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Hello, German learners!

Did you just return to school from your holidays, and now you are struggling with your German essay?

"Mein Ferien" is another common topic that your teacher may have asked you to write about, especially after the holidays.

In this article, you will find essays on holidays, and what you might need if you are still unhappy with the text you have written so far. Here you can find some ready-made short essays written by a German native. The examples that I show you below are structured like this:

  • First, you'll find an example of a short essay in German. It shows you how you can describe your holidays, what you have done, or where you have been. Since there are lots of possibilities, I wrote some more examples for you to chose from.
  • Following the German part, you will find the English translation of the German text.
  • After the examples of short essays, you will find a list of German key words and conjugated verbs that I have provided for you so that you do not have to look them up in a dictionary. My aim is to provide a time effective aid for your German homework.

Now, let's get started!

Example One: Two Weeks at a Youth Camp

Have you spent two weeks with other young people at a holiday camp? Then you could write a text similar to this one:

In meinen Sommerferien habe ich zwei Wochen in einem Ferienlager verbracht. Das war ein Sportcamp, wo wir an vielen verschiedenen spaßigen Aktivitäten teilnehmen konnten. Die Unterkunft war ziemlich einfach, da wir alle in Zelten ohne richtige Betten geschlafen haben. Stattdessen hatte ich eine Luftmatratze und einen Schlafsack. Ich fand das gemütlich, obwohl ich mich erst daran gewöhnen musste. Wir begannen den Morgen mit einem gemeinsamen Frühstück auf dem Picknickplatz. Der Gruppenleiter hat uns gezeigt, wie man Porridge kocht, da er meinte, dass das die beste Mahlzeit für den Start eines aktiven Tages sei. Abends haben wir gegrillt, mit einem tollen Lagerfeuer, wo wir den ganzen Abend geblieben sind, um Gruselgeschichten zu lauschen. An einem Tag haben wir eine Floßfahrt auf einem Fluss in der Nähe gemacht, und wir mussten die Flöße vorher selbst zusammenbauen. Es war ziemlich schwierig, die schweren Baumstämme zusammenzubinden, aber ich habe das Gefühl, dass ich viele neue Fähigkeiten während der Wochen dazugelernt habe. Wir haben zum Beispiel gelernt, wie man die Spuren von wilden Tieren liest. Meine Lieblingsaktivität war die Fackelwanderung im Wald. Wir mussten im Dunkeln einen Schatz suchen, und das war ziemlich gruselig und aufregend. Ich war mit meinem Cousin im Ferienlager, und wir haben viele neue Freunde aus dem ganzen Land gewonnen. Wir haben zum Schluss Telefonnummern und Emailadressen ausgetauscht, und manche von denen wollen nächstes Jahr wieder zum Lager kommen. Ich würde definitiv auch wieder in ein Ferienlager gehen.

Here is the story in English (Note: this is not a 1-to-1 translation):

I stayed at a youth camp for two weeks during my summer holiday. It was a sports camp where we could participate in many different fun activities. The accommodation was simple since we all slept in tents without proper beds. Instead, I had an air mattress and a sleeping bag. I found that comfortable; although I had to get used to it first. We started the day with a common breakfast on the picnic site. The group leader showed us how to cook porridge because he thought it was the best meal to start an active day with. In the evening, we had barbecues with a nice campfire where we stayed for the whole evening and listened to ghost stories. One day, we did a rafting tour on a river nearby, and we had to build the rafts ourselves beforehand. It was quite difficult to tie together all the heavy logs, but I have the feeling that I learned a lot of new skills during those weeks. We learned how to track wild animals for example. My favorite activity was the torch-lit hike in a forest. We had to find a treasure in the darkness, and that was quite scary and exciting. I went with my cousin to the camp, and we made a lot of new friends from all over the country. We exchanged phone numbers and email addresses at the end, and some of them want to come back to the camp next year. I definitely would stay in a camp again, too.

Example One Read Aloud

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Vocabulary: Camp

GermanEnglishGermanEnglish

der Gruppenleiter

group leader

die Brücke

bridge

der Betreuer

carer

die Schlucht

canyon

das Freizeitprogramm

leisure program

die Übernachtung

accommodation

die Wanderung

hike

das Lagerfeuer

campfire

die Selbstverpflegung

self-catering

die Fackelwanderung

torch hike

die neuen Freunde

new friends

das Schloss

castle

das Drachenbootrennen

dragon boat race

das Spurenlesen

tracking

der Hochseilgarten

high rope course

das Zelt

tent

das Floß

raft

das Würstchen

sausage

aufregend

exciting

das Stockbrot

bread on a stick

die Geschichte

story

gruselig

scary

die wilden Tiere

wild animals

das Wildschwein

boar

das Reh

deer

der Hase

hare

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Example Two: My Trip to the Seaside

If you spend your summer vacation at the seaside, have a look at this example, and you can use the pattern for your own vacation's description.

