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Me and a few friends from UK are looking to do some camping around Switzerland. I have heard that camping where ever you like is not really allowed so I was wondering if any one knew some great spots to pitch a tent and start a camp fire without getting into too much trouble.
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Old 05.05.2011, 13:55
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Try the myswitzerland website. TCS seems to have the largest amount of sites.
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All wild camping is verboten: fires in the woods are especially verboten! You might find a mountain river with wide stony banks, and there, on the stones, camp fires are tolerated.

You must camp at recognised camping sites, which usually have BBQ grills available, www.tcs.ch www.adac.de

This is the land of neighbours reporting you for the slightest rule breaking.
If you did some wild camping, you would probably be moved on by the police at 2 am.

Canton Fribourg, borders with Canton Berne, south west of Berne, http://map.search.ch/d/tbjnzlmmd.en.html

Canton Bern, west of Interlaken, http://map.search.ch/d/tbjnzlmmd

Canton Wallis or Valais, east of Sierre on river Rhône, http://map.search.ch/d/jjizmfkot.en.html

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This is the land of neighbours reporting you for the slightest rule breaking.
Come on! Not ALL of us are like that

But Ittigen is not completely wrong either. You'll find at least 1 neighbour bickering around in almost any condo!! I noticed an interesting reverse correlation between "age of the neighbour" and "level of tolerance".

I had a neighbour a while ago that when I first moved in she was never complaining. After five years her complaints came to a point that she would note down the exact time I showered and confront me with it!!!
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Re: Camping

thanks for the replies guys it seems that I will have to be very careful indeed!
I dont want to get deported back to the UK for camping :P

Although the idea of having a BBQ near by kinda takes the fun out of wild camping... i may just have to look for a secluded enough area where no one can see us
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Old 05.05.2011, 14:47
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Re: Camping

Bear in mind, that the swiss are not really a nation of campers in the sense of "lets rough it a bit with our tents". Most swiss 'camping' sites are dominated by chalet caravans (ie fixed) with their own little gardens, satellite dishes etc. There is usually a small area available for tents, but I often sense a little that these undesirables are not really wanted by the regulars who spend every weekend during the summer in their little home-from-home. It's not to say there is nowhere nice, but it's worth checking in advance if you like your camping a little more au naturel (and I don't mean FKK...but i'm sure you'd find that if you searched)
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All wild camping is verboten: fires in the woods are especially verboten! You might find a mountain river with wide stony banks, and there, on the stones, camp fires are tolerated.

You must camp at recognised camping sites, which usually have BBQ grills available, www.tcs.ch www.adac.de

This is the land of neighbours reporting you for the slightest rule breaking.
If you did some wild camping, you would probably be moved on by the police at 2 am.


Canton Fribourg, borders with Canton Berne, south west of Berne, http://map.search.ch/d/tbjnzlmmd.en.html

Canton Bern, west of Interlaken, http://map.search.ch/d/tbjnzlmmd

Canton Wallis or Valais, east of Sierre on river Rhône, http://map.search.ch/d/jjizmfkot.en.html

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Please inform us which camping site you will choose.
We don't want to have to wake up at 2AM to call the police, we can report you in advance.
It's a very civilized and organised country here.

Thanks!
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thanks for the replies guys it seems that I will have to be very careful indeed!
I dont want to get deported back to the UK for camping :P

Although the idea of having a BBQ near by kinda takes the fun out of wild camping... i may just have to look for a secluded enough area where no one can see us
PS: I heard in many parts of CH they have numerous of those big bugs sucking your blood (like dogs thing).

Just saying...

http://www.ch.ch/private/00987/01052...x.html?lang=en

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Re: Camping

You will also find that camping in CH is not as cheap as as you think...

very rough estimates....

Pitch = 20-50 CHF (season dependant and location)
People = 10-20 CHF each
Car area = 15 CHF
Refuse = 5 CHF
Electricity = 5 CHF

Showers could be coin operated...

And to top it off they may well ask for a reservation fee...say 100CHF and then only take 50 CHF off ya bill if you abide by the contract..which includes no audiable wind passing or Hooobbaa Hooobbaa...
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I allways enjoyed camping on the Walensee in Murg, absolute fantastic scenery, lake is a tad cold though.
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Hello!

Me and a few friends from UK are looking to do some camping around Switzerland. I have heard that camping where ever you like is not really allowed so I was wondering if any one knew some great spots to pitch a tent and start a camp fire without getting into too much trouble.

Due to the dry weather, a lot of cantons currently have fire restrictions - including those at existing woodland fire and BBQ places.

Lighting a fire in a place where you might find firewood is not a good idea at the moment.
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Re: Camping

I have gone up the mountains with gear and have never even received any odd looks. I pitch up as the sun is coming down (hidden from the elements ofcoarse), pick everything up as the sun comes up and so far no problems. People here complain but they are not irrational. I would not have any wild fires etc, but to camp along high cow-pastures etc - you could even ask the farmers and they usually laugh: especially if you offer them a warm beer.
Like everywhere - be civil, no problems.
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Me and a few friends from UK are looking to do some camping around Switzerland. I have heard that camping where ever you like is not really allowed so I was wondering if any one knew some great spots to pitch a tent and start a camp fire without getting into too much trouble.
If we knew of such places, we're hardly going to tell you!

Lots of 'free camping' places in the U.K. have been ruined and camping disallowed, by groups of people who haven't used the kind of code of conduct that Pops is describing.

I'm not suggesting that you're the kind of person whose group would make too much noise and leave a trail of beer cans etc but one can never be too sure.
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