Best in state: 16 best campsites in Germany
Still haven’t booked yourself a summer trip but yearning to get away? Look no further than Germany’s campsites! Camping has always been a popular holiday choice in the federal republic, and so a fantastic variety of campsites have sprung up to cater to people in tents, caravans and motorhomes.
Camping in Germany: Options to suit every taste
With something to offer for everyone, in every federal state, here is our pick of some of the best campsites Germany has to offer.
1. Camping Kleinenzhof, Baden-Württemberg - Best for family camping
Located in the Black Forest in Baden-Württemberg, the Camping Kleinenzhof campsite is the ideal spot for families, with a great range of activities on offer and even a small petting zoo! The campsite’s on-site restaurant offers guests traditional German food, freshly caught trout and the state’s well-known regional speciality: Black Forest Gateau!
2. Campingplatz Demmelhof, Bavaria - Award-winning camping
Not only is Bavaria one of the best states to camp in thanks to its stunning geographical features such as mountains, lakes and national parks, but it is also home to one of the most popular campsites in the whole of Germany. The award-winning site is situated in an area with plenty of things to do locally, including watersports, a traditional German monastery and even skiing when the weather is cold!
3. KNAUS Campingpark, Hamburg - Close to the city centre
A campsite that’s great for those looking to explore some of Germany’s cities is KNAUS Campingpark Hamburg. The campsite lies just a few kilometres outside Hamburg and is conveniently located next to the A7 motorway for drivers. Public transport connections to the city are just a few minutes' walk from the campsite, making this great for campers who want the countryside within easy reach of the city, or just want to visit Hamburg on a budget.
4. Campsite Wusterhausen, Brandenburg - Best for keen swimmers
For keen swimmers, Campsite Wusterhausen in Brandenburg has a lot to offer. Equipped with both a heated indoor swimming pool and a large lake outside, this site is every swimmer’s dream. Thanks to its location directly on the Klempowsee, the site also acts as a great base for those looking to hike and cycle through the local forests.
5. Campingplatz Gatow, Berlin - Best for the capital
Though German cities are not usually common destinations for campers, Campingplatz Gatow, located around an hour on public transport from central Berlin, offers visitors the best of both rural and urban. Whilst being close enough to Berlin to explore the city, the campsite is located next to a lake with a small forest, giving the area a more rural feel.
6. Camping am Waldbad, Lower Saxony - Best for activities
In Lower Saxony, Camping am Waldbad is the best spot for adventurers to get close to nature! The site offers guests plenty to keep themselves entertained with, including volleyball, table tennis and football facilities and a nearby municipal swimming pool as well. The local area also has many amenities and activities such as castles and monuments.
7. Wellness Camp Düne 6, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern - Best for wellness
Wellness Camp Düne 6 in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is a specialised wellness-focused campsite, with a wellness centre, sauna and spa. The site is set on the perfect location next to the Baltic sea, with specially designated beaches for naturists to enjoy, too!
8. Campsite Hof Biggen, North Rhine-Westphalia - Best for kids
Our pick for North Rhine Westphalia is a popular spot for families and children, thanks to the campsite's attention to the needs of little ones. Campsite Hof Biggen offers a range of activities and facilities for children of all ages, including a Playstation room for teenagers! The site also organises fun activities such as group excursions for the daytime and campfires in the evenings.
9. Hansecamping, Bremen - Close to the city of Bremen
Situated close to the centre of Bremen, the Hansecamping campsite gives visitors the opportunity to enjoy everything the city has to offer during the day before whiling the evenings away in the great outdoors. Visitors to the city often enjoy spending time in the historic Schnoor district, where the streets resemble scenes from an old Christmas card!
10. Nibelungen-Camping am Schwimmbad, Hesse - Best for peace and quiet
Nibelungen-Camping am Schwimmbad, located in Hesse, is a popular campsite with retirees and couples, thanks to its quiet and peaceful atmosphere. The local landscape provides the perfect place for cycling and walking, and the site is conveniently located next to the local municipal swimming pool too.
11. Campsite Moselhöhe, Rhineland-Palatinate - Best for campers with dogs
Campsite Moselhöhe, located in Rhineland-Palatinate, is one of the best spots on this list for campers with dogs. While many campsites permit dogs on leads, Campsite Moselhöhe is an especially friendly site for pets, since it hosts animals of its own! Rabbits and chickens roam on the site, and there are plenty of great trails nearby for you to walk along with your dog!
12. Camping Siersburg, Saarland - Best for rental apartments and caravans
In Saarland, Camping Siersburg offers an idyllic setting for those looking to relax during the summer. The site offers a number of rental apartments and caravans for those without a tent, while its riverside camping pitches give campers a truly relaxing experience.
13. Caravan Camping "Sächsische Schweiz", Saxony - Best for hiking
In the heart of Germany's Saxon Switzerland region, Caravan Camping "Sächsische Schweiz" takes the crown as one of the best campsites in the country when it comes to hiking. The mountainous region of Saxony surrounding the site provides the perfect location for keen hikers and the site is also a favourite with those en-route to Czechia.
14. Heide-Camp Schlaitz, Saxony-Anhalt - Great for wheelchair users
Located on the banks of a reservoir in Saxony-Anhalt, Heide-Camp Schlaitz lets you get close to nature, while still being friendly for wheelchair users. Thanks to the fitting of ramps, lighter doors and paved pathways, this campsite is great for wheelchair users seeking a weekend in nature.
15. Rosenfelder Strand Ostsee Camping, Schleswig-Holstein - Best for sea views
Rosenfelder Strand Ostsee Camping in Schleswig-Holstein is perfect for those seeking a seaside holiday. With stunning beaches and tasty seafood on offer, this campsite is particularly popular with caravan tourers, en-route to Scandinavia.
16. Campsite Stausee Hohenfelden, Thuringia - Best for watersports
Located on a lake in a small wood, Campsite Stausee Hohenfelden in Thuringia offers guests great opportunities to partake in watersports, boating and fishing. The lake has a small sandy beach and the site offers lots of activities just for children too.
Get your tent out!
Freshly inspired and ready to go, it’s time to grab your camping gear and pack up your car! While these campsites are just some of the best sites that each federal state has to offer, there are still many other great campsites just waiting for you to discover them! Happy camping!