Saturday, October 28, 2017

TRAVEL SWITZERLAND | A walk in the vineyards over the lake of Bienne

 Astonishing view over the lake of Bienne

It was one of my goals this Autumn to walk in the vineyards over the lake of Bienne, and I am really glad that we could make it happen at the end of October - the vines were wearing their most beautiful colors and the sun was bright and warm over our heads. 

I had spotted this walk on the Jura Tourisme website as it was offering both a panoramic view over the lake while being quite an easy walk for the children. There are different activities to be done on the way (visit of the vine museum in Ligerz, wine tasting, visit of La Neuveville, ...) but we didn't do any this time around - the reason being that we started too late in the morning... This is a lovely one-day walk if you want to, with a stop for lunch in Twann if you fancy eating at the restaurant (we took our picnic).

At the end of this post I have added some tips about where to park your car and the options to get back to it! Happy discovery 😊

At the beginning of the walk, the narrow path slowly going up...

Most of the road is out in the vineyards, but parts of it is in the forest and it's lovely!
(especially when the sun is high up in the sky)

 The view over the lake is really stunning with the vines dressed up in their Autumn colors

 Friendly cat taking a nap...

 Going down to the village of Twann...

In the background, the Bernese Alps standing out!

If you parked your car in Bienne, you have two options to go back: the train or the boat, unless you have some energy left to walk back? 


Option 1: parking at the train station of Biel/ Bienne, then bus 11 to the Rebenweg/ Chemin des vignobles stop. Most convenient option if you plan to come back by train/ boat.

Option 2: parking at the Rebenweg/ Chemin des vignobles along Neuenburgstrasse, where the walk starts. Convenient since you can park where the walk starts, but not so convenient on the way back if you have tired young children...

The walk we did until the little village of Twann is about 8kms, but you can go all the way to La Neuveville (our initial plan). We started late morning past 11am and stopped by for a picnic among the vineyards. It was quite hot to walk under the sun, so I would advise to start much earlier in the morning, or later in the afternoon. Bring plenty of water with you too!

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