Camping In Germany

Do you want to spend your free time in a diverse country with lots of attractions to see? Do you like to stay close to the water sources as lakes where you can fish, swim and also enjoy other water activities? How about tent camping in Germany?


I suggest you travel to Germany and book yourself a place in one of Germany’s campsites.

Germany is a Western European country with the capital Berlin. It is divided into 16 federal states with its capitals.

The country is quite big as it has 357,376 km2 of land and also the most population in the EU. It is one of the global industry leaders that produce a lot of products and materials.

Germany is interesting to see as it has a rich history also because of World War II. I should mention Bavaria, Munich which is known for brewing beer and technology.

Many towns are connected with Bach, Brahms, Beethoven, Goethe, and other important artists of our culture.

The country is also known for quality cars such as Audi, BMW, Mercedes Benz, Porsche, and Trabant. What about their camping offer? What are the top camping sites in Germany that you can visit this year?

Best campsites in Germany to explore

I invite you to book your next vacation and go to Germany as you will be able to see a rich history, culture and lots of beautiful landscapes with forests, rivers, lakes, and mountains.

Camping in German campgrounds will positively surprise you no matter if you are younger or older. They are connected to the sea in the north so go ahead and get to know the destinations that tourists love to go to.


The camp KNAUS Campingpark Burhave can be found on the north, on the German Wadden Sea, and next to the Lower Saxony mud flat National Park which is under UNESCO protection.


If you are happy to stay over the water and on the beach, this place should be the right choice. They have 360 pitch plots and are open from the middle of April to the middle of October. Pets are welcome.


You will be able to enjoy the sea lake that was formed and have a safe swim with your children and play and sunbathe on the sandy beach.

For all of you who are party lovers, they held beach parties and have an open-air cinema for you to see some good movies.

Besides swimming, you can take a hike, cycle, or horse ride. Visit this family-friendly place and you will see the German nautical museum and Moormuseum Emsland as well.


This campsite is in Schwerin which is the capital of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. It is another 4-star rated place that provides nice surroundings with sports activities and also a quiet environment to relax.


Germany has a lot of sights that are under UNESCO protection and in this camp you will be able to see nearby UNESCO biosphere reserves Schaalsee and Elbe-Flusslandschaften.


Campingplatz Freizeitwelt Güster is situated at the Prüßsee Lake in the park Lauenburgische Seen. They are opened all year and have 380 pitch plots.

Swimming, sunbathing, walking, sightseeing, cycling, canoeing, and kayaking are the most popular activities to do here.

Children can play in the playground and enjoy the sun. This is a nice family resort for spending quality time with your family members.


Südsee-Camp is a well-visited place with 5 stars that has plenty of options for having a great holiday. They are open through all year and have 1508 pitch places so I think you will find your perfect spot.


You can enjoy it here with a tent, caravan, or with a motorhome but you can also rent a chalet, a Swedish cottage, or a caravan.


They have a lake, a swimming pool and lots of beautiful nature that you can explore with friends and family. You won’t be bored as they organize activity programs, parties, and other kinds of entertainment.


They have a creative studio where kids can make their art pieces. In the evenings you can see a show or listen to music.

The management of the camp thought of all since they also have activities for different age groups and this is something that is worth mentioning and deserves praise.

Alfsee camp has 220 hectares of land with 750 pitch plots available for outdoor enthusiasts. They received a lot of rewards from organizations, among which is also an Eco camping award.  

They are opened all year long and welcome you with caravans, campervans, and tents. You should feel at home as they have plenty of modern facilities to use.


What accommodation suits your needs? If you like you can stay in one of their bungalow or in the Hotel Piazza which is a nice hotel with 46 rooms.

They have a lot of greenery, from trees to bushes. If you like to be surrounded by pure nature this place is right for you.

It is a great place for all age groups, you can swim, waterski, see Germanic Adventure World, the kart center, Bullermeck Indoor Fun center, and children’s car land. They make an effort to please their guests so welcome to Alfsee.


