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Strandkörbe an der Ostsee.
Strandkörbe an der Ostsee.

Camping Schleswig Holstein - Wildcamping, Campsites & Co.

Autorin Elinor
Article from Elinor

Wadden Sea, the smallest city in the country, campsites in the middle of nature and much more - Schleswig Holstein has the highest density of campsites in Germany for a reason - because camping fans get their money's worth here.


For camping vacations by the sea you do not necessarily have to go straight to Italy, France or Portugal. Windsurfing, swimming and enjoying the sea breeze can also be done without leaving the country - camping in Schleswig Holstein. Whether North Sea or Baltic Sea, this beautiful state on the border to Denmark is teeming with water sports opportunities and idyllically located campsites that are already looking forward welcoming to you and your camper.
Ein Camper steht an einer Küste. Eine Frau lehnt sich aus der Tür.

Wild camping - Allowed or not?

Wild camping in the classical sense is generally not allowed in Germany. Even in Schleswig Holstein, only campers with tents are allowed to set up camp on the spots approved for wild camping as part of the `Wild Schleswig Holstein` project. This is of course annoying for campers and van drivers. What you can always do, however, is to spend a night in parking lots where overnight camping is not explicitly prohibited, in order to restore your driving ability. If you respect the parking markings, you are allowed to stand here for up to 10 hours, but you are not allowed to camp - extending the awning, setting up tables or chairs is not allowed. You should also note that even if parking on the sidewalk is allowed, it is not allowed to park a vehicle that weighs more than 2.8 tons there.
Eine Campinggarnitur steht vor einem Camper.

The hotspots in the North

Cycle along the Baltic coast, get to know northern German culture better in Kiel, Flensburg or Lübeck, take a detour to the picturesque fishing villages on Fehmarn and explore the trails and hills: Germany's northernmost state captivates with its Nordic charm, typical coastal landscapes and an almost endless range of activities in the fresh air.

Highlight Baltic Sea

We feel that the Baltic Sea has been one of the most popular destinations for camping fans in Germany for as long as camping has existed. Just relax for a while and enjoythe sea breeze in the midst of dunes right by the sea - that's the way to live. You can discover the coast on your own and at the same time get some exercise on the Baltic Sea Coast Cycle Route between Flensburg and the island of Usedom. It takes you through a large nature reserve and bird sanctuary, over the beautiful and popular vacation island of Fehmarn and through the Bodden landscape. Worth seeing cities like Lübeck, Travemünde, Wismar and Stralsund are also planned on the route. Of course, you can also only cycle individual stages of the cycle path and do not have to master the entire route. That would be too strenuous for us personally ;)
Ein Mann auf einem SUP in einem See.
Whether by bike or by other means, you should definitely visit the island of Fehmarn. Visit the Flügger lighthouse, relax on one of the numerous sandy and natural beaches or visit one of the 42 villages scattered around the island. In Burg, for example, you have the opportunity to stroll through the historic old town or make yourself comfortable in one of the charming cafes and restaurants. If you like exercising, you can look forward to a wide range of cycling and hiking tours and a huge selection of water sports. Whether kite or windsurfing, sailing, SUP or swimming, there is probably no other region in Germany where water sports are practiced as extensively as on the Baltic Sea.
Timmendorfer Beach near Lübeck is also one of the absolute highlights for everyone who loves the sea, exercising - and dogs! While the latter is covered by possibilities for windsurfing, SUP and beach volleyball fields, dog owners can look forward to several dog beaches for their furry travel companions. And once you're already close by you can also take a look at Lübeck and the impressive Holsten Gate, the museum harbor or take a stroll through the pretty old town including the `corridors`.
Lübeck in Deutschland.

