Switzerland is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful countries in the world. It could be best experienced by being close to its natural landscapes.Hiking and camping are the cheapest and the best means to truly feel the Swiss nature. Camping is quite popular in Switzerland and there is a wide network of camping sites offering various experiences. When Switzerland remains as a dreamy elusive destination, camping helps a lot in cutting down the overall cost by a huge margin. Camping now has become even more popular as it is the safest means by which you can spend a night outside. There are many ways in which you can camp in Switzerland. One can stay in an already available camping pod or tent, or can set up your own tent in the dedicated camping site or you can do wild camping. The rules around wild camping is a grey area as there are restrictions associated with certain locations. If you happen to be caught camping in an illegal site like a protected natural reserve, you might be charged a huge fine. And fines in Switzerland like anything else are humongous. For our first experience we decided to camp in a campsite with our own tents and avoid any unnecessary situation.
We had our camping experience in Grindelwald and it was magical. The campsite, Camping Eigernordwand, was right in the cradle of the alps guarded by the mighty Eiger and other peaks and the views were outstanding. The campsite had very clean and well-maintained showers and toilets. One could also buy some snacks from the onsite kiosk. The campsite provides you a travel ticket with which you can take public transportation in the area for free.
We arrived in the morning around 10 am and booked places for three tents. We were 6 and it was the first experience for all of us. Though the tents were meant to be set up easily, we had spent almost half an hour figuring out how to do it and finally we managed to set them up. Our plan was to do a hike in the nearby area and come back by night. We headed towards the city centre of Grindelwald admiring the tiny chalets dotting the lush mountain slopes contrasted with the snowy peaks. The weather forecast was really bad but we were determined to stick to our plan. After having a soothing hot chocolate from a local bakery, we took a bus towards the cable car station - Grindelwald Firstbahn.
We took the cable car to ‘Grindelwald First’. Needless to say, the ride up was epic.