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Biel, Switzerland

The house from the street front

The house from the street front

Garden & balcony

Garden & balcony

our garden in spring time

our garden in spring time

Dinner table

Dinner table

Entrance hall

Entrance hall

Sleeping room

Sleeping room

1 of 4 toilets

1 of 4 toilets

street side

street side

Lake of Biel

Lake of Biel

Vineyards along Lake of Biel

Vineyards along Lake of Biel

Sailing on the Lake of Biel

Sailing on the Lake of Biel

Biel harbor

Biel harbor

Büren on the river Aare, approx. 15km

Büren on the river Aare, approx. 15km

Hiking on the slops of the Jura mountains approx. 30km

Hiking on the slops of the Jura mountains approx. 30km

old town of Biel

old town of Biel

Taubenloch gorge

Taubenloch gorge

Viewpoint (Bözingenberg)

Viewpoint (Bözingenberg)

Our family in holiday mood

Our family in holiday mood

The house from the street front Garden & balcony our garden in spring time Dinner table Entrance hall Sleeping room 1 of 4 toilets street side Lake of Biel Vineyards along Lake of Biel Sailing on the Lake of Biel Biel harbor Büren on the river Aare, approx. 15km Hiking on the slops of the Jura mountains approx. 30km old town of Biel Taubenloch gorge Viewpoint (Bözingenberg) Our family in holiday mood
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Duplex appartement in Jugendstil-House in Swiss Watch Capital

We live in an Jugendstil-house from 1907 in the centre of Biel-Bienne, a small city in the Swiss lake land close to the capital Berne. With its old town and the situation on the lake shore on the very foot of the Jura Mountains, Biel offers both cultural and sports facilities. Biel is in the same time a province town but hosts the headquarters of the two internationally renown watchmaking factories Omega and Rolex. For more information check http://biel-bienne.ch/en/pub/leisure/tourism.cfm#.VLJENktNxcs

Our house consists of 4 flats with a small, but cosy garden next to the city gardens. We live in the ground floor and on the first floor in two separate apartments, both very well equipped. We have some very nice neighbors living in the same house, a family with a boy aged 3 years and a young man living in the roof flat.

You can park your car in our garage and use our bikes as you please. There are all necessary appliances in walking distance: shopping, post office, cinema, theater, public swimming pool etc. By bike or car, you get to the lake of Biel in 10 min or even quicker to one of the surrounding forests.

There's very good public transport that takes you around in town and even further, to Berne or within a good hour to the alpine towns like Thun or Interlaken. If you're interested in some video-impressions, please check this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zhv-3Omuaa0

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Our Family

  • 2 Adults
  • 2 Children
  • 10 Exchanges made

Occupation

  • biologists
  • biologists

Our Home

  • House Type: Flat
  • Floor: 1
  • Environment: In a small town
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Sleeping Capacity: 6

In my house

  • Pets - Not allowed
  • Small children - Allowed

Exchange Types

  • Home exchange

Outdoor

  • Garden
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles: 4

Facilities

  • No smoking
  • Lift/Elevator
  • Use/Exchange of car
  • Use of boat

Our Destination Wish List

  • Open for all offers
  • Iceland

Spoken Languages

  • English
  • Italiano
  • Français
  • Deutsch

Our Neighbourhood

Biel is a town with about 50'000 inhabitants, half of them French speaking, half German speaking - we are living on the border between the French and the German part of Switzerland. As we have some industries, (mainly in the watch making business: headquarters of OMEGA, SWATCH, ROLEX, BULOVA...) Biel is quite a multicultural city with workers from all over Europe and other continents. This fact that makes the town somehow special and together with the scenic surroundings of the Seeland (= Lakeland) a nice place to stay. The Seeland is the most important region for vegetable production in Switzerland and you find a lot of traditional farmer villages. On the borders of the three lakes of Murten, Neuchâtel and Biel extend vineyards since the old days.

The Seeland is not only rich on cultural sites from roman times through the middle ages until modern architecture, it's known as well for an abundant nature. On the banks of the river Aare and on the nearby lakes one can still nowadays observe birds and other animals related to wetlands. The flora shows a number of specialities, including half-mediterranean species on the slope of the Jura mountains. This mountain region that extends from Biel up north is a paradise for horse-riding and offers hundreds of kilometres of hiking routes. Biel is very well connected to the public transport system: After two minutes walk from our apartment you are on the bus stop and from there you get directly to the railway station in 10 min.
A 1/2hour train or car journey takes you to Bern, the capital of Switzerland. Recognized by the UNESCO as a cultural world heritage the old town of Bern is a must for the visitor. From it's "Münster" (cathedral) one can see the famous Bernese Alp peaks like Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. Between Bern and the glacier-covered Alps lies the Bernese Oberland: Switzerland as you imagine. Cows, tiny chalets, flowers, mountain rivers and traditional farming. Interlaken as a door to this landscape lies 1 1/2 hours from Biel.

Occupation

  • biologists
  • biologists

Children

  • Girl - Age: 25
  • Girl - Age: 23

Pets

  • 3 Aquariums