Is wild camping allowed in Luxembourg?

No Tolerated! Yes

No, unfortunately, wild camping, also known as boondocking, dry camping, or dispersed camping, is not officially allowed in Luxembourg. Away from the cities and tourist areas, however, it is usually tolerated for one night.

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Last researched: Winter 2021/2022

Although wild camping is generally not allowed in Luxembourg, there are a few exceptions.

  • Off the beaten track, wild camping is usually tolerated for one night.
  • With the permission of the owners, it is allowed to stay overnight on private plots with a maximum of two tents.
  • It is allowed to spend one night in your vehicle to restore driving fitness.
  • Bivouacking is mostly tolerated.

A special exception is the Esch-sur-Sûre lake, where it is forbidden to stay overnight on private plots or bivouacs.

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Tips and tricks for wild camping in Luxembourg

Together with Belgium and the Netherlands, Luxembourg forms the Benelux countries. Compared to the other two member states, Luxembourg has no coast. Nevertheless, it is worth a visit. Luxembourg's landscape is characterized by dense forests, small streams and rivers, extensive valley plains, and small lakes. As wild camping is only possible with a few restrictions, we have put together a few tips for you to consider.

Be ready for departure at all times
If you are standing in nature with your vehicle, you should be ready to go at all times and keep your eyes and ears open. Wild camping is only wild camping if you stay for one or more nights. If you are ready to leave immediately, however, you have not camped, but simply lost your way and taken a break to restore your driving ability.

Move into your pitch at the right time
Find your spot before it gets dark. At night, the visibility is very limited and your choice of location may not turn out to be as safe and secluded, as you thought. However, you should not move into your campsite too early, as it is more likely that you will be seen more easily by hikers, passers-by or, in the worst case, public authorities during the day.

Place your motorhome on official sites and go on excursions
Luxembourg has a large number of official campsites where you can park your motorhome. To still enjoy nature, you can go by bike or on foot and open a bivouac in nature. Bivouacking is more often tolerated than wild camping and is more inconspicuous.

Don't make your van look like a campervan
Of course, this is not possible with a motorhome, but if you are on the road with your converted van, you can camouflage yourself relatively easily. For example, leave any attachments such as bicycle racks or the like at home. If you have side windows, it is advisable to darken them with curtains so that your van looks more like a van than a campervan.

10 interesting, bizarre and funny facts about Luxembourg

Luxembourg is a rather small country in Western Europe and is a magnet for large companies, due to its tax advantages. Also, the fact that the capital of Luxembourg is called Luxembourg, and the head of state is a Grand Duke is well known. But do you know the national motto? And do you know how many workers commute to Luxembourg every day to work?

Fact #1 - National motto
The national motto of Luxembourg is "Mir wëlle bleiwe wat mir sin" and means "We want to stay what we are". In the case of Luxembourg, this means being an independent country.

Fact #2 - Commuters
Almost half of the workers from Luxembourg are commuters and travel to Luxembourg every day to work. The three largest countries are France, Belgium, and Germany.

Fact #3 - Income
According to an EU study, the average income in Luxembourg is two and a half times higher than in other European countries. This is also one of the reasons for the many commuters.

Fact #4 - Wine lovers
Even if you first think of France when it comes to wine, Luxembourg has the restaurant with the largest selection of wines in the world. There are over 2,200 wines in the Chiggeri restaurant.

Fact #5 - Voter turnout
Voter turnout in Luxembourg is among the highest in Europe. In recent years, up to 91 percent of citizens have voted.

Fact #6 - Luxembourg knows no love
At least they can't say "I love you" in Luxembourgish. All they can say is "Ech hun dech gär", which means "I love you".

Fact #7 - Language diversity
Fact #6 is not a problem since almost all inhabitants are trilingual. Besides Luxembourgish, German and French are also official languages.

Fact #8 - Multiculturalism
Luxembourg is a prime example of multiculturalism. Despite its small population of just 600,000, more than 170 nationalities are represented here.

Fact #9 - Food
Luxembourgers not only have a variety of national dishes such as Bouneschlupp, Stäerzelen, and Fritür, they also have the highest density of star restaurants per inhabitant.

Fact #10 - RTL
The largest television production and radio company in Europe, with 54 television stations and 29 radio stations, comes from Luxembourg. It is the Radio, Television Luxembourg Group, or RTL for short.

Everything you need to know for your trip

Equipment

  • Warning triangle Yes
  • Safety vest Yes, one per occupant
  • First aid kit No
  • Replacement lamp set No
  • Spare tyre / repair set No
  • Fire extinguisher No
  • Tow rope No
  • Tear rope for all trailers No

Driving

  • Do I need a vignette, or are there tolls? No
  • Right hand trafficTo avoid dazzling other road users, you need to readjust or mask your headlights if they have asymmetrical light and are right-hand drive
  • Is it compulsory to drive with lights on during the day? No

Information

  • Is the tap water potable? Yes
  • Socket type: C+F
  • Energency numbers: 112
  • Currency: Euro (EUR)
  • Official Languages: French, German, Luxembourgish
  • Country licence plate code: L

Average prices, in €

  • Price coffee rounded: 5.00
  • Price beer rounded: 7.50

Entry conditions for animals

  • You need a valid EU pet passport in which your animal is clearly identified (microchip or tattoo), as well as a rabies vaccination valid on entry. The rabies vaccination must be at least 21 days old, but not older than 6 months. Yes
  • If your entry is from a non-EU country with a reduced rabies status, you must have a rabies antibody test carried out approximately four weeks before you enter the country and have it entered on your EU pet passport. No
  • Your dog must be treated for tapeworms 24 to 120 hours before entry. No
  • In addition to a valid EU pet passport with all the required entries, you also need an official veterinary health certificate (max. 10 days old). No
  • The import of fighting dogs or breeds classified as dangerous is not permitted. No

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