7 of the best campsites in Switzerland
When the weather is great, there’s really no better holiday than a camping trip. Thankfully, since Switzerland is blessed with tonnes of natural beauty in the form of lakes, rivers and mountains, the country provides a stunning base for campers, hikers and watersports enthusiasts. There’s also plenty of great castles, historical sites and other Swiss cultural hotspots to explore alongside the country’s natural beauty, giving plenty to do for those planning a staycation!
Camping in Switzerland during the summer
Since the weather in Switzerland is seasonal, most campsites in the country are not open all year round. Most sites open in the springtime, around late March or April, and stay open until around October or late September, when the autumn rolls in.
Now that the summer is upon us, it’s a great time to dust your tent off and get out into nature! Here’s some of the top-rated sites that campers in Switzerland absolutely love!
With stunning mountain views near the famous Jungfrau mountain, Camping Jungfrau offers visitors the opportunity to relax in the sunshine in the quiet of the Swiss countryside. The site offers spots for tents, caravans and even has some small houses for guests to stay in, if you’re looking for a more luxurious trip. Camping Jungfrau is a great place for families and kids, and even has free fast internet for those who need to get a little work done outside working hours or just want to watch a film.
Camping Lazy Rancho
If you're looking to take your pets away with you, why not try Camping Lazy Rancho! This campsite offers everything anyone could want for a summer adventure. Set alongside the beautiful lakes and mountains of Interlaken, there’s plenty to see and do within just a short drive or walk. The site has great amenities such as a swimming pool, activities for children and an on-site convenience store.
Camping Lugano Lake
For those fond of lakes, rivers and all things water, Camping Lugano Lake is the place to be! This great campsite in Ticino is set right alongside Lake Lugano and has its very own beach! The site has plenty of sports facilities such as volleyball courts and football pitches and there are some great excursions nearby including paragliding and watersports.
Campofelice Camping Village
Another great lakeside campsite is Campofelice Camping Village, set by Lake Maggiore. The site has activities for kids and adults alike such as kayaking, aerobics, climbing and dance classes. One of the best parts is that kids can stay here for free, meaning you have a little extra money to spend on some great food or activities. Here you can enjoy plenty of sports and wellness perks, such as the pool and wellness area, floating water park, two playgrounds, tennis courts, a soccer field, mini golf, beach volleyball and even a BMX track.
In the winter, Camping Pradafenz is a popular spot for skiers heading to the local ski resort. In the summer, the site is a great place for a sunny holiday, high up in the mountains with plenty of bike trails and places to hike. For driving and motorbike enthusiasts, the local mountain passes are some of the most beautiful roads in the country, and the site makes a great base for those wanting to explore the region by car or motorbike.
Nestled away next to the Brienzersee, Camping Aaregg is a great place for families to come together and spend time with one another during the summer. The stunning views of the dazzling blue lake and the green mountains are sure to help you relax, but if you’re looking for something a little more stimulating, Camping Aaregg can offer that too - since the site is lakeside, guests can enjoy the inflatable waterpark on Lake Brienz, and even pitch up right next to the lake if they wish.
Another great lakeside campsite in Switzerland is Manor Farm. Located near Interlaken, this spot is known for its natural beauty and rugged landscape - every hiker, biker and climber’s dream! The site is equipped with a restaurant and is family friendly, with the option to take pets too. The site has its own beach and a large field for playing sports such as football or baseball. There is also a watersports centre nearby.
Get your tent out!
Now that you’re inspired to try camping in Switzerland, it’s time to get your tent (or caravan!) out and enjoy the summer sunshine! Let us know in the comments below if you have more recommendations for great campsites in Switzerland!