Camping With a Trailer in Germany – A Few Things You Should Know

Camping is very common in Germany and the number of campers is growing steadily. Especially with the state of the economy right now lots of Germans will choose to spend their vacations in their own country. So, if you are planning a trip to Germany with a trailer, you should know a few things that are different from the USA. In Germany staying overnight on a parking lot or a highway rest area parking lot is generally not allowed, but will be tolerated! Mind the difference! The trailer must still be hitched to your car and the only legit reason is to restore the ability to carry on. You must not set up chairs and tables or any other stuff that would look like anything “permanent”. The same applies for mobile homes. Any other stays will account for “wild camping” and you will be fined.

Now most folks aren’t planning on spending their vacations on some obscure parking lots anyway. But you might be on your way to an official Camping Site and in dire need of some sleep, and this is also considered “restoring your ability”.

So, what exactly can you expect from a German Camping Resort? Generally, these sites are privately run enterprises, mostly in or near by attractive landmarks. The area is fenced in and subdivided into lots. Usually you can use these resorts with tents, mobile homes or trailers as well. You can expect clean sanitary facilities and shower stalls complete with washing machines and dryers, too. There are places you can cook, little restaurants and convenience stores. You’ll also find campers who rent spaces all year around, but don’t confuse this with US trailer parks, different story. You can rent or lease simple lots long term, but also bungalows and big family tents with a roofed porch. You’ll find simple stretches of meadows or lawn but also very luxury resorts at the big tourist attractions next to lakes or rivers with supermarkets, restaurants and nightlife, if you want.

Along the River Rhine or at the famous Bodensee, the Baltic Sea or the Northern Sea there are hundreds of beautiful camping resorts to choose from. Check the possibilities beforehand and up front and have the owners send you information, which they will usually gladly do, many times in English as well. Most of them do have little websites which you can easily identify through Google and through which you can order information many times.

Mind the local rules and the curfew, you are in Germany and they are sticklers to rules, law and order. Lots of places do even have a noon time shut off where you can’t leave nor enter and no motors are supposed to run from like 12:00 till 3:00 pm. It’s best to be as informed as possible to avoid unpleasant scenes and to be able to enjoy your stay. Usually the landlord will hand you a copy of these rules and since English is pretty much spoken in Germany, they will let you know the do’s and don’ts on the premises. This might sound a bit strange, but it’s for your own good, too. These lots are pretty close to each other and you wil surely appreciate some quite once in a while.

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