Camping/Wild camping/Aires around Basel

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  1. Henrym

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    My scouse wife has this mad idea of going to Basel in the near future for some reason- any experience of wild camping in Basel (and after, Switzerland in general)? Are there Aires, for example?
     
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    Campercontact lists one parking spot for Basel, but little information about it. However, there are other places nearby.

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    It may be better to stay on an Aire over the border in France or Germany, which is where the sites shown on the Campercontact map North of Basle are. Easy enough to cross the border, but Basle can get very busy. On our way to Italy on a Friday morning in March we drove through it with no problems. On the way back on a Saturday lunch time in April it was chaos with queues of about 10 miles which took us a couple of hours to get through. They seemed to be caused by people queuing to get off the motorway to get into the centre of Basle, rather than traffic driving through to the border.
     
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    I stayed in Switzerland for several days three years ago but only travelled through Basle. Iknow Switzerland is expensive, but I found many Field only sites with water and waste to be less than 30 euro
    per night so not too bad.
     
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    There's a great therme with stellplatz at Bad Bellingen and easy train access to Basel. If you stay for a couple of nights you'll get to use the Konus Guest Card which offers free rail travel.

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    keep in mind that wild camping is more or less a no no here and if spotted you'll likely get moved on, just hide well and park late to avoid that late night knock on the door...
     
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    Thank you for your helpful replies. Unfortunately, we didn't get tickets so didn't make Basel. Instead we're off to Sweden, different thread. As we'll be going from Rotterdam through the Netherlands, Denmark and Norway, I'll install Campercontact!
     
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    You seem to be fond of Expensive.
     
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    We were thinking of staying here in the Summer enroute to the Italian Lakes but the reviews on CamperContact are not that great, what was your experience of the Stellplatze ?
     
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    We've used this several times over the years and find it perfectly acceptable. We generally stop off on the way home from skiing to soak our bones in the therme which is ideal, but have also stayed a few days during the warmer months to explore the region using the Konus Card.

    I read the comments on camper contact regarding reservation of places, but was unaware this was available here. I know the stellplatz at the Bad Krozingen Therme takes reservations, but they also have the capacity for a bit of overspill too into the car park if required

    It can get quite busy though and we have seen people turn up to find no space and then have to drive off (unlike the French Aire's where they seem to find space no matter how full it is!).

    Once you have got your pitch take a note of the number. Registration and payment is at the reception for the Therme and you can use the toilets in there too if you wish. Payment offers a discount into the Therme also. If you are staying for more than 2 nights they will also give you the guest card (konus card). Electric is included in the cost and there is full waste and water facilities that are also free of charge.

    The supermarket is very close and there is a bakery too. Lovely park to the rear of the stellplatz and a nice walk into town where you can catch the train for free using the konus card.

    It's handily placed just off the motorway so makes a great stop-off if travelling down through Switzerland and onto the lakes. Last year we stopped off here then went onto Lake Lucerne (Camping Lido) before making it to Lugano, Iseo and Garda.

    Used it again on the way back too!

    Here's a dash-cam video of our journey to the Therme last year to give you an idea > Bad Bellingen Stellplatz <

    Hope this helps and have a great trip.

    Cheers

    Andy
     
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    Thank for the info Andy looks perfect we are heading for Interlaken but want to visit the train museum in Mulhouse so thats easy to get to.

    Good to see another Euramobil owner not many of us around in the UK.

    Guy
     
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