Visit Arnis - the smallest town in the country

You don't necessarily have to go to Kiel, Flensburg or Lübeck for old town charm and Nordic culture, although these cities are of course very beautiful as well. But how cool is it to be able to say that you visited the smallest city in Germany? Arnisis small but nice, located on the shore of the Schlei embedded in the eastern hill country and exudes a lot of maritime flair. On 0.45 km² (!) there is a lot to offer considering the limited area. Take a walk along the so-called `Lange Straße`, which crosses the town, visit the Schifferkirche, cool off on the beach or simply enjoy the view over the sea.
Ein Mann und eine Frau sitzen an einer Campinggarnitur vor einem Camper.

Vacation on the North Sea coast

It's not just the Baltic Sea that has it all: if you're looking for a sense of freedom, unspoiled nature and the perfect campsite, Schleswig-Holstein's North Sea coast is also the place to go. North Sea, that means: fresh wind in your hair, long beaches that invite you to equally long walks, bright red lighthouses and tranquil harbor towns. Walking barefoot through the famous Wadden Sea, watching the wild sea from the observation deck of the lighthouse Westerheversand or doing all kinds of water sports - all this and much more awaits you during a trip to the North Sea. And if the weather outside gets really uncomfortable you can treat yourself to a relaxing day at one of the numerous wellness facilities on site.
Die Nordsee.

Campsites in Schleswig Holstein

No matter where you're staying in Schleswig Holstein, finding the right campsite for you and your needs will ensure that your trip is a complete success.

North Sea Camping ´zum Seehund`

The Camping zum Seehund near Husum on the North Sea not only convinces with its sustainable, environmentally friendly concept, it is also child and dog friendly and can also boast an inviting wellness oasis, which ensures that even on cold days your well-being is not neglected - relax in the Finnish sauna, enjoy a hot steam bath or have the stress massaged out of your muscles. In the nearby towns of Husum, Simonsberg and St. Peter-Ording there is a lot to discover in terms of surrounding landscape, culture and other leisure activities.

Island Camp Fehmarn

The island Camp Fehmarn on - guessed right - Fehmarn makes camping hearts beat faster. The 5-star campsite is located directly on the southern Baltic Sea beach and in the immediate vicinity of the versatile bathing paradise FehMare. Here, neither wellness nor water sports are neglected: various sauna and massage types are offered together with SUP, pedal boating and a cooperating water park nearby. This campsite is also characterized by child- and dog-friendly facilities.
Ausblick aus einem Camper auf einen See.

Nature camping Spitzenort

The nature campsite Spitzenort is located directly on the Schwentine river. There's a lot to do here as well: With the child-friendly offer, sauna and massage area, the possibilities for surfing, sailing, paddling and the site's own bike rental, water enthusiasts, young guests and wellness lovers are well catered for. The Holstein Switzerland Nature Park near the campsite invites you to extended excursions, and the North Sea and Baltic Sea are not far away either.

Farm vacation on Fehmarn

Want to be surrounded by cats, chickens, sheep and ducks while camping? Then go to the Kleingarn farm on Fehmarn! Adults as well as children can enjoy the pure country life and strengthen their bond with animals and nature. On the two small campsites you can set up camp surrounded by greenery. Dogs are welcome on one of the areas, and in the adjacent barns you will find sanitary facilities. Perfect for those who appreciate both vacations by the sea and vacations in the countryside.
Zwei Menschen sitzen vor einem Camper, der an einem Flussufer parkt.

Camping ground `An der Schwentine`

Close to nature you can also visit the small campsite `An der Schwentine`. Embedded in the beautiful landscapes of Holstein Switzerland, you can really relax, watch the water of the Schwentine flowing past or set off for activities in Bad Malente, where you will find opportunities for wellness and sports activities. For children, the small bathing area at the site and the playground are great.

Find private pitches at Landvergnügen

You haven't found the right campsite for you on our list? That's okay too. With Landvergnügen you will find rural, privately rented pitches for you and your camper or caravan - just the way you like it.
Zwei Menschen sitzen mit Weingläsern auf einer Wiese.

Our conclusion

The state with the highest density of campsites in Germany has a lot to offer. A real paradise for all those who long for the sea and water sports and want to really unwind in the countryside.

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