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Ein Off VW Grand California Camper steht in Slowenien hinter einer Schafherde
Ein Off VW Grand California Camper steht in Slowenien hinter einer Schafherde

Wild camping in Slovenia – What's allowed?

Autorin Elinor
Article from Elinor

Slovenia is not a particularly large country but the great variety of landscapes you'll find here is all the more impressive. More than half of the country is covered by forests and if you like mountains you're in good hands here.

Whether the Julicher or the Steiner Alps, the Karavanke or one of the low mountain ranges in the north-east of Slovenia, you're guaranteed to encounter breathtaking mountain landscapes in Slovenia. The highest mountain in the country can be found in the Triglav National Park. In summer, the almost 50-kilometre-long Adriatic coast, also known as the ´Slovenian Riviera` beckons and the beautiful capital Ljubljana, including its picturesque old town and castle hill, should not be missed during a visit to Slovenia.
Slovenia is definitely a country worth visiting and is becoming increasingly popular with camping and outdoor fans. But what if I'd rather be free in nature with my camper or motorhome than at a campsite? Here you'll out whether wild camping is allowed, what free standing looks like in Slovenia and what you need to pay attention to.
Bulli im Wald an einem Fluss

Is wild camping allowed in Slovenia?

Bad news for everyone who's not into camping: Wild camping and free standing with the camper is prohibited in Slovenia on both public and private land (even with the permission of the owner). Those who defy the ban risk hefty fines which can be up to €500. Especially in nature reserves, there are very strict controls; in the low season and away from tourist hotspots, however, wild camping and free standing is more tolerated - but even then it's not allowed so there's still a residual risk even if a farm in a rural area gives you permission to camp on their property.
Bulli am Meer

Alternatives to wild camping - Our tips

Camping in Slovenia is still worthwhile and can also take place within the confines of a campsite very close to nature. Slovenian campsites are characterised by their hospitality and their close proximity to the country's natural highlights.

Campsites in the Julian Alps

The Julian Alps are one of Slovenia's scenic highlights. More and more tourists are discovering the area for themselves which is why you'll find a variety of campsites here with different advantages. If you want to combine camping with extensive hiking tours this is the right place for you. Near the famous Lake Bled, one of the most beautiful of the Slovenian lakes, there are also three incredibly beautifully situated campsites (Camping Bled, Campsite by the River and the ECO River Camp) are looking forward to your visit.

Off Guide

Did you know we have our own travel guide? The Off Guide. It creates individually planned routes for camping trips. These are tailored to your personal vacation ideas and include locations, campsites, activities and restaurants. For a road trip without the stress of vacations planning. P.S.: Your trip still remains flexible, because the Off Guide provides input without fixed bookings.

Camping on the Slovenian coast

Would you rather spend your camping holiday by the sea than in the mountains? No problem, you'll also find numerous campsites close to nature along Slovenia's almost 50 kilometre long coastline. The Slovenian Riviera on the Istrian peninsula is one of the most beautiful spots in the country and a popular travel destination. Due to the tourist demand there are also several campsites directly on the coast. If you want to escape the hustle and bustle and don't mind going on a little drive to the water you can look for a place in the Karst hinterland or in the Vipava valley. Camping surrounded by vineyards is possible at the Eco-campsite Vina Saksida. Between vineyards, olive groves and orchards, it's a wonderful place to hike or cycle and the Slovenian Riviera is just a one hour drive away.
Ein Camper steht auf einer Straße. Eine Frau lehnt sich aus dem Fenster und betrachtet die Berge.

Here's what you should pay attention to

Most of us camp for the love of nature and the incomparable feeling of freedom. Unfortunately, in many cases this harms both nature and the local economy. Here are a few tips that you should keep in mind when wild camping.

  • Leave the place as clean as you found it!

  • Be careful not to disturb animals and nature through noise or fire!

  • Dispose of gray water at designated stations!

  • Be considerate of residents and fellow campers!

  • Support the local tourism and give back to your vacation destination!

Let's go & explore Slovenia's nature

Although wild camping in Slovenia is not really possible you can choose between many great campsites in the middle of beautiful landscapes and discover Slovenia's impressive nature. A road trip is definitely worthwhile and we wish you lots of fun on your journey.

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