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Camping in Uetliberg/Züriberg allowed?

Would I be allowed to put up a small (2 person) tent in Uetliberg or Zuriberg for the night? I would not make a fire or leave any mess or break any trees. I just like the idea of sleeping there overnight, somewhere between the trees (so not on the pathways). Is that legally allowed?

If it's not... can you recommend a place in the wilderness to go to for the night, somewhere without people. Not some family friendly camping sight or anything.

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Catch the InterRegio to Ziegelbruecke (.12 every hour). Change to the Regio direction Chur. Get off at Murg. Walk down to the landing stage. Catch the boat to Quinten Au. Disappear.

After the last boat has sailed, you'll have most of that side of the Walensee all to yourself.



Don't forget tick spray.

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Re: Camping in Uetliberg/Züriberg allowed?

Plenty of wild places to camp without being troubled in the Jura mountains near me. A lot of wildlife too - wolves, lynx, wild boar, badgers, martens, foxes and so much more
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Catch the InterRegio to Ziegelbruecke (.12 every hour). Change to the Regio direction Chur. Get off at Murg. Walk down to the landing stage. Catch the boat to Quinten Au. Disappear.

After the last boat has sailed, you'll have most of that side of the Walensee all to yourself.



Don't forget tick spray.

There's a nice quiet spot on the third ledge from the top
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Re: Camping in Uetliberg/Züriberg allowed?

I was also considering camping there with two of my friends, but although they are local, none of us know if it is legal. We want to stay in zürich definitely, so does anyone know if one is allowed to camp up there? say on top of the Seilbahn?
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Re: Camping in Uetliberg/Züriberg allowed?

Reviving this thread. Anyone know if this is (a.) allowed and (b.) if its not technically allowed, is it still possible? I.e. if I do it, will I get in trouble?
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Re: Camping in Uetliberg/Züriberg allowed?

All around my house is protected area, so I'd say no it is not allowed.

And can you get in trouble... well it's like driving through red, you get caught or you don't.
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Reviving this thread. Anyone know if this is (a.) allowed and (b.) if its not technically allowed, is it still possible? I.e. if I do it, will I get in trouble?
This Wiki mentions camping https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uetliberg

Do your research or call the authorities and ask and then please report back and let us know.
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Re: Camping in Uetliberg/Züriberg allowed?

This should put everybody off camping in Zürich forest!

https://www.tagesanzeiger.ch/der-sch...s-206821639815


"Visible and invisible horrors
Which Zurich wild animal does this? A carnivorous Bambi? A Wolpertinger? A forest shrub? The nightmare pictures made leaps and bounds. I rolled restlessly and sweated in my sleeping bag made for alpine cold. Until after midnight, directly above me and contrary to all forecasts, a lonely cloud emptied.

Without putting my shoes on, I stumbled through the dry leaves in the dark and stretched the outer tent. Only when I was back in the sleeping bag did it dawn on me: barefoot - in the forest - ticks. I listened to my body and actually thought I felt something crawling up my leg. Paranoia only? The end of this story has already been told"
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Re: Camping in Uetliberg/Züriberg allowed?

Purely anecdotal, I've read somewhere a long time ago that there is a notion of "emergency camping", something a la': if you mount your tent late in the evening and unmount it early in the morning, make no fire and spend only one night there - you can claim that it is an emergency camping (i.e. you were not really planning it but you had to do it to pass the night) and that's allowed.
Don't remember any details though, but might forth looking into it
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Re: Camping in Uetliberg/Züriberg allowed?

Some time ago I've read an interview with a representative of the Zurich police force regarding the handfull of people (mostly vagrants or the homeless) living temporarily or even year round in the Zurich forests. He said that it was technically illegal, but if nobody was bothered too much the police would ignore it. If they got several reports from walkers about a new camp site, they might drop by to check if it served as a drop point for stolen goods, but if it was just some guy they would leave him alone after checking he didn't need any help. If help was needed they would refer the matter to social services.


So it looks like the police isn't bothered too much about people spending time in the woods. On the other hand, a lot of the forests around Zurich belong to forestry corporations, individuals or the forestry research department of the ETH. Maybe they are lesse tollerant, but as it's completely legal to enter these forests (unless there's a fence around it), I can't imagine wild camping resulting in anything worse than beeing told to pack up and leave.

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Purely anecdotal, I've read somewhere a long time ago that there is a notion of "emergency camping", something a la': if you mount your tent late in the evening and unmount it early in the morning, make no fire and spend only one night there - you can claim that it is an emergency camping (i.e. you were not really planning it but you had to do it to pass the night) and that's allowed.
Don't remember any details though, but might forth looking into it
So you are advising someone to abuse the system? Nice.

