THE TOURNAMENT: WTA INTERNATIONAL Ladies Open Biel Bienne
From 04/10 to 04/16
Prize money: $ 226,750
Surface: Hard outdoor
Tournament location: Swiss Tennis – Roger Federer Allee 1, 2504 Biel, Switzerland
How to get: The tennis venue is located at 6,6 km and 11 minutes driving from Biel’s old town. The closest airport is the Bern one at about 61 km. Zurich Intl Airport is at 121 km.
Entry list: Timea Babos (Hun) – Roberta Vinci (Ita) – Alizé Cornet (Fra) – Annika Beck (Ger) – Camila Giorgi (Ita) – Julia Goerges (Ger) – Kristina Mladenovic (Fra) – Monica Niculescu (Rou) – Belinda Bencic (Sui) – Sorana Cirstea (Rou)
THE TOWN: Biel/Bienne is a town in the canton of Bern in Switzerland. It is on the language boundary between the French-speaking and German-speaking parts of Switzerland, and is throughout bilingual. Since January 1, 2005, the official name has been “Biel/Bienne”. The city lies at the foot of the first mountain range of the Jura Mountains area and it has about 55,000 inhabitants and in 2014 the agglomeration had almost 106,000.
Lonely Planet writes about this town: “Slap bang on the Röstigraben, Switzerland’s French–German divide, double-barrelled Biel-Bienne is the country’s most bilingual town. Locals are prone to switching language mid-conversation; indeed it’s often a tad tricky to know which one to use. For many Swiss, Biel-Bienne is simply a place to change trains, but it’s worth sticking around to explore its nicely preserved historic centre, the adjacent lake and the surrounding vineyards.”
TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN BIEL AND SURROUNDINGS:
- Old town
- Ligerz on Biel Lake
- Omega Watches Museum
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
- Bed and Breakfast im Herzen von Biel. Rated 8.6 on Booking this excellent accomodation is located in Biel city center and a 4-minute drive from Lake Biel. It offers a shared TV lounge, shared kitchen facilities, and rooms with free WiFi access. The price for a double room with balcony is 89€ per night with breakfast.
- Best Western Hotel Continental. Very good *** hotel located 5 minutes from Lake Biel, close to the railway station and the city centre and charming Old Town of Biel/Bienne. It offers free WiFi in all rooms and 1 free parking space per room on site. A modern 18 mq2 standard room costs 118€ per night in b&b.
- Art Déco Hotel Elite. Excellent **** hotel rated 8.2 on Booking which rises in a classically elegant building from the 1930s in the centre of Biel, only 200 m from the train station and surrounded by many shops and boutiques. It features a free fitness centre, the FlowerPower30 spa area with a sauna and steam bath and the restaurant L’Osteria which offers typical Italian cuisine. The price for a standard 25 mq2 double room start from 145€ per night (which increase to 201€ with breakfast included). Free WiFi everywhere.
Enjoy this Swiss Tennis Trip!