For many people, camping is not just a form of overnight stay, but a real attitude towards life. It is also very popular right now. From the North Sea to the Alps, you can camp and camp for as long as it takes. More and more fans are discovering a vacation in nature for themselves and equipping themselves with high-quality equipment. But not only the manufacturers of mobile homes, cookware and Co. benefit from this development. Campsite owners are also happy about the excellent occupancy rates and a younger target audience that is also willing to dig deeper into their pockets for appropriate quality. It seems like now is the right time to open a campsite . But how do you actually do that?
The search for a suitable location
When it comes to opening a campsite, nothing is as important as finding the perfect location. Anyone who has ever been to a campsite knows that it is usually quite large. Because a lot of space automatically means that you can take in a lot of people and thus generate good sales. But the size alone does not make an ideal campsite. Also, think about the following aspects:
Proximity to nature : People who want to go on holiday at the campsite deliberately seek closeness to nature. When choosing the location for your campsite, make sure that it is as close to nature as possible. For example, it is ideal to be in the immediate vicinity of a lake, forest, mountain or even the sea. Such extras attract even more guests and help you to create a distinctive profile for your campsite.
The proximity to sights : mountains and lakes alone are not enough. If you want to open a campsite, you should choose the location so that various sights such as cities, castles, amusement parks and observation towers can be reached as quickly as possible. The aim should always be to offer visitors a varied activity program that appeals to both young and old.
The connection to motorways and train routes : Most campers arrive with their own car or mobile home. With regard to the ideal location for your place, it makes sense to have as many motorways and federal highways as possible in the area. In addition, however, it is also important to keep an eye on the train and bus connections to your campsite. Young guests in particular often use public transport to save money. These should also be able to reach your place without major problems. Tip: If there is no bus from the train station to the campsite, you can also offer your guests an individual shuttle service.
Obtain approval from the building supervisory authority
When you have finally found the ideal location for a campsite, the next step is to obtain a building permit. You can obtain this from the responsible building supervisory authority.
A building permit is necessary because when you open a campsite, you will also erect permanent buildings there, for example for the reception and sanitary facilities.
Buy or lease a campsite?
Many people who want to open a campsite are confronted with the question: buy or lease? Both options are conceivable and have various advantages and disadvantages.
If you want to buy a campsite, you have to raise a lot more money at the moment. The lease, on the other hand, is always due and has to be budgeted anew every year.
If you can afford it, you should buy the campsite if possible. This not only brings more security, but can also be understood as an investment. After all, there is an option to sell the space again at some point.
The camping and weekend site ordinance
If you want to find out more about the legal framework for setting up a campsite, you cannot avoid the Camping and Weekend Places Ordinance (CWVO). Each federal state has its own regulation. You can find the relevant document for your location after a short search on the Internet.
Various important information and regulations emerge from the Camping and Weekend Location Ordinance, which you must of course be aware of if you want to open a campsite.
The most important aspects include, for example:
- Fire protection
- Sanitary facilities
- Drinking water supply
- Driveways and paths
- Sewage and waste
Right at the beginning of the CWVO, it is also precisely defined what a campsite is – and what is not:
“Campsites are places that are operated continuously or recurrently during certain times of the year and that are intended for the temporary setting up and living in of more than three caravans or tents. Tent camps, which are set up occasionally or only for a short time, and places for parking mobile homes are not campsites within the meaning of this ordinance. “( Source: Camping and Weekend Place Ordinance )
Open the campsite and register with the trade office
In order to be able to earn your money legally as a campsite operator, it is essential to register a business. This step is feared by many, as it is always associated with a high level of bureaucratic effort. In fact, it is only half as wild to register a business and start a campsite with it.
Before contacting your local trade office, you should carefully consider which legal form you want to choose for your campsite. For example, these would be conceivable:
- one-man business
- UG (limited liability)
Classification as a quality feature
The number of campsites in Germany is huge and continues to grow. Precisely because the industry is booming and camping is more popular than it has been in years, many people sense big business and set up their own campsite.
As a result of this development, the industry is of course facing completely new tasks and challenges. It’s about separating the wheat from the chaff and making your stay as pleasant as possible. So that you are perceived as the highest quality campsite possible, it can help to be classified, for example by the
Federal Association of the Camping Industry
German Tourism Association
The classification by one of the two associations (or both) is not a must for your campsite, but voluntary. However, it can be worthwhile to have the annual classification carried out and to receive a corresponding award from the association. This, in turn, is understood by many campers as a quality feature and can certainly be helpful in deciding on a campsite. In the assessment, the factors service, sanitary facilities and quality of the parking spaces are taken into account.