Known for its breathtaking landscapes, Switzerland is perfect for a wild camping adventure. But is wild camping allowed in Switzerland at all? And what should you bear in mind on such an adventure? We have compiled an overview of the most important rules and tips on how to behave when wild camping in Switzerland.
The applicable legal regulations on wild camping or free overnight camping outside official campsites in Switzerland are regulated on a cantonal basis. You can find out more about the guidelines of the individual cantons below. Ultimately, however, the sovereignty lies with the municipalities, which can lay down their own rules and regulations.
Recommendation: Be on the safe side and always check with the respective municipality or the local police station if you want to spend the night outside of official campsites.
Definition: Bivouacking - spending the night without a tent in the open air, in an igloo or in a snow cave. Camping - spending the night in a small tent outside official campsites.
You can find all protected areas on Geo Admin.
At Nomady there are just as wild and yet absolutely legal alternatives for nights in a tent as well as for free overnight stays in a vehicle. The sites are mostly with private hosts and often in places that are otherwise inaccessible. Also with regard to the natural scenery, the offers are in no way inferior to the wild alternative.