Is wild camping allowed in Slovenia?

No, in Slovenia wild camping is not allowed. It is also not allowed by law to stay overnight on private property. However, there are also possibilities to camp in the wilderness.

Last researched: Autumn 2020

Unfortunately, wild camping and free standing are not officially allowed in Slovenia. Also, it is forbidden by law to spend the night on private property and bivouacking is not legal. If you are caught, you may be fined up to 500 €.

In practice, however, these laws are not always strictly enforced. Particularly in the off-season and away from conurbations, the authorities are more relaxed about the legal basis in many cases. Often wild camping is tolerated or only punished with a reprimand. You can also ask for permission to spend a night on one of the many farms.

However, you should not stay overnight in a nature reserve, as controls are very strict, especially in these areas.

Wild camping under the stars
Wild camping under the stars
Pitch with a view
Pitch with a view

Tips and tricks for wild camping in Slovenia

Situated between the Alps and the Adriatic Sea, Slovenia offers a mixture of coastal landscapes and mountain regions. In recent years, this small country has become an insider tip and is attracting more and more tourists with its nature and hospitable people. We have put together a few tips for you so that you know what to look out for during your trip.

Tolls for vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes
On Slovenian motorways and trunk roads, a vignette is compulsory for vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes of total weight. The vignettes can be purchased through the ADAC or in Slovenia at petrol stations, the Slovenian post office or other sales outlets near the border crossing.

Tolls for vehicles over 3.5 tonnes
For vehicles with a total weight of over 3.5 tons, the electronic toll system DarsGo must be used. You can order the device online before your trip or purchase it at a local DarsGo service. You can find out where such DarsGo services are available or how to order them online at https://www.darsgo.si/portal/.

Always have your documents at hand
You should always carry a valid identity card or passport with you. At border crossings as well as at routine checks you must be able to identify yourself with a photo ID. If you cannot prove your identity directly, you may be subject to fines ranging from 200 € to 1,200 €.

Special features in road traffic
In Slovenia, there is a lighting obligation, therefore all roads must be equipped with dipped headlights all year round. In comparison to other countries, it is also necessary to stop at a yellow traffic light. Another special feature is the winter tire requirement. In the period from 15 November to 15 March, you must drive with winter tires or snow chains.

10 interesting, bizarre and funny facts about Slovenia

Slovenia is also known as the green heart of Europe. Not surprising, with over 60% forests. Here we have selected and compiled nine more interesting facts about this small country in Southern Europe.

Fact #1 - Stara Trta
According to the Guinness Book, the Stara Trta is the oldest vine in the world. What does Stara Trta mean? It is Slovenian for "old vine."

Fact #2 - Young country
Slovenia celebrated its 25th birthday in 2016. The year was founded in 1991 after the 10-day war.

Fact #3 - Nature
Slovenia is almost 60 % covered with forest and is home to about 500 to 700 brown bears. One of the largest populations in Europe.

Fact #4 - Chimney
The chimney of the thermal power plant in Trbolvlje is 362 meters high and thus the highest industrial chimney in Europe.

Fact #5 - Melania Trump
Melania Trump is Slovenian. She is only the second First Lady born outside the USA. Her entry into the USA was illegal, by the way.

Fact #6 - The River Soca
The river Soca is known for its light blue-turquoise color. This is due to its high lime content and the green algae in the river.

Fact #7 - Introduction of the euro
After just 15 years of its currency, 90 % of the population voted for the immediate introduction of the euro when entering the EU.

Fact #8 - Caves
There are over 10,000 caves in Slovenia, including the second-largest dripstone cave in the world, the Postojna Caves.

Fact #9 - Bee love
Slovenia has only about two million inhabitants, 90.000 of whom are beekeepers. So you shouldn't miss honey here.

Fact #10 - Wine
Wine is an important part of Slovenia. It is not only the oldest vine in the world, but there is also one winery for every 70 inhabitants.

Everything you need to know for your trip

Equipment

  • Warning triangle Yes, two pieces
  • Safety vest Yes, one per occupant
  • First aid kit Yes
  • 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? Yes
  • 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? Yes

Information

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

Average prices, in €

  • Price coffee rounded: 1.25
  • Price beer rounded: 2.50

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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