A cycling vacation with a camper? This is the epitome of closeness to nature, a feeling of freedom and outdoor action, paired with that certain extra comfort and coziness. You can find useful tips for a camping trip with your bike here.
Admiring the passing landscape from the window of your camper is fun - but it's even more fun when you can hop on your bike and experience beautiful places up close while feeling the wind in your face. Going camping by bike or e-bike makes the hearts of nature and sports enthusiasts beat faster and promises maximum closeness to nature and adventure. Here we tell you everything you need to know for your active vacation with bike & camper: From choosing a camper to tips on the best destinations for cycling trips and a packing list with must-haves for your camping trip by bike. Then it's just a case of: On your bikes - get set - go!
Your camping trip by bike: possibilities & advantages
A camping vacation with a bike is not only a good idea for professional cyclists or sports enthusiasts, but also for all other fans of being out and about in the middle of nature. As there are cycle routes of varying degrees of difficulty, a cycling trip can give you a great experience. exciting family vacation, an action-packed outdoor adventure or a leisurely & up-close exploration of your destination.
There are also many options for the exact implementation of your vacation. On the one hand, you can plan a long bike tour with a tent in your luggage, on which you travel exclusively by bike and spend the night at the campsite. On the other hand, if you want to embark on a cycling adventure further afield, make faster progress and get to more different places or are looking for the perfect mix of outdoor activities and a little more comfort and relaxation in between, then a camping vacation by bike is ideal. This type of active vacation is easy to manage even for less experienced cyclists, while still guaranteeing pure nature on your trip: If you not only spend the night & wake up in the most beautiful areas, but also see them pass you by from different perspectives while cycling, this puts the crown on your nature experience.
What's more, this way of traveling is not only good for your own health, but also for the environment, as camping with a bike is a comparatively environmentally friendly way to go on vacation. Did you know that the CO2 emissions are fully offset when you travel with one of our campers?
If you prefer to leave your own bike at home, but still want to go on a bike tour with the camper from time to time during your vacation, it may also be possible to rent bikes on site. In some cases, this is even possible directly at the campsite.
Safe on the road: how to transport your bike with the camper
The most important question when planning your camping trip with a bike: How do you store your bike in or on the camper? To be able to transport your bike safely, your camper needs a bike rack, which is usually attached either to the tailgate or the trailer coupling of the vehicle. You can easily and quickly stow your bikes here to transport them. In contrast to the option of transporting the bikes inside the camper, this not only saves valuable space, but also time, as you don't have to clean your bike every time before continuing your journey.
Important tips for a safe & compliant camping adventure by bike
Better safe than sorry: After you have mounted the bikes on the bike carrier for the first time, it is better to check again after the first few metres of driving to make sure that everything is securely fastened and fits well.
Legal situation regarding the transportation of bicycles: In some countries abroad, e.g. Spain, Portugal or Italy, any load protruding to the rear must be marked with special, country-specific warning signs. In Spain or Italy, this is even necessary if the bike carrier is attached to the vehicle in a folded state without wheels. We have these warning signs available at our locations and will be happy to provide you with them if required. Simply send an email to email@example.com in advance and we will make a note of this in your booking. The regulations vary from country to country, which is why you should inform yourself well before starting your cycling vacation. At the ADAC you will find for more detailed information on the regulations in your destination country.
The perfect bike camper - the best camper models for a cycling vacation
When choosing the right bike camper, you should above all make sure that it has the option of attaching a bike rack. Apart from that, as always, your own wishes and needs are the most important deciding factor. Our Off models are basically all suitable for your active vacation by bike. First think about which model is best suited to the number of people you plan to bring and the desired level of comfort, and make sure that there is enough space for your bike equipment. Here are our camper model recommendations for your cycling vacation:
The VW California Ocean - the perfect travel companion
Space for 4 adults + 4 bikes with a load capacity of max. 60 kg on the bike carrier
Heavy bikes must be removed to open the trunk, as it opens upwards
Compact design, the California Ocean offers you great driving comfort and still has all the camping equipment you need
Lots of storage space for sports accessories and outdoor products
The most beautiful destinations for a vacation with your bike
Another important decision, almost more important than the camper model: the destination. When choosing a destination and planning your route, the most important factors are the type of vacation you want, who you are traveling with and the level of difficulty of the cycle tours. We recommend researching suitable cycle routes in advance so that you have a rough plan and some inspiration in mind. Once you arrive on site, it will certainly be easier for you to find a good mix of plans and spontaneity for your bike tours and choose the best activities. If you would like some professional help with your planning, it might be worth taking a look at our route service: our travel experts also have plenty of tips for the perfect camping vacation with a bike.
Here we present three of what we consider to be the most beautiful destinations in Europe for your cycling vacation with a camper, which have great campsites, good cycling infrastructure and impressive landscapes to offer. Because these are often particularly well designed for cycling vacations, there are also some longer cycle routes included: simply choose the sections you like best and continue cycling by camper in between to save time and incorporate more relaxation or other activities.
Cycling vacation with a camper in Germany
A great cycling destination is right under our noses: Germany! If you want to travel regionally and explore new corners of your home country, there are plenty of cycle tours and cycle trails waiting for you.
