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Mediterranean atmosphere above Lake Biel

Hiking Trail · Biel/Bienne
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  • Rebenweg bei Twann
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The vineyards on the northern side of Lake Biel convey a feeling of openness and expanse. Undertaking the walk through the vineyard-covered slopes and through the forest on a summery spring day is a particularly beautiful experience. Predominantly hard-surfaced paths.
easy
Distance 12.8 km
3:30 h
200 m
270 m
589 m
433 m
The walk begins at the Rebenweg (vineyard trail)/Vignes bus stop in Biel/Bienne. You will firstly walk on the "Vineyard Trail", a narrow natural path through forest. The scenery will already change after a short while: the path will lead out of the forest and into the vineyards. From now on, you will be able to delight in distant views that extend beyond Lake Biel. A never-ending succession of beautiful snapshot scenes will be encountered, for example the winegrowing villages dotted along the lake and St. Peter's Island, especially since the blue (or grey) colouration of the lake's waters and sky will change depending on the incidence of light. On sunny spring days, a Mediterranean warmth almost prevails within the vineyard terraces and along the mostly hard-surfaced path. Sometimes, in late April, you might even gain the impression of being in your summer holidays there.

Above Twann, the path will take you past the end of the Twann river gorge. Not long after this it will be time to say adieu to the "Vineyard Trail": you will amble up the road to Schernelz where you will follow the signs to the Restaurant Aux Trois Amis. Its terrace offers guests a spectacular view over Lake Biel. Here, you will be able to sample the wines of local winemaker Sabine Steiner, whose winery is located on the same street. From the restaurant, the walking trail then leads past the middle station of the "vinifuni" funicular, which operates between Ligerz and Prêles. It then takes you into the forest where your feet will finally have some respite from the hard surfacing. The now much narrower walking trail undulates gently along its length as it takes you in a south-westerly direction. Finally, the descent will take you to La Neuveville. The French-speaking municipality here still belongs to the canton of Bern. It is well worth taking the time for a short stroll through this picturesque old town before taking the train back to Biel/Bienne.

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Markus Schluep 
Update: November 21, 2022
Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
589 m
Lowest point
433 m
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Track types

Forested/wild trail 34.79%Road 65.20%
Forested/wild trail
4.5 km
Road
8.3 km
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Rest stops

Restaurant aux trois amis
Buvette du débarcadère - La Neuveville

Safety information

This route is exclusively on signposted paths of the hiking trail category.

Tips and hints

Start

Biel/Rebenweg (Vineyard Trail) (501 m)
Coordinates:
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2'582'928E 1'219'736N
DD
47.128389, 7.213630
DMS
47°07'42.2"N 7°12'49.1"E
UTM
32T 364517 5220979
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Destination

La Neuveville

Turn-by-turn directions

Biel/Rebenweg - Twann - Schernelz - La Neuveville

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Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Getting there: Bus no. 11 from Biel/Bienne, Railway Station/Gare to Biel/Bienne, Rebenweg/Vignes

Getting back: Take the train from La Neuveville

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'582'928E 1'219'736N
DD
47.128389, 7.213630
DMS
47°07'42.2"N 7°12'49.1"E
UTM
32T 364517 5220979
w3w 
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Equipment

We recommend the following items: light trekking shoes, light rucksack, sun protection, rain jacket, first-aid kit, light picnic, enough liquid, mobile phone.

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
12.8 km
Duration
3:30 h
Ascent
200 m
Descent
270 m
Highest point
589 m
Lowest point
433 m
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