Food: In America, bring it with you. In Europe, there is almost always a small restaurant or a bar in the campground. Some of our favorite memories are coming home from a day in the city and in our tents eating some delicious, authentic Italian Lasanga before bed. In the morning, Europeans do breakfast right. They will have fresh bread,and croissants to purchase right at the campground office. It will be some of the best bread you have ever eaten. The best price is the cost. It costs like $2.00 for a loaf. We would buy a couple jars of jam and just eat delicious bread with jam before heading out to the city.
Water: In most European campgrounds there is a kitchen for washing any dishes you may have or for filling up your water bottles.
People: In Europe, for better and sometimes for worse you are with fellow campers. There is an occasional crying baby. But, there are quiet hours in the camp and our experience has been that people are very respectful of it. Some places take this very seriously and demand quiet during certain hours.
Concierge: There is an occasional ranger in America if you want to ask about the location of a hike or a trail. In Europe, each camp has a front desk with someone to answer your questions. They have maps, tips for getting in and out of the city, and to answer your questions. They are used to tourists and most speak English.
Camping in Europe is the key to visiting Europe with a big family. Campsites in Europe are well-done, clean, and have many of the amenities that American camping lack. We are hooked!