Lakeside Camping near Zug: Camping Unterägeri
Spending a weekend on a campground in Switzerland is a great way to get back to the basics while enjoying the beautiful surroundings. Better yet when those weekend escapes require minimal travel time. So we decided one weekend to stay local and spend a weekend at the Unterägeri campground, just a short drive from our home.
TELL US ABOUT THE UNTERÄGERI CAMPGROUND AND THE BEST WAY TO GET THERE:
Our journey to Camping Unterägeri, located directly next to the Ägeri lake, is just 15-minute drive up from city Zug. For those coming from Zurich way, driving over the Raten or via Menzingen may be your quickest route. The campground located in a nature reserve has plenty of trees and green areas to chill out (unfortunately though no dogs allowed) and even as we were pitching a tent, I felt like we were a world away from daily life. In reality, we were just a 20-minute drive away from home.
Being close to home ended up being highly advantageous this weekend thanks to firstly my lousy back, which had me leaving everyone at the campground each evening to head back home to sleep in my more comfortable bed. But also because within 30 minutes arriving The Boy fell off his bike while exploring the grounds and we had to head straight to the hospital for stitches. Being close to home meant we knew exactly where to go. So there are a lot of advantages of not travelling far on holiday!
WHAT TYPES OF ACCOMMODATION ARE ON OFFER ON THE UNTERÄGERI CAMPGROUND?:
Camping Unterägeri only offers pitches for tents, vans, caravans and motorhomes, with no rental accommodation on offer. The grounds have a mixture of long term residents and short term visitors which blend in together nicely. We visited in on an early summers weekend, and the grounds were barely full - but I am sure this changes over the summer period.
The pitches for short term stays seemed to all be on the perimeter of the grounds close to the fences looking over fields or under shady trees (for tents) We found it to be a very peaceful location with everyone 100% in holiday mode.
WHAT FACILITIES DOES THE CAMPSITE OFFER?:
The bathroom facilities are very well maintained and kept clean. There are three different bathroom blocks around the grounds, with some closed during quieter times. There is a lovely onsite restaurant for lunch or dinner.
The campground also allowed me to pay for a two-day visitor pass thanks to me unable to stay the night on the floor of a tent. I appreciated being able to come back and hang with the family during the day and enjoy dinner together before I headed back home alone to enjoy a comfortable nights sleep.
WHAT ACTIVITIES DOES THE CAMPSITE OFFER?:
There are no specific organized activities on offer, with guests being left to entertain themselves. Fine by me! Thanks to its lakeside location we could pop in for a refreshing swim or hang out down at its little pebbly beach. We brought out stand-up paddleboard along and some water toys too.
The campground has a small playground for the kids, table tennis and a room with a couple of activities like darts and a foosball table.
BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER: WHAT ARE YOUR RECOMMENDATIONS?:
Hubby cycled into town (just a 5 minute ride away) each morning to pick up fresh bread from the ZumBack bakery. There he also stopped by the COOP (there is also Migros) to pick up supplies for a picnic lunch.
Our first night after the drama from the bike accident, we were happy to enjoy a relaxed dinner at the onsite restaurant. My meal of choice in summer is almost always a fitness teller with Fisch knusperli (a salad plate with fish). For our second dinner, we headed into the forest to grill some sausages and marshmallows.
While we didn't visit any of the local restaurants or cafes on this visit, I can highly recommend the following from local friends and family.
Eierhals in Morgarten for fish
Maple Coffeehouse for coffee
Ägeri Kebap Haus
The Ägerihof for pizza and schnitzel
Ristorante La Corona for pizza
Strandbad Lido for a meal and a swim
Zumbach Bakery for bread and sandwiches
Alpwirtschaft Sonnegg for Älplermagronen
WHAT TO SEE AND DO OUTSIDE THE CAMPGROUND?:
While this time our aim of the weekend was to chill out we didn't do much outside the campground except for finding a fire-it to grill sausages one night. But since we live locally I have plenty of suggestions if you are looking for more than what the campground offers:
Hike along the Zuggiblubbi Erlebnisweg on the Zugerberg
Play mini golf in Unterägeri in town
Hike up at the Raten and enjoy an ice cream and the playground
Spend the day up at Sattel Hoch Stuckli hiking, jumping on the bouncing castles or zooming down the toboggan
Visit Morgarten and learn about the 1315 battle
ANY TIPS OF WHAT NOT TO FORGET?:
Apart from your standard camping supplies, don't forget to bring bikes and helmets, lake shoes if you aren't keen on pebbles and anything you will need on the water like a stand-up paddleboard. If you have room, my kids love to zoom around campgrounds on their scooters. We also packed a couple of board and card games for lazy days at our tent.
Also, don't forget to follow the rules. There this a Ruhe (quiet) time between 12 pm and 2 pm when no cars can come or leave and noise is kept to a minimum as well as no playing football on the green grass near the lake which is reserved for those wanting to lay back and enjoy the sunshine.
BEST WAY TO BOOK?:
We booked directly with the campground.
WHAT SETS THIS CAMPING GROUND APART FROM THE REST?:
Camping Unterägeri's lakeside location and proximity to the mountains makes this a great campground for families. Park your car for the entire time and get around by foot or by bike.
WHAT TYPE OF CAMPER ARE YOU? :
We are a family five who are willing to try it all. From cabins to caravans, motor homes to rooftop tents. All us adults need is a comfortable place to sleep and a clean bathroom to use. The ultimate dream is to own a VW Camper of our own, but until then we enjoy either renting one or enjoying other accommodation campsites have to offer.