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Are you curious about the best way to see Switzerland? Well, then this road trip campervan itinerary is just for you! This spring Ganesh and I took a lovely road trip through Switzerland with our trusty campervan. Living in Munich, I’ve visited Switzerland several times, but slower traveling with a campervan was ideal for seeing this picturesque country. Switzerland has some great campsites ranging from well-maintained holiday parks to more rustic farms, which were all perfect for a campervan, tent, or those renting a cabin. We loved our campervan road trip itinerary, which allowed us to experience some of the highlights of Switzerland, but also got us off the beaten-path for unique experiences.

perfect switzerland campervan and road trip itinerary

Switzerland is a gorgeous country that gives you a sample of the very best of Europe. With 4 national languages, including French, German, Italian, and Romansh, each region has a distinct flair. When you’re in the French-speaking cantons, you’ll find rustic chateaus and rolling vineyards. In the German region, you’ll find delicious cheese and towering mountains, and in the Italian-speaking region, there’s great food, and locals extend their hospitality. The diverse landscape, language, culture, and cuisine packed into a safe and easy-to-drive country make Switzerland the perfect destination for a European campervan road trip. 

Switzerland cow pasture with mountains in Lauterbrunnen

This campervan road trip itinerary for Switzerland is fully customizable, so whether you have 7 days or 14 days, you can pick and choose the best stops and campervan campsites that work with your schedule. Before you follow my itinerary, make sure you head over and save/read my post about the best driving and camping tips for a Switzerland road trip with a campervan, which includes essential planning tips, what to expect at campsites, and recommendations for where to rent a camper. For this itinerary, you can rent a camper from IndieCampers which is located in Zürich. For a more budget-friendly option, you can also rent RoadSurfer from Munich or Freiburg and enter Switzerland near Zürich or Basel. We are based in Munich and drive a RoadSurfer.

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  • Unique road trip itinerary for exploring Switzerland by campervan
  • Discover hidden gems and still see the highlights
  • Focus on nature-based and agricultural camping
  • The perfect way to see a new side of Switzerland

Stop 1: Zürich – 1-2 Nights

If you’re renting based on my campervan tips post, you have a variety of entry options. If you’re coming from Munich as we did, Zürich is a great first stop. Zürich has a special place in my heart. It was the first place in Switzerland I ever visited while backpacking Europe in 2010. While I’ve come a long way from only being able to afford to stay in a spaghetti factory on my budget (that’s a story for another time), Zürich remains one of Europe’s most impressive urban sustainability hubs. As a modern European city with an upscale hipster vibe, my favorite thing to do when visiting the city is exploring the more grungy and artistic side, which is often overlooked. 

Zurich skyline at sunset Switzerland Road trip

Where to Stay in Zürich

Fischers Fritz is the closest and most popular campsite for the Zürich area. However, it can get very crowded, especially during peak season. So, I would suggest parking near Zürich to see the city for the day and then heading to Camping Sihlwald to access a beautiful nature reserve. You could also choose Camping Strandbad Turlersee, which is right on a lake with access to walking trails, lake swimming, and nature. 

green nature reserve near zurich

Of course, you can also choose to stay at a hotel in the city and park the van with them if you want to enjoy the most of your urban setting. I always stay in a recommend 25 Hours Hotel which oozes unique Zürich charm. In fact, with these campsites away from the city, you could easily spend 2 days in the area – one exploring the nature reserves near your campsite and the other seeing Zürich.

Things to do in Zürich

Alternative Tour of Zürich – In Zürich, I always recommend the alternative side of things. I suggest you visit the industrial district, the viaduct, and Rote Fabrik, which houses locally-owned boutique stores, art galleries, bars, and restaurants. Of course, the Alt Stadt can’t be missed for its authentic European charm. If you’re camping at Frischers Fitz, you can even walk along the lake into the city, stopping at some of the sights along the way.

Zurich aqueduct hipster shopping

Embrace Sustainability & Nature – Zürich is one of Europe’s sustainability hubs. A few zero waste shopping centers are a great option for filling up your campervan with packaging-free products. This helps reduce your waste while on the road and honestly makes cooking so much easier. Sihlwald Nature Reserve has some easy hikes, and Thurlersee has a fantastic walking trail that circumnavigates the entire nearby lake. 

