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on the Reuss river, near Muri AG. It has spaces for both tents and campingcars, plus a few of the latter to rent. Swimming in the river is allowed, and the campground has a small pool while the Hedingen pond is an easy walk away. Their enviably named website offers some suggestions for activities in the area.

Camping Rank in Dittingen, on the River Birs; nearby are an open-air swimming pool, an indoor ice-skating rink and a climbing wall. Then there’s Camping Talhaus in Bubendorf, attractively situated and an ideal starting point for walking tours. Graubünden Camping Plauns in Pontresina is a large campsite idyllically located at the bottom of the Morteratsch glacier, and is a favourite hideaway for mountain climbers of all nations; but it’s also great for tourists who just like looking at fantastic Alpine scenery without the hassle of actually climbing anything. It has a winter and summer season and lots of room for the tents and caravans among the bushes and stones, and there’s a hotel nearby at Morteratsch railway station on the scenic Bernina line. As well as the climbing routes, there are any number of hiking and biking trails, and you can even go parachuting. Zurich There are a surprising number of campgrounds right in canton Zurich. In fact, since 2010 there has even been one within the city limits, along the lake in Wollishofen, open year-round. There are several more sites in the Zurich Oberland, with its rolling hills and charming lakes. Camping Waldhof in Hittnau has 60 fairly large (for Europe) sites and is open year-round. It is particularly suited to young families, with playgrounds,


a trampoline and a toddlers’ pool, as well as ponies and goats. It also offers wheelchair-accessible toilets and showers and caravan rentals. Another of Zurich’s “wilderness areas” is the Sihl valley, and here, right by the river in Langnau, you will find Camping Club Züri-Leu, with spaces for tents, trailers and camping-cars and a small store. Out here, the Sihl is lovely to walk along or wade in on hot days; you can watch birds or catch fish (or even watch birds catch fish). There’s a visitors’ centre near the campground, and the Langenberg Wildpark, a nice walk away, has deer, bears, wolves, wild pigs and wildcats with new kittens. It also has a restaurant and playground and an extensive educational programme for children and adults, although this is mostly in German. Over the Albis from the Sihl is another hidden gem, the Türlersee, and there’s a campground right on the lake. The beach has a lifeguard sometimes and the restaurant is simple but good. Reservations are only available for longer-term stays in camping-cars, but if you are coming in a tent or only staying for one or a few nights, you are welcome to call and ask if you can expect to find a place. Not far away, Camping Reussbrücke is a 140-place campground in Ottenbach

Zug/Lucerne Camping International has two locations in central Switzerland, in Lucerne and Giswil. The Lucerne location is open year-round and has space for 250 campers, as well as some cabins and dormitories. It’s located on the lake right beside the Transport Museum, to which campers may get discounted tickets. In addition to the playground, it has an indoor recreation room. The Giswil location, on Lake Sarnen, is slightly smaller and open from April to October. It has volleyball courts and ping pong tables as well as grills. Camping Vitznau is in the lovely town of Vitznau, nestled between Mount Rigi and Lake Lucerne. It has a total of 159 spaces for tents, trailers and camping cars, swimming and splashing pools and a well-stocked store. For the luxury-oriented camper, the owner also has wellness offerings on the site, including manicures, pedicures and facials. The campground is only a short walk from both the mountain train station and the lake boat station. For further details of camping in the Lake Lucerne area, go to: Bernese Oberland One TCS campground is Camping Thunersee at Thun-Gwatt directly on the lake. Whether you choose to pitch a tent, stay in your motor home or rent a “Swisstube”, you’ll have access to a spectacular view of the crystal clear waters of Lake Thun and the mountains in the background. This campground’s large lawn with a playground and gently sloping beach make it ideal for families with children – even the family dog is welcome. Camping Thunersee is per-


Wilderness camping on the lake.


Hello Switzerland for Expatriates, Summer Edition 2012  

Hello Switzerland is written by expats for expats living in Switzerland. Designed mainly for English speakers, the magazine contains feature...