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Wildcamping in Europe
Which countries currently have open campsites and is there the possibility of wild camping in Europe?

Wild camping means spending the night outside of campgrounds, but this is perceived very differently in different countries. Therefore, you should stay at a campsite if possible. We have collected all the information about the current situation in the individual countries and tell you where you can currently spend the night on a campsite.

Germany

Unfortunately, all campsites in Germany are currently closed. Nevertheless, nothing stands in the way of your camping vacation. Many landowners offer you the possibility to stay overnight on their meadows.

Wild camping is generally not allowed in Germany. Nature reserves, national parks, landscape conservation areas and private property are an absolute no-go! If you violate these prohibitions, you have to expect high fines. In general, please respect the local laws and treat nature with respect. You can find more information in our blogpost "Wildcamping in Germany".

Austria

According to the Auswärtigen Amt, there is a ban on accommodation for tourist purposes throughout Austria, which includes campsites.

Wild camping is also a bit more difficult in Austria. Here the regulation is different for some federal states. In Lower Austria, Carinthia, Tyrol and Burgenland wild camping is strictly forbidden and you have to expect high penalties. Vorarlberg, Styria, Upper Austria and Salzburg, on the other hand, take a more relaxed view and either let the municipalities decide or allow it above the tree line or in wasteland.

Italy

Campsites in Italy are currently scheduled to be allowed to reopen in mid-May if the situation improves by then. Please note the entry regulations and quarantine requirements.

The legal situation regarding wild camping in Italy is not so clear. Basically there is a ban on wild camping, nevertheless there are some exceptions. Often the rule is to get a permit from the respective municipality to be on the safe side. In Tuscany, for example, there is no law, so it's best to check with the municipality. Veneto, on the other hand, has a clear ban and only allows camping in designated areas.

Croatia

Currently, the campsites in Croatia (Istria) are open and the tourist infrastructure, such as café and restaurants are open outside.

Generally, wild camping is considered prohibited in Croatia, but is mostly tolerated in rural areas. It is best to avoid tourist areas and national parks. Camping on private land is also not allowed in Croatia.

Slovenia

In large parts of Slovenia there is a ban on accommodation and therefore campsites are also closed.

In general, wild camping is prohibited in Slovenia. However, you can ask the land owner if you can stay there for one night.

France

Currently there is a ban on accommodation in France and also the restaurants, bars, hotels and campsites are closed.

Wild camping in France is prohibited. It is better to use the municipal campsites "Camping Municipal", otherwise it can be very expensive. Wild camping is also not allowed in national parks, rivers and canals.

Spain

Different parts of Spain have different regulations regarding the opening of restaurants and campsites. Please check with the Auswärtigen Amt before your trip about the arrangements in the region you plan to visit.

In Spain it is allowed to stay overnight away from campsites. However, it is prohibited on the popular central coast and on the beach. Always be on the safe side and try to find the owner of the land and simply ask if you can stay there.

Portugal

Portugal currently has a ban on accommodation, which is why campsites are also closed.

Portugal prohibits wild camping. However, here you can find great camping sites close to nature and enjoy the landscape to the fullest.

Switzerland

Switzerland has currently closed all restaurants, hotels and campsites.

Staying overnight in a camper is forbidden in national parks, nature reserves, hunting areas and in wildlife rest areas. Otherwise, Switzerland is a paradise for wild campers, as there are no uniform regulations. It is best to check with the local authorities directly to find out what the rules are there.

Netherlands

In the Netherlands, according to the Auswärtigen Amt, campsites can be open, but this depends on the municipality. Please inform yourself in advance about all regulations.

Wild camping in the Netherlands is strictly forbidden and it is also forbidden on private land.

Belgium

Belgium currently advises against travel and has issued a ban on accommodation, which is why campsites are also closed.

In Belgium, as in many other countries, you can spend the night in parking lots, along roads or on private property. On the coasts, however, you have to be very careful, because there are high penalties.

Denmark

There are different rules for entry and easing in the different regions of Denmark, but campsites are closed. Please inform yourself before your trip at the Auswärtigen Amt about the arrangements in the region you want to visit.

In Denmark, free standing is generally prohibited, but you can get a permit from the land owner and stay overnight. Motorized vehicles are instructed to park at campgrounds or use designated parking areas.

Sweden

Campgrounds are open in Sweden under certain restrictions and compliance with distance regulations.

In Sweden, the Everyman's Right applies, which allows anyone to stay in the countryside. As long as you avoid residential areas and nature reserves, you should have no problems with wild camping in Sweden. Please always make sure to leave your campsite clean.

Norway

In Norway there are special conditions in the regions. For example, travel and overnight stays at the campsite in Svalbard/Spitsbergen are generally possible. Please inform yourself in advance about the travel conditions.

Also in Norway the Everyman's Right is valid, but actually only for non-motorized campers. They are usually tolerated as long as they don't leave garbage and don't act like they are camping. It is best to leave your table in the camper and only stay in one place for one night.

Poland

In Poland, all campsites are currently closed and restaurants offer takeaway and delivery services.

Under certain circumstances, camping in the wild is possible in Poland from 04.05.2021. For this purpose, there is a map with 425 forest areas and designated areas. You can find more information here! Also, residents and authorities often turn a blind eye away from nature reserves, coasts and tourist areas.

Czech Republic

Campsites and hotels are closed for tourist travel to the Czech Republic, but remain open for business trips.

In principle, wild camping is prohibited. This also applies to private land. However, if you ask the farmer nicely, you can usually spend a night there in the meadow.

Hungary

Tourist stays on campsites are forbidden in Hungary until further notice.

Unfortunately, wild camping is not allowed in Hungary. The rules are very strict, especially for free camping in mobile homes away from designated campsites. In rural areas, however, you are sure to find a property owner who will let you stay overnight.

Wildcampen in Europa

Please note that due to the current situation most of the campsites had to be closed! Find out before your trip what options are available and where you can safely spend the night. Use the parking app park4night to find open overnight parking spaces for one night.

You can find detailed information in our blog post or on the Auswärtigen Amt page.

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