Is wild camping allowed in Slovakia?

No, wild camping and free standing are unfortunately not officially allowed in Slovakia. Camping on private property and bivouacking is not officially allowed. In practice, however, the authorities and residents usually deal loosely with the issue and refrain from punishment.

Last researched: Summer 2020

In Slovakia, staying overnight away from official campsites is not permitted. This prohibition also applies to overnight stays on private plots or bivouacs. In most cases, however, this ban is not enforced by the authorities.

To avoid problems or penalties, you should consider the following when choosing a pitch:

  • Stay away from cities
  • Staying overnight in nature reserves is strictly forbidden.
  • Tents, not near buildings

Especially on the outskirts of villages, in forests and on meadows, wild camping is usually no problem if you don't disturb anyone with your presence. In general, the east of the country is considered to be relatively unproblematic when it comes to wild camping and free standing.

Pitch on a meadow
Pitch on a meadow
Lake in the mountains
Lake in the mountains

Tips and tricks for wild camping in Slovakia

Dreamlike mountains with deep forests, a landscape marked by castles and palaces and spacious meadows, all this distinguishes this small country in the heart of Europe. Even if wild camping and being free is not officially allowed, it is tolerated in most cases in many areas, especially in the east of the country. Here we have put together a few tips on what you should bear in mind when traveling through Slovakia so that your holiday can be a complete success.

Animals
In the forests of Slovakia, you can find a variety of relatively harmless animals such as deer, foxes, or wild boars. But there are also wolves, wildcats, and brown bears. To avoid these and to avoid a nightly visit, you should make sure that you do not find any animal tracks near your place.

Toll
If you want to use one of the motorways or highways in Slovakia, you have to buy an electronic vignette. You can buy this in advance online or get it at one of the sales points. A distinction is made according to the total weight of the vehicle. Cars up to 3,5 t: https://eznamka.sk/ Cars over 3,5 t: https://www.emyto.sk/de.

Road traffic
The blood alcohol limit in Slovakia is 0.00. In the event of a violation, the police are authorized to withdraw the driver's license and take the driver into police custody. Also, exceeding this 0.00 per mille limit is considered a criminal offense and can in the worst case be punished with imprisonment for up to one year.

Bivouacking
Although the planned bivouac is not permitted by law, an emergency bivouac does not usually pose any problems. If you are caught with just a sleeping bag and tarpaulin for a night, nothing will happen to you in most cases. However, as soon as you set up a tent, it counts as camping in the wild and, in the worst case, can result in a punishment.

10 interesting, bizarre and funny facts about Slovakia

That Slovakia is quite exactly the geographical center of Europe is not a big surprise after a look at a map. And the fact that the title "Geographical Centre of Europe" is used by many places does not surprise either. But did you know what makes Bratislava a unique capital in the world? Or why do Slovak and Slovenian government employees meet every year? We have compiled the answers to these questions and other facts for you here.

Fact #1 - Unique capital city
Bratislava is the only capital in the world that borders on two different countries. To the west, it borders Austria and to the south, Hungary.

Fact #2 - Free travel for EU citizens
Since the end of 2014, EU citizens have been able to travel free of charge by train in Slovakia. At least if you are under 26 years old and a student, or over 62 years old.

Fact #3 - Wooden altar
In the St. Jakob Church in the city of Levoča stands the world's largest wooden altar. It is 18.6 meters high, six meters wide and was built without a single nail.

Fact #4 - Danger of confusion
Slovakia and Slovenia are often confused. Every month employees of the Slovak and Slovenian embassies meet to exchange incorrectly addressed mail.

Fact #5 - Castles and chateaux
With 180 castles and 425 chateaux, with just 5.4 million inhabitants, Slovakia has the highest number of castles per inhabitant.

Fact #6 - Caves
There are over 6,000 caves in Slovakia. One of them is the Ochtina Aragonite Cave, which is one of only three accessible aragonite caves in the world.

Fact #7 - Oldest Marathon
The "International Peace Marathon" in Košice is the oldest marathon in Europe and the second oldest marathon in the world after the Boston marathon.

Fact #8 - Wooden churches
The wooden churches in the Slovak part of the Carpathians are part of the UNESCO world cultural heritage. They were built between the 15th and 17th centuries without nails.

Fact #9 - Central Europe
According to some calculations, the geographical center of Europe lies in the municipality of Kremnické Bane. However, several villages in the region claim this title.

Fact #10 - Zipser Castle
The Spiš Castle (Slovak: Spišský hrad) in northeastern Slovakia is one of the largest castles in Europe and was built in the 12th century.

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