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Camping in Germany - statistics & facts

Camping has always been a popular type of holiday in Germany, but perhaps never more so than during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. While many EU countries have opened their borders to Germany during the summer holiday season, holidaymakers are still reluctant to fly or take a train to a vacation destination, as rules such as wearing a mask for the whole duration of the trip are still in place, as well as possible quarantine restrictions when entering another country or returning home.

Camping during COVID-19

While social distancing, additional hygiene rules and wearing a mask under certain circumstances may also be required at a campsite, depending on the federal state, camping still provides more freedom for German tourists. Most recently, 41 percent of campers stated they would spend 8 to 14 days away on a trip. Getting to the desirable destination usually involves either driving there with camping equipment or towing a caravan, while staying in an area with lots of nature provides an opportunity for more space between camping vans, as well as avoiding crowds in general. The aforementioned, combined with the independence camping already provides to travelers as such, are both contributing factors in the rise of camping in Germany. As of 2019, almost 11.4 million German holidaymakers preferred a camping vacation for their leisure travel.

German campsites

Germany has 16 federal states, all with varying landscapes and camping options. Since the 1990s, the number of open campsites in the country has grown, with over 3,000 active in 2019. Among the German states, Bavaria has the most camping sites, which take advantage of its many famous lake and mountain views, notably the Bavarian Alps. Most German campers prefer to spend their vacation in Germany, though Italy and France were also leading destination countries. Some German campsites have an additional eco-friendly seal, with most of them located in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania in the north, then Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg in the south. Such campsites pay particular attention to saving water, using energy efficiently, designing a campsite without harming nature, as well as waste management.


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