Camping Aaregg, Lake Brienz, Switzerland
When I first started chatting about exploring Switzerland with a VW camper, a friend mentioned the lakeside campground Aaregg and I’ve wanted to visit ever since. I kept picturing stepping out of my van as the sun popped over the alps, glittering onto the lake. But somehow we still haven’t made it. The best I have gotten is viewing the campground through 3D glasses at the Swiss Caravan Exhibition in Bern last October! But luckily for us here at SFT, mum of 3 Daisy has.
Daisy moved from the UK to Switzerland 10 years ago with her husband and they have an 8, 5 and 1 year old. She runs the Schmetterling Playgroup in the village of Walchwil and is also a Tagesmutter, providing lunchtime supervision and a meal to kids whose mothers work. This past spring break, she plucked up the courage and travel solo with her three young kids to Camping Aaregg and she happily answered my questions on her return.
1. Tell us about your campground and the best way to get there.
Camping Aaeregg is a five star family campground directly on the Lake Brienz.
The 1.5 hour car journey from Zug to Brienz turned into an almost 2.5 hour journey due to getting stuck around Luzern during Friday afternoon rush hour. Next time I would try to leave a little earlier and avoid that time of day.
The campground can also be accessed by public transport. Check out the Swiss Rail Website for connection details.
2. What types of accommodation are on offer?
I was travelling without my husband and have 3 children aged 8, 5 and 18 months. I booked a small cabin with a double room and children’s room with bunkbeds. There was a table with 4 chairs, a kitchen area with a sink and 2 hot plates plus basic kitchen equipment and a fridge. We also had our own small shower room with WC. It was not a large space but worked out fine with the good weather we had as we were out all day and just there for breakfast and dinner. Outside we had a small terrace with 2 sun loungers and table and chairs.
The campsite also had larger cabins for 5 or 6 people, as well as simpler cabins with beds and nothing else. For all cabins types guests should bring their own bedding and towels, although this could also be booked from the site for an extra charge.
Also available are, of course, pitches for tents and campers vans of which we saw quite a few during our visit in April.
3. What facilities does the campground offer?
We briefly looked into the shower, toilet and washing facilities and were impressed. There seemed to be plenty of space for washing the dishes and clean shower facilities including some special child-size showering cubicles and toilets plus varied basin heights for children.
There is a small grocery shop on site where we pre-ordered croissants for the next morning and a restaurant is also on site although we were told it wouldn’t be open in April.
4. What activities does the campground offer?
We noticed a „Cinema“ where a children’s film seemed to be shown each evening and there was also a very nice children’s playground and a couple outdoor giant boardgames. I am sure there would be more options such as lake activities during the summer months.
5. Breakfast, lunch and dinner: what are your recommendations?
As we only stayed for two nights we didn’t do anything very exciting in terms of food. I had pre-prepared pasta sauce for the first night and for the second night we just picked up some supplies from the Migros in Brienz (about 10 minutes drive). Breakfast was cereal brought from home plus croissants from the on-site shop. Lunch on the first day was picnic food and sausages grilled on the fire. Lunch on the second day was at the restaurant at the Aare Gorge, which I wasn’t terribly impressed with. (Slow service, mixed up order and unclear menu description).
6. What to see and do outside the campground?
Ballenberg, an outdoor historical museum, is 10 minutes drive from the campsite and we all really enjoyed our day out there. There were lots of interesting things to see and do and we are planning to return to the museum to see more.
On our second day we vistied the Aare Gorge which the kids loved! It has a narrow walkway but there was room enough for a small buggy and we only had to stop a few times to let people pass in the opposite direction. The children also really enjoyed the playground here after we had visited the gorge itself.
There are lots of impressive waterfalls in the area. I wanted to go to the Trümmelbachfall but noticed a review on trip advisor stating that small children are refused entry as it is too loud for them.
If we go again for a longer period of time I would get the Erlebniskarte Brienz. This includes a ticket for the ship on lake Brienz, a trip on the Rothurn Bahn and entry to the Ballenberg Museum.
7. Best way to book the holiday?
We booked directly through the campsite
8. Anything to watch out for?
Our cabin was directly next to a small decorative pond with a fountain. This was a HUGE (dangerous!) attraction for my 18 month old and meant that when I was cooking or cleaning up after dinner I either had to lock him in the cabin with me (where he proceeded to empty the fridge and all the cupboards) or I had to rely on my oldest to take him to the playground where he could be safe and away from water. Considering that families with small children are surely likely to choose these cabins for their stay rather than genuine camping, it seems very strange that the campsite chooses to have a pond right in the middle of the cabin area.
9. What type of campers are you?
We are inexperienced campers and have never camped as a family. There’s definitely an appeal for us to being closer to nature and having a playground, lake and other activities/facilities literally at your doorstep
A big thanks to Daisy for sharing her experience with Camping Aaregg. It is still on my to-visit list! If you have a campground you would love to write about, please get in contact!