Travellers have long been attracted by the charms of Switzerland since the railways and roads which first opened up the Alpine region to rest of the world were laid down in the 1850s and tourism was welcomed, making this an essential stop on any Grand Tour by the social elite. For a country with such a small land mass, Switzerland boasts an impressive range of landscapes; incorporating soaring mountain landscapes dotted with picturesque villages, and lakeside plateaus amid the the hilly Swiss mid-section. Running panacea to all this scenic spectacle you'll find the scrupulous cities of Switzerland, concealing exciting art scenes. There has really never been a better time for motorhome hire in Switzerland.
It's no secret that Switzerland is an expensive country, with the biggest expenses for tourists being accommodation, public transport and eating out. Hiring a motorhome for your Swiss holiday could actually be a very economical solution, as you'll be able to save on all three. This is made even more feasible by the very welcome fact that the price of petrol in Switzerland is actually cheaper than in neighbouring Austria, France, Germany and Italy.
Probably you have heard that Switzerland is a popular destination for winter tourism. But what you may not know is that that very industry was reputedly born on a wager the Swiss hotelier Johannes Badrutt made to some English guests holidaying at his hotel St Moritz. If they did not enjoy the winter in the Swiss Alps as much as they enjoyed the summer there, then he would forfeit the cost of their stay. They arrived at Christmas and stayed until Easter, returning home tanned and informing “half the population” of their winter enjoyment in the Swiss Alps. Or so the tale goes.
Wintertime travel is indeed big business in Switzerland and is an absolute must stop destination for winter sports enthusiasts. Unlike Badrutt's guests, it is entirely possible for you to take your hired motorhome up into the Alps, but keep in mind that some resorts are car free zones, requiring you to park up your vehicle and to swap it for public transport. So whether it be enjoying the views of the Matterhorn in Zermatt, snowboarding at Davos or paying homage to Badrutt's pioneering spirit on the slopes at St Moritz, with motorhome hire from Campanda the snowy peaks of Switzerland are yours to explore.
The question still remains of which motorhome will be the one for you? A cosy campervan for you and a loved one? Or a luxury fully facilitated motorhome for the whole family? At Campanda we have an extensive range of recreational vehicles available for hire, most of which have been fully winterised. Many motorhomes can be booked with a bike rack, outdoor camping furniture and kitchen utensils, and many of our partner motorhome companies also offer an airport or station pick-up service.
When planning a road trip, it is always a good idea to check out the road laws of the country you are going to visit before you go. For instance, a new law in Switzerland enforces driving with dipped headlights at all times, and it is also mandatory to purchase an Autobahnvignette (motorway tax sticker) should you wish to use one of Switzerland's many motorways. This is an annual tax paid by everyone, and stickers can be bought at the border or from petrol stations along the way and cost 40 CHF.
Switzerland is not just about the Alpine region however. Why not take your hired motorhome on a tour around one of the 7000+ beautiful lakes on offer, and take in a fairytale esque hill perched castle or a water side châteaux along the way. Many well facilitated and child-friendly campsites are available amid this fabulous natural scenery, which also offer lots of fun daytime activities, such as swimming, canoeing, hiking and cycling. You can even leave the motorhome behind for a day and take advantage of the effcient Swiss transport system and become a day tripper for the day by visiting the cities of Zurich, Lucerne, Bern or Geneva.
Feeling tempted by the cool and assured calm of Switzerland? Then take a look at the motorhomes and caravans Campanda has to to offer right here, or get in touch with our friendly customer support team and ask about motorhome hire in Switzerland today.