Sponsored Post. There’s something quite special about waking up to the sound of a waterfall, or looking out the window and seeing the majestic Swiss Alps reveal themselves right before your eyes. And this is the scene that greets you each morning when you awake at one of Switzerland’s most popular – and my favourite – camping grounds.
Camping Jungfrau is in the village of Lauterbrunnen in the Jungfrau Region and I’ve been fortunate to stay here on many occasions. I love its location, its friendly atmosphere and its excellent facilities but most of all, I love waking up to the best scenery in the world.
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I’ll tell you more about Camping Jungfrau, which has to be one of the best camping sites in Switzerland, shortly, but first I want to tell you about Eurocamp, a UK company I have booked accommodation (including my stays at Camping Jungfrau) through on half a dozen occasions.
What is a Eurocamp Holiday?
Without a doubt, one of the greatest expenses of a Swiss (and European) vacation is the cost of accommodation. That’s where Eurocamp fits the bill as they offer self-catering accommodation options throughout Europe including Switzerland. Eurocamp accommodation is particularly appealing to families, but is also a great alternative to hotels for couples.
Most hotels only accommodate a maximum of two guests, (occasionally three), so for a family of four, two rooms must be paid for – doubling the family’s accommodation bill. This would, understandably, deter many families from planning a European holiday, so family-friendly alternatives like Eurocamp are a great option.
The other accommodation alternative – holiday apartments – are often located in residential areas and offer limited outdoor space and facilities. If you are travelling with children, you’ll know that they love nothing more than having somewhere to run around and burn off some energy.
With lots of child-friendly facilities as well as amenities to suit the grown ups, Eurocamp parcs are perfect for the whole family but they are ideal for couples, too.
Where are Eurocamp Holiday Parcs located?
Whilst the majority of Eurocamp’s holiday parcs are located in France, Spain and Italy, you will also find them scattered throughout many of Europe’s other popular locations including Austria, Germany, and Switzerland.
There are over 150 holiday parcs in total, with two excellent sites (which I’ll tell you more about below) in Switzerland.
What is Eurocamp accommodation like?
Don’t let the ‘camp’ in Eurocamp convince you that this is bare bones camping. You’re definitely not going to be roughing it when you stay at a Eurocamp holiday parc. In fact, it’s more like luxury camping, often called glamping.
There are various styles of accommodation, including tents and mobile homes, which Eurocamp offers at carefully selected camping grounds (or ‘parcs’) in nine European countries. At some parcs there is also the opportunity to stay in tree houses and lodges.
All Eurocamp accommodation is fully equipped, with everything from cutlery and crockery to the kitchen sink! Mobile homes are also fitted with their own shower and toilet.
Eurocamp Safari Tents and Classic Tents come in two- and three-bedroom options, sleeping up to six. Beds are steel-framed and include a proper mattress with springs. Storage space is provided in both the kitchen and main bedroom. As well as all cooking utensils, the kitchen has a gas grill and hot plates, and a fridge with freezer compartment.
Eurocamp mobile homes come in numerous sizes with two- and three-bedroom options, sleeping up to eight. As well as having their own shower and toilet, mobile homes include a full kitchen, and a dining area. Most include a hairdryer, whilst iPod docks are standard. Some mobile homes include air conditioning and decking.
Gas or charcoal BBQs are provided with all accommodation.
To save you the hassle of taking linen from home – a real nuisance if you are travelling from abroad – Eurocamp offers a linen hire service which includes sheets, pillowcases, towels and bathmats. Forget carrying sleeping bags or linen from home – all you have to bring is your food.
Unlike many other self-catering accommodation options in Europe, a Eurocamp holiday can start on any day of the week and there are no minimum or maximum stay requirements.
You’ll also find Eurocamp ‘couriers’ who live on-site and are on hand to welcome you on arrival and to offer assistance and recommendations throughout your stay.
The biggest advantage, though, is definitely the price of this style of holiday as Eurocamp holidays are very affordable. Staying in holiday parcs can work out up to 70% cheaper than a 3 star hotel in the same location when you can take advantage of early bird offers.
There are also generous cancellation and amendment conditions should Covid-19 restrictions or lockdowns curtail your travel plans.
Ready to plan your own Eurocamp Switzerland vacation?
As I’ve already mentioned, there are two Eurocamp holiday parcs in Switzerland. The first is Camping Jungfrau in Lauterbrunnen and the other is Manor Farm in Interlaken. Both are situated in the Jungfrau Region in Switzerland’s Bernese Oberland and both offer excellent amenities.
Below you’ll find everything you need to know about the two holiday parcs offered by Eurocamp Switzerland.
- Lauterbrunnen: Camping Jungfrau
- Interlaken: Manor Farm
The Lauterbrunnen Valley is known as the ‘valley of waterfalls’ thanks to the 72 waterfalls that tumble from the steep cliffs on either side. Camping Jungfrau is located at the base of Staubbach Falls, one of the most well-known of Lauterbrunnen’s waterfalls, and it’s the pleasant sound of the water plunging to the earth that will wake you each morning.
