A few weeks ago I decided, very much on the spur of the moment, to treat myself to a little break. When looking for somewhere ideal, I stumbled across Nomady. The Swiss booking platform offers campsites that are close to nature and run by private hosts. The temporary sites for tents, buses and campervans are often in the middle of nowhere, far away from it all. Nomady promises “oases of peace in amongst nature, authentic culture and a romantic camping adventure”. Just what I was looking for.
As I prefer to use public transport for travelling when I'm not at work, many Nomady locations would be difficult or even impossible for me to get to. But Mobility makes it possible – not to mention it's sustainable, shared and electric. I rent a Cupra Born electric car from the Sternmatt station in Lucerne, pack my tent, a gas stove, something to eat and drink, warm clothes for the evening – and off I go. My destination: the “Schürli” farm in Nottwil, overlooking Lake Sempach. “Here you can relax in peace and quiet and enjoy the view of the lake, mountains and cherry trees,” promises the host on his Nomady page. I'm so looking forward to my little solo adventure.
The first stage of the trip through the congested city traffic is still a bit hectic, but the further I get away from the centre of Lucerne, the more relaxed things become. After a good half hour, I reach the road into Nottwil. Before coming to the centre of the village, I take a left – the last leg of the journey takes me further and further up a hill, along a narrow (but at least tarmacked) road. And then I reach “Schürli”, the farm, and my home for the next few hours. A little piece of paradise. The campsite has a toilet, running water, a barbecue and wood. That's it – and that's all you need.
When I get out of the car, I am blown away: the view of the lake, the mountains and the sweeping Sursee region is simply breathtaking. After arriving and spending a few minutes getting acquainted with my friendly host, I set up my camping table and a chair and first make myself a cup of coffee.
I can actually feel the blissful silence doing me good – and how my body becomes more and more re-energised with every passing minute. The fact that I have (intentionally) left my mobile phone in the car only makes the experience that much more intense. A little later on, as I'm setting up my tent and preparing some dinner, I make a important decision: my first spontaneous camping trip certainly won’t be my last.