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Camping with kids

Too often people look at me like I'm crazy when I say I go camping with pre-school/Kindergarten age kids every year. Surely there are others from around ZH who do this?! The campsites we go to always seem to be full of kids! It would be good to know others in/around ZH or further afield who spend their summer holidays in tents or camper vans, to swap camp site recommendations, discuss the finer points of inflatable vs pole & sleeve tents, maybe find some holiday buddies for the kiddies, etc. Come out of the camping closet here or send me a PM!
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I've created a Facebook group now for camping families in and around Zürich and Switzerland, please PM me if you're interested in joining.

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Loved it here: http://www.tariche.ch/index.php/fr/! Lots of kids, water and a wooden ferry. Some kids literally spent their days ferrying back and forth.
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Re: Camping with kids

We've been a bit lazy and used EuroCamp many times last year.. Tent pre-built with fridge, cooker and real beds and a gas barbeque provided.. However their sites are finite and mostly in the Jura around me with another in Interlakken.. So did think about trying something else this year.

I love it though, great for my 6 and3 year old to just run free.

I guess you take all your own stuff? Good sites between Geneva and ZH ? Know any that have ready to use equipment?
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tariche also has nice furnished cottages. We went with our small camper.
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Re: Camping with kids

We go camping with our young kids - here and in France and Italy etc.

There are some nice campsites here in Switzerland but you need to plan ahead with food if you don't have a fridge.

Shops close so early here that you can't nip out to get something for a BBQ on a late Saturday afternoon after a hike as everything shuts so early.
Campsite shops here are like Eastern Europe before the iron curtain came down and are frankly an embarrassment.
Compare that with campsite shops in Italy which would put the Globus food hall to shame.

We've got our own gear - all bought in the U.K. and tents of different sizes for different types of trip.
We have a big Vango tent for longer trips which cost us a couple of hundred quid about ten years ago and it's still going strong.

But yes, the best thing about camping is that the kids can run around and do what they want all day. They absolutely love it.
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Loved it here: http://www.tariche.ch/index.php/fr/! Lots of kids, water and a wooden ferry. Some kids literally spent their days ferrying back and forth.
That looks great, thank-you! I've never been to the Jura, definitely somewhere I'd like to visit.
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There are some nice campsites here in Switzerland but you need to plan ahead with food if you don't have a fridge.
I must admit that we have not done that much camping in CH itself - mostly Austria and Croatia - so had not even thought about the dreaded shop drought! We did camp by the Greifensee for a weekend last summer, mainly to try out our new trailer tent, but it's only 10 mins from home so I just cooked at home and brought it with us
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Re: Camping with kids

I normally enjoy wild camping but I tried a few camping places here and they were all well equipped. With shower rooms, shared fridge and some had even restaurants.

Look for camping places around Lago maggiore it is a really nice area. a couple of years ago we went to a place just across the border in Italy, it was full of kids, and a lot of Dutch Not really my type of camping but it was fun.

Here some places I have been: http://www.camping24.ch/ http://www.internationalcampingispra.it/de/home.asp like some people say, they get booked for summer really fast.
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I guess you take all your own stuff? Good sites between Geneva and ZH ? Know any that have ready to use equipment?
Sorry I missed this question! But no, I haven't tried out in the French parts yet, we have mostly gone in the other direction and stuck to German-speaking countries. I have heard good things about a campsite in Sarnen, near Lucerne though.

I think a lot of campsites now have rentable accommodation, whether it's permanent tents or pods or mobile homes. And I do think Eurocamping is proper camping... no different to the many people that haul their apartment-sized tents with full electricity hook-up, kitchen appliances, carpets, and comfy beds, if not an actual house on wheels with motorhomes being so popular here!
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Re: Camping with kids

I think this is a great camping site and the nature their is fantastic. I go every year here but in the off season usually in June



http://www.camping-piccoloparadiso.com/#!homeen/c19li

Or in France if you like going bare



http://www.centrenaturiste-oltra.fr/...he-center.html
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I think this is a great camping site and the nature their is fantastic. I go every year here but in the off season usually in June

http://www.camping-piccoloparadiso.com/#!homeen/c19li
We've stayed here too. It's right next to the river and our kids were happy to spend a few hours clambering over the rocks in the river.

