Frequently Asked Questions

Is wild camping in a motorhome permitted in Germany?

Do I need a special licence to drive a motorhome in Germany?

Is wild camping in a motorhome permitted in Germany?

No, wild/free camping in Germany is illegal and strictly prohibited.

There are plenty of campsites in Germany, usually costing from around €30 per night.

Germany also has Stellplatz, which are roadside areas where you are officially allowed to stop overnight with your motorhome. Many of these Stellplatz sites are equipped with basic facilities, including sanitary stations or hookups. Some charge a minor fee, while others are free of charge.

Do I need a special licence to drive a motorhome in Germany?

All drivers must have a current and full driver’s licence to hire a vehicle. If your licence is from the UK, it must entitle you to drive a category B vehicle up to 3,500 kg. For certain larger models, a category C licence is required.

Foreign licences are acceptable if they are accompanied by an accredited German translation. Otherwise, an International Driving Permit (IDP) is required.

Note: policies vary from supplier to supplier. Always check the T&Cs for your rental.


Popular Camper Rental Brands


One of Germany’s largest motorhome hire companies, DRM was established in 1994 and has over 25 years of experience in the rental industry. DRM has depots throughout Germany as well as other parts of Europe and supplies quality vehicles from campervans up to larger motorhomes.

EuroMotorhome Rental

A luxury motorhome hire brand, EuroMotorhome Rental is part of the company Nodes25 S.L., a Spain-based company with over 30 years of experience in the campervan rental industry. EuroMotorhome Rental has modern motorhomes for families and groups. The company offers one-way rental from Spain to other European locations.

McRent EU

One of the largest rental companies in Europe, McRent has luxury vehicles to suit groups of all sizes. McRent guarantees that its vehicles are no more than 2 years old and has depots in 95 locations throughout Europe and internationally.