Outdoor camping: where is it allowed?

Outdoor camping: where is it allowed?

What many people don’t realize when they go camping: You can’t just camp everywhere! Depending on the area and country, there are legal regulations that must be complied with urgently. Violations can result in high fines.

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The danger is in the details. Imagine you are camping in the forest, make a campfire and suddenly the whole forest is on fire!

Wikipedia writes:

In most European countries, camping in the wilderness (wild camping) is not permitted or only permitted under strict conditions.

Welt.de writes about where wild camping is still allowed and has found that in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, Norway and Sweden as well as in Ireland and Spain it is quite possible to set up tents freely.

Camping without a campsite is called wild camping . You should definitely pay attention to posted signs in the woods. Most often they are positioned on trees or at key points. If there is an explicit ban on camping, you should think twice about pitching your tent. By the way: pop-up tents are particularly suitable for spontaneous camping.

Plan your camping trip down to the last detail and find out in advance about the conditions in the areas you want to visit. It is also advisable to do a price comparison of common outdoor products beforehand. We have found that there are sometimes significant price differences between brands such as Mammut, Outwell and Salewa.

As far as camping in Germany is concerned: It is forbidden to go wild camping here, no matter where you are. You can get lucky and go unnoticed, but be aware of the legal ramifications. If you have a caravan, you definitely need to go to a campsite. In the forest, the forestry and forest laws of the respective countries apply. First of all, there is a precise definition of what is legally understood to be a forest: any area planted with forest plants, but also areas that have been cleared or cleared, forest paths, forest division and security strips, clearings and meadows, wild grazing areas and wood storage areas, as well as many other areas used for forest purposes such as Moors, heaths and wastelands.

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If you are unsure whether camping is permitted in principle at a certain location, the last resort is to go to the land registry office.

In areas that are subject to special protection, you don’t even need to ask for permission. Stricter rules apply here. Camping in national parks, nature reserves, protected biotopes, wildlife sanctuaries and water protection areas is strictly prohibited.

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