Photo courtesy of swiss-image.ch / Gian Marco Castelberg & Maurice Haas
A Bilingual Lake
Lake Biel (or Bienne, in French) sits on the border of Switzerland's German and French speaking regions. The city of the same name is the largest bilingual town in the country.
One of the most popular ways to explore Lake Biel is by boat—a fleet of eight, including the world's largest solar-powered catamaran, offer cruises in the summer. Wandering or biking on the Vineyard Way along the north side of the lake, from Biel to La Neuveville, has its appeals too. Informative signs along the way explain the history of wine production, but the best way to appreciate the local product is to buy a bottle and then find a nice spot of grass with lakeside views and pour yourself a glass.
Lake Biel and other highlights of Switzerland's French-speaking cantons, Neuchâtel and Jura are included on travel advisor Cari Gray of Gray & Co.'s Switzerland with a French Flair itinerary. Check out it and other itineraries in Switzerland on AFAR Journeys.