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!
   
 
   
 
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 dort gemacht?
 
What did you do over there?
 
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?
 
 

Describing 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.
   
 
   
 
Meine Reise war fantastisch.
 
My trip was fantastic.
 
Ich war in Deutschland.
 
I was in Germany.
 
Ich habe Japan geliebt.
 
I loved Japan.
 
Deutschland war großartig!
 
Germany 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 over 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.
 
 

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?
  • Meine Reise war fantastisch.
    My trip was fantastic.
  • Ich war in Deutschland.
    I was in Germany.
  • Wie lange warst du dort?
    How long were you there?
  • Was hast du dort gemacht?
    What did you do over there?
  • 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.
How do I ask how someone's vacation was?
Use the sentence pattern Wie war + URLAUB? to ask how someone's vacation was.
  • Wie war deine Reise? (How was your trip?)
  • Wie war dein Urlaub? (How was your vacation?)
  • Wie war Frankreich? (How was France?)
How do I describe how my vacation was?
Use the sentence pattern Meine Reise war + BESCHREIBUNG. to form simple descriptions of your last vacation.
  • Meine Reise war fantastisch. (My trip was fantastic.)
  • Meine Reise war so entspannend. (My trip was so relaxing.)
  • Meine Reise war sehr interessant. (My trip was very interesting.)
How do I tell someone what I liked about a place I visited?
You can tell someone what you enjoyed about a place you visited by using the sentence pattern SACHE + hat mir sehr gut gefallen..
  • Das Essen hat mir sehr gut gefallen. (I really enjoyed the food.)
  • Die Landschaft hat mir sehr gut gefallen. (I really enjoyed the landscape.)
  • Die Kultur hat mir sehr gut gefallen. (I really enjoyed the culture.)
How do I tell someone how long I was somewhere?
Use the sentence pattern Ich war für + ZEITSPANNE + dort. to tell someone how long you stayed somewhere.
  • Ich war für ein paar Wochen dort. (I was there for a couple of weeks.)
  • Ich war für drei Tage dort. (I was there for three days.)
  • Ich war für einen Monat dort. (I was there for one month.)
How do I tell someone what I did while on vacation?
By using the sentence pattern Ich war oft + AKTIVITÄT. you can tell someone what you did on vacation.
  • Ich war oft wandern. (I did a lot of hiking.)
  • Ich war oft tauchen. (I did a lot of diving.)
  • Ich war oft auf Erkundungstour. (I did a lot of exploring.)