For many travellers planning a visit to the region’s most famous mountain, Jungfraujoch, camping probably isn’t top of mind when they think about accommodation, but it is definitely worth considering.
I have personally stayed in Eurocamp accommodation at Camping Jungfrau on five different occasions, once in a tent and then in mobile homes on my other visits. I can guarantee that when it comes to camping, Lauterbrunnen’s top holiday parc has plenty to offer, no matter how long you plan to stay.
Things to know about Eurocamp Camping Jungfrau in Lauterbrunnen
Small parc: 300 pitches/sites
Open: mid-May to mid-September
Location: 500 metres from the centre of village, 300 metres from Staubbach Falls
Accommodation options: Safari tent, 2-bedroom mobile home
Parc amenities: Free WiFi (at reception and some parts of parc), supermarket, gift shop, tour desk, restaurant with indoor & outdoor dining (take away available), bar, TV room, community kitchen, lounge, excellent bathroom and laundry facilities with toilets, hot showers, baby baths, dishwashing sinks, laundry sinks, washing machines and dryers, playground, table tennis tables.
Bonuses: All guests receive a free Guest Card which offers reductions on mini-golf, swimming pool entry and other local attractions.
Camping Jungfrau is located at the end of Lauterbrunnen village and is surrounded by the Weisse Lütschine river on one side, and steep rock cliffs (from where many of the 72 waterfalls tumble) on the other side. At the far end of the park, you’ll find open fields and a view to the magnificent Bernese Alps.
A pleasant circular walking path leads directly from the parc alongside the river.
The on-site grocery store sells a good range of supplies including freshly baked bread daily and the Weidstübli restaurant serves traditional Swiss cuisine in a cosy setting. There’s also a bar and a takeaway pizza service.
The parc is about 1 kilometre from the train station from where you can travel to Interlaken, Grindelwald, Wengen and Jungfraujoch. There’s also a bus service from the station to the Stechelberg – Murren – Schilthorn cable car station, which you can also reach on foot.
Whilst I haven’t personally stayed at Manor Farm, after staying at nine different Eurocamp holiday parcs in four countries, I am certain that the Eurocamp Interlaken parc is of an equally high standard.
All parcs under the Eurocamp banner must pass the company’s strict quality control so whilst the location of the parcs may differ, you can be confident that the standard of accommodation and the parc’s amenities will be top notch.
Interlaken is a popular holiday resort town in the heart of the Bernese Oberland, nestled between two lakes – Lake Thun and Lake Brienz. Its central location and great public transport connections make it an ideal base for exploring the Jungfrau Region and beyond.
With Manor Farm situated on the shore of Lake Thun, visitors can enjoy the tranquility of a lakeside location but still be close to all the shopping and services that Interlaken offers.
Things to know about Manor Farm in Interlaken
Large parc: 500 pitches/sites
Open: beginning April to mid-September
Location: The parc is located on the shore of Lake Thun, 2 kilometres from Unterseen and 5 kilometres from Interlaken.
Accommodation options: Tent, Safari tent, 2-bedroom mobile home, 3-bedroom mobile home
Parc amenities: Free WiFi in some parts of parc, a safe is available for use, small grocery store, restaurant with indoor & outdoor dining (take away is available), bar, games room, TV room, laundry and sanitation facilities include toilets, hot showers, baby baths, dishwashing sinks, laundry sinks, washing machines and dryers, 3 playgrounds, football pitch, table tennis, mini golf, fishing, row boats, windsurfing.
Manor Farm has direct access to a lake beach on Lake Thun. The parc is split by a busy road but there’s an underpass to allow you to cross from one side to the other safely.
The parc is really popular with families thanks to its many child-friendly amenities and the lake beach. It is also a great base for exploring the Jungfrau Region and the whole of the Bernese Oberland. With a boat pier right by the campsite, a cruise on Lake Thun makes for a perfect day out.
Back at Manor Farm, Laguna Beach Bar is the perfect place to enjoy a drink after a day of sightseeing and should you prefer to dine out instead of cooking, you can enjoy Italian cuisine at Landhaus Restaurant (adjacent to the campsite) or take in the fabulous views across Lake Thun from the Restaurant Neuhaus zum See.
Interlaken can be reached by public bus – travel is free with the Guest Card which all guests receive. Other benefits of the Guest Card include discounts for many of the region’s attractions.
As you can see, by choosing to stay with Eurocamp in Switzerland, affordable prices don’t mean skimping on quality. You’ll have all the creature comforts of home (well, almost, there’s no flat screen TV!), the freedom to cook your own meals and plenty of amenities to satisfy you and your travelling companions.
Best of all, just one step outside your accommodation you’ll be surrounded by the most spectacular scenery Switzerland has to offer. Breathe in that alpine air, listen to the tinkling of cow bells and enjoy the serenity that comes within being so close to nature.
Ready to book your stay at a Eurocamp Switzerland holiday parc? Click here to book your trip.
For more help planning your trip, read all our guides to the Jungfrau Region > here.
All photos supplied by Eurocamp.