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Tips for camping - Nantes to Prague

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Tips for camping - Nantes to Prague

Hi everyone,

My spouse and I will be riding from Nantes to Prague from end of June to the end of September.

Our questions have to do with overnight lodging in France, Germany, Holland and Czech Republic, basically at campsites or wild camping.

Based on your experience, in all or any of these countries, is it normally possible to get a space for a tent and 2 bikes when showing up at the end of an afternoon without reservation at a campground? .

Is wild camping allowed? What is the best way or option to do it?

I'm trying to avoid having to ride on a tight schedule because we have to set bookings if you see what I mean.

Any tips are more than welcome.

Safe riding, Pierre

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Camping in middle Europe

I think the chances are quite low, that you will encounter a full campsite in middle Europe, except maybe close to touristic spots like beaches.

I'm not completly sure if wild camping is actually legal in those countries, but I did wild camping many times in France and Germany and once in Czech Republic and never had any problems. I definitly recommend you to don't worry a lot about wild camping and just do it. Of course, the more you set up your tent away from villages the lower is the chance that somebody feels disturbed. I think that's the most important point about wild camping in generell: Think if somebody can possibly feel disturbed by you wildcamping in a certain spot; for the most nice wildcamping spots that is not the case.

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Camping in middle Europe

Hallo Tizian,
Many thanks for your insight. This is very helpful.
Safe riding, Pierre

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Camping in middle Europe

If you go to the website

http://cycle.travel/map

and put in your route, there is a feature where it will show you accommodation in the vicinity. But wild camping, though maybe not strictly legal, is definitely doable I've never had an issue.

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Camping in middle Europe

Terry,
Many thanks for the website referral. I will give it a try.
Safe riding, Pierre

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An alternative to camp sites and wild camping

Another alternative is to ask people if you can camp in their garden, especially in densely populated or agriculturally used areas with no official camp grounds. This worked well for us in Germany, France and the Netherlands. It is also a nice way to meet local people, apart from WS. Most of them are friendlier than you think ;)

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Alternative to campsites and wild camping

Eva,
Many thanks for your suggestion. Yes, certainly something to seriously consider, especially when the people we meet when riding is the probably the best memory we keep...
Good tip :)

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Well, this is " funny" ... at this WS website, the Members are thinking of "wild camping" etc ..NOT WS ..!

Maybe when they Post to a camping website, they ask for advice about WS...?

If you are not interested in using WS, why are you a member ?

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About being funny!

Dear Fish,
It may have never happened to you, but in my relatively short experience, I have learned that from time, it is not possible to find a WS host along my way so I have to explore for other options.
Forums are usually great in the sense that most of the time, folks are ready to share their experience. Of course, occasionally, you may find the odd one willing to criticise instead of helping but hey, for the cost of the service, who cares...
Safe riding.

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It is not funny

Using W'S host is great but you have to plan ahead a little bit so it is not always the solution

As a camper I also appreciate camping in the wild without anybody and without social interactions

So usual I do mix WS in big city where camping is not fun and camping ( not always wild )

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You are right, it's not really funny!

But merci very much for your comments as they are truly appreciated. I find they make a lot of sense.
Safe riding.

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Hi Pierre,

Hi Pierre,

for the french part of Eurovelo 6, you can check this website, it provides accomodation along the itinerary in France:

https://www.eurovelo6-france.com/

Still, be warned that on the maps of this site, are only marked the accomodations that comply with "Accueil Velo" label.
It means that, depending on the place where you'll plan to stop overnight, there might be other available types of accomodation.
You can use Ggl Map or the above mentionned website to supplement the information about hotels, camping etc. on your route.

In France, yes, usually it is safe to show up at the end of the day without a reservation. There might be exception, e.g. if a large music festival is held nearby, or very touristy places, like campgrounds along the seaside, the campground could be very very busy.

The usual and recommended way to proceed is to call ahead of time (in the morning or at noon, prior your arrival that day), to book a patch of grass for your tent and bike, and get to know any useful information, such as when the reception desk is closing, any gates opening hours, is there a nearby shop, restaurant, how to get there etc. in order to get the best experience of your overnight stay.

Safe and happy riding !

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Hi Pierre

Dear Cyclefarer CY,
Great comments! Thanks a million! Exactly what we needed for the French portion of our trip.
Safe riding,

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Another tip ...

Pierre,

you're welcome !

Assuming you speak french (which I think you do), you could buy a temporary french SIM card and use it to call campgrounds for booking, check internet, book table at restaurants while riding on the french section.

Also, you could kindly stop by any Office du Tourisme during the day, and kindly ask them to call on your behalf the next campground in order to make sure you'll be provided with place to stay.
Most, if not all, should be glad to being of any help for a visitor of France. That's their job and duty !

Happy cycling !

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Another tip

and once again, a great tip!
I promise to keep the Office du tourisme in mind. As for the SIM card, it was already planned however, all I am missing is a recommendation on where to get it (best provider).
Merci beaucoup pour votre aide, c'est vraiment très apprécié. Pierre

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