Swiss Family Camping: Brigerbad, Wallis
If you are looking for a campground that is located next to a great place to swim this summer, then the campground next to the thermal baths Brigerbad may just be the place for you. SFT editor Pamela checked it out over a weekend in September with the sole purpose of resting her tired muscles in the warming thermal waters.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR CAMPGROUND AND THE BEST WAY TO GET THERE:
We visited the Brigerbad campground in early Swiss autumn, choosing it for its mountain location as well as its location right next to the thermal baths. Just getting there was such a treat, with such a contrast between the warm temperatures of home to the snow flurries over the Furka pass. If you wanted to avoid the winding roads of the mountain pass, the best way to get there is through the Furka train tunnel unless you are coming from western Switzerland.
WHAT TYPES OF ACCOMMODATION ARE ON OFFER?:
There are 400 plots (divided between permanent and tourist) spotted around the grounds, most with ample shade from large trees. The plots are cosy, but we could fit out Mercedes Marco Polo and Outwell Tent onto one pitch. If you don't want to bring your own equipment there are a variety of options available from more tired looking rental mobile homes to a lovely onsite hotel.
WHAT FACILITIES DOES THE CAMPSITE OFFER?:
The onsite store is very small so it's best to bring what you need to eat with you. It is possible to pre-order bread for each morning so if you are arriving late make sure you call ahead to book it. The onsite restaurant which is opened for lunch and dinner is nothing to look at on the outside but the range of healthy options were delicious.
While the bathroom facilities onsite were adequate and clean, we didn’t end up using them, instead washing up directly after swimming at the Brigerbad next door. The showers and dressing area were like a hotel. There is a small playground on site for the kids.
WHAT ACTIVITIES DOES THE CAMPSITE OFFER?:
You come to this campsite for the thermal baths next door. Brigerbad is the largest outdoor thermal bath\ in the alps with 12 different pools located outside as well as in, with the highlight for the kids being a 182 m long slide! Staying at the campground has its advantages with discounted entry and enjoying early morning swims with not many people around. If you don’t want to swim, I’d avoid this campsite as it’s no frills. The baths and spa make it a luxury destination. For a more detailed review of the pools themselves, check out this post.
BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER: WHAT ARE YOUR RECOMMENDATIONS?:
We ate breakfast at our van, making sure we had pre-ordered our bread the day before. There is no possibility to eat at the restaurant for breakfast but it is open for lunch and dinner. During the warmer months there is also a small pizzeria onsite. There are grocery stores all within driving distance.
WHAT TO SEE AND DO OUTSIDE THE CAMP GROUND?:
The campground is located in a beautiful part of Switzerland so just the drive there through the Alps was a highlight for us. We didn't explore much further than the campground and the thermal baths but there was a tourist information centre on site suggesting hikes and other activities in the area.
ANY TIPS OF WHAT NOT TO FORGET?:
Don't forget breakfast items and other groceries if you are planning on cooking your own food. It tends to be cooler there so make sure you have warm enough sleeping clothes and warm jackets for the night as even in summer it can get cold in the evenings.
BEST WAY TO BOOK?:
We booked directly with the campground.
WHAT SETS THIS CAMPING GROUND APART FROM THE REST?:
The spectacular views with access to one of the best thermal spas in Switzerland is reason enough to come camp here - although I wouldn't come here for the camping alone.
WHAT TYPE OF CAMPER ARE YOU? :
We are glampers and do not strive for roughing it. We look for campsites that offer something special be that kids activities, a nice area or 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.
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