🚲 Weser Cycle Path: On the multi-award-winning cycle route through the Weserbergland region, past Hameln, Bremen and Höxter to Cuxhaven, wide open spaces, half-timbered towns & idyllic villages, castles & palaces or views of the Wadden Sea await you. Tip: The mostly asphalted cycle path is perfect for families with children!
🚲 Chiemgau on Lake Chiemsee: 1,400 kilometers of cycle paths, 20 themed cycle tours and almost 600 kilometres of mountain bike network await you in Chiemgau in Upper Bavaria. The Chiemsee cycle path, for example, is particularly beautiful, taking you around the lake once over a distance of 59 kilometres.
If there's one country that's known for cycling, it's the Netherlands. Every Dutch person travels 1094 kilometres per year on a total of 37,000 kilometres of cycle paths. In one of our last blog articles, we already told you why Holland is a dream destination for a trip with a camper - and this is even more true if you also have your bike in your luggage. A helpful tip: With the cycling app ANWB Eropuit of the Dutch Transport and Tourist Board, you can plan your perfect cycling route.
🚲Elfstedentocht Route: In total, the bike tour along the 11 cities of the province of Friesland measures 235 kilometres, on the stages of which you can marvel at the IJsselmeer coast, picturesque villages, lakes and dikes.
🚲 Van Gogh Roosegaarde Cycle Path: The cycle path near Eindhoven is only 600 metres long, but it is still a unique highlight for your cycling holiday. On the floor of the path are thousands of bright, colorful stones that represent fragments of the famous work `Starry Sky` by Van Gogh.
🚲 National Park De Howe Veluwe: On the widely accessible cycle paths in the national park, you can experience the Dutch nature and wildlife up close and fortify yourself with the Dutch speciality in one of the pancake houses.
Cycling holiday with a camper in Austria
Austria is primarily known as a destination for hiking and skiing. However, the country also boasts impressive cycle paths all along the way and has many great areas for cycling.
🚲Danube Cycle Path: The famous cycle path runs for around 2850 kilometres through several countries from the source of the Danube to its mouth in the Black Sea. On the section of the route in Austria, you can cycle past Linz, Grein, Krems an der Donau and many other towns worth seeing all the way to beautiful Vienna.
🚲 Mieminger Mountains in Tyrol: On a bicycle or mountain bike tour in and around the Mieminger Gebirge, mountain bikers and leisure cyclists alike can enjoy fantastic views of the mountain landscape. At the Gerhardhof campsite, you can expect pitches close to nature with a view of the mountain panorama and a perfect starting point for outdoor activities.
🚲 Paradise route Südburgenland: The name is ambitious, but doesn't promise too much: on a tour through the gently rolling hills of southern Burgenland, you cycle through nature parks, past vineyards, picturesque rivers, castles and historic villages.
Packing list for camping trips with a bike
Packing for a camping trip is a challenge in itself for many holidaymakers anyway. If you're travelling with your bike, there are also a few additional items you should think about. But don't worry: with our packing list, you'll be well equipped for your cycling holiday!
The most important thing when camping with a bike? Your bike or e-bike
Second most important? Everything that goes with it, i.e. bike lock, air pump, repair kit, repair tools & spare parts if necessary; panniers for the sides of your bike, bike cover; bike helmet
Navigation device for your bike (or alternatively a holder for your mobile phone or maps)
First aid kit incl. tick tweezers/card (preferably a larger version incl. medication for the camper + a smaller one for the saddlebag of your bike)
Small daypack for bike toursEverything that keeps you fit & lively on & after the tour: Energy-rich snacks & a refillable water bottle, sunscreen with a high SPF & insect repellent, regenerating care
Clothing: Functional underwear; padded cycling shorts; sports shirts or cycling jerseysRain jacket; possibly down jacket and cycling glove
Headgear, sunglasses; torch or headlamp
Waterproof protective cover for your mobile phone
We have put together our ultimate camping packing list with everything else you need for camping. If you are not only travelling with your bike, but also with your child or dog when camping, you will also find special packing tips.
Before you set off: final tips for your camping trip with your bike
Before you set off on your journey, check your bike thoroughly: Are the lights working properly? Are the brakes working? Does the chain need oiling? If you want to be on the safe side, you can of course have this done by a professional.
Wearing a helmet when cycling is an absolute must do! Even if you're not travelling in busy cities or bumpy mountains, you should never go without protecting your head - after all, it's the most valuable thing you own! ;)
When parking your bike, always remember to lock it properly. It may also be worth investing in a higher-quality lock before travelling so that you can have complete peace of mind.
To protect your bike from dirt, wind and weather, it is also advisable to have a bike cover with you.
Camping holidays with your bike - our conclusion
Well, have our descriptions whetted your appetite for travelling and made you want to hop into your camper and onto the saddle of your bike straight away? We can understand that, because having your bike with you when camping gives you completely new opportunities to explore your destination and is very easy with our tips. We hope you were able to use one or two of them when planning your bike trip. Take a look at our camper models to see if you can find the perfect one for your cycling holiday with a camper. We wish you an action-packed, impressive adventure!