Low Cost Accommodation in Switzerland- Sleep in a Barn

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The price of vacation accommodation in Switzerland is astronomical making this travel destination too expensive for most travelers. However there are more ways than one to lay your head down in the land of cheese and cuckoo clocks! For a mere 20-30 Swiss Francs (half price for kids under 16) you can spend the night on a working farm in Switzerland – cow bells and all! In fact it even includes a full Swiss breakfast served to you by the Frau of the farm in traditional Swiss attire. So what's the catch?

The accommodation is in a farmer's barn on a bed of hay, this unique form of vacation accommodation is organized by "Schlaf im Stroh". The hay is fresh and newly changed after the cows have all been put out to pasture, and toilet and shower facilities are provided – sometimes communal and sometimes private. In fact there's even an organization in Switzerland which checks out each participating farm for hygiene and facilities so you can be sure you'll sleep safely.

For families this can be an ideal solution to the expensive vacation accommodation in Switzerland. You can educate your kids about farm life and also get them in touch with nature. Sleeping in a barn would be a really exciting family adventure. Groups and businesses often use this unique idea for an economical way of bringing people together for the weekend. Group activities can be arranged on the farms to promote bonding between team mates.

The farm provides sheets and padding but you bring your own sleeping bag. Some farms offer further amenities, like extra meals, heating, cooking facilities, barbeque grills or pillows. It all depends what kind of farm you stay at, it could be very basic or rural luxury. Luckily you get to choose the farm you'll be staying at, get to know your hosts and learn about the facilities online before taking the plunge.

Know before you go:

  • "Schlaf im Stroh" is only available from mid-May to mid-October.
  • There are over 300 participating barns to choose from in Switzerland and so far this idea is unique to Switzerland.
  • The barns are basically all communal so you may end up sharing with other travelers, although some have separate barn stalls providing more privacy.
  • Most farms allow you to bring your pets.
  • Many of the farms also offer family rooms, dorms and camping grounds.
  • Some of the "Schlaf im Stroh" farms give educational tours of the farm and teach the kids about farm life, milking and animal husbandry. 

Next time you're looking for a fun and unique way of touring Switzerland consider spending the night in a barn for some true country vacation accommodation. 

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