Biel / Bienne:
Just so you know what you're in for...
Biel/Bienne is the largest bilingual city in Switzerland, with 50,000 inhabitants, and about 85,000 in the "agglomération" (i.e. the "greater Bienne").
Biel is the German form, Bienne the French form (usually also used in english).
BNC is a joking shorthand for "Bienne City" (=> "Bee-Enn-Cee") with a nod to NYC, which you may encounter locally.
A the north-eastern end of Lake Bienne, the city is at a crossroads between the (french-speaking) Jura mountains to the north, the (French- and German-speaking) vineyards along the northern shore of the lake to the west, the (German-speaking) Seeland countryside, very much Switzerland's vegetable garden to the south and the Swiss-German industrial hinterland along the plain to the east, towards Zurich.
Bienne's sister rival Nidau, bordering to the south-west, is very much german-speaking, although the area is built-up throughout. From your hotels walking a few hundredmetres to the north will get you to bustling multi-cultural, bilingual Bienne, and the same distance to the south-east will get you to Nidau's german-speaking old town, clean and quiet, if not sedate.