Driving: Zürich -> Lac de Neuchâtel

The drive from Zürich to my recommended campsite in Neuchâtel is pretty short, which means there is plenty of time to explore some of the surrounding nature during your drive. I do recommend leaving the Zürich area early to get a spot at the campground I recommend for Neuchâtel. If you want another city break, you can hop over to Bern, but there are three impressive nature parks on your way, and I would suggest getting out and stretching your legs in one of them. 

The largest of the three, Doubs Natural Park is a great place for hiking, biking, and cultural immersion. The park is known for its impressive sustainability practices balancing traditional lifestyle with conservation. The park is home to impressive biodiversity, including the endangered checkerboard flower (Fritillaria meleagris). There are two hikes in the region and sections of a long-distance bike trail. It is recommended you stop at the visitor center for maps of the two hikes. 

Doubs Natural Park Switzerland Road Trip Itinerary

If you want more of a challenging hike or opportunities for wildlife viewing, then visit Thal Nature Park. Finally, in Jurapark Aargau, you’ll find some great themed walking trails for opportunities to learn about rural agriculture, biodiversity, and sustainable development in the region. You can even plan a route and drive through all three!

Stop 2: Bio Farm in Neuchâtel – 2 Nights

When we first entered the Neuchâtel region, I stuck my head out of the window like a dog, gaping at the beautiful rolling vineyards. Each vineyard had an impressive château with a stunning lake view. If you are a big fan of wine, this is the place for you! After we checked into our bio farm accommodation and got the campervan set up, we offloaded the bikes and took off a bike tour through the vineyards. There are plenty of spots to taste wine and many mountain ruins to visit along the bike trails. If you don’t have a bike or don’t like wine, no worries. On our second day, we also took time to stroll through some nature trails and poked our heads into small towns filled with museums, cobblestone streets, and boutique shops. We spent a total of two nights here fitting in everything we wanted to do but also just scratched the surface. You could easily spend three nights at a more relaxed pace and the opportunity to see more castles, museums and enjoy long hikes. If we were to stay longer, we would have left the bio farm and checked into a campsite along the lake for a change of scenery. You really get a taste of the very best of Switzerland in this hidden gem of a region. Whether you prefer to spend the day indulging in a wine tasting in a French-style wine cellar, cooling off by the lake, or an action-packed day with hiking and biking, there is something for everyone. 

Switzerland Campervan Road Trip Neuchatel vineyards

Where to Camp in Neuchâtel

The Coue: One of the reasons we choose this region is because of a specific camping spot. The Coue is a family-owned bio-farm near the sleepy town of Travers. This exclusive and off-the-beaten-path spot was a highlight of our Swiss campervan road trip. They don’t take reservations, so I recommend adjusting your itinerary to visit on weekdays or arrive just after check-in (around 2:30 pm). As soon as they open their gates, you can drive in and see if they have space for your campervan. For those that are on a non-campervan road trip, they also have eco-pods and a treehouse, which must be booked ahead of time on Air BnB. 

We loved spending time relaxing on the farm watching the chickens, goats, sheep, horses, rabbits, and baby cows frolicking – they legit had baby cows frolicking through the campsite. There is a small shop with local beer, cheers, wine, farm-fresh eggs, and daily bio-baguettes. You can even order some pizza and have a sit-down dinner if you need a break from camp food. The bathrooms and showers were comfortable and clean. While this campground is marketed as a great place for kids, with a play-barn and farm animals, we enjoyed our time as an adult couple. The farm is located on one of the main bicycle routes, and you can easily walk to Travers, a quaint town.

two horned sheet grazing on a Switzerland bio farm

The owners both spoke French. Whether they spoke much German (our second language) or English wasn’t apparent. Ganesh got by with his basic French, and they never offered to switch to another language.  If The Coue is full you can try Hotel Camping Sutz, TCS Camping Gampelen Neuenburgersee, or any of the dozens of sites available in Neuchâtel.

