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Lake Biel-Bienne (German: Bielersee, French: Lac de Bienne) is a lake in the west of Switzerlandmarker. Together with Lake Murtenmarker/Morat and Lake Neuch√Ętelmarker, it is one of the three large lakes in the Jura region of Switzerland. It lies approximately at , at the language boundary between German & French speaking areas.

The lake is 15 km long and up to 4.1 km wide. Its surface area is 39.3 km², the maximum depth 74 m. The lake is located at 429 metres above sea level.

Lake Biel-Bienne has a catchment area of about 8,305 km¬≤. Water remains in the lake for an average of 58 days. The river Aaremarker, the river Zihl/Thielle flowing from Lake Neuch√Ętel, the Twannbach draining water down from the surplombing first Jura mountain range and the river Suze draining water down from the Vallon de St. Imier, are the main tributaries. The river Aaremarker was redirected into the lake in 1878, in order to prevent the flooding of the nearby area called "Seeland", and drains the water out of the lake down to B√ľren through a simultaneously man-made channel. The level of all three lakes is being controlled by a dam built across the channel, in Portmarker.

The largest settlement along the shores of Lake Biel-Bienne are the bilingual city of Biel/Biennemarker and its sister city Nidaumarker, both located on the northern end The Sankt-Petersinselmarker (island) attracts tourists, mainly families. The island is located near Erlachmarker. Jean-Jacques Rousseau once spent a few months on the island.

One of the main business in the area is the watch and affiliated microtechnic industries. World famous watch brands have their sites and headquarters in the area, including the Swatch Group and Rolex movements manufacture.

The lake's surface is the lowest pointmarker of the canton of Neuch√Ętel.

Cities and villages on the lake

As the lake is located on the border of the French and German language regions, most places have names in both languages, though not all versions are still in use.



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