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The Black Forest in the southwest of Baden-Württemberg is the largest low mountain range in Germany and has been one of the most popular camping destinations in Germany for decades. In the beautiful region there are wonderfully idyllic campsites, which are especially designed for longer stays in the Black Forest. The motorhome pitches can convince with their equally wonderful location, but the number of overnight stays is more geared towards round trips.

The unique natural landscape in the Black Forest causes enthusiasm for many travelers. Exploration tours on shoemaker's pony, by bike or even on a mountain bike are important components of an unforgettable vacation in the low mountain range. The charming villages and towns, which immediately spread a feeling of well-being, can delight with culturally diverse sights. Lovers of culinary delicacies should also get their money's worth in the Black Forest: Black Forest ham, pasture milk, butter and aromatic cheese are delicacies that are gladly served to guests in the mountain huts. The Black Forest cake could even achieve world fame and is served with coffee in the world's largest metropolises. Those who like to be pampered anyway can take advantage of the extensive wellness offer in the Black Forest. All these aspects speak in favor of spending the most beautiful days of the year in this beautiful and diverse region.

Camping holiday in the Black Forest

Besides the hotel, camping is probably one of the most popular overnight accommodations. Far more than 50 campsites can be found in the Black Forest, all of which are convincing due to their unique location. These vary in terms of equipment, of course, ranging from natural spaces to luxury campsites with a pool, entertainment and wellness center. As an alternative, campers also have mobile home parking spaces, which are open to travelers in the Black Forest and allow more flexibility in travel planning. If there is neither a parking space on a campsite nor a parking space available, there is the possibility in Germany to spend the night in designated parking spaces or even at the roadside. It should be noted, however, that this option actually only serves to “restore fitness to drive”.

What is the difference between a campsite and a pitch?

Especially for beginners when it comes to camping, the difference between a campsite and a pitch is not immediately obvious. There are a few basic criteria that distinguish them: A campsite is a fenced and often guarded area. The pitches for mobile homes, caravans and tents are always associated with costs and the facilities are designed for several overnight stays. Campers also have to decide on an arrival and departure day, have a direct contact person on site and, depending on the campsite, can fall back on a very comprehensive service. The campsites have a wide range of sanitary facilities and many leisure options. Setting up an awning is permitted on a campsite.

Spending the night on a pitch can be made very flexible, as the pitches can only be booked in advance in very rare cases. Accordingly, it can of course happen that all parking spaces are already occupied on arrival, especially in the summer months. The actual overnight stay is not associated with any costs, only the electricity and water consumption are billed. Billing is usually done via a machine. The parking spaces are only intended for short stays, which is why there is only one contact person by phone for many, sanitary facilities are not always available and the construction of awnings is prohibited. The lower level of comfort is offset by the largely free use.

Basically, campers need to consider the pros and cons when planning their trip. Parking spaces are more suitable for a tour that allows for a certain degree of flexibility. However, regions like the Black Forest can also be explored excellently from a campsite.

Wild camping or parking?

So-called wild camping is not allowed in Germany. There is the possibility to spend a night on the side of the road, if this serves to restore the driving ability. Full campsites and parking spaces must not be used as an excuse during a control. Basically, it is a matter of interpretation and as long as campers do not cross the threshold permanently, it is possible without any problems. A similar rule basically applies to parking lots. But especially in cities there is often a strict ban that must be taken into account.

Camping tips for the Black Forest

The Camping holiday in the Black Forest in the heart of nature is particularly important in the region. The plants around the Schluchsee, the Wolftal and the Kirnbergsee meet the highest demands and are a true dream for nature lovers. The well-kept terrace area with a beautiful view over the Schluchsee impresses with its proximity to the beach, the wellness options and its opening times in winter. Active athletes can use the Schluchsee campsite as a starting point for downhill skiing Cross-country skiing use. The holiday paradise of the Schwarzwälder Hof with its outdoor pool offers its guests a wide range of leisure activities: tennis, pony rides, golf and beach volleyball are particularly popular. Thanks to the bike rental on the square, the surrounding natural landscape can also be explored by two-wheeler. Camping Tunisee on the banks of the lake of the same name is exceptionally beautiful and has a water ski facility.

This diversity of camping and parking spaces in the Black Forest can be endlessly continued with further recommendations. A camping holiday in the region is simply incredibly relaxing and lets you forget everyday life quickly.

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