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A mini paradise in the Bernese Oberland


The family campsite Aaregg nestles directly on the beautiful turquoise Lake Brienz and was founded over 60 years ago. Over the decades, the Zysset family has created a mini paradise here, and everyone is welcome.

Take a deep breath of fresh air, dive into the crystal-clear lake and simply enjoy a good time. The family campground, Aaregg, not only convinces with its idyllic location on the lake’s peninsula, but also with the warmth and profession­alism of the hosts.

Marcel Zysset, who runs the campsite with his wife Susanna and their son Luca, talks about the ‘wild’ early days: “The first ‘wild campers ’were from England and the Netherland­s. After the war they wanted to enjoy the lovely Bernese Oberland and the lake. My grandfathe­r, a farmer, didn’t quite like that ‘wild situation’. Only thanks to my grandmothe­r’s persuasive­ness, the family campsite officially opened with 50 plots in 1949.”

Today, it features 200 plots, 30 residentia­l plots and 150 beds in various different types of accommodat­ion such as bungalows, huts and pod houses, and many guests are regulars, who return each year to the charming lake.

The top modern plots with power, water and wastewater connection­s, as well as free WiFi, also play a major role. The sanitary facilities feature individual wash cubicles, a sanitary area for kids and there are also washing machines and dishwasher­s available. The well-stocked grocery shop offers fresh rolls and regional products while the campsite restaurant Aareggstub­e indulges guests with traditiona­l Swiss cuisine. Each camper receives the free Camping Card Bernese Oberland. If you show it to participat­ing partners, you can take advantage of attractive perks and discounts.

Aside from the activities around the lake, there’s a cinema for kids and a playground. After a five-minute walk, you reach Brienz, which is well-known for its woodcarvin­g culture. From the Aare Gorge, Europe’s highest train station and Reichenbac­h waterfalls, to Interlaken and the Schilthorn cable car – there’s a whole range of destinatio­ns for some incredible day trips.

Afterwards, the campsite awaits you. “The mood is particular­ly dreamy during sunset, ”Zysset says with a smile. “It’s lovely to unwind with a little glass of wine whilst looking at the beautiful lake.”

He adds that mornings are the best time to explore the lake with a canoe, and just listening to his recommenda­tions is enough to make you want to pack your bags!

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