Wild Camping in Switzerland And Free Camping in Switzerland (Travel Guide)

Last updated on May 9th, 2021 at 02:40 pm

Wild Camping in Switzerland, Free Camping in Switzerland

We will write about wild camping in Switzerland if you go on a budget and you love the nature will be nice where to get free camping in Switzerland. It will be totally useful if you are going for a road trip in Switzerland and if you love hiking. Read also tips for driving in Switzerland.

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Wild Camping in Switzerland And Free Camping in Switzerland

Wild Camping in Switzerland with Your Van or Car

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You can park a motorhome and a campervan in most of the places in Switzerland. You will see the sign if it’s not allowed. You can also find wild camping in Switzerland when hiking in rural areas and off the beaten path. For sure almost everywhere you will find a spot where to put your tent and camping in Switzerland.

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I was using the Free App Park4Night where you can check where to park and where to stay for free in Switzerland and also in Europe. The app will tell you full information of the services that they parking spot provide if it’s free or there is a charge!

Where Not To Do Wild Camping in Switzerland

The regulations in Switzerland depends on the respective canton all of them can have different rules. Wild camping isn’t allowed in Swiss National Park, Federal Hunting Ban Areas (Game Reserves) and nature reserves. Also in a few Wild rest zones isn’t allowed in Switzerland.

Where You Can Do Free Camping in Switzerland

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The places where you can do wild camping in Switzerland in the forest, mountains and hike areas. It supposed that you can only camp and put your tent for one light and a limited number of people. Be careful making fire where isn’t allowed and camping in Switzerland because you can get a fine around 10 000 CHF.

More Tips For Wild Camping in Switzerland

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If you want have a good rest, you need to choose the right place for camping in Switzerland. Make sure that you are allowed to pitch tents. Under a roof is a perfect place so you can cover from the rain or wind. This might be tricky to find. If you can’t find any roof just try to pitch the tent in the flattest place that you can find.

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Avoid stones even when you are sleeping on a mat. In my experience, pitching the tent in a flat place can also help in days that are raining. After an hour of raining it will be humid inside your sleeping bag and you should be ready for the cold.

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Another option is to choose to sleep close to a river. You can bath and get water in the morning. Make sure before going inside your tent that there are no mosquitoes especially in summer. If there are any mosquitoes that already made their way inside your tent. You need to try to remove them so you won’t experience an uncomfortable night.

Also, pitch your tent in a quiet place, far away from the noise, to have a good rest. If you make a fire, make sure that you put it off before leaving and you make in a place that is allowed. Make sure you remove all the trash and leave the place as you found it!

My Experience Camping in Switzerland

I was sleeping in my van and everything was great for camping in Switzerland. Especially if you go in summer and with good weather you will be able to enjoy a few hikes in contact with the nature. I was hiking around Monthey with a local friend and it was great to find the spots.

We just saw a few people around and we could stay in huts well equipped with beds, kitchen and even blankets all of this free of charge. You just need to make a donation! A perfect way traveling with the van a doing a few hikes.

BEST TIME TO VISIT SWITZERLAND

Switzerland is beautiful all year round. Timing your travel highly depends on what exactly you want to experience and, to a certain degree, how much cold you can tolerate. There are four seasons in Switzerland, and each one has its pros and cons.

Summer is the most crowded and winter if you are looking for sky resorts. We would say the best time to visit Switzerland is Autumn and Spring can be the least crowded and where you will find the best deals for accommodation.

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FOOD BUDGET TRAVEL IN SWITZERLAND

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On average a meal in a sit-down restaurant in Switzerland will cost around  20-40 CHF and that might not even include drinks. Breakfast will usually be cheaper and dinner will usually be the most expensive. 

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Watch out for lunch specials and promos that many cafes offer, as this is one of  best ways to eat cheap. The other is things like kebabs, pizzas, Asian food, and small takeaways found near train stations can costs around 6-10 CHF. A coffee can cost 4 CHF, a beer 7 CHF and for dinks like cocktails expect to pay 11 CHF.

There’s no lack of hostels, backpacker inns, and budget hotels anywhere in Switzerland. These rooms can go anywhere between 50-100 CHF per night for accommodation in Switzerland. If you are looking for mid budget and luxury hotels prices are starting from 200-300 CHF.

There are also Airbnb for 60-80 CHF and you can get $30 USD off your first booking with AirBnB when you sign up with us!

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Happy Travels!

Ruben Arribas is a Spanish traveler who has traveled more than 70+ countries around the world. Now based in the Philippines!