Ich habe eine Woche auf Mallorca, Spanien, verbracht. Unser Hotel lag in der Nähe von Alcudia, einer kleinen Stadt an der Nordküste. Das Hotel hatte zwei Pools, einen schönen Garten, und der Strand war nur ein paar Meter entfernt. Es war aber ziemlich windig am Strand, und wir haben viele deutsche Turisten getroffen. Ich hatte den Eindruck, dass jeder Deutsch sprach. Der Strand war sehr lang, so dass ich ein paar mal abends joggen gegangen bin. Meine Mutter fand das Showkochen ganz toll, wobei sie den Fisch für die Gäste zubereitet haben. Ich habe auch einen Crashkurs im Segeln gemacht, bei der örtlichen Segelschule. Die anderen Schüler kamen aus verschiedenen Ländern, aber alle haben versucht, Englisch zu sprechen. Am Ende habe ich sogar meinen Segelschein geschafft. Das war ganz schön harte Arbeit in so kurzer Zeit, so dass ich eigentlich ganz stolz bin. Mein kleiner Bruder war total begeistert von der Kinderanimation im Hotel. Abends sind wir immer zur Kinderdisco gegangen, wo er zusammen mit anderen Kindern tanzen und spielen konnte. Das Einzige, was mir am Hotel nicht so gut gefiel, war, dass es kein kostenloses WLAN gab.

In English:

I spent a week on Mallorca, Spain. Our hotel was near Alcudia, a small town on the northern coast. The hotel had two pools, a nice garden, and the beach was just a few meters away. It was quite windy at the beach though, and we met many German tourists. I had the impression that everybody was speaking German. The beach was very long, so that I went jogging in the evening a few times. The food was very good, and we had a buffet in the morning and in the evening. My mother loved the showy cooking where they prepared the fish for the guests. I also had a crash course in sailing at a local sailing school. The other pupils came from different countries, but everybody tried to speak in English. At the end, I even got my sailing license. That was hard work in such a short time, so I am quite proud. My little brother loved the animation for children in the hotel. In the evening, we always went to the dance club for kids where he could dance and play together with other children. The only thing I didn't like was that there was no free wifi at the hotel.

Listen to "My Trip to the Seaside"

Vocabulary: Seaside

GermanEnglishGermanEnglish

der Strand

beach

sonnig

sunny

die Strandliege

deck chair/ beach lounger

WLAN

Wifi

der Sand

sand

der Sonnenschirm

sunshade

das Hotel

hotel

die Ebbe

low tide

der Pool

swimming pool

die Flut

high tide

der Wassersport

water sports

der Segelschein

sailing license

das Surfbrett

surfboard

der Segelkurs

sailing course

das Segelschiff

sailing boat

die Muscheln

sea shells

die Qualle

jellyfish

der Krebs

crab

der Seeigel

sea urchin

der Imbissstand

snack bar

die Vollpension

full board

das Büffet

buffet

die Halbpension

half board

das Doppelzimmer

double room

der Wettbewerb

competition/ contest

der Fitnessraum

gym

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Example Three: Whale Watching in Canada

Have you ever been on a rather adventurous trip, like a safari in Africa or a trip through India? Then tell your story about this outstanding experience similar to my example below:

In den Sommerferien habe ich eine Whale-Watching-Tour in Kanada gemacht. Dabei war ich mit 8 weiteren Teilnehmern und 2 Gruppenleitern für fünf Tage mit Kajaks auf dem Meer zwischen Vancouver Island und dem Festland unterwegs. Am Abend bevor die Tour startete traf sich die Gruppe in einem Restaurant auf Quadra Island zur Vorbesprechung der Tour. Dies war eine gute Gelegenheit, die anderen Teilnehmer schon ein bisschen kennen zu lernen. Die Gruppenleiter zeigten uns außerdem schon mal den Verlauf der Tour auf der Landkarte. Nach einer Übernachtung in einem tollen Ferienhaus auf Quadra Island, welches eine kleine vorgelagerte Insel vor Vancouver Island ist und welche nur per Fähre erreichbar ist, wurden wir am nächsten Morgen abgeholt und sind ein paar Stunden in den Norden von Vancouver Island bis nach Telegraph Cove gefahren. Dort haben wir die Kajaks und alles was wir brauchten auf ein Motorboot geladen und sind damit zu einer kleinen, unbewohnten Insel in der Nähe gefahren. Dort haben wir unsere erste Nacht ohne Strom, fließendes Wasser und Handyempfang verbracht. Wir schliefen in Zelten, und das Plumpsklo war tief im dunklen Wald verborgen. Einige Mädchen wollten nicht allein dorthin gehen, aus Angst, von wilden Tieren gebissen zu werden. Alle Tiere, die ich dort gesehen habe, waren auf dem Wasser. Es gab Buckelwale, Orcas, Seehunde, lila Seesterne und viele verschiedene Vögel zu sehen. Wir haben vom Kajak aus viele Fotos geschossen. Jeden Tag sind wir woanders hingepaddelt und haben uns einen neuen Schlafplatz gesucht. Deshalb mussten wir immer all unsere Sachen im Kajak verstauen. Das war zuerst recht kompliziert und hat lange gedauert. So eine Reise hatte ich vorher noch nie gemacht und alles war sehr aufregend. Eine Reise, die man nicht vergisst.

