Camping in the Zurich, Jungfrau and Luzern regions

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Jul 28, 2016 - 8:03 PM

Hello! My husband and I will be visiting Switzerland as WWOOFers on a budget, and we are interested in exploring the beautiful country with a mix of staying at hostels and with camping. I've read mixed reports about whether "wild camping" is allowed. Is it legal? For example, if I arrive in Zurich and hike to the nearest "wild" area (Uetliberg?), could I simply find a place in the forest/field and pitch a small tent for one night? I would of course not make a fire or leave any trash, or in any way leave a trace that I was there. I am similarly wondering about whether this would be allowed in the Jungfrau and Luzern regions.

Your guidance and recommendations would be greatly appreciated!


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Jul 29, 2016 - 6:51 AM

Hi Jade,

Wild camping is only allowed in some areas in high alpine terrain. So, pitching a tent in the forests or anywhere else is prohibited. Please see campsites. You will need to book a camp site.

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