The restaurant is pretty good too.
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Re: Camping with kids

Gampelen is good. The lake is not deep with a bank for a long way so great for kids. Only thing to bear in mind in Switzerland is the lack of entertainment compared to French campsites.
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Re: Camping with kids

So great to see this thread. I just moved to Zurich from London and booked our first Swiss camp site in Lauterbraunen for June. There is so much information about camping in England that it feels a little lonely here. Very happy to say Hello to everyone here and will definitely check out the facebook page Hope we can share some useful info there are experiences of camping in this region.

Have a tent drying question for folks here. I have an open field close to where I live in Opfikon. It is a very big public area. Just wondering if anyone know if it is ok for me to pitch and dry my polycotton tent out there for 2-3hours in case it gets wet when we camp in June? I do not have a garden where i live.

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Re: Camping with kids

Gordevio camping is also great. And good beaches to swim.No one would object to you drying your tent. But the Swiss can be pretty nosey. Why not dry it in your drying room if you have one.

https://www.tcs.ch/de/camping-reisen...-maggiatal.php



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So great to see this thread. I just moved to Zurich from London and booked our first Swiss camp site in Lauterbraunen for June. There is so much information about camping in England that it feels a little lonely here. Very happy to say Hello to everyone here and will definitely check out the facebook page Hope we can share some useful info there are experiences of camping in this region.

Have a tent drying question for folks here. I have an open field close to where I live in Opfikon. It is a very big public area. Just wondering if anyone know if it is ok for me to pitch and dry my polycotton tent out there for 2-3hours in case it gets wet when we camp in June? I do not have a garden where i live.

Thanks

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Re: Camping with kids

For the French Jura, Malbuisson and it's Lac de St-Point gives you a decent lake and a couple of campsites. Good for kids but don't bring teens or preteens, they'll be bored to death in the evenings.
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Why not dry it in your drying room if you have one.
That, or on the balcony (or bathroom if you don't have a balcony).

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Too often people look at me like I'm crazy when I say I go camping with pre-school/Kindergarten age kids every year. Surely there are others from around ZH who do this?! The campsites we go to always seem to be full of kids! It would be good to know others in/around ZH or further afield who spend their summer holidays in tents or camper vans, to swap camp site recommendations, discuss the finer points of inflatable vs pole & sleeve tents, maybe find some holiday buddies for the kiddies, etc. Come out of the camping closet here or send me a PM!
Camping or going to a campsite? I went camping (train, tent and everything on my back) to a campsite, and there were loads of kids, in clean, ironed clothes, eating their salads or microwaved or toasted or roasts, playing on their consols/iPads, sitting at the table on cusioned chairs before getting into their beds and wtching satalite TV.... Looking at me askance because we are wrapped in our sleeping bags cooking our bacon and sausages on our Primus... I think some of these campers are better equiped than my appartment, and defeats the object of going camping.... Which means getting dirty in nature....
Plus, I don't have a car, which freaked the campsite out....
We started when min was 2, in the UK, so getting cold and wet was also part of the deal.
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Well thats why Picollo Paradiso is so good.The scene you talk about is not so obvious there. Lots of young people ,backpackers etc. Alot of people have simply forgotten what " camping " is all about.The last place I went camping was in France at Camping Rene Oltra. I went with one bag by train and a small tent. I felt a bit like a peasant there surrounded by all those luxury Campmobiles etc.
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Camping or going to a campsite? I went camping (train, tent and everything on my back) to a campsite, and there were loads of kids, in clean, ironed clothes, eating their salads or microwaved or toasted or roasts, playing on their consols/iPads, sitting at the table on cusioned chairs before getting into their beds and wtching satalite TV.... Looking at me askance because we are wrapped in our sleeping bags cooking our bacon and sausages on our Primus... I think some of these campers are better equiped than my appartment, and defeats the object of going camping.... Which means getting dirty in nature....
Plus, I don't have a car, which freaked the campsite out....
We started when min was 2, in the UK, so getting cold and wet was also part of the deal.
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http://campingdarna.com/?lang=en
This is one of my favorite weekend getaway campsites, very kid friendly, you would like it there.
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