Is wild camping allowed in the Netherlands?

No, unfortunately, wild camping and free standing are not allowed in the Netherlands.

Last researched: Autumn 2020

In the Netherlands, wild camping is strictly forbidden and, unlike in other countries, it is also not permitted to camp on private property.

This regulation is strictly enforced in the Netherlands. As a result, wild camping is not possible. If you are caught, you may be fined up to 500 € per person.

Attention: In the past, with the so-called "pole campsites" there were still possibilities to stay overnight at certain places away from campsites. However, these sites were permanently closed from 01 June 2020.

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Tips and tricks for wild camping in the Netherlands

For many, the Netherlands is the country of campers. Whether caravan or camper, everyone has seen a camper with the distinctive yellow number plate on the motorway. So it comes as a surprise that the camper country has strict rules about wild camping. The reason for this approach is the fact that the Netherlands is very densely populated and wants to protect its nature against the pollution of careless campers. Here are a few tips to make your camping trip to the Netherlands a success.

Pole camping is no longer allowed
In the Netherlands, a different form of wild camping was possible; pole camping. Rules were set for the respective places and displayed on a pole. This type of wild camping is no longer possible since 01 June 2020. After the campsites were closed due to Corona, the Staatsbosbeheer (operator of the campsites) decided to close these campsites permanently.

Avoid Hot Spots
Wild camping controls are mostly carried out in coastal and tourist areas. If you stay away from these hot spots, the probability of being caught is much lower. It is also a good idea to stay only a short period in one place, as the risk of getting caught is minimized.

Set up a base and go on tours
The Netherlands is known for its friendliness towards bicycles. Pack your bike, park your motorhome on a designated pitch, and explore the area. Equipped with a sleeping bag and a tarpaulin, you can sleep in the forest for one night. After all, a bicycle is much more inconspicuous than a large motorhome.

Be ready to leave and be attentive
If you are camping in nature with a motorhome or campervan, you should be ready to leave at all times and keep your eyes and ears open. After all, wild camping is only camping if you have set up a camp. If you are already mobile again when you are stopped you have not camped, you just lost your way.

By the way: According to an ADAC survey, the Netherlands is ranked seventh among the cheapest camping countries in Europe. Two adults with one child pay an average of 40.48 € for an overnight stay on a campsite, including the pitch and ancillary costs.

10 interesting, bizarre and funny facts about the Netherlands

The Netherlands is known for its cheese, the endless tulip fields and the classic Klompen (that's how clogs are called in the Netherlands). But did you know that we have to thank the Netherlands for orange carrots? And the crazy way the city of Amsterdam partly pays for its street cleaning? Here you can find 10 interesting facts about the Netherlands.

Fact #1 - Windmills
There are still more than 1,000 traditional and fully functional windmills, 19 of which are Kinderdijk and are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Fact #2 - Bicycles
With 18 million bicycles in the Netherlands, there are more bicycles than inhabitants. They also have over 35,000 km of cycle paths.

Fact #3 - Ups and downs
The Netherlands is so flat, the highest point of the country is 323 m and counts as a mountain. The lowest point is 7 m below sea level.

Fact #4 - Carrots
Orange carrots were grown in honor of the House of Orange and spread worldwide. Before that, they were black, yellow, red, purple or white.

Fact #5 - Sea
The province of Flevoland was built on the dry seabed and should a dam break it would be flooded within 48 hours.

Fact #6 - Car ban
The municipality of Houten is considered to be the safest place in the world, as all residents ride bicycles and do not own cars.

Fact #7 - Bicycles for the second time
Dutch people cycle an average of 1,000 km per year; young people are even more active and ride up to 2,000 km per year.

Fact #8 - Channels
The village of Giethoorn has no roads whatsoever, only canals. The village is called Venice of the Netherlands.

Fact #9 - Dams
In the Netherlands, there is more than 2,400 km of dams to protect the country from the water masses of the North Sea.

Fact #10 - Paid in beer
Amsterdam pays alcoholics with beer to keep the streets clean. They get five cans for a day's work.

Everything you need to know for your trip

Equipment

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

Driving

  • Do I need a vignette, or are there tolls? Not nationwide, but there are isolated exceptions.
  • 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: Dutch
  • Country licence plate code: NL

Average prices, in €

  • Price coffee rounded: 3.75
  • Price beer rounded: 5.00

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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