Things to do in Neuchâtel

Wine Tasting: As you drive along Lake Neuchatel and Lake Bieler, you’ll have a hard time not stopping at every single vineyard you see along the way. We visited Château d’Auvernier, which was an excellent decision. This gorgeous winery offers a fantasy wine tasting exploring their wines ranging from traditional Chardonnay to premium Pinot Noir. You can even tour the wine cellar or simply take a moment to enjoy the sweeping views.

two white wine glasses on a wine barrel during tasting in Château d’Auvernier

Explore Auvernier: After (or before) your wine tasting, I highly recommend just wandering the charming cobblestone streets of Auvernier. This small village is teeming with cute local shops and restaurants, medieval structures, and colorful doors framed with wisteria. 

Bike Tour: If you’re like us and brought your bikes, I recommend doing a bike tour in the region. From the Eco farm campsite, you can quickly access a trail that runs from Travers to Les Verrières, a hilly but relatively easy ride exploring smaller towns and farmland and runs along a scenic river. There are chances to get off and do small nature walks to add some steps to your day. You can also do the wine road, which runs along the lake and take you from the winery to the winery for a day of biking and wine tasting. 

Bike tour of val de travers Switzerland campervan itinerary

Museums and Castles: If you prefer a little more hustle and bustle, you can head into the main capital to see the impressive Neuchâtel Castle. You can book an afternoon tour of the castle for about 5 CHF. There are also dozens of castles in the region, so if you are castle obsessed, this is the place to go bananas. Before or after your castle visit, take time to explore the capital city. There are about 25 museums and dozes of castles in the Canton, so this is a great place for history buffs. 

Auvernier castle

Driving: Lac de Neuchatel -> La Fouly

The next stop after Neuchatel is La Fouly, a high mountain town surrounded by glaciers. Of course, we took our time getting there because there is plenty to see along the way. The beauty of a Swiss road trip with your campervan is stopping wherever your heart desires, so feel free to stop as you please or follow along with our recommended stops.

Montreux is a great option to stop for lunch. We’ve been eating most of our meals in our campervan, but we liked to stop for lunch at a restaurant on transit days. There are some great lakeside options along Lake Leman like Le Fouquet’s or more casual eats. Don’t miss Château de Chillon, which is the castle that inspired Prince Eric’s castle in the Little Mermaid. If you prefer a quieter and more relaxed lunch stop, I can recommend La Terrasse du Port in the small harbor town of Port-Valais.

Château de Chillon Switzerland

Pissevache is a stunning waterfall you’ll see on the side of the road. If you want to take time to hop out and take a look, it’s a great place to stretch your legs. 

Amphithéâtre Romain: We stumbled on this hidden gem of a Roman ruin and were so excited we did – as Ganesh loves ruins! There is free parking right across from the ruin, and the ruin itself is free to explore. It’s not much, but it is a reminder of the expanse of the Roman empire. If you’re into St. Bernards and kitschy tourist stops, there is a St. Bernard museum at the same stop, which honors the legacy of St. Bernards in the regions. We didn’t stop here as it’s not our cup of tea, but it looked cute. 

Romain amphitheatre Switzerland Road Trip

Enjoy the last stretch on your way to La Fouly. You’ll be heading up the mountain through winding roads and alpine farmland. Be prepared for narrow and winding roads, switchbacks, and the possible cow crossing, depending on the time of year.

Stop 3: La Fouly, Camping Among Glacier – 2 Nights

La Fouly is a mountain town that operates as a ski resort in the winter. This tiny yet charming village is a great hub for camping among glaciers and scenic hiking in the summer. Once again, we planned this stop around a campsite. I mean, who doesn’t want to camp among glaciers! We arrived later in the afternoon after spending the day sightseeing during our drive. We checked into our campground and spent some time finding the perfect spot that suited our needs. But, once we were settled in, we took off on a very short 1km educational trail walk before hunkering down at camp. Since it was rather chilly in spring at the high elevation, we cooked a hot meal, busted out the wine and whiskey, and allowed ourselves to take in the glacier views. The next morning we woke up and headed out to hike, taking in the 360 mountain views. We packed lunch for the hike and took our time observing the flora. After another relaxing night, we got up early before packing up and hitting the road once again. You probably don’t need more than two nights here, as the activities are limited and it is a very small area.

