Camping Caravan on a Parking Lot in Hesse, Germany

The Best Campsites in Hesse

On the road with your own four walls! Whether in a tent with a sleeping bag or in a luxury caravan, camping is very popular in Germany these days. In Hesse, you will find the right camping site for every kind of camper. We have compiled the most interesting campsites in Hesse here.

Camping in the Ruins of Wallenstein Castle

Campsites in Hesse: In the middle of the Knüllwald forest in northern Hesse, on a spur below the Babloh mountain, lies the medieval ruins of Wallenstein Castle. In the Middle Ages, the castle must have seemed strong and impregnable, for outside the castle walls there is a steep downhill slope on three sides. Today, the castle ruins form the backdrop for rustic camping adventures – camping in the castle or in the castle courtyard, swimming in the lovely natural swimming pool and fishing in the castle pond are all possible.

Woman sitting in a caravan on a campsite in Hesse
Jean Carlo Emer

Below the castle there is a three-star camping site that is also open to permanent campers. The restaurant has genuine Knüllwald specialities on the menu and organises fairytale evenings where the illuminated castle becomes a spectacular sight.

Tent Lodges with Four-Poster Beds

The Odenwaldidyll campsite is located below the snow-white Lichtenberg Castle in the Fischbachtal valley in southern Hesse. Nestled in the varied landscape of the Vorderer Odenwald forest, the site is home to a natural swimming pool fed by nearby springs.

Aerial view, Lichtenberg Castle, Fischbach Valley, Hesse, Germany

If you want to experience a safari feeling in the Odenwald woods and stay overnight without camping equipment, book one of the two tent lodges. Each tent can accommodate up to five people and offers a four-poster bed with mosquito net, a bunk bed and a single bed. There is even a fully equipped kitchenette and both lodges have their own bathroom.

Those who prefer sturdier walls can rent a caravan at the Odenwaldidyll campsite, also fully equipped. Whether mountain biking or climbing on the cliffs and boulders of the Felsenmeer range, the region offers a varied range of leisure activities for young and old.

Camping in Barrels on the Banks of the Fulda River

This location of one of our favourite campsites in Hessen could hardly be more idyllic. Near Guxhagen, on the narrowest bend of the river Fulda, lies the Fuldaschleife campsite. The site’s facilities include a canoe hire service, a football pitch and children’s playground, and a restaurant with a beer garden. There are also 80 permanent and about 50 tourist pitches, some with a view of the water. Caravans and tents for hire are available for overnight stays on cycle or river tours.

A special overnight experience is sleeping in a “camping barrel“. These large, converted wooden vats offer space for up to three people. Lighting, heating and power sockets provide comfort so that you can enjoy a cosy stay even in cold and damp weather.

Five-Star Camping on Lake Edersee

The Teichmann camping and holiday Park is located directly at the entrance to the Kellerwald-Edersee National Park. The site includes a six-hectare bathing lake where visitors can go windsurfing, fishing and pedal boating. Children’s playgrounds, a soccer pitch, a mini-golf course and a small wellness area are part of the facilities at the site, which also rents out a few holiday homes in addition to tent and caravan/campervan pitches. The Teichmann park has joined the Ecocamping Initiative, with a committment to sustainable business.

With its location on Lake Edersee, the campsite is an ideal starting point for trips into the Kellerwald-Edersee National Park and the Edersee adventure region, with its wide range of leisure activities.

Deluxe Camping in the Habichtswald Nature Park

The Erzeberg holiday complex in the Balhorn district of Bad Emstal has an idyllic location, right on the edge of the forest in the south of the Habichtswald Nature Park. The complex has a total of 35 camping pitches, 20 mobile-home pitches, 85 permanent pitches and ten holiday homes. Guests can relax in the spacious wellness area, which has, among other things, a heated indoor pool and various saunas.

The Erzeberg holiday complex is an ideal starting point for hikes in the Habichtswald Nature Park. The 85-kilometre-long Habichtswaldsteig premium hiking trail can be accessed practically from the doorstep.

Camping for Water Babies and Bathing Beauties

Knaus Campingpark Eschwege is an ideal destination for water sports fans. The site is located on a peninsula between the River Werra and Lake Werratal. Swimming, surfing, sailing and fishing can all be enjoyed here. In addition to magnificent views of Lake Werratal, there is a bistro, a mini-market, a beach volleyball court and play facilities for children.

Eschwege town centre is just a few minutes’ walk away. There are 95 permanent and 123 tourist pitches at the campsite, as well as 56 caravan/campervan pitches. Guests arriving without their own tent or campervan can rent a mobile-home or a standing tent.

Holidays High Above the Rhine

In the unique landscape of the romantic Rhine valley, amidst mountains, forests and vines, surrounded by countless castles and small towns, lie the terraced grounds of the Suleika Nature Park Campsite, between Lorch and Rüdesheim. The site is located in the Natura 2000 nature reserve and seeks to operate in harmony with nature.

If you don’t want to sleep in a tent, you can stay in one of the four rustic log cabins. These offer space for up to four people and are equipped with separate sleeping areas and a fully equipped mini-kitchen.

Camping on the Banks of the Rhine

The Maaraue campsite is located directly on the Rhine near Wiesbaden, nestled in a beautiful riverside meadow. Thanks to its idyllic location surrounded by trees and a lake very nearby, this campsite offers a place of relaxation and tranquillity. Whether in tents or in a campervan, this campsite offers pitches for all kinds of camping and provides electricity for all guests. The sanitary facilities also meet the highest standards. There are further campsites directly on the banks of the Rhine in Eltville-Hattenheim, Geisenheim and Rüdesheim.

First Class Camping in the Rhön Camping Park

Located directly at the foot of the 950-metre-high Wasserkuppe mountain, the Rhön Camping Park is a small, family-run camping facility in the heart of the High Rhön mountain region. Its central location at the upper end of the Ulster valley between the Hochrhön and Wasserkuppe ranges makes the park an ideal starting point for outdoor activities such as hiking, flying or biking.

View from a tent of landscape in Hesse, Germany
Ulyana Grishina

Camping in Naumburg in North Hesse

The campsite in Naumburg is ideally located on the Habichtswaldsteig premium hiking trail and right next to the heated outdoor swimming pool AquArena. A barrel sauna is also on hand for further relaxation. If, on the other hand, you need to cool down, you’ll find it in the neighbouring stream. Campers can meet in the “Campingklause“ bistro, or in summer, at the open grill. The town of Naumburg with its historic half-timbered houses, museums and nature information centre also invites visitors to explore.

Caravan in German forest
Noe Fornells

Those were our tips for campsites in Hesse. You’ll find lots more interesting information about camping on reisenEXCLUSIV.