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Watch-making industry in Biel

"Since the 19th century, Biel/Bienne has been an industrial and watchmaking city. During the tour, you will discover how the development of watchmaking has left its mark. Our tour guides will explain the history from the arrival of the first watchmakers to the development of the industry right through to the watch industry today. Numerous stories and anecdotes will allow you to get to know the largest Swiss bilingual city better. Incidentally, are you familiar with the origins of bilingualism in Biel/Bienne?"

Magali, employee Tourism Biel Seeland

Guided tour: watch-making industry in Biel
Duration: 1 hr 30 min.
Price: CHF 225.00
Group size: up to 25 people per guide
Languages: French, German, English, Italian, Spanish
Bookings: all year round, at the tourist office

Good to know

  • This guided visit takes you along the traces left by the watchmaking industry and its development, such as such as historic top floor workshops and factories.
  • The permanent exhibition "Biel/Bienne – Ville horlogère et industrielle" in the New Museum Biel will be visited during this tour.
  • The city of Biel was awarded the Wakker Prize in 2004. The Wakker Prize is awarded by the Swiss Heritage Society to a political community in Switzerland for exemplary townscape protection.

Tourism Biel Seeland
Bahnhofplatz 12
2501 Biel/Bienne
T. +41 (0) 32 329 84 84

Watch-making industry in Biel

Watch-making industry in Biel

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