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Using our campervan in Switzerland

Hi, does anyone know what the situation is regarding parking up in our camper van...not on a site, just anywhere. It's not huge...but bigger than a classic surfy VW. We're discreet and responsible re rubbish etc but would like to know if we would be breaking the law if we stopped over night by a stunning view etc. We are traveling on a budget(!) which I understand might be tricky in Switzerland, hence the desire not to use a site every night if possible and are heading from UK, across France to Gruyere. Does anyone have any experiences that would help us?
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Re: Using our campervan in Switzerland

The answer is: It depends on the canton and sometimes on the municipality (legal background in German). Most cantons tolerate a one-night sleep-over on public parking ground if it isn't in breach with the site's general parking rules. You can get a very detailed overview here.

However this might be a little cumbersome depending on the region you have in mind. In rural areas there are ban on drivings and parking space might be rare. In the cities many parking spaces have low time limits.

All in all I'm not sure if a campervan is the best choice for budget travel in Switzerland but I've never tried it myself.
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Re: Using our campervan in Switzerland

Thank you....that is very useful, especially the links. Guess we'll need to be prepared to stay at sites really.We'll start saving now. Thanks again
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Re: Using our campervan in Switzerland

Bumping this ancient thread for some (up-to-date) advice from the EF boffins

I rather like the idea of hiring a camper van and hitting the road for a few days (with my trusty sidekick of course). I've never done it so I'm currently in research mode.

Google tells me that generally, simply parking up somewhere in Switzerland for the night is not acceptable, unless you are above the tree line. Some conflicting info says that the rules are canton-specific (which would be aligned with everything else that I've learned about Switzerland so far).

I'd love to hear from anyone who has done this - recommendations, advice, guidance, challenges you faced or beautiful spots you'd like to share.

Thanks all!
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Re: Using our campervan in Switzerland

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Bumping this ancient thread for some (up-to-date) advice from the EF boffins

I rather like the idea of hiring a camper van and hitting the road for a few days (with my trusty sidekick of course). I've never done it so I'm currently in research mode.

Google tells me that generally, simply parking up somewhere in Switzerland for the night is not acceptable, unless you are above the tree line. Some conflicting info says that the rules are canton-specific (which would be aligned with everything else that I've learned about Switzerland so far).

I'd love to hear from anyone who has done this - recommendations, advice, guidance, challenges you faced or beautiful spots you'd like to share.

Thanks all!
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Re: Using our campervan in Switzerland

This is just anecdotal, but I heard that one can stop at smaller farms, and ask whether, in exchange for helping them with a task for a couple of hours, one may park one's van overnight. I was told that works well, not always, but at least some of the time.
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This is just anecdotal, but I heard that one can stop at smaller farms, and ask whether, in exchange for helping them with a task for a couple of hours, one may park one's van overnight. I was told that works well, not always, but at least some of the time.
What a nice idea! I'm not sure what I'd do with the furry sidekick, but I like the concept
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