Holiday 2019: How to plan your holiday efficiently 

If you plan your holidays cleverly, you can get a few more days off. This article explains how to get a lot more days off. Public holidays with what the Germans call bridging days (a day or two between a public holiday and a weekend which - if taken as holiday - means you have a nice long time off) were particularly favourable in 2018 and potentially meant that up to 86 days could be taken off. 2019 is not quite as employee-friendly, offering only as many as 79 days off, but you could still enjoy a couple of benefits. Labour Day, German Unity Day or the days off at Christmas do not fall on a weekend in 2019, meaning you could make use of a lot of bridging days. If your holiday entitlement is 36 days, you could extend your normal time off to 79 days – more than double – in 2019.

Most Germans have an average entitlement of 27 days holiday, however, and therefore not enough to reap the maximum benefit of 79 days off in 2019. Added to which colleagues usually get to have a say as well. If you plan carefully though, you can still enjoy more days off – while minimising the drag on your holiday entitlement and maximising the use of public holidays – than would otherwise be the case. Turning a weekend trip quite possibly into a week-long trip.

Our tips for planning your 2019 holidays

We want to show you how you can effectively extend your holidays with the aid of public holidays and bridging days.

1. New Year

1 January 2019 falls on a Tuesday. If you take time off from 31 December 2018 until 6 January 2019, you get nine days off but only have to take four days holiday. If that is not enough, you could also take 27 – 29 December off to get a total of 13 days off by taking six days holiday. But beware: Some companies also make you take a half day off for 31 December. That half day would have to be added on. 

Period: 31/12/2018 – 06/01/2019 or 25/12/2018 – 06/01/2019

2. Easter

Easter Sunday is on 22 April in 2019. Taking time off at Easter is particularly worthwhile for families with schoolchildren. If you take eight days holiday, you get 16 days off in total and can enjoy a particularly long time out with your family.

Period: 19/04 – 28/04/2019

3. 1 May – Labour Day

1 May falls on a Wednesday. You could take time off from 27 April – 5 May, giving you nine days for four days holiday. If you combine 1 May and Easter, you could enjoy 23 days off for the price of twelve days holiday.

Period: 27/04 – 05/05/2019 or 13/04 – 05/05/2019

4. Ascension Day

Ascension Day is Thursday 30/05. Here you could get four days off by taking just one day's holiday.

Period: 30/05 – 02/06/2019

5. Whitsun

Whitsun is 9 and 10 June. You could enjoy nine days off by sacrificing four days holiday to extend your Whit weekend. Or you could combine Ascension Day and Whitsun by taking six days holiday to get twelve days off.

Period: 08/06 – 16/06/2019 or 30/05 - 10/06/2019

6. Corpus Christi

If Corpus Christi (20/06) is a public holiday in your federal state, you could get four days off by taking one day's holiday. If you combine Corpus Christi and Whitsun, you could use eight days holiday to get 16 days off.

Period: 20/06 – 23/06/2019 or 08/06 - 23/06/2019

7. German Unity Day

3 October is a Thursday – perfect for getting four days off by taking one day's holiday.

Period: 03/10 – 06/10/2019

8. Reformation Day

Reformation Day is a public holiday in the federal states of Brandenburg, Bremen, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Lower Saxony, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Schleswig-Holstein and Thuringia. You could use up one day's holiday to enjoy four days off.

Period: 31/10 – 03/11/2019

9. All Saints' Day

All Saints' Day is on a Friday (01/11) – by taking four days holiday, you could get nine days off, provided you live in Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate or Saarland. 

Period: 26/10 – 03/11/2018

10. Christmas, New Year's Eve and New Year

Christmas Eve is on a Tuesday and New Year's Day on a Wednesday. If you would like to spend a relaxed and reflective Christmas season with your loved ones, you could take four days holiday (including a half day each for 24/12 and 31/12) to get a total of twelve days off.

Period: 21/12/2019 – 01/01/2020

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Holiday 2019: Plan your holidays in good time

We advise you to plan your holidays in good time for 2019 and to consult with your colleagues. After all, bridging days are very popular, of course. Many companies automatically specify bridging days as company holidays. If you don't want to spend your holidays alone, discuss your plans early enough with your partners and friends to enable them all to take the same time off. Plan early and cleverly and nothing can get in the way of a relaxing holiday.

Part time and public holidays

Holiday entitlements for part-time employees are similar to those of their full-time colleagues. By the way, if you work part time on fixed days of the week, you still get public holidays off and don't have to catch up a day's work. The same applies on those days you always have off anyway. If one of them is a public holiday, you are not entitled to catch it up later. 


Holiday entitlement and flexibility 

Regular times out in the shape of holidays are important to recharge body and soul. You should therefore use the holiday entitlement you have. And you should plan at least one holiday spanning several days each year. That gives you enough time to recharge and return to work in a motivated frame of mind. The statutory holiday entitlement is dictated by how many days a week you work. Employees who work a five-day week, for example, are entitled to at least 20 days holiday. To ensure you have ample time to recharge, you are also entitled to take a long holiday. If you want to, you are entitled to take at least twelve days off at once.1 Learn more about holiday entitlement. 

Flexible work time models also aim to encourage a good work-life balance, which is why many companies meanwhile accept them. Learn how Novus handles this issue as part of emco Group: emcoPLUS Magazine.