the starting point for scenic river and lake cruises, which can take you to St.Peter’s island and the Neuchâtel and Murten Lakes (the three Lakes are linked by two canals and there are countless ways of criss-crossing them). The region of two languages and cultures is a paradise of possibilities as far as the eye can see and offers lots of outdoor activities. With a wide selection of routes to choose from, Biel also makes the ideal starting point for cycling tours.