La Fouly camping under glaciers with campervan

Where to Camp in La Foley

Camping Des Glaciers: The highlight of this stop is the campsite, where you literally camp among glaciers. You check-in, order your morning baguette and find an available pitch that suits you. We were traveling off-season, so we were able to get an entire field to ourselves. You can choose a plot on a more grassy field or more rocky terrain underneath the glaciers. Each section of the campground has its own bathroom, dishwashing station, and laundry sinks. Not every spot has power, so make sure your cord can reach the green power supplies. The bathrooms and showers are pretty good, but they aren’t always close to some pitches. We made sure to stay near one as I have to pee often in the night. Reception has lots of great tourist and activity advice to help you plan your active outdoor holiday. There’s also a nice playground and cabins for rent.

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Things to do in La Fouly

Hiking, hiking, and more hiking: La Fouly is a hiking region, so you’re in the right place if you enjoy hiking. There are a handful of trailheads starting at the visitor center. We had planned on doing the Chemin du Bouquetin trail. This is a more challenging day hike where you can hike up and down the mountain in a circular route or ride the gondola up and hike down for a more accessible option. However, when we arrived, there was still quite a lot of snow in the higher elevations, and the cable car wasn’t operating, so we opted for a lower elevation, Chemin du Bisse. This was a circular 5-6k trail that allowed for great views and a bit of forest traversing. We lost the trail through and ended up making out own way. Another lower elevation option is the Chemin des Places which takes you more through the forest. There are also longer multi-day hikes in the region as the St. Bernard Trail and Tour du Mont Blanc.

girl hiking in the Switzerland snow-covered mountains la Fouly

Mountain Biking and ‘Extreme’ Sports: The region is ripe for mountain biking, paragliding, mountaineering, and mountain climbers. If you are more of an adrenaline junkie, you will certainly get your fix in the La Fouly region. 

Nature Walk and Tree Tops: For those looking for a softer adventure, there are many nature-based options, including a zipline and tree obstacle course, which is part of the campsite. Also starting at the campsite is the Charlotte the Marmot nature trail. This trail is marketed for kids, but honestly, even as adults, we enjoyed learning about the region’s ecosystem. This light walking trail meanders through the woods, and you’ll learn about the wildlife and nature in the region. 

Driving: La Fouly -> Interlaken

The drive from La Fouly to your next stop in Interlaken is a bit longer, but there are many great stops along the way. I’ve provided two options, plus an overall itinerary variation, so you can tailor the drive-based and next stop based on when you are traveling or your interests. 

St. Bernard Pass is a must-do for those on a summer campervan road trip. The pass is hailed as one of the most amazing drives in the world. The easiest way to make the drive is to navigate to St. Bernard Hospice, but make sure you are taking the correct route, as there is an express tunnel or a scenic drive, and you want the scenic drive. The pass is only open June-October, and you’ll want to check road conditions before you head out. If you reach the hospice and lake, there are hiking opportunities with St. Bernards, lunch, and views of high alpine lakes and mountains. For tips on mountain passes with a campervan, head over to read my Swiss campervan tips.

Alpine lake with mountains St. Bernard Pass Switzerland Road Trip

The Cheese Trails: If you are traveling during the offseason, like us, I recommend you head straight down to Gruyère Pays-d’Enhaut Nature Park. This is a lovely area known for its long history of cheese making. You’ll find plenty of great stops for cheese and scenic hikes along the way. Better yet, you can even hike the Cheese Trails and follow in the footsteps of mountain people who used to carry cheese from village to village. I recommend hiking sections of the Via Le Gruyere AOP for easier walks ranging from 4km – 10km; however, if you prefer to just swing by a fromagerie and pick up some cheese for the road, then Fromagerie Bio des Moulins. is the best place It is important to support bio farming and agriculture in Switzerland to protect pollinators and healthy crop yields for the future. There were a few campsites in this nature park that I thought looked nice. You could certainly stop and camp in this region for the night if you want more time to hike the cheese trails and learn about agriculture in the region. 

