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According to the Austrian travel portal camping.info, more than 30 million overnight stays at German campsites were booked in 2016. That is an increase of 4.3% compared to the previous year.
There are currently 2,466 campsites in Germany and they have much to celebrate. Camping holidays in tents and caravans are becoming more and more popular. In the past year, 30,462,361 overnight stays were registered in Germany. At 5.2 million overnight stays, Bavaria is the most popular camping destination, followed by Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania with 4.95 million.
The trend clearly shows that camping tourism is becoming more and more important, and going far beyond the basic package. Many campsites are investing above all in modern sanitary facilities and wellness. In addition, many mini-campsites are opening, such as those connected to mountain farms.
With the growing popularity of camping holidays, this sector is gradually becoming an increasingly important economic factor. “Camping holidays are absolutely on trend,” says Erwin Oberascher, Managing Director of the Internet portal Camping.Info. “Traffic on our camping portal has increased by more than 15% compared to the previous year. In some regions, Pentecost is already the start of the high season, which nobody would have dared to dream of ten years ago,” says Oberascher. According to Oberascher, Germany is the strongest camping market in Europe when it comes to domestic campers. With 85.9% of its campers being German, the German camps have an exceptionally high share. The most important groups of foreign guests are the Dutch with 7.5%, with the Swiss far behind in second place with 1.7%, then the Danes with 1%.
List of camping locations in Germany by order of popularity
Germany: 30,462,361 overnight stays, + 4.30 % compared to the previous year, + 22.60 % since 2011
1. Bavaria: 5,208,786 overnight stays, + 3.40 % compared to the previous year, + 20.30 % since 2011
2. Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: 4,950,306 overnight stays, + 7.10 % compared to the previous year, + 36.60 % since 2011
3. Lower Saxony: 4,391,128 overnight stays, + 9.20 % compared to the previous year, + 21.00 % since 2011
4. Baden-Württemberg: 3,768,742 overnight stays, + 2.00 % compared to the previous year, + 17.70 % since 2011
5. Schleswig-Holstein: 3,739,733 overnight stays, + 6.80 % compared to the previous year, + 24.50 % since 2011
6. Rhineland-Palatinate: 2,463,863 overnight stays, – 0.70 % compared to the previous year, + 12.00 % since 2011
7. North Rhine- Westphalia: 1,661,884 overnight stays, – 0.70 % compared to the previous year, + 27.60 % since 2011
8. Brandenburg: 1,127,037 overnight stays, + 1.00 % compared to the previous year, + 26.20 % since 2011
9. Hesse: 1,125,816 overnight stays, – 0.10 % compared to the previous year, + 10.00 % since 2011
10. Saxony: 621,607 overnight stays, – 2.20 % compared to the previous year, + 20.00 % since 2011
11. Thuringia: 557,726 overnight stays, + 11.90 % compared to the previous year, + 15.80 % since 2011
12. Saxony-Anhalt: 377,837 overnight stays, + 7.60 % compared to the previous year, + 33.09 % since 2011
13. Hamburg: 137,525 overnight stays, + 3.80 % compared to the previous year, + 83.00 % since 2011
14. Saarland: 133,378 overnight stays, – 2.50 % compared to the previous year, + 1.80 % since 2011
15. Berlin: 119,216 overnight stays, + 12.40 % compared to the previous year, + 22.70 % since 2011
16. Bremen: 77,777 overnight stays, – 3.90 % compared to the previous year, + 38.30 % since 2011
Images: Julian Bialowas (1)/ Lex Sirikiat (2) via unspalsh