Small but perfectly formed, Switzerland is a land of lakes and mountains, cheese and rich cities; in more ways than one. Motorhome rental in Switzerland is the perfect way to see this beautiful country, without breaking the bank; it’s also a good way to meet lots of other nationalities because this is a very popular holiday spot for people from all over the world.
The three main areas for campervan hire in Switzerland are the Jura, Plateau, and probably most famous of all, the Alps. This is not going to be holiday where you spend hour upon hour on the road, in fact it Switzerland measures just 220 kilometres from north to south, and 350 km from east to west; so, compact enough for you to get round in a day, if you really wanted to that is. The roads may not be long, but they can be rather windy at times. To make life easier someone invented tunnels; expect quite a few of them! Love them, or hate them, you will encounter a tunnel at some point, and once you’ve ‘come out the other side’ of the Gothard tunnel (the second longest tunnel in the world) you may want to find an alternative route back. The tunnel is only 16.5Km long, but it fells like for ever.
If civilization was measured on the amount of ‘Aree di Sosta’ or Areas of Pause, Switzerland would rate very highly considering its small size. There are 75 such stops all over the country, that’s in addition to campsites. The Aree di Sosta can be anything from a very nice car park, with basic facilities, to the all singing all dancing ones with facilities for vehicle washing, but whichever you choose you will always be sure of fresh water and somewhere for emptying waste tanks.
A few driving tips:
The speed limits and the rules of the road are strictly enforced in Switzerland, so do no more than 120 km per hour on motorways, 80 km per hour on normal roads and in tunnels (although that’s scarily fast when its dark) and 50 km per hour in towns and villages. Speeding is a legal offence, so even if you live abroad, you WILL be caught and fined, and if you don’t pay up, they’ll get you when you get home!
Leave your GPS at home. It’s also an offence to have a GPS with built in speed camera databases, it’s a radar detector, don’t think you’ll just leave in the back, they’ll still impound it.
Sound your horn if you're on a small road and can’t see round the bend.
The bright yellow postal buses always have priority. You may think the siren is an emergency vehicle, that’s the effect they want to it to have on you.
The vehicle coming uphill has priority over the vehicle coming downhill.
Don't drive as fast as the locals: they know every bend, and you don't want to be claiming on your insurance do you?
You may think some of the rules are a little ‘extreme’, but there’s no need to worry, Switzerland is a wonderful place for a motorhome rental or campervan hire. Just taking a few precautions, and following the rules, means that you will have a safe and enjoyable holiday.
For holiday makers with a motorhome rental or campervan hire, Switzerland is amongst one of the best places to visit, not only for saving some cash on the expensive hotels and restaurants, but also because of the great scenery. These are some of the not so obvious places to start with.
Switzerland is one big, fabulous road trip for morothome rental or campervan hire vehicles. Here are just two options which should give you some good ideas.
A motorhome rental or campervan hire is a wonderful way to experience some of Switzerland’s undiscovered areas; it’s gets you away from the crowds that come on tour buses to see the chalets, mountains and lakes, and you will get a good idea what the real country is all about.
The capital of Switzerland, Bern and its historic old town, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The medieval city is filled with fountains, sandstone buildings, narrow streets and ancient towers. The city is set around the River Aare and although there are very good public transport links, it’s a good city to explore on foot.
Geneva is the second most populated city in Switzerland; it’s also the seat of democracy, diplomacy and home to international organisations such as the Red Cross and the UN. This is an ideal place to stat a motorhome rental or campervan hire holiday; there are many towns and villages nearby to be explored, so you won’t have to drive too far when you first arrive.
The historic town of Lugano sits on the northern shores of….. Lake Lugano. This very popular town has some lovely mountain views, a traffic free centre and stacks of ancient buildings, built in true Lombardy Italian style. There are lots of free attractions here, parks and gardens, the lake; although you will have to pay to use some of the beaches, and the promenade, sit here in the evening and watch the local do their daily ‘passeggiata’. This is an extremely popular tourist area, so will find lots of restaurants, bars and all the essentials for a perfect holiday
Zurich is Switzerland’s largest city, and contrary to popular belief, it’s not the capital of Switzerland; that honour falls to Berne. One honour that does fall to Zurich, however, is that of the city with one of the highest living standards in the world! This is probably due to the fact that everything is so clean and efficient. Excellent news if you are visiting here on a motorhome rental or campervan hire holiday.
Switzerland’s geography is influence by its neighbours, the atmosphere and language changes depending on which country you’re nearest to. To the north-west is the German influenced Switzerland with lots of beer drinking and sausages, but in a very sophisticated sort of way! To the south west the wine sipping and shopping culture of France and to the south east the laid back coffee drinkers of Italy. The centre is the one place where you will find true Switzerland, mountains and flugelhorns.
It’s pretty obvious that beaches in Switzerland are going to be the lake variety, but you may be surprised to know that some are just the same in appearance to the seaside beaches, with long sandy stretches of white sand, beach umbrellas and ice-cream salesmen. Some of the areas also have some very good beachside campsites which are small, but will have everything you need, and of course, as with everything Swiss beaches are clean, well groomed and beautiful.