Regional Park Gruyère Pays-d'Enhaut cheese trails in Switzerland

ALTERNATIVE ROUTE: We prefer to visit Zermatt for our skiing holidays, so we skipped the Matterhorn on this campervan itinerary for Switzerland. If you have your heart set on seeing the Matterhorn, this is the perfect spot to divert, driving from La Foley to the Zermatt region. I recommend camping at Camping Attermenzen, which views the Matterhorn for one night, before reconnecting with my itinerary in Interlaken. However, you’ll see plenty of impressive mountains and glaciers in Lauterbrunnen on my itinerary.

Stop 4: Lake Camping at Interlaken – 2 Nights

The Interlaken lake region is world-famous for its stunning lakes and scenic mountain views. After a long day of driving, we arrived at our lakeside campground in the late afternoon. We had just enough time to check-in, grab a spot right on the water and head out for an evening nature walk. The campground connects with the Weissenau Nature Reserve. The reserve was set up to protect rare nesting birds and restore their natural habitat. We lucked out; since we visited in May, the baby chicks had just hatched, and we spent hours bird watching and taking photos. Eventually, we made our way to the Weisenau Castel Ruin and the Thunersee Viewpoint. The following day we blew up the paddleboard and spent most of our time on the lake, paddling, picnicking, and eventually explored the nature trails connecting the camp to Interlaken, where there was plenty of things to do. We stayed here a total of two nights and felt like we had enough time to enjoy the region.

Girl paddleboarding at Thunersee Switzerland

Where to Camp in Interlaken

Camping Manor Farm is a superb location. The facilities were a bit dated, and during peak season, the better spots could get grabbed up quickly. However, we snagged a pitch right on the lakefront during the shoulder season and enjoyed a mostly crowd-free stay. The campsite has access to a nature reserve, ferry terminal, walking trails, ruins, Interlaken, observation decks, and more. The receptionist spoke English and was very helpful with tours and ideas in the region. The camp does require a J plug if you need electricity, but you can get one from reception for a deposit. There was a bar and restaurant available, but we make most of our food in our campervan, so we didn’t try it out. 

Things to Do in Interlaken

Nature, Birding, and Ruins: Spring is the best time for birding, but there are opportunities for bird viewing throughout the summer. Historically the Thurnsee was an important lake for transportation, and over the years, humans built up the shores with fortresses, housing, and shipping terminals. This had an unfortunate impact on wildlife, as birds no longer had marshy areas for nesting. In an effort to rewild the region, the nature reserve was set aside to restore the marshy wetlands. Dozens of rare bird species moved back in. From your campsite, you can walk the length of the reserve, stopping to view birds from observation decks and with binoculars. 

At the end of the nature reserve, there are ruins from an old fortress. It is free to enter, and you can go to the top for a stellar view of the lake. Make sure you go all the way to the Thunersee View Point for the best view of the lake. It is a great spot to watch the sun begin to set before heading back to camp. The Lombach nature trail walk is a very easy trail that starts at the camp. The trail is flat and only runs for a few kilometers, making it a very accessible nature walk. 

Weissenau Castel

Lake Activities: If you brought your SUP, kayak, or any other boating activities (unfortunately, there are no rentals), then you can enjoy the proximity to the lake and spend the day SUPing. If you don’t have anything to take into the lake, make a picnic and spend the afternoon relaxing on the lakeshore.  

Explore Interlaken: Interlaken is primarily a region, but it is also a town nestled between two lakes. The town itself is a bit overrated, but there are a few things worth doing, most notably the funicular to the Harder Kulm observation deck. 

Take the Ferry: If you want to explore more of Thunersee without your car, the ferry system is the perfect way to do so. I can recommend taking the ferry from your campsite to Beatushölen Sundlauenen for a scenic viewpoint. There is then a walking trail along the cliffside that will take you all the way to Merligen. From there, you can catch the ferry back to camp.

