My kids had been nagging to do camping for the last couple of years. But I, honestly, still like the idea of a comfortable bed at night. So glamping (=glamour camping) was our choice. I had heard about Swiss Tubes since a couple of years ago, so when in January I saw that our Ascension weekend was still free, I made a booking. Note that I don’t think that booking a few months in advance is necessary, but it may be a good idea as the tubes tend to book out.

The next day I received an email to acknowledge my reservation, and in April I receive the confirmation, including the advance payment details. The rate for 2 nights without bedding for 2 adults and 2 children was chf339 (including visitor and state tax). I had to pay chf200 in advance by bank transfer.

We took the train via Bern and Thun, and then from Thun train station with Bus #1 directly to the campsite (9-minute ride, stop: Gwatt Camping). Check-in starts at 3pm, and it was easy and quick, the reception was really friendly.

Our tube was one on top (with yellow towel hanging on top photo). It had a direct view to a green open area and the lake. There were 6 beds, with pillows and duvets, as well as a small table, a chair, and a wooden bank. Outside the entrance, there were table and chairs, where we had breakfast. As mentioned above, we didn’t pay for the bedding and instead used our own sleeping bag inlets which worked better than duvet as the nights were warm. The mattresses came with mattress protection sheets that were very clean.

You can’t see it from the photo, but there was a small fridge behind the bunk beds, with a tiny freezer.

Bathroom was small, but perfectly furnished. The shower was small, but it wasn’t problem for us. Towels were provided. In general the bathroom was clean, though I noticed traces of mold on the window near the shower.

This is the view from our tube. I know I’m not supposed to take photos in bathing/swimming places but I thought I should show you how great it was. I hope blurring the people justified it.

One of the beaches nearby.

The campsite had a restaurant and a convenient store with a bakery. We didn’t try the restaurant, instead bought a sushi take away for our first evening, and dined in Thun for the second. We bought croissants from the shop/bakery and coffee from the restaurant for our breakfast. We saw a few groups doing barbecue using the provided grill pits.

Our view from where we had our sushi dinner…

The view during my morning run was jaw dropping – really beautiful… We were lucky with the weather too!

As guests of the Swiss Tubes we received Panorama Card for free. The card was valid for bus transport and offers discounts to many attractions in Lake Thun area. We used it a lot for short bus trips and to get museum discount. On the second day, we visited Thun Castle and Thun Panorama, and ended the day at the swimming pool (Strandbad) not far from the campsite. Thun is so beautiful btw. We enjoyed our busy but relaxing day there.

In conclusion, I can highly recommend the SwissTubes for a short break. It really felt like a real holiday there. The view and the comfort level were hard to beat, though price wise it’s not cheap. But it’s Switzerland, and being used to Swiss price, I think we really got what we paid for, and more. I also like that the tubes can fit up to 6, so perhaps next time we’ll bring our visitors there too! Finally, check other glamping options offered by TCS here, they have many kinds!

P.S.: TCS members get 10% discount!

SwissTubes
Gwattstrasse 103
CH – 3645 Gwatt
Phone +41 (0)33 336 40 67
Fax +41 (0)33 336 40 17

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