1. Discover Brandenburg
Brandenburg is one of the few federal states in Germany, where you are allowed to camp in the open countryside for one night. Take advantage of this! Of course, there are a few places where camping is prohibited – for example, farmed land and protected areas. Learn the facts before you depart and don’t forget: When you’re on a wild camping trip, always treat the environment with respect.
2. Better safe than sorry
Fire is a tricky issue, especially in dry Brandenburg where the risk of forest fire is a reality. Smoke-detector cameras are set up above the treetops in some areas. Get the facts before you go camping. Information is available on the website of the Ministry of Agriculture, the Environment and Climate Protection (currently only available in German). Not knowing the rules can quickly make the trip very expensive!
3. Life is better at the lake
You don’t have to head straight to Sweden to find a cozy spot on a secluded forest lake. With over 3,000 lakes, Brandenburg has a lot to offer, especially in sparsely populated areas!
4. Digital Detox
Leave your smartphone at home. I know it isn’t easy, but a few days of digital detox are great. Navigation? With a map and compass! Photos? A digital camera or an old smartphone without a SIM card. For emergencies? Bring an old push-button cell phone with you – the battery lasts ten times longer anyway.
5. Less is more
Make a conscious effort to reduce the amount of equipment you bring with you. Think about whether you really need each item or if something else can compensate for it. Do you really need a tent – or can you make do with a tarp? And maybe your sweater suffices as a pillow?