Is wild camping allowed in Romania?

Yes, wild camping and standing free with a motorhome are allowed in Romania. Exceptions are the nature reserves and national parks.

Last researched: Autumn 2020

Wild camping and free standing are officially allowed in Romania. This permission is valid for the inland, as well as for the beaches. Despite the general permission for wild camping, some points should be observed.

  • Wild camping is not allowed in nature reserves such as the Danube Delta.
  • In the mountains, there are signs which advise against wild camping due to bears. You should follow this advice.

Of course, when camping you should make sure that you do not harass other people and that you do not pitch your camp on private property. As always, you should follow the general rules of conduct when camping in the wild to allow other campers to enjoy the site.

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Wildcamping in Romania
Wildcamping in Romania

Tips and tricks for wild camping in Romania

Romanians love to camp. Maybe this is one of the reasons why wild camping is officially allowed in Romania. It's no problem to camp and enjoy the scenery and tranquility. You can even spend the night on the beach without any problems. To make your trip a complete success, we have put some hints at your disposal here.

Wild animals
Besides forest dwellers harmless to humans such as hares, deer, squirrels, and badgers, you can also meet bears and wolves in Romanian forests. If you decide on a place in or near forests, you should pay attention to animal tracks in your surroundings. And always have some garlic with you to protect you from vampires. ;-)

Traffic rules
On your journey through Romania, you should consider some points in traffic because a violation of these rules often results in fines or the worst case even a driving ban. In Romania:

  • an absolute ban on driving under the influence of alcohol
  • Obligation to use winter tires in winter road conditions
  • the obligation to carry a fire extinguisher and two warning triangles with you

Toll
Motor vehicles in Romania have to pay a road toll, the Rovignette. This electronic vignette can be purchased at border crossings, petrol stations or online. If you do not have a valid Rovignette, you may be subject to substantial fines. On the following page, you will find all the information you need and you can buy your Rovignette directly: https://www.roviniete.ro/

Streets
Roads in Romania are not as bad as their reputation, but they are sometimes marked by potholes or undercuts on the roadside. These damages are often not sufficiently signposted and are thus only badly or too late to recognize. For this reason, you should pay special attention to the road conditions and avoid driving at night if possible.

10 interesting, bizarre and funny facts about Romania

Romania is known worldwide for one thing in particular: Count Dracula. The most famous vampire in history is said to have called his homeland Transylvania and is based on the Walachian army commander Vlad III.

Fact #1 - Palatul Parliamentului
The Parliament Palace in the Romanian capital Bucharest is one of the largest buildings in the world in terms of area and the second-largest administration building in the world with a floor area of 365,000 m².

Fact #2 - Wooden churches
The church of the Peri monastery near Săpânța is with 75 m the highest stave church of Europe and the second-largest wooden structure of Europe. It was built between 1997 and 2003.

Fact #3 - Fountain Pen
The Romanian engineer Petrache Poenaru developed a fountain pen, which he patented in France in 1827.

Fact #4 - Peleș Castle
The castle Peleș was the first castle in Europe to be completely supplied with electricity. This was made possible by its power station right next to the building.

Fact #5 - Statue of Decebalus
The statue of Decebalus is with 55 m the highest stone sculpture in Europe. It represents King Decebalus, the last king of Dacia who defended the country against the Romans.

Fact #6 - Danube Delta
The Danube delta is the second largest delta in Europe after the Volga delta. It covers an area of approximately 5,800 km², of which almost three quarters are protected.

Fact #7 - Athletes
Romania has produced some special athletes, including the first gymnast to receive a perfect 10 point rating at the Olympic Games.

Fact #8 - Smallest banknote in the world
The smallest banknote in the world was the Romanian 10 Bani note. It was put into circulation in 1917 and was just 27.5 mm x 38 mm in size.

Fact #9 - Espresso machine
The first predecessor of today's espresso machines was developed by Francesco Illy, an entrepreneur born in Romania. He is also the founder of the coffee brand Illy.

Fact #10 - Electric Street Lighting
The city of Timisoara in the west of the country was the first city in Europe to receive electric street lighting. The gas conversion took place in 1884.

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