Erlach, Switzerland 8/13
With most of the country on vacation, the chance of finding a campground with any vacancies on one of the biggest holidays in the country was slim and none. In fact, most Swiss campgrounds are not really open for one or two nighters. They are full of small and medium size travel trailers that have been converted to nearly permanent vacation homes, with ad-on screened sun rooms, snow roofs and storage sheds. There might be a tent spot, but at 60 CHF ($65.20), it’s a joke.
After scouting near the town of Erlach on Lake Biel for other possibilities, we found a large parking lot just a 5-minute walk from a nice public beach on the lake with a little bar/café, internet, clean restrooms and even showers. $10 for each 24-hour stay was a good deal, since we needed no hookups. It was a good place to spend a couple of days and enjoy the Swiss National Independence Holiday, (sort of like the 4th of July in the US), and do some serious relaxing. The night of August 1st was full of firework displays, bonfires, music and partying until after midnight.