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LARAP
LARAP
2 posts
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Jul 21, 2020 - 7:31 AM

My family and I would like to go wild camping in Switzerland but we are not sure where we can go. In most areas it seems to be prohibited. Does anyone have specific places where they have successfully camped (not in a camping site)? It will be the first time I take my kids wild camping and so it has to be well planned with no mistakes.

pvonk
pvonk
266 posts
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Jul 21, 2020 - 3:07 PM in reply to LARAP

In the upper right is a search text box (to the right of GET IN TOUCH). Enter "wild camping" without quotes, and you'll find many posts with the info you need.

Wild camping in the mountains

Wild camping is basically allowed in the mountains, above the tree line. This applies for one night only at each location, and with a limited number of people.

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Annika
Annika
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Jul 21, 2020 - 3:32 PM in reply to LARAP

Hi there LARAP, and welcome to the MySwissAlps.com forum!

I know I already provided you with this link through e-mail, but as this may be helpful to other readers of this thread as well, I'll mention it once more: www.myswissalps.com/campsites/wildcamping. You'll find several links displaying nature reserves and other areas in which wild camping isn't allowed there.

Unfortunately I can't provide very specific tips from personal experience; I sure hope some other members can! But pvonk is right, there have been discussions on wild camping before where you'll find some valuable insights and links. Examples are:

Although there are some general country-wide rules, the specific options differ per area. Contacting the local authorities or the tourist companies of the regions you're interested in will probably help you to locate good spots on which wild camping is allowed, and which are within easy reach for families. If you don't know which regions you'd like to explore yet, here's a start: www.myswissalps.com/regions. In general, the Bernese Oberland (www.myswissalps.com/berneseoberland), the Valais (www.myswissalps.com/valais) and Graubünden (www.myswissalps.com/graubunden) are best known for their huge offer of hiking trails in all sorts of difficulty levels.

The Swiss Alpine Club (SAC) may of help too: www.sac-cas.ch/en/.

As your camping adventure will surely involve hiking, I advise you to study these pages as well:

I hope this gets you started!

LARAP
LARAP
2 posts
new member
Jul 22, 2020 - 10:30 AM in reply to pvonk

Thank you pvonk and Annik for the advice and info!

I will look into all the different options!

Annika
Annika
6340 posts
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Jul 22, 2020 - 11:08 AM in reply to LARAP

You're welcome LARAP! I hope you're able to find some nice camping spots for you and your family. Let us know if you have further questions!

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