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Travelling with Motorhome in Switzerland

Hi,

I am planning to take my 3 kids with a Motor-home and tour the country for nice "kids" level (age 5-9) hiking in the summer.

Any recommendation on preferred resources ? motorhome rental?

Most important, any suggested route to familiar my kids in 14 days with the best in nature, but less of the tourist places?

Thanks in advance,

Gur
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Re: Traveling with Motorhome In switzerland

Welcome to the Forum.

There are quite a few posts with information that might help you and you might get some useful tips from members on here but really this forum is intended for English speaking people who are living and working here, not for visitors on holiday.
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Re: Traveling with Motorhome In switzerland

I am new in Switzerland. And actually believe this will be a good way to get my family hooked.
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Sorry, but you didn't write an introduction and your profile gives no information at all except that your location is Isreal. Thus I presumed you were planning to come here on holiday.
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Thanks. I am just setting my self I'll fix this. Thanks again !
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Re: Traveling with Motorhome In switzerland

I found the following list, which sounds like what I was looking for -
http://www.myswitzerland.com/en/inte...dly-hikes.html

As there are plenty of options, if any can share their experience, I'll be grateful.

Thanks

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Hi,

I am planning to take my 3 kids with a Motor-home and tour the country for nice "kids" level (age 5-9) hiking in the summer.

Any recommendation on preferred resources ? motorhome rental?

Most important, any suggested route to familiar my kids in 14 days with the best in nature, but less of the tourist places?

Thanks in advance,

Gur
As a recent law, motor homes are no longer allowed to drive on Swiss public roads. Take a tent...

One down, three hundred thousand more to go...
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Re: Traveling with Motorhome In switzerland

Bananafisch have you got a link to that?

We've looked into hiring in the past, but found that it is actually much more expensive then using B&Bs and small hotels. If you Google Motorhome in Switzerland you'll find many links for rentals.
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Re: Travelling with Motorhome in Switzerland

I must say I couldn't locate references to this.

I understand there is a "daily" tax to pay, but no absolute prevention.

In one place I noticed something about GraubŁnden and Ticino areas but couldn't find any specific limitations.

So I am with 'Odile' on any references.

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If you do hire one, we have space at the back of our house to stay for a few nights, with access to WCs, kitchen and a large playroom - up in the Jura mountains, near the French border. Wild, lovely, and very far from tourists.
(and its free, but maybe a small donation for electricity and water). In fact there are loads of places near here where you can stay overnight without anybody bothering you.
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I must say I couldn't locate references to this.

I understand there is a "daily" tax to pay, but no absolute prevention.

In one place I noticed something about GraubŁnden and Ticino areas but couldn't find any specific limitations.

So I am with 'Odile' on any references.

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Maybe he's teasing. Probably watched too many Top Gear "We hate getting stuck behind caravans" reports.

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If you do hire one, we have space at the back of our house to stay for a few nights, with access to WCs, kitchen and a large playroom - up in the Jura mountains, near the French border. Wild, lovely, and very far from tourists.
(and its free, but maybe a small donation for electricity and water). In fact there are loads of places near here where you can stay overnight without anybody bothering you.
Sounds nice - I'd prefer a villa, though.
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Re: Travelling with Motorhome in Switzerland

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If you do hire one, we have space at the back of our house to stay for a few nights, with access to WCs, kitchen and a large playroom - up in the Jura mountains, near the French border. Wild, lovely, and very far from tourists.
(and its free, but maybe a small donation for electricity and water). In fact there are loads of places near here where you can stay overnight without anybody bothering you.
So many Thanks

As far as my research shows, I might be getting the RV on the German side of the border near Basel. Sounds crazy I know.
But it's 146Euro per day (155 including all taxes and services).

Gur
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So would I - but each to their own, hey

We had a BBQ with several friends who have motorhomes and had a long discussion about pros and cons. We arguing that the cost, depreciation, Insurance, storage, diesel, repairs, etc, etc, is huge- much greater than hiring a villa or as said above using small hotels and B&Bs - but they love the freedom and want to sleep in their 'own' beds. Fair dos- but not for us.

BTW - in CH it makes more sense than in UK, as you can have one set of numberplates and exchange from your normal car to Motorhome).
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Re: Travelling with Motorhome in Switzerland

Odile is actually right in that it's much more convenient to travel by train and stay in B&Bs than to travel around Switzerland in renting a motorhome, especially in the mountains. Mountain roads can be difficult enough to navigate in a car, in a motor home it's really a mess. Traveling by train you can go anywhere you want. Month long passes are available.

And don't forget, the country isn't really that big.
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Re: Travelling with Motorhome in Switzerland

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Is that true? I thought that plates were only switchable between similar vehicle types. A car and a Van on the same plates is not allowed...
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Maybe he's teasing. Probably watched too many Top Gear "We hate getting stuck behind caravans" reports.
Sorry OP, I just couldn't pass the opportunity for a sarcastic note ...yes, I'm one of those frustrated drivers. There, I said it.

So, there is no such law in Switzerland (yet). Mind you, between May and October you should only drive your caravans and motorhomes (Wohnwagen!) on weekdays and only between 00:00 and 05:00.

Good luck with your holiday!
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You see, we take you too seriously here
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Is that true? I thought that plates were only switchable between similar vehicle types. A car and a Van on the same plates is not allowed...
This is what my friends do - no idea if size is an issue or not.
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Re: Travelling with Motorhome in Switzerland

If I remember correctly, you pay the most expensive (license plate) fee in full, and half of the other one.
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Re: Travelling with Motorhome in Switzerland

I thought it was a lot less than half for second one. Just been doing a bit of Googling- and again (surprise, surprise) it seems that each C/Kanton has its own ruling!
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