This is another 5-star German camp that can be found in the region of Münsterland with lots of castles and manors. They are open all year and welcome you with the 290 pitch places.

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Many German camps lie along the lake and this place is not an exception. They have a natural swimming lake of 4500 mfor you to enjoy.

There is plenty to do there as you can fish, swim, take a ride with a boat, surf, hike, or ride with a bicycle.


If you don’t have a place to stay in, they offer you several caravans and mobile homes that can accommodate four people.

They opened a Nordic walking park with paths of 12.2 km long. Be active and play golf, tennis, horse ride, or relax.

All you animal lovers can see Zoo Osnabrück, Münster Zoo, Safari Park Stukenbrock, and much more.

It is recommended for you to see City Sassenberg, Asparagus village Füchtorf, Spa towns of Bad Laer & Bad Rothenfelde, and other sights for a nice walk with a historical hint.

Is camping popular in Germany?

Yes, it is quite popular and evolving as people are camping with their caravans, outdoor tents, and mobile homes all across the country. According to, the German Tourism Association recorded 26 million overnight camping stays in Germany (the article was written in 2015). Their campsites are investing hugely in new facilities and leisure activities.

The activity becomes very popular in the corona crisis in 2020. More than 50,00 camper vans and caravans were registered in this European country during the first half of 2020.

What are the rules for camping in Germany?

If you want to camp in one of their places you must reserve your spot, especially in 2021 due to the corona crisis. Wild camping isn’t allowed on German land. If you get caught in a tent in a forest you can get a 500€ fine or even more if you do it in your camper van.

Can you camp anywhere in Germany?

If you decide to camp at a campsite that’s fine but the country doesn’t allow wild camping on their land. However, you can spend a maximum of one night with a caravan in a serviced area.

It is permitted to stay with a camping vehicle on the designated state parking areas for one night if not marked otherwise.

If you intend to sleep for one night in a bivy sack on the private property you can but not on specially marked areas and nature reserves. You can pitch your tent on private land with the landowner’s permission.

How many campsites are there in Germany?

Since the 1990s, the number of campsites has increased in the country as people decide to go camping outdoors more and more. There were more than 3,000 active campsites open in 2019.

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What to do at a campsite in Germany?

There are plenty of activities that you can do at a campsite. Each of the German camps offers different activities that you can attend alone or with your loved ones.

You will be able to swim, fish, canoeing, kayaking, hike, horse ride, attend shows and workshops, and more. If you want to know what a specific place offers go ahead and inform yourself on their official site.

Can you have a campfire in Germany?

If you set a campfire in the wild without a permit you can get up to a 5,000€ penalty so I am sure you don’t want that to happen. However, you can set it up in the campsites in the appropriate areas.

Can you camp in the Black Forest?

There are campsites that offer all budgets across the Black Forest region. The majority of them offer pitch places for RV’S and have hiking and cycling trails. These places lie close to the lakes and medieval German towns so you will have much to see.

Free camping in Germany’s black forest is technically illegal. However, maybe you can go camping in Germany in your own tent if you respect the principles and guidelines for good camping etiquette.

What is the Black Forest in Germany famous for?

The Black Forest (German Schwarzwald) is well known for scenic landscapes, lakes, pine forests, trails, backdrops of old castles, and quaint towns and villages. It is also known for its cuckoo clocks, and for Black Forest gateau.

The Black Forest is one of the destinations that you must see and experience if you want to have diverse holidays.


Do you know what German camps have in common? Maybe you figure it out yet but if you didn’t, here is an answer.

My favorite camping places in Germany have lakes where you can spend time swimming, surfing, canoeing, ride with a boat and so on.

Which is a camping place that you like the most of my picks? All of these places are appropriate for families with children, couples, or for solo adventurers.

The country is worth visiting also because of its rich history and culture that shows in their cities and museums all over the country. Go ahead and decide on camping in germany campsites as you shouldn’t regret it.