I’ve always wanted to go glamping. Haven’t heard of it?
Glamorous + Camping = Glamping
You get all the beauty of camping, with scenic views and quiet nights, while still having creature comforts, like a real bed and normal bathroom. So earlier this month I decided to go for it and booked a weekend stay at Unikaat am See, a yurt on the shores of Bodensee (Lake Constance) in Switzerland.
And it was everything I thought it would be and more.
My home for the weekend was this perfectly furnished and wonderfully cozy yurt. It was simple and rustic and comfortable. And important for me, dog-friendly so that Rascal could come along.
There was a full size bed, small table and chairs, nightstand, dresser, and a wooden stove to heat the yurt up on the cold November nights. When my host, Sabrina, checked me in to the yurt, she explained how to light the stove and assured me it would warm up the space quickly and efficiently. And it did! Believe it or not I was sweating both nights!
Other good things to know about the yurt are that there are no lights, but candles are provided, and there is one outlet by the nightstand (don’t forget to bring an adapter for Swiss outlets!).
Before arriving I was wondering about security since I would be bringing my laptop, but the yurt door is just like a normal glass door that has a lock and key. There is also wifi, so you have the option of connecting or unplugging during your glamping trip.
Each morning at the campsite I watched swans and ducks swim by on the serene Bodensee. It was so peaceful and just a few steps away from my yurt door.
A view like this from a hotel room in Switzerland would definitely put a big hole in your pocket, but staying at Unikaat am See kept my trip budget-friendly without sacrificing the experience.
At Unikaat am See there are 3 guest yurts and a main yurt where guests are welcome to breakfast, complete with coffee, orange juice, bread, traditional Swiss cheeses, and yogurt with fresh fruit.
The host, Sabrina, can usually be found here if you have any questions about the campsite or things to do in the area. She recommended great restaurants nearby and helped me pick out some hiking areas for the weekend.
You may have been wondering about what the glamping bathroom situation is like…
The sanitary block with toilet and shower is just like a normal bathroom. There’s hot water and the water from the sink is potable for drinking. Definitely better than regular camping! And it’s not far from the guest yurts at all.
At the campsite dogs must be on a leash, but a 10 minute walk outside the camping area is a stretch of land along the lake where dogs can be off leash and in the warmer months take a swim in the Bodensee.
It rained for much of my trip, or else I would have had Rascal here more often with the frisbee. But he didn’t mind trying to chase birds instead.
You should also know that there’s free parking outside the campsite.
Depending on what type of weekend you’re looking for, you can easily spend the whole time at the campsite enjoying nature and relaxing in your yurt.
I spent my nights laying by the wood stove with a good book, and I loved waking up to the natural light coming in through the sunlight and birds singing nearby.
If you’re interested in a little local sightseeing and exploring, there’s a lot at your fingertips.
What to Do
A 15-20 minute stroll north out of the campsite will take you along the Bodensee to the town of Romanshorn. Here you can browse shops, enjoy great dining spots, and even take a ferry across the lake.
I definitely recommend indulging in a mug of hot chocolate at Restaurant Hafen. It’s right on the harbor so you can watch the ferries go by as you sip. Even if you’re visiting in the colder months, the outside seating is heated so you can still enjoy the view.
Romanshorn and Restauarant Hafen are marked in the Google Map at the bottom of the post to make planning your trip even easier.
Where to Go
If you’re wanting to venture outside of the Bodensee area there’s plenty to see. Especially if you’re visiting in the colder months when lakeside options are more limited. Here are the three places I visited during my weekend trip.
This traditional town has a lovely historic area with beautifully painted buildings, cheese shops, and views of the Alps. Walking through the old town to admire the frescoes and grabbing some souvenirs (a Bernese Mountain dog stuffed animal or fondue pot) is a good plan.
My recommendation for a bite to eat in Appenzell is Restaurant Sonne, where they were kind enough to make fondue for one (it’s typically only made for 2 or more) and the Appenzeller Bier hit the spot.
Visiting this area in November meant that many of the higher altitude hiking trails were closed. I was hoping to visit Restaurant Aescher, which you may recognize from photos, but it was closed for the season. What I could do, however, was hike to the Seealpsee, this picturesque lake nestled in the mountains.
The hike up was pretty intense, and although it was paved the inclines were very steep. I consider myself an active person, and I had to stop a few times to take a breather! Rascal, however, had no problem!
You can park at Hotel Alpenrose and hike up to the Seealpsee in about 1-1.5 hours.
Have you seen this library before? It’s the Abbey Library of St. Gall. This famous monastic library is the oldest in Switzerland. The wooden detail on the floors and throughout the shelves as well as the artwork on the ceiling are wonderfully preserved, giving you the feeling of being back in time.
Unfortunately photos aren’t allowed inside the library (I can assure you it was not this vacant during my visit!), but I took this photo at a ‘selfie station’ right outside the library 😉
The town of St. Gallen is also fun to explore, with many modern shops, chocolatiers, and restaurants to visit after seeing the library.
During this trip I was able to cross two things off of my bucket list: glamping and visiting Switzerland. Switzerland is notoriously expensive, and staying at Unikaat am See made the trip more affordable but also unique!
I loved my stay in the yurt and would highly recommend it to anyone wanting to explore the Lake Bodensee area.
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