Driving: Interlaken -> Lauterbrunnen

If you didn’t take advantage of the ferry system to circumnavigate Thunersee, then today is a great day to do so. We circumnavigated the lake visiting the viewpoints and stopping in Thun. We parked for 2 hours and did a nice walk along the river, visited the Jakobshübeli observation deck and the Thun castle. We didn’t spend too much time meandering as we wanted to get to our next camp and explore the Lauterbrunnen region – a definite highlight of our Swiss campervan itinerary. 

Thunersee Switzerland Road Trip

Stop 5: Lauterbrunnen, Camping Under Waterfalls 2-3 Nights

Lauterbrunnen is really the crem de la crem of this itinerary. The campsite we picked out is literally at the base of several of the iconic waterfalls in the region. On top of that, the area is a home base for visiting Jungfrau a towering glacier-filled mountain and Europe’s highest train ride. We arrived in the later afternoon and geared up for a panoramic hike of the valley. After making our way through fields of wildflowers, cow pastures, scenic compounds all surrounded by powerful waterfalls and gigantic mountains we ended up in downtown Lauterbrunnen. We grabbed a few drinks at the Hotel Horner and met some friendly locals before heading back to camp for the night. The following day we walked down to the Trümmelbachfälle waterfall experience, which was mind-blowing. On the way home we picked up some local bio cheese from the cheese vending machines, so we could enjoy it with wine and nuts back home. On our final day in the region, we ventured up to Jungfrau, the top of Europe!

Switzerland Campervan and Road Trip Itinerary

Where to Camp in Lauterbrunnen

Camping Jungfrau: The campsite is large and modern with ample pitches and rentals for all types of campers. The front desk was so friendly and gave us tourist information, we would even buy our Jungfrau tickets from then on another day. Many things were closed due to the pandemic, but the campsite had a rec room, a small store, and plenty of fun in-house activities. Once we checked in, a camp employee escorted us to our spot. They gave us some additional space on our pitch to follow covid requirements, so we had a whole row to ourselves. The bathrooms and showers were some of the best we had on this trip. From our camp spot, we could see multiple waterfalls and we often fell asleep to the sound of cowbells and water crashing against rock. The campsite was close to town, the train station, the waterfall experience, and overall had a nice vibe.

Things to Do in Lauterbrunnen

Panorama Valley Walk: When you check into your campsite make sure to ask for a little map of the area. The map will include a 5km circular route around the valley. We were able to do this in just over an hour and it was fairly easy, but offered stunning views and a quiet intimate look at life in the valley.   

Wildflowers and Switzerland cabin with mountains Lauterbrunnen

Trümmelbachfälle: If you love waterfalls this is the place for you. One massively powerful waterfall has carved out a channel through the mountainside effectively creating 12 smaller waterfalls in a unique cave system. There is an entrance fee and kids under 4 are not allowed in, even with an adult. There are thousands of stairs, dangerous water, and steep drop-offs. Once you pay and enter you can take an elevator up, but if you’re physically able, I suggest the stairs. After 12 waterfall views, you’ll reach the top with absolutely breathtaking views of the valley. It’s no wonder Tolkien was inspired to create Rivendell after visiting. 

Jungfraujoch: Visiting Jungfrau is a full-day adventure. You can buy your tickets from the camp reception and catch the train from Lauterbrunnen station. The train ride alone takes almost two hours, and you must change trains once as you climb to the top of Jungfrau. Once you arrive at the top, you can explore the ice museum and exhibits. You can enter an observation deck, learn about glaciers, drink prosecco on ice, or if you’re prepared for hiking in the snow you can even venture out to a hut for lunch before slowly working your way back down the mountain. 

Jungfrau Joch in Switzerland Glaciers and Mountains

Cable Cars, Hiking, and Endless Views: The Lauterbrunnen valley is teeming with gondolas, hiking trails, observation decks, and just views for days. You could spend an entire week or more traversing the region and taking photos. Ask your receptionist for recommended hikes, and routes based on your interest to make the most of your stay.  

Grindlewald: While I would suggest just staying in Lauterbrunnen and soaking up the region, you can access the popular Grindlewald from Lauterbrunnen by taking some gondolas and train. Grindlewald is picturesque and offers more alpine views. 

