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7 Secret Camping Tips in Switzerland

Switzerland is a paradise for camping enthusiasts. If you are looking for insider tips off the beaten track, you will find them here. We present 7 unique and hidden camping regions that are guaranteed to captivate you. From picturesque lakes to impressive mountain landscapes - there is something for everyone here.

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Nature experience in the heart of Switzerland: Camping around Lake Sihl

The region around Lake Sihl and Einsiedeln is a true natural paradise in the heart of Switzerland and the home of Nomady. Here, camping enthusiasts will find a wide range of exciting camps and numerous opportunities for outdoor activities, whether on foot, by bike, on or off the water.

Camps around Lake Sihl

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What we recommend around Lake Sihl

Sightseeing

Einsiedeln with its famous monastery is a well-known place of pilgrimage. The guided tour of the monastery offers an interesting insight into the life of the monks.

Hiking tip

Panoramic hike to the Chli Mutzenstein from Studen. The route leads through a beautiful moorland to and up to the striking rock tower rising out of the forest.

Insider tip

From an idea of several Einsiedeln farmers, the Milchmanufaktur was founded. Right next to it there is a recommendable experience gastronomy. Perfect in case of bad weather.

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At the foot of the Napf: The region around Willisau

The region around Willisau is easily overlooked on the map of Switzerland, but is a secret tip for campers. Here you will find untouched nature, the wide plain of the Wauwilermoos and a diverse rural landscape with farms and small villages. Enjoy the peace and discover the area on foot or by bike.

Camps around Willisau

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What we recommend around Willisau

Sightseeing

At the herb village Hergiswil everything revolves around scenting, experiencing and enjoying. Whether on one of the themed trails or on a guided hike, here you can learn more about the mountain herbs that are later processed into Ricola herb candies or in milk to make herb cheese.

Hiking tip

The round hike from Luthern Bad to the Napf and back, attracts with a unique panoramic view. In the restaurant of the Berghotel Napf you can enjoy a cool drink before returning via another route. At the end of the hike, a short stop at the healing spring Badbrünnli is worthwhile.

Insider tip

The Ahorn is located 1136 m. above sea level and is considered an insider tip among the regional viewing points. The magnificent view over the Bernese and Central Swiss Alps and the Mittelland is especially recommended at dawn and dusk, when the landscape is illuminated by the low sun.

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The valley of the sun: camping in the Blenio Valley

From Biasca at the bottom of the valley at the gate of the longest railroad tunnel in Europe to the highest peak of the Canton of Ticino, the Rheinwaldhorn. The Blenio Valley is known as the Valley of the Sun and offers nature, activities and hikes for all nature and camping lovers.

Camps in the Blenio Valley

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What we recommend in the Blenio Valley

Sightseeing

At the northern edge of the valley is the Lukmanier Pass, a pass road with picturesque landscapes along the Brenno River: the perfect place for a picnic. Get some cheese from the different alps in the valley beforehand. Each alp produces slightly different cheese and you will discover a variety of tastes as a result.

Hiking tip

The hut Adula UTOE is located at the foot of the Rheinwaldhorn glacier and offers a unique experience. From here you can continue hiking to the Quarnei hut through a stunning rocky landscape and then walk back to the valley floor. Caution: Demanding hike, not suitable for small children, dogs and high heels.

Insider tip

The 225-meter high dam Luzzone can be climbed and is known to be the highest artificial climbing wall in the world with more than 600 holds. If you are looking for a low adrenaline experience, you can hike along the dam to the Michela mountain hut and then across the Greina plateau to the Scaletta mountain hut.

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Mountain lake happiness: Camping around the lakes of Sarnen and Lungern

Often one simply drives past this wonderful region full of natural beauty on the motorway from Sarnen in the direction of the Brünig Pass. Why not plan a stop? The two green-blue lakes embed themselves in the mountain world. Recreation, fishing fun and active vacations can be combined here. Take a boat trip on Lake Sarnen or paddle a canoe, enjoy the peninsula on Lake Lungern on a bench. A picture straight out of a Swiss picture book.

