Picture of lake at SonnerseeWhen you think of a carefree holiday at a campsite, you might think of great areas with big beaches by the sea or have the mountains in mind. The doesn’t have any of that.
Nevertheless, according to guest ratings, the 650,000 square metre club site of the BffL Hannover e.V. is one of the most popular campsites in Europe. And this for the fourth time in a row! Our team feels confirmed that the idyllic site, located in the heart of the “Altwarmbüchener Moor” landscape conservation area, with its 170,000 square metre sunny lake and excellent water quality, is an inviting place to relax. The environmentally friendly farm tour and the Hannover package with the huge city forest and the many sights round off the perfect stay. Those who want to experience something different after all the peace and quiet and the many sporting opportunities can cycle or take public transport to the nearby city centre. Because of the many possibilities, many families spend their holidays at Sonnensee. In the meantime, more than 440 reviews have been given for the NaturistenCamp on camping.info. “Excellent” is the resulting verdict for the association, which celebrated its 75th anniversary last year with its approximately 500 permanent pitches for caravans and motorhomes and its 60 guest pitches.

The leading European information and booking portal camping.info, with around 90 million page views per year, presents an annual award for the 100 most popular campsites in Europe as well as the 10 best sites from other countries. The award has become one of the most coveted awards in the camping industry and is purely an audience award – without a jury or discretionary decisions.
The basis for this year’s award, presented for the 12th time by camping.info, is more than 230,000 evaluations from over 150,000 campers. There were more than 23,000 sites from 44 European countries to choose from. Thanks to the tried and tested formula, which primarily takes into account guest satisfaction as well as the number and timeliness of the ratings, not only large sites make it into the ranking.
We think it is great that we have succeeded in being among the most popular campsites in Europe for the fourth time in a row. According to camping.info’s evaluation, our Naturist Family Sports and Nature Camp at Sonnensee is ranked 16th in Europe, 8th in Germany and 2nd in Lower Saxony this year. You can find all the information at https://www.camping.info/award. We find it fascinating that camping.info has also compiled a ranking of the most popular campsites for naturists and the BffL is even placed there as the most popular site. The entire evaluation can be found at https://www.camping.info/go/fkk
And then there is a special award: the best overall ranking in the category “friendliness” also goes to the Sonnensee team this year.
From our point of view, our slogan “Experience naturism in harmony with nature”, coupled with a high level of friendliness, cleanliness, service and quality seems to have been the key to success again this year.

The modern sanitary facilities, the diverse sports facilities, the ten bee colonies and the Sonnensee honey, the large number of high-stem fruit trees and the herb spirals round off our concept.
In recent years, we have also succeeded through increased public relations work in receiving a large number of enquiries for membership in the NaturistenCamp am Sonnensee, in expanding the number of members to over 1,500 people and in further developing the association in a way that is robust for the future.
We are also very visible in another area, as the annual “New Year’s Nude Swim” repeatedly attracts dozens of swimmers to Misburg and enjoys great popularity. At this year’s 8th New Year’s Naked Swim, the water in the beach area of the lake did not have to be specially cleared of ice for the swimmers, as the water was a “warm” three degrees and the air almost 15 degrees. Of course, the more than 80 spectators duly cheered on the brave athletes as they jumped into the cool water. Afterwards, the brave swimmers met in the nearby sauna area to warm up, where they were already making predictions about how cold the water might be next year at the 9th New Year’s Nude Swim.
There is one thing I would like to mention: We are not a campsite! We are something much better. A family sports club for naturists with a great community, a campsite-like infrastructure in a “paradise” at the Sonnensee at the gates of Hanover.
Come and visit us for a short or longer stay if you are on your way to the north. Further information can be found on our website https://www.sonnensee-hannover.de. We look forward to seeing you.
Jan Schlegel