The answer to this question may vary from state to state in Germany because each state has its own environmental-protection and forestry laws. Germany takes a different approach to the great outdoors than Nordic countries do. The Scandinavians employ a principle called “everyman’s rights” and permit all citizens to use nature. As a rule in Germany, you may not camp out in nature sanctuaries, on private property or in gardens. Areas that are otherwise considered to be public property and forests will vary from place to place. We therefore recommend that you determine just what is permitted in an area before you camp out there. Once you have found a location, you should make sure that it is not near any hunting blinds, feeding sites or bodies of water.
Keep one other thing in mind after you have selected your camp site: You should leave it as you found it!
Naturally, this rule applies to everything you do, not just camp-outs in nature. You should also take any rubbish that you produced with you when you leave the campsite in the morning. You should take along a rubbish bag for this purpose. As a rule, you should think carefully about the things that you really need and want to take along before you set off. By taking this approach, you can avoid producing any unnecessary plastic waste or other rubbish from the very start. You will save yourself a lot of clean-up work as well.