And here is my English version:

I went on a whale watching trip to Canada during summer vacation. Eight other participants and two group leaders took part, and the trip took place on the sea between Vancouver Island and the continent. The night before the tour started, the group met in a restaurant on Quadra Island to talk about the structure of the tour. It was also a great opportunity to get to know the other participants a bit, and the group leaders showed us the route on a map. After staying overnight in a lovely holiday house on Quadra Island, which can only be reached by ferry and is situated off the shores of Vancouver Island, we were picked up in the morning and had to drive for some hours to the north of Vancouver Island to a little port called Telegraph Cove. There we put the kayaks and all the stuff we needed onto a motorboat and drove to an unpopulated little island nearby. There we spent our first night without electricity, running water, or cell phone reception. We slept in tents, and the pit latrine was hidden in the dark forest. Some girls didn't dare to go there on their own because they were afraid that they could have been bitten by wild animals. The animals that I saw were all on the water. You could see humpback whales, orcas, seals, purple starfish, and lots of different birds. We took many photos from our kayaks. Everyday, we paddled somewhere else and looked for another place to sleep. Therefore, we always had to take all our stuff with us in the kayaks. That was quite complicated first and took a long time. I had never been on a journey like that before, and everything was exciting to me. A journey you will never forget.

Reading of Example Three

Recognize the German Verbs!

Conjugated German verbGerman infinitiveEnglish verb

(wir) begannen (past tense)

beginnen

to begin

(ich habe) verbracht

verbringen

to spend (time, holidays)

(wir haben) getroffen

treffen

to meet

es gab (past), es gibt (present)

geben

there is

Vocabulary: Whale Watching

GermanEnglishGermanEnglish

das Ufer

shore

das Plumpsklo

pit latrine

der Seehund

seal

der Wald

forest

das Kajak

kayak

das Campen

camping

das Rudern

paddeling

der Fotoapparat

foto camera

das Fernglas

binoculars

die Pause

break

gefährlich

dangerous

der Walgesang

whale song

anstrengend

exhausting

der Seestern

sea star

reine Luft

clean air

kaltes Wasser

cold water

die Funktionskleidung

functional clothing

der Buckelwal

humpback whale

das Motorboot

motorboat

die Elektrizität

electricity

Comments

Ava Lennie on March 16, 2020:

Thank you so much. This has been a great help. With these examples, the structure of my script improved a lot. I scored an A on my test. Couldn't of done it without you!

Anna Hammit on March 16, 2020:

Hi,

For my school assessment, I have to write a paragraph about a holiday at a skate park(?). It's so confusing and I am so confused. It asks where did you stay(?). How could I answer these questions, it doesn't give me where the skate park is located. Do I make up a place?

Claudia on January 25, 2020:

That's GREAT! I need to write a essay about my holiday in Australia... could you help me please?

Sonali on August 09, 2018:

Thanks alot it was seriously helpful!!

meg on May 05, 2018:

thank you so much :)..these were great sample essays!!!

Marcus on November 03, 2017:

very good!!! but I want to write a very good present tense paragraph for my written government exam. so please can u help me?

Edward on May 04, 2017:

Could you do a video on how to structure a sentence in the past, present and future. This then means I can write my own essay, they are great help but I would like to do it myself.

Izzy on January 14, 2017:

What about holiday in Orlando

moha on December 22, 2016:

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Red ant on July 09, 2016:

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Sagorika on January 25, 2016:

Thanks for the essays. Its really great and you re doing a great work.

nicole on January 31, 2015:

hi i am in grade nine 9 and i want to ask you a big favor if you can please help me to write an essay about my holiday in Germany Berlin please :(

bongawonga (author) from UK on September 18, 2013:

Dear ratnaveera, I am really happy that you like it. That is my first hub in which I use pictures from Freedigitalphotos. It is really a great source. I am planning to add a YouTube video with me reading the German text so that you will be able to learn the proper pronunciation as well. So it is worth to have a look at my hubs again.

Thank you for your supporting feedback!

ratnaveera from Cumbum on August 30, 2013:

This is what I am longing for! After learning four cases in German grammar, I feel that your essays in each topic would be very helpful in my German writing. We everyone might have our own holiday and travel experiences. Your essays here will definitely help me so much to improve my writing. Thanks a lot for this Great Job on HubPages!

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