Driving: Lauterbrunnen -> UNESCO Biosphere Entlebuch

Once you leave Lauterbrunnen you’ll want to take the driving route along Brienzersee and then take the mountain pass called Panoramastrasse near Giswil to reach the UNESCO Entlebuch. The mountain drive is slow going, so take your time and use the scenic pull-outs for photos, or get out and stretch your legs at any of the countless walking and hiking trails. If any of the tourist offices are open perhaps you can stop in and get some help planning your time in the region.

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Stop 6: UNESCO Biosphere Entlebuch

This is the perfect spot for UNESCO and nature lovers alike. Entlebuch is a role model for UNESCO sites fostering gentle tourism to protect nature while revitalizing rural communities. The management model of Entlebuch is so successful it is renowned among UNESCO sites winning awards. Unfortunately when we visited many things were closed from the pandemic, but there were plenty of hiking opportunities regardless. The UNESCO site was founded to protect unique alpine marshland (moors) and stunning geological features (karst) while preserving traditional lifestyles. 

Switzerland Road Trip Entlebuch UNESCO Biosphere

Where to Camp in Entlebuch

If there is room at the inn, and you enjoy rustic and rural camping then I hope you look into camping at Hof Grosschreie. There are only two places, and the owner is a full-time farmer, but camping here is a truly unique agri-camping opportunity. You’ll get local knowledge about the best things to do in the biosphere and be able to buy direct from the farm. Even though the camping experience is more off-the-beaten-path, there are still facilities and even a little BBQ pit for cooking. If there isn’t room at the farm there’s a handful of campgrounds like Camping Thorbach and stellplatz (parking lots) in the area. 

Things to Do in Entlebuch

Hire a Local Excursions Guide: Local guides can help introduce you to the area while sharing their years of knowledge on excursions such as bat viewing. You can even sign up for courses including mushroom collecting, painting, or yodeling classes. The courses are temporarily on hold, but when they resume you can learn about them online. 

Entlebuch UNESCO Biosphere Switzerland

Hiking and taking a dip in the Kneippe: There are countless hikes in the region. Your campsite or visitor center can help you find a route that is ideal for your fitness level, or you can explore some options here. After a hike, it is common in the Alps to cool your feet off in cold water. If you’re able to end a hike near the Kneippanlage Schwandalp then you can enjoy this tradition if you’re brave enough to get in!

Environmental Education: If you want a more gentle day focused on learning about the biodiversity of the marshland then check out the newly opened large moor path. With loads of informational signs, you’ll get extra steps in and learn all about alpine marshland. We have similar ecosystems here in Germany and they are some of my favorite. 

Marbachegg: Take a gondola to the top of Marbachegg where you can picnic, take a food tour, paraglide, or try mountain co-karting.

Driving: UNESCO Biosphere Entlebuch -> Zürich

Your unique and off-beat itinerary for Switzerland is coming to an end :(. From the Biosphere, you can drive back to Zürich. Along the way, you can take the gondola to the top of Mount Pilatus for views of Lucern. If you want more city breaks then Lucern has plenty to offer. 

Alternative Routes and Options

Of course, there are several opportunities to expand your trip. Instead of returning to Zürich, you can navigate down to Lugano via the Gotthard pass – another one of Switerzland’s famous passes. I’ve driven to Lugano on a separate road trip itinerary and the drive is stunning. You can easily find camping using some of the tips from my Switzerland campervan road trip tip post. Some ideal places for camping would be in the Naturpark Beverin or continue on the Appenzell District to see the Wildkirche. From there you could continue back to Germany, if you’re from Munich, like me, head back to Zürich, or drop down to Italy for my Italian Campervan Itinerary (coming soon).

Finally, if you want to keep following my European campervan itineraries into Spain (coming soon) you can do this unique campervan itinerary in reverse, dropping into France after staying at La Coue eco-farm.

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I hope this alternative and off-the-beaten-path campervan itinerary for Switzerland helps you plan an epic road trip. With a focus on nature and hidden gems while still seeing the highlights this itinerary offers a fresh look at Switzerland. 

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