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Do you enjoy talking about vacations with friends, family, and colleagues? It's always fun and interesting to hear about new places and people's experiences there. Talking about vacations you've taken is a great topic for small talk, as Germans are curious about the world and love traveling.

Below, we've collected useful questions and phrases that you can use to talk about vacations you've taken. Have a look and then start telling others all about the places you've seen!

Asking About Somebody's Vacation

Looking to find out where someone was or what they did on their last vacation? Then check out the questions we've gathered for you below!
German German English English
Wo warst du im Urlaub?
Where did you go on vacation?
Wie war deine Reise?
How was your trip?
Du warst in Deutschland, oder?
You went to Germany, right?
Wie lange warst du dort?
How long were you there?
Wie lange hat die Reise dorthin gedauert?
How long did it take you to get there?
Wie bist du da hin gekommen?
How did you get there?
Was hast du in Japan gemacht?
What did you do in Japan?
Was hat dich an Island am meisten überrascht?
What surprised you the most about Iceland?
Was hat dir an Vietnam am besten gefallen?
What was your favorite thing about Vietnam?
Vermisst du es?
Do you miss it?
Bist du froh, wieder da zu sein?
Are you glad to be back?
Hattest du gutes Wetter?
Did you have good weather?
Hast du Einheimische kennengelernt?
Did you get to meet any of the locals?
Wie war das Essen?
How was the food?

Talking About Your Vacation

Describing a vacation is easy! There's so many things you can discuss, like what you did, the people you met, or the food you ate. Take a look at the phrases below to learn how to talk about these things and more.
German German English English
Meine Reise war fantastisch.
My trip was fantastic.
Ich war in Deutschland.
I was in Germany.
Ich habe Frankreich geliebt.
I loved France.
Österreich war großartig!
Austria was great!
Das Essen hat mir sehr gut gefallen.
I really enjoyed the food.
Ich habe das Essen dort geliebt.
I loved the food there.
Ich war für ein paar Wochen dort.
I was there for a couple of weeks.
Ich war oft wandern.
I did a lot of hiking.
Ich vermisse es wirklich, dort zu sein.
I definitely miss being there.
Es ist schön, wieder zu Hause zu sein, wo meine Freunde und Familie sind.
It's nice to be back home where my friends and family are.
Der Flug dorthin hat ungefähr 7 Stunden gedauert.
The flight took about 7 hours.
Wir hatten Glück und hatten den ganzen Urlaub über sonnige Tage.
We were lucky and had sunny days the entire vacation.
An einem Tag habe ich ein paar Einheimische in einem Restaurant getroffen.
I met a couple of locals at a restaurant one day.
Die Kultur war so interessant und anders als unsere.
The culture was so interesting and different from ours.

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Practice & Record an Everyday Conversation

Take the next step and use what you’ve learned! Check out this topic’s dialogue unit and practice the phrases in a variety of exercises. Test your knowledge and get ready for real life conversations!
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Hey Stefanie, du bist zurück! Wie war deine Reise?en
Hallo Thomas. Ich bin gestern Nacht zurück gekommen und es war großartig.en
Du warst in Thailand, oder? Für wie lange?en

Answers to the Most Common Questions

What are the most essential German phrases for talking about your last vacation?
  • Wo warst du im Urlaub?
    Where did you go on vacation?
  • Wie war deine Reise?
    How was your trip?
  • Wie lange warst du dort?
    How long were you there?
  • Was hast du in Japan gemacht?
    What did you do in Japan?
  • Meine Reise war fantastisch.
    My trip was fantastic.
  • Ich war in Deutschland.
    I was in Germany.
  • Das Essen hat mir sehr gut gefallen.
    I really enjoyed the food.
  • Ich war für ein paar Wochen dort.
    I was there for a couple of weeks.

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