Accommodation in Switzerland
If you want to save on accommodation in Switzerland, here are the main tips to do so:
- In Switzerland, camping is the most economical type of accommodation in many cases. You may require a bit more comfort than just a tent or caravan. Some campsites rent simple cottages as well. You can get a map with campsites from the tourist offices. However, if you consider tenting instead of using hostels or hotels, be aware that most campsites are a little outside cities and villages. It’s maybe not ideal for sightseeing, unless you rent a car or bike since busses might not stop directly at the campsite. We recommend to book ahead a place at campsite in the summer season.
- In tourist areas, look for hotel accommodations that offer packages, meaning ski passes or summer excursions could be included for a little more than the actual room price. For example, www.swisstrails.ch offers several “bike-and-camp” packages, including a three-day ride by Lake Geneva from Sfr351/€250 including accommodation, bike hire, map and luggage transport (half-price for under 12s).
- Demi-pension – or “Halb Pension” means half board. For just a little more than the actual price for accommodation, you can often book “Halb Pension”, where breakfast and either lunch or dinner are included (drinks not included except tea/coffee for breakfast). If you are not a gourmet who prefers to dine only in the best of the best food temples, this can stretch your food budget considerably.
- Another great way to see the country without spending fortunes for accommodation is hostelling. There are 57 internationally affiliated hostels (youthhostel.ch) and 33 independent backpacker hostels ( swissbackpackers.ch ) in Switzerland. Many are in idyllic Alpine surroundings and offer extras such as bike hire. From 11 April to 30 June, two adults and their children can stay five nights for the price of four at hostels in Geneva, Vevey, Interlaken, Grindelwald and Lucerne, from Sfr31 (€22) per person per night, less for children.
- In Switzerland, you can find comfortable chalets and apartments for less money than hotels. Staying in an apartment has another equally big advantage: you can cook your own meals. This will save the costs of going out for dinner. If you search closely and book well in advance, you will be able to find affordable apartments on top locations.
- The last, but not least budget accommodation type is “Sleeping in Straw”. It‘s an attraction for the whole family, escpecially for kids. “Schlaf im Stroh” are Bed & Breakfast accommodations on farms. Sometimes you really sleep in the barn with fresh summer hay, at other places sleeping accommodations are separated from the actual barn. Often they also offer bunk beds with matrasses if you don’t want to join in your kids fun. The Swiss scheme includes 200 farms, listed at www.schlaf-im-stroh.ch, from where you can choose the most perfect for you. Nightly prices are Sfr20–30 (€14-21) per adult (less for children), including breakfast. Go on and experience a true farmlife in Switzerland!
So, if you have decided where you wanna stay in Switzerland, but you don’t know if a such type of accommodation will be on your route, check at SwitzerlandMobility.