When it comes to sensitive things like nature and wildlife and protected areas that all of the other many thousands citizens of Zürich enjoy, I think it's better to do it the honest way and respect the rules...
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So you are advising someone to abuse the system? Nice.

When it comes to sensitive things like nature and wildlife and protected areas that all of the other many thousands citizens of Zürich enjoy, I think it's better to do it the honest way and respect the rules...
I surely do not advise anything to anyone here - just providing relevant info to the OP regarding their question, since that's what the forum is IMO pretty much about

One may argue that what you mean by "abusing the system" is also "respecting the rules", since the rules are not violated. The thin line between two, at the end, comes to the personal ethics of each individual - so I think we can leave that to each individual
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I surely do not advise anything to anyone here - just providing relevant info to the OP regarding their question, since that's what the forum is IMO pretty much about
Yes, by replying to this message and by posting/explaining the loophole you are indeed 'advising'. That should be obvious, but nice try at deflection.

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I surely do not advise anything to anyone here - just One may argue that what you mean by "abusing the system" is also "respecting the rules", since the rules are not violated. The thin line between two, at the end, comes to the personal ethics of each individual - so I think we can leave that to each individual
No, one may not argue that it is "respecting the rules", You are talking about going camping with the intention of exploiting the emergency loophole. That is clear.

Stop talking fluff and just own your posts.

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Yes, by replying to this message and by posting/explaining the loophole you are indeed 'advising'. That should be obvious, but nice try at deflection.
No, one may not argue that it is "respecting the rules", You are talking about going camping with the intention of exploiting the emergency loophole. That is clear.
Stop talking fluff and just own your posts.
OP asked explicitly "Is that legally allowed?" - and I contributed to that answer. Obviously, if I'd consider it unacceptable, like you do, I would not have posted that - but we are free to have different opinions. It is IMO far from advising though, in a reversed situation I'd love for someone to point rules or loopholes that might be relevant to me, so I did the same
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OP asked explicitly "Is that legally allowed?" - and I contributed to that answer. Obviously, if I'd consider it unacceptable, like you do, I would not have posted that - but we are free to have different opinions. It is IMO far from advising though, in a reversed situation I'd love for someone to point rules or loopholes that might be relevant to me, so I did the same

Giving information on the rules and regulations, preferably with links to those rules, is a really helpful thing to do. Posting about loopholes to help people circumvent and twist rules for their own benefit is not.

So often people think they are being really clever by "bending" the rules but fail to realise that the authorities are not stupid, there is something in the small print that covers the loophole or rules are changed to stop people exploiting the loophole with a nice hefty fine for those that try it on.
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Purely anecdotal, I've read somewhere a long time ago that there is a notion of "emergency camping", something a la': if you mount your tent late in the evening and unmount it early in the morning, make no fire and spend only one night there - you can claim that it is an emergency camping (i.e. you were not really planning it but you had to do it to pass the night) and that's allowed.
Don't remember any details though, but might forth looking into it
That won't work around Zürich, people intending to return home for the night won't burden themselves with a tent. That only makes sense in alpine areas, where the weather can indeed change within hours.
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Re: Camping in Uetliberg/Züriberg allowed?

The Swiss Alpine Club has a handy guide to camping in the nature. (DE, FR and IT). There's a map with the restricted areas for fauna protection. https://www.sac-cas.ch/fr/environnem...et-bivouaquer/


There's a leaflet in English too https://www.sac-cas.ch/fileadmin/Umw...ivouacking.pdf

PS. I'd never camp so close to the city. A crazy trailrunner may wake me up at 4h00 and I'd hate it. Better bring some sausages, beers and a headlamp to a grillstelle in the forest. Have fun and then walk home
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And the leaflet highlights a flaw in the "emergency camping" loophole! An emergency bivouac is generally permitted but bivouac is without a tent! Expecting anyone to believe that a day hiker would carry a tent up Uetliberg in case they got stranded in the wilds overnight is as ridiculous as driving a 30 mile round trip to check eyesight
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And the leaflet highlights a flaw in the "emergency camping" loophole! An emergency bivouac is generally permitted but bivouac is without a tent! Expecting anyone to believe that a day hiker would carry a tent up Uetliberg in case they got stranded in the wilds overnight is as ridiculous as driving a 30 mile round trip to check eyesight
I'd say that while it may legal to camp in Uetliberg (outside paths and protected areas), it would be extremely uncool. It's possible that girls on high heels pass by, or boys no judgement here. Kind of lame to setup a tent 10 minutes away from a multi-story apartment building or being waken up by an intercontinental flight arriving to Zürich Kloten.
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