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Asking about vacation plans in German Posted by on Jul 18, 2012 in Grammar, Holidays, Language

It’s vacation time in German and I guess most Germans would like to abscond from the country because the weather is really, really bad these days. It’s raining day after day. There already were sunny and very warm days in June but in the last past weeks it has only been raining. So if you are planning to go on a trip to Germany within the next few days make sure to take an umbrella along. Unfortunately, I cannot change or influence the weather but I can tell you what to say when you would like to talk about vacation plans.


1. The question

The first question that is useful when talking about vacation plans is to ask your interlocutor where he or she will go. The phrase you need to know for that is: in den Urlaub fahren = to go on vacation. Below you can find the various grammatical forms how to ask where somebody is going.


Where are you going on vacation?

Wohin fährst du in den Urlaub? (2nd person, singular, informal)

Wohin fahrt ihr in den Urlaub? (2nd person, plural, informal)

Wohin fahren Sie in den Urlaub? (2nd person, singular and plural, formal)


Where is Doreen (she)/Marco (he) going on vacation?

Wohin fährt Doreen (sie)/Marco (er) in den Urlaub? (3rd person, singular)


Where are we going on vacation?

Wohin fahren wir in den Urlaub? (1st person, plural)


Where are Martin and Laura going on vacation?

Wohin fahren Martin und Laura in den Urlaub? (3rd person, plural)



2. The answer

When you want to answer the question above you need to use the phrase fahren nach = to go to. Here are the corresponding answers to the questions above:


Ich fahre nach … – I’m going to …

Sie/er fährt nach … – He/she is going to …

Wir fahren nach … – We are going to …

Sie fahren nach … – They are going to …


After you have started out your sentence like above, all you have to do is to insert the city, town or country you are going to.

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About the Author: Sandra Rösner

Hello everybody! I studied English and American Studies, Communication Science, and Political Science at the University of Greifswald. Since I have been learning English as a second language myself for almost 20 years now I know how difficult it is to learn a language other than your native one. Thus, I am always willing to keep my explanations about German grammar comprehensible and short. Further, I am inclined to encourage you to speak German in every situation. Regards, Sandra


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