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Farm Stays in Switzerland

Last Updated on July 8, 2024 by Darla

Farm stays in Switzerland provide a unique and enjoyable way to experience the country. With vast tracts of land dedicated to agriculture, staying on a farm offers an authentic Swiss experience. Having tried it ourselves, we thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend it to anyone interested.

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How Does a Farm Stay in Switzerland Look Like?

Image from the Farm in Dinhard, Switzerland by TouringSwitzerland.com

There are different farms scattered throughout the country. Most farms are located in rural areas, though some are close to a village or town. You will likely find the farm surrounded by picturesque mountains and valleys. Each farm will vary in terms of size, animals, and crops.

Typical animals that you can expect are cows, horses, geese, rabbits, goats, and chickens. Most farms will also have a dog and/or a cat.

Some farms explicitly offer an authentic farm experience where you can help clean animal stalls and feed animals. When we stayed at the farm in Dinhard, we spoke with the owner, learned how they care for their cows, and understood the farm’s year-round operations. I imagine most farms will offer a similar experience to what we had. This unique experience is excellent for children or anyone wishing to stay in touch with nature.

Farm Stay Accommodation

Inside our Farm Stay in Dinhard, Switzerland by TouringSwitzerland.com

Your stay at a farm will vary according to what you choose. While most farms are situated in picturesque natural settings, accommodation types range from self-contained cottages to apartments, bell tents, and straw beds.

In all cases, you can expect a well-furnished place to stay in as well as amenities suitable for families and groups. Most stays will also have outdoor spaces such as gardens, orchards, or vineyards.

In case you want to search for farms, my favorite one to use is MyFarm.ch. Ticino also has a good site to find farms on Ticino.ch.

Activities and Experiences in a Farm

Image of Sheep in Heidiland by TouringSwitzerland.com

Most farms are fantastic places to stay for children or those who love animals. Some offer activities and facilities such as small farm animals for interaction, playgrounds, or child-friendly equipment. Some farm stays also provide the opportunity to sample fresh produce and enjoy farm-fresh meals prepared with locally sourced ingredients.

So what can you expect if you come to a farm?

  • Farm Work and Farm Animals
  • Educational Experiences such as Farming, Beekeeping, or Gardening
  • Fresh Produce
  • Nearby Activities for Hiking or Biking
  • Playgrounds for Children
  • Local Attractions such as Nature Reserves or Historical Sites

Top Destinations for Farm Stays in Switzerland

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Switzerland is known for its stunning natural beauty and picturesque landscapes, making it an ideal destination for farm stays. Here are some of the top destinations for farm stays in Switzerland:

  • Graubünden – Located in Southeastern Switzerland, Graubünden is known for its stunning mountainous landscapes and proximity to several ski resorts. Bergün has a lot of farm stays available.
  • Central Switzerland – Central Switzerland, with its proximity to renowned tourist destinations like Lucerne and Sörenberg-Entlebuch, offers a tranquil retreat amidst numerous farms.
  • Ticino – Located in the Italian-speaking region of Switzerland, Ticino is a fantastic treat with its mild climate, rolling hills, palm trees, and stone houses. Here, you would want to find an Azienda or Agriturismo lodgings.
  • Bodensee-Thurgau – Though not as well-known as the other regions mentioned above, the Bodensee area is home to many large farms and beautiful villages near Lake Constance.

While Bernese Oberland and Valais are places that I would recommend in a heartbeat, I did not find many farm stays in these two regions.

Planning Your Farm Stay

Although you can visit Switzerland and its farms year-round, the best time for a farm stay is during the summer months, from June to August. During this period, the weather is usually warm and less rainy, ideal for outdoor activities and exploration. Additionally, based on my experience during our farm stay, the harvest season typically starts in September, making it a busy time for farms.

Image of the Farm Stay Booking Portal myfarm.ch

I recommend finding a farm on these two websites. The first one is the website I used to book our farm stay:

I recommend packing comfortable clothes and sturdy shoes suitable for farm work, especially if you plan to help out around the farm.

  • Comfortable clothing
  • Closed-toe shoes or boots
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Personal toiletries
  • Backpack

Final Thoughts

Image of a Farm in Switzerland by TouringSwitzerland.com

Farm stays in Switzerland offer a unique and enriching way to immerse yourself in Switzerland’s rural charm and agricultural setting. Nestled amidst picturesque mountains and valleys, these farms provide an authentic Swiss experience unlike any other. During our stay in Dinhard, we had the opportunity to interact closely with farm animals such as cows and other farm animals, gaining insights into daily farm operations from the friendly owner. This hands-on experience is perfect for families and nature enthusiasts looking to reconnect with the land and its inhabitants.

Accommodation options on Swiss farms vary widely, from cozy cottages and well-appointed apartments to more rustic settings like bell tents or straw beds. Each accommodation typically includes modern amenities and comfortable furnishings, ensuring a pleasant stay for guests of all ages. Outdoor spaces such as gardens or orchards often complement the serene surroundings, providing ample opportunities for relaxation and exploration.

Activities abound on these farms, catering to both relaxation and adventure seekers alike. Guests can participate in farm chores, enjoy freshly harvested produce, or simply unwind amidst nature’s beauty. Whether you’re interested in hiking nearby trails, exploring local attractions, or simply enjoying the tranquility of farm life, a farm stay in Switzerland promises a memorable and fulfilling experience.

Darla is the owner of TouringSwitzerland.com. Her home is in the German-speaking part of Switzerland. Having lived almost 20 years in Switzerland, she's traveled extensively all over the country. Darla's favorite regions to visit in Switzerland include Engadin, Lake Geneva, Bernese Oberland, Ticino, and Valais. She loves spending time with her family, hiking, visiting museums, and reading books.

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