Lucerne is a beautiful city in central Switzerland and is home to around 80,000 people. It sits at 2039 ft / 621 m above sea level on the shores of Lake Lucerne and is one of the most beautiful cities in Switzerland in my opinion.
Surrounded by mountains and the glistening waters of the lake with the Reuss River flowing through it, Lucerne is more than idyllic. When you throw in the stunningly preserved medieval Old Town and sights like Chapel Bridge, Lucerne is simply somewhere you have to visit.
Camping is a great way to experience the history of Lucerne and the natural beauty of the area, plus it is usually the most affordable form of accommodation in Switzerland, particularly in the summer.
So, we know why camping in Lucerne is such a good idea, now it is just about where to go camping in Lucerne. Join me as I run through some of the best Lucerne camping spots so that you can book the best campground in Lucerne for your next visit.
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Best Campsites in Lucerne
There are many campsites in and around Lucerne, ranging from basic tent sites to fully-equipped RV parks. Below we will explore some of the best campsites in Lucerne and answer some questions about camping in the area.
Camping International Lido Luzern
Camping International Lido Luzern is one of the most popular Lucerne camping areas and this is mostly due to its location. This campground is located on the shores of Lake Lucerne giving you unparalleled access to the lake, watersports, and incredible views during your stay.
The campground is situated about a mile outside of Lucerne city center, just a short bus ride, and is also not far from Mt Rigi either where you can enjoy hiking, thermal baths, and lots more.
The camping site comes with pitches for tents, and RVs, and you can rent cabins – all of them have electric hookups, are spacious, and offer views across Lake Lucerne.
Of all the campgrounds, this one offers some great amenities including a grocery store, a restaurant, a playground, and a swimming pool. It is also conveniently located near public transportation, making it easy to explore Lucerne.
TCS Camping Sempach
TCS Camping Sempach is another great option for campers but you would not really be camping in Lucerne, as this campsite is situated on the shores of Lake Sempach, about 20 minutes from Lucerne by car.
While staying at this camping spot would not be “Lucerne Camping” so to speak, you could definitely make it work, plus swapping views across Lake Lucerne for views across Lake Sempach is not that bad.
The TCS Camping Sempach has everything you might expect for a perfect stay and it is based in a beautiful part of peaceful and rural Switzerland.
The campsite offers places to pitch a tent, RV sites, and more for rent. You can sunbathe on the lake beaches, swim, use the restaurants, and hire boats, and there are plenty more amenities to ensure you have a wonderful stay.
Camping Sursee Waldheim
Camping Sursee Waldheim is a small, family-friendly campsite located in the town of Sursee, about 30-40 minutes from Lucerne by car or public transport.
Once again, this campsite does not offer a Lucerne Camping experience as it is quite far away from Lucerne but you can easily visit Lucerne on a day trip.
The camping area has pitches for RVs and tents, and you can rent out a cabin too if you like. Based in a quiet field with forests, it is a peaceful, beautiful place for camping but it is close to a highway, so there is some noise to contend with.
The campsite is within walking distance of the town of Sursee where you can find all you need and you can even walk to the lake too.
TCS Camping Buochs Vierwaldstättersee
TCS Camping Buochs Vierwaldstättersee is a large, well-equipped campsite located on the shores of Lake Lucerne, about 20 minutes from the city of Lucerne by car and about 30 minutes by public transport.
You can easily get to Lucerne for a day trip or you can spend your Lucerne camping experience on the shores of Lake Lucerne. Within a few mins of the camp, you can be swimming in Lake Lucerne, relaxing on a beach, renting a boat, or sipping a cool beer with lake views from one of the many restaurants in the area.
The campground offers everything you might expect – you can pitch a tent, park a van, or rent one of their glamping spots for your stay on Lake Lucerne.
Camping Ewil is a small, quiet campsite located in the town of Hildisrieden, about 30 minutes from Lucerne by car and 45 minutes using public transport. So, it is a bit of a trip to get to Lucerne and Lake Lucerne but it is not that far.
Located on the shores of Lake Sarnen, the campground has stunning views and you can enjoy the lake on a daily basis. It is not quite as beautiful as Lake Lucerne but it is still a stunning part of Switzerland to see.
Camping Seefeld Park
Camping Seefeld Park is a large, modern campsite located in the town of Sarnen, about 20 minutes from Lucerne by car. It is also on the shores of Lake Sarnen and is not far from Camping Ewil mentioned above.
There is a stunning pool, great views, and lots of amenities and it is also a great place for water sports, with a boat rental service and a private beach.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is camping in Lucerne expensive?
The cost of camping in Lucerne varies depending on the campsite and the time of year. Generally, campsites in the area are reasonably priced, with tent sites starting at around CHF 20 per night and RV sites starting at around CHF 30 per night.
Some campsites offer discounts for longer stays or for members of camping clubs.
Are there dog-friendly campsites in Lucerne?
Yes, most campsites in Lucerne are dog-friendly. However, it is important to check with the campsite before booking to ensure that pets are allowed and to find out about any restrictions or fees. Some campsites may require dogs to be kept on a leash or to be kept in designated areas.