Swiss Family Camping: Alpencamping Nenzing
Does Camping have to equal roughing it? It doesn’t according to experienced glamper and SFT editor Pamela. Since she purchased her Marco Polo pop top van 2 years ago she has been all over Europe with her family in search of the perfect campsite. With her her Nespresso machine, a good pillow and fluffy duvet, she’s always on the lookout for campgrounds that fit her glamping style. To inspire your next camping trip, Pamela brings us her very favorite - Alpencamping—just over the Swiss-Austrian board in Nenzing.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR CAMPGROUND AND THE BEST WAY TO GET THERE:
Alpencamping is a relatively a small campground but what attracted us was the spa, pools and restaurant, all within a short distance from our home. The hosts go out of their way to make us feel welcome when we visit and take their jobs as hosts very seriously. Located in Nenzing just over the Swiss-Austrian borde,r the campground is a very reachable 2 hour drive from central Switzerland. Accessing the campground via the Austrian Motorway though will require you to purchase an Austrian Autobahn Vingette, which you can purchase at service stations near to the border on the Swiss side, or just over the border on the Austrian side. But as the campground is only around 10km past the border you can programme your GPS to avoid the motorway once you reach Austria and avoid having to purchase it if you don’t plan on doing any other further touring.
WHAT TYPES OF ACCOMMODATION ARE ON OFFER?:
When we visited there were only pitches for caravans, motorhomes, vans and tents but as of this spring they will open brand new chalets built into the side of a hill. The pitches are a variety of sizes ranging from normal sized pitches all the way up to the new 180 square meter xxl panorama pitches.
WHAT FACILITIES DOES THE CAMPSITE OFFER?:
The onsite restaurant with its friendly staff is excellent; even the locals in the area come to eat there. It has a spa with massages by appointment (at the time of publication 35 Euros per hour, payment by cash only). There is a small playground for kids and a within a short walk there is a larger football field for them to run around in. They have one big pool which is partly inside and partly out.
They have a very small shop with a great variety of breads each morning (no need to pre-order) and basics you might need, but you if you want something more substantial it would be best to bring supplies with you. The restaurant is not open for breakfast. The shop also sells locally made handcrafted gift items that are really beautiful and unique.
The bathrooms are the nicest I've seen at any campground, bar none. You can rent yourself a private bathroom for your stay which is a luxury in and of itself, but if you don't, you can use any private bathrooms that are not currently rented (of course you won’t be able to leave your stuff in them) which is great for families. These bathroom facilities, as well as the kitchen area have all been recently redone.
WHAT ACTIVITIES DOES THE CAMPSITE OFFER?:
This is the type of campground for those families who aren't looking for any planned activities or kids club. Our kids swam and played on the football field, and then we ate dinner and then headed back to our van for family board game nights. Bliss.
BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER: WHAT ARE YOUR RECOMMENDATIONS?:
We enjoyed breakfast at our van each morning and brought along some cheese and cold cuts for light meals. We ate dinner at the restaurant where they have plenty of fantastic local meals at reasonable prices - really something for everyone. They are very accommodating and constantly looking out for the diners’ happiness.
WHAT TO SEE AND DO OUTSIDE THE CAMPGROUND?:
The Voralberg area is very famous for outdoor actives and there are a lot of things to do. As we were only there for a weekend our main aim was to relax, but there are plenty of hiking options. The reception has information for what’s on offer in the area and are very helpful.
ANY TIPS OF WHAT NOT TO FORGET?:
Since swimming is the major attraction in all seasons, don't forget your swimsuits and everything that goes with it. Oh and don't forget to bring your own coffee - or as I like to, my Nespresso coffee machine and frother! Please don’t tell anyone I have a toaster, too.
BEST WAY TO BOOK?:
This campground books out very quickly during the summer as well as the spring long weekends so book early, directly with the campsite.
WHAT SETS THIS CAMPING GROUND APART FROM THE REST?:
In my experience it is a very luxurious campsite and the experience you have in the restaurant and pool area is equivalent to any 5 star hotel I've ever stayed in. What's amazing about this place is that you have your camping on one side and then you walk into this world of luxury - I sat and enjoyed my iced coffee while my husband and son swam. I had my lunch on the terrace being waited on by a lovely server. They even have a wine cellar.
WHAT TYPE OF CAMPER ARE YOU? :
We are “glampers” and do not strive for roughing it. We look for campsites that offer something special, whether that is activities for the kids, a nice area with great swimming, or great food. We have been known to go to a campsite if it is in walking distance of a Michelin Star restaurant!