Camps around the lakes of Sarnen and Lungern

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What we recommend around the lakes of Sarnen and Lungern

Sightseeing

The Dundelbach Falls are a multi-tiered waterfall on Lake Lungern and are especially spectacular when the snow melts or after a long period of rain. The falls are easily accessible by car.

Hiking tip

Circular hike at Langwis via Glaubenberg to Miesenstock-Nollen-Riedmattstock and back via Münchenboden. Varied tour with lake view, moor landscapes and summit happiness.

Insider tip

A sauna exclusively for you and directly at the lake? Holzersauna is located on Lake Sarnen and offers the perfect relaxation for your muscles after an active day in nature.

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Hidden between the mountains: the village of Jaun

The small village of Jaun is located on the road to the pass by the same name and is well hidden between impressive mountain peaks. The intact nature allows for wonderful recreational opportunities and great camping experiences. But the small village is often overlooked and thus remains an insider tip.

Camps in Jaun

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What we recommend in Jaun

Sightseeing

The waterfall in Jaun is known as a place of power. The special thing about it: the water travels underground for 11 days beforehand and originally comes from Vanil Noir, 15 kilometers away. The place is also illuminated in the evening and thus offers a romantic spot, if you want to get a little wet splash.

Hiking tip

Particularly recommended in the region around Jaun is the circular hike around the Gastlosen. The striking limestone cliffs rise up to 300 meters and provide a spectacular atmosphere. Start and end point is the mountain station from the local chairlift. There are several places to stop for refreshments along the route.

Insider tip

Jaun and especially the Gastlosen are also particularly well known among climbers. With over 800 routes in difficulty levels from 3a to 9c, there is everything here that the climber's heart desires. But also for mountain bikers the area is still an insider tip. Various trails invite you to be discovered.

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Glarnerland - camping land

Small but nice. The canton Glarus with the smallest capital of Switzerland offers not only an impressive mountain world. Lively traditions, industrial history and beautiful nomady places are waiting to be discovered. The family-friendly destinations Elm and Braunwald with many theme trails are popular excursion destinations. The Obersee and Klöntalersee lakes invite you to bathing fun and relaxation.

Camps in the Glarnerland

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What we recommend in the Glarnerland

Sightseeing

An impressive natural spectacle is the Berglistüber waterfall on the pass road towards Klausen Pass. It is only a 5-minute walk from the road. Parking is at the former restaurant "Bergli".

Hiking tip

Hike through the Tschinglen Gorge to Tschinglenalp with a cozy mountain inn. Around the alp Tschinglen, a pristine fauna and flora opens up, and that in the middle of the UNESCO World Natural Heritage Tectonic Arena Sardona.

Insider tip

From one of the Nomady Camps in Linthal you can easily take the funicular up to car-free Braunwald. Enjoy a carriage ride to Nussbüel, where you can taste delicious rösti and then take a leisurely stroll back.

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The secret Jura: Grand Chasseral

The Bernese Jura, now called Grand Chasseral, offers with deep valleys and gorges, mountains with flowering pastures and jagged ridges the ideal nature camping area for hiking and relaxing and yet remains a little insider tip. Here you are guaranteed to find suitable excursion destinations.

Camps in the Grand Chasseral

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What we recommend in the Grand Chasseral

Sightseeing

The "Sentier des Monts" learning trail connects the Mont Soleil solar power plant with the Mont-Crosin wind power plant and offers information about renewable energy, flora and fauna, climate change, geology and weather. Those who do not want to walk can also rent a bike, Segway or scooter at the beginning of the trail.

Hiking tip

The path through the Areuse Gorge is secretly called the most beautiful gorge hike in Switzerland. The path starts in Noiraigue in the Val de Travers and leads over steps and bridges down to Boudry. In between you will get deep insights into the natural spectacle of the imposing gorge.

Insider tip

A highlight for young and old: At the Forest Jump rope park, every person will find the right challenge. Several climbing courses, an archery range, a slackline and several barbecue areas await you. Right next to it is also a ranch with North American prairie bison.

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