Currently, I am planning our trip to Europe this summer. We will be traveling to Germany, France, Italy, Austria and Czech Republic to visit family, doing some research and business.
But mostly, we will be in Germany. A close ally with lots of travel planning experience is my mother in Germany. The first thing she told me was to check the German holidays and school break schedule as those days and weeks would influence prices, possible reservation needed for popular destinations, transportation, and crowdedness in trains, planes and on the Autobahn. And that schedule is not uniform in all Germany. German public holidays, except for the German Unity Day, are determined by the federal states (“Bundesländer”), however, school holiday breaks may vary from region to region.
Following are very handy websites for getting informed about those dates.
And in German:
School Breaks – http://www.schulferien.org/Schulferien_nach_Jahren/
You also should take those days well in consideration when doing business in Germany. Yes, for traveling to Germany but also for planning on
- launching a new product or service,
- having an email campaign where you like to engage Germans in Germany, or
- holding international meetings – online or offline on site –
to name just a few other occasions.