Biel

(redirected from Bielersee)
Also found in: Dictionary.

Biel

(bēl) or

Bienne

(byĕn), city (1990 est. pop. 52,020), Bern canton, NW Switzerland, at the northeast end of the Lake of Biel. A watchmaking center, Biel also manufactures chains and machinery. There is a 16th-century Gothic town hall and a late Gothic church. Both French and German are spoken. The Schwab museum has archaeological relics of lake dwellings found in the Lake of Biel, or Lake of Bienne (15 sq mi/39 sq km), at the foot of the Jura Mts. The lake is connected with the Lake of Neuchâtel by the Zihl Canal. It contains the Isle of Saint-Pierre (now a peninsula), made famous by J. J. RousseauRousseau, Jean Jacques
, 1712–78, Swiss-French philosopher, author, political theorist, and composer. Life and Works

Rousseau was born at Geneva, the son of a Calvinist watchmaker.
..... Click the link for more information.
.
The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia™ Copyright © 2013, Columbia University Press. Licensed from Columbia University Press. All rights reserved. www.cc.columbia.edu/cu/cup/

Biel

1. a town in NW Switzerland, on Lake Biel. Pop.: 48 655 (2000)
2. Lake. a lake in NW Switzerland: remains of lake dwellings were discovered here in the 19th century. Area: 39 sq. km (15 sq. miles)
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
References in periodicals archive ?
The Trois Lacs or Three Lakes is the smallest of Switzerland's six wine-producing regions, spanning from the Lac de Neuchatel (Neuenburgersee) to the west, the Lac de Bienne (Bielersee) to the northeast and the Lac de Morat (Murtensee) to the southeast.
The grape-harvest Sundays in the villages on the shores of the Bielersee (known by the local French-speaking population as Lac de Bienne) now enjoy great popularity every year.
"We love the Aegelsee, and we keep a boat moored at Erlach so we can also fish in the Bielersee," she says.