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Where to go camping in Switzerland

From luxury glamping to wild mountain hideaways, there are all kinds of great ways to sleep over in the Swiss outdoors

By Time Out editors
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Whether you want to go glamping, sleep under canvas, relax in a cosy wooden pod or even sleep in a giant bubble while gazing at the stars, Switzerland has a huge range of camping experiences. We’ve rounded up some of our favourites to help you start planning for summer.

The best camping and glamping sites in Switzerland

Camping Arolla
Camping Arolla
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Camping Arolla

The title of ‘Europe’s highest campsite’ sounds impressive on paper, but just wait until you see it in-person. Located at 1,950 metres above sea level in Val d'Hérens-Valais, Camping Arolla is in the foothills of various incredible Alpine peaks and glaciers, making for a truly breath-taking setting. As well as exploring the marvellous location, there are lots of on-site activities, including Pétanque sets for hire, a communal barbecue and a reading box, where people can borrow and deposit books. Keep it traditional with a regular tent (which you can also hire at the site) or up your camping game by glamping in a cosy ‘cocooning tent’.

TCS Camping Sempach
TCS Camping Sempach
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TCS Camping Sempach

Tucked into the unspoilt natural landscape around Lake Sempach, TCS Camping Sempach is a popular campsite and with good reason. There are plenty of pitches, plus glamping options including bungalows, pods and tipis. There’s also a beach with ‘lake pool’, beach volleyball, pedalos for hire and a bike tour around the lake.

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Camping Gravatscha
Camping Gravatscha
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Camping Gravatscha

Camping Gravatscha offers pitches for tents, motorhomes and caravans, plus 9 ‘rustic bungalows’. There’s a communal barbecue area for cooking up a feast, and plenty of opportunity for burning it off the next day, via biking and hiking routes. St. Moritz is 5 km away and the Marguns-Corviglia Ski Area is 3 km away.

TCS Camping Solothurn
TCS Camping Solothurn
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TCS Camping Solothurn

Minutes outside the beautiful Baroque town of the same name, this is a get-away-from-it-all campsite that is also full of things to do, including bike hire, stand-up paddling on the lake, a leisure centre next door and a children’s playground. If you’re feeling more adventurous, hire a motorboat and zip along the River Aare.

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Altnau_Feierlenhof_Bubble_19 / Bubble Hotel / Himmelbett, Thurgau
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Bubble Hotel/Himmelbett, Thurgau

Sleep among gloriously green gardens, orchards and vineyards in five beautiful spots around Switzerland – in a series of giant bubbles. It’s a unique and utterly comfortable way to enjoy nature, and being able to stargaze as you fall asleep is pretty special. Breakfast and bike rental are included in many of the bookings, and you can upgrade things even further at some of the bubble locations with a four-course dinner and wine.

Whitepod eco-luxury hotel, for Swiss staycation campaign.
Whitepod eco-luxury hotel, for Swiss staycation campaign.
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Whitepod, Monthey

These eye-catching geodesic domes offer truly incredible views every time you poke your head out of the tent. Environmental awareness and limiting impact is a big factor here, and every care has been taken to ensure the pods are the height of ‘eco luxury’.

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TCS Camping Flaach am Rhein
TCS Camping Flaach am Rhein
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TCS Camping Flaach am Rhein

Lying in a tent listening to birdsong is idyllic, but if you’re looking for more comfort you’ll find it in the modern bungalows, pods and maxi pods available for rent here. The facilities were renovated in 2012, and are still looking slick. There’s also plenty to keep you occupied during a longer stay, including a swimming pool, playground for the little ones, bike rental and an interactive exhibition at the nature reserve.

The Glass Diamond, La Pinte du Vieux Manoir, Murten, camping in switzerland article
The Glass Diamond, La Pinte du Vieux Manoir, Murten, camping in switzerland article
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The Glass Diamond

There are treehouses and then there’s the ‘Glass Diamond’, a seriously luxurious treehouse set next to a lake and boasting stunning panoramic views – thanks to all that floor-to-ceiling glass. And you even get your own private pier and raft to make the most of the lake.

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TCS Camping Geneva-Vésenaz
TCS Camping Geneva-Vésenaz
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TCS Camping Geneva-Vésenaz

The leafy setting on the edge of a park belies the highly convenient location of this campsite – it’s just six kilometres outside Geneva, making it perfect for weekend getaways from the city.

Camping Tamaro
Camping Tamaro
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Camping Tamaro

Found in a beautiful location directly on the banks of Lake Maggiore, Camping Tamaro offers you fully equipped caravans, family tents or ‘igloos’, set amid palm trees and flowers. It’s a great spot for anyone looking to get active, with tons of biking routes, and hiking and running trails nearby.

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Atzmännig camping, PODhouses, Goldingen
Atzmännig camping, PODhouses, Goldingen
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PODhouses, Goldingen

An especially good pick for families, this site offers cosy pods described simply as ‘igloos made of wood’. The pods are set in a small forest and provide a great option for families with children who want to upgrade the regular camping experience. It’s a beautiful setting, and there are lots of active facilities on-site (including playgrounds for the kids) to allow everyone to soak up the scenery.

TCS Camping Disentis
TCS Camping Disentis
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TCS Camping Disentis

We won’t lie: it was the offer of gold-panning that got us really excited about this campsite, but it has tons more to offer besides – not least a paradisiacal setting. Set beside a lake in a clearing surrounded by pine trees, the site has glamping options available (including a tipi), modern facilities, a restaurant and lots of activities, such as hiking, biking, a water playground for children and lake swimming.

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Fischer's Fritz
Fischer's Fritz
Fischer's Fritz

Fischer’s Fritz Camping, Zurich

This camping village offers a choice of Airstream trailer, cute cottage or safari tent (which comes with a bottle of champagne for full glamping vibes). All the facilities you’ll need are on-site, including sports facilities, a bar-restaurant and a beach overlooking Lake Zurich, complete with sun-loungers and parasols.

Hängelahütte, Vals

Take your pick from a luxurious yurt or Alpine cabin, both beautifully situated and offering incredible views out across Graubünden. Locally sourced food is available on-site, including a seasonal three-course dinner if you want to go all-out.

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Fasshütte, Lake Biel

Ever wanted to feel like you’re sleeping in a giant wine barrel? Try out these aptly named ‘barrel-shaped cabins’ at Hotel Camping Sutz, which originally come from Finland. The cabins are bright and rustic, and you’re just minutes from Lake Biel, where you can rent a bike or stand-up paddle-board, or just sunbathe by the shore.

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