Twann – île Saint-Pierre

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St. Peter’s Island sits in the middle of Lake Biel and can be reached a few different ways: by foot from the town of Erlach, along the 4-kilometre “Heidenweg” path; by shuttle in summer from Erlach or by boat from La Neuveville, Gigerz; or on the Zihl canal from Neuchâtel. Before Jean-Jacques Rousseau died, the Swiss philosopher wrote “nowhere have I felt so truly happy as on St. Peter’s Island in the middle of Lake Biel” following his short stay in autumn of 1765—helping the peninsula rise to European fame and become a popular nature stop on tours through Switzerland, such as the Cluniac Sites in Europe Cultural Route.

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