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Biel/Bienne (Biel in German, Bienne in French) is a the 10th largest city of Switzerland and is located on the northern edge of the canton of Berne. Famous for watchmaking, and home to Rolex, Omega and Swatch among other famous makers.
The city lies at the foot of the first mountain range of the Jura Mountains area, guarding the only practical connection to Jura in the area, and on the northeastern shores of Lake Biel (Bielersee, Lac de Bienne), sharing the eastern tip of the lake with its sister city, Nidau.
The city has more than 50,000 inhabitants and the agglomeration more than 100,000.
From the airport of Berne, take bus 160 and 334 to Belp (8 min), and change to a suburban train (S-Bahn S3) to Biel (30 min). There are also direct intercity trains from the international airports of Geneva and Zurich.
Biel/Bienne is connected to Berne by suburban rail (Bern S-Bahn), with 2 trains/hour (4 during peak) on line S3 (also S31 during peak), taking 30-35 min to Biel. There are also train connections to most other cities in Switzerland. Direct connection Lausanne, Geneva, Basel, Eastern Switzerland, Lake Constance and Zurich For timetable see 
3 highways are connecting Biel/Bienne with the rest of Switzerland.
As Biel/Bienne is located at the end of Lake Biel, it can be reached by boat not only from other touristic lake villages, e.g. Ligerz, but also from towns on the Lake of Neuchatel, e.g. Neuchatel or the Lake of Murten, e.g. Murten
The City has a highly efficient, clean and safe public transport system. It includes trams, buses, S-Bahn (local trains) and even boats for the lake and river. Tickets must be purchased from a ticket machine before boarding or from one of the ticket selling kiosks, except for the city bus, where the ticket machines are in the bus.
It is possible to visit the main touristic sights of Biel/Bienne on foot. It's safe and not far.
Biel/Bienne is one of the few places in Switzerland to be fully genuinely bilingual, with Swiss German as the majority language and French as the minority language. Standard German and English as widely spoken as well.
The main shopping district is in the middle of the city. The main shopping streets are the Bahnhofsstrasse and the Nidaugasse. Both car-free! For example: Buy a watch made in Biel/Bienne (ex: Omega, Swatch, Rolex, Candino and a lot more)