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10 Fun Things to do in Seeland

Today, I would like to share with you my interest in and appreciation for another region of Switzerland: the Seeland (region of lakes).

Switzerland's Lake Region

Located (mostly) in the French part of Switzerland, the Seeland covers the region from Biel (or Bienne in French) to Yverdon and Morat (or Murten in German). It includes Lake Bienne, Lake Morat and Lake Neuchatel - which is in fact Switzerland's largest lake completely inside Swiss borders.

Coming from the overcrowded, German speaking canton of Zurich to this comparatively loosely settled French speaking region feels like going on a trip abroad. That's the beauty of Switzerland - several totally different regions make one interesting country!

10 Fun Things to Do in Switzerland's Seeland

Here are a few suggestions for fun things to do in the Seeland region:
  1. The obvious on a sunny and warm day: go swimming in one of the three lakes. Lake Neuchatel has beautiful beaches on its Western shore.
  2. Go water skiing! If you don't have access to a boat you can drive to Estavayer-le-lac and use the water ski lift. You may rent a wakeboard or waterskis there as well.
  3. Go for a stroll in the old cities of Estavayer-le-lac or Yverdon. Beautiful medieval architecture and comfy cafés will be part of the experience.
  4. Take a train from Biel/Bienne to Yverdon. The ride along the shores of Lake Bienne and Lake Neuchatel is pretty cool. However, the train running that route is a tilting train and nothing for people with queasy stomachs...
  5. On a bad weather day, you might want to try yourself at karting. There are indoor karting rinks in Muntelier and in Payerne. There is also an outdoor karting rink near Murten if you're interested...
  6. Take a boat ride on one of the lakes. I believe there are also rides that cross from one lake into another through the canals that connect them.
  7. Go for a summer toboggan ride near Neuchatel. Nothing quite like riding down those curves with lightening speed.
  8. Visit Grandson castle! If you're interested in history and old buildings this old castle overlooking Lake Neuchatel might just be the thing for you!
  9. Hike to the Creux du Van, a unique canyon-like rock arean near Neuchatel.
  10. Go lama trekking! Yes, you read correctly! You can spend a day hiking with lamas! :)
  11. Rent a motor boat or a sailing boat (a big one if you have a valid license) and spend a day on the water. Another option would be renting a pedal boat for a few hours... 
Sailing on Lake Bienne - Paul-Georg Meister  / pixelio.de



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