Ready to slow down and get back to basics? Or maybe you are ready to find ways to stretch the holiday budget? Camping grounds are a great place to do both. This spring discover a new camping ground in and around Switzerland with the Simple Family Travel series: Let’s Go Camping!
Today we drive up the windy roads to Engelberg Switzerland, famous for its winter activities with its namesake mountain and glacier. But did you know that Engelberg is also a great summer destination with plenty to do for the whole family? For example, you can camp there! As you drive between towering mountains you will come across Camping Eienwäldli, a five star camping ground open in both summer and winter.
1. Tell us about your campsite and the best way to get there.
Driving to Engelberg is easy. Driving along the A2 take the exit 33 at Stans-Süd and follow the valley road before the climb up to Engelberg.
For those of you without a car, you can reach Engelberg easily by public transport. Hop on the direct train from Luzern train station (look for the Globi train carriage!) and then take the local bus out to Eienwäldli.
2. What types of accommodation are on offer?
Einenwäldli offers comfort and standard pitches for mobile homes, caravans, camping buses and tents.
You can pitch your tent or set up a camping bus on the large grassed area which has electricity points while the larger caravans and mobile homes are on paved plots with electricity, tv, fresh water and waster ware connections. (It’s also open in winter for those brave enough).
Einenwäldi is also home to a hotel, so there really is something for everyone.
3. What facilities does the campsite offer?
You will find very clean and modern bathroom facilities. Bring along 1chf coins for the showers. We used the washing up facilities in the middle of the grounds and found them to be spotless.
There is also a restaurant, cafe and a small convenience store on site.
4. What activities does the Campsite offer?
The camping ground is a dream for families with the highlight being the wooden rafts on a small lake and a big jumping pillow. We also used the fire pit to roast marshmallows, we played ping pong together, and watched little Z on the slide.
In peak seasons during the summer holidays, the camping ground offers structured activities for the kids.
5. Breakfast, lunch and dinner: what are your recommendations?
Breakfast was enjoyed at our van with fresh bread and cheese from the small onsite store. (Don’t forget to order your bread the day before to avoid disappointment). We also picked up supplies for lunch which we enjoyed on our hike.
We enjoyed dinner at the main Eienwäldli Restaurant across the road which was fancy for a camping ground. The schnitzel was delicious as was the salad it came with (when schnitzel or other meat cutlets are combined with a salad it’s called a Fitnessteller in German). On our second night we ordered pizzas at the one site cafe to enjoy at our van. Engelberg also has many great restaurants to try out if you are up for leaving the campsite and going into town.
For self-caterers who didn’t bring their own supplies there is a small hot plate (coin operated) for use as well as the fire pit located at the playground.
6. What to see and do outside the camp site?
Engelberg is a great place to hike in summer. We enjoyed a day hike at Brunni, following the Globi treasure hunt up to the Härzlisee where we got our boots off and walked around the tickle trail. On our way down we stopped off at Risitis to enjoy the great playground and toboggan run.
Other activities to check out in Engelberg include the high rope park, rock climbing, the Robinson’s playground Grotzenwäldli and pony rides. In winter, of course, there is great skiing for both the young and the young at heart.
7. Any tips of what not to forget?
Don’t forget warm clothes! Even though we traveled in June, it still got cold during the night, so bring those thermals for a more comfortable sleep!
8. Best way to book?
During the weekends in June when we traveled the occupancy was not at peak so there was no reason to book, but I am sure that is different on long weekends and school holidays. We booked directly with the camping ground.
9. Anything to watch out for?
When we arrived, we were directed with our VW bus to stick to choosing a paved area of the camping ground (where with the caravans and motor homes were stationed), and not to use the grassed areas - but as the weekend went on, more and more buses like ours were camping on the grass - so it is possible. If grass is important to you, just ask!
10. What sets this camping ground apart from the rest?
We really enjoyed this camping ground a lot. Close to home, well maintained facilities, and the playground really checked all the boxes for us. We all consider this well worth another visit.
11. What type of campers are you?
We are a family 5 who are willing to try it all. From cabins to caravans, motor homes to roof top tents. All us adults need is a comfortable place to sleep and a clean bathroom to use. The dream is to eventually own a VW Camper ,but until then we enjoy either renting one, or enjoying other things that campsites have to offer.
Do you have a favourite camp ground to recommend to the Simple Family Travel Community? We would love to hear from you! No campground is too small and no campground too luxurious!