Holiday in Germany

It already seems like ages ago, but it was only 3 weeks since we were celebrating our holiday in Germany. It was yet another “holiday on a budget”, similar to the one we did in Belgium earlier this year. This was somewhat intentional, as we are well aware that little Miss CF does not need much to be happy. Actually, it makes her happy just to get attention, we don’t need to travel far or fancy to have a great time. She also does not like to sit in a car very long, so we are currently limiting our holidays within about 4 hours drive from where we live.

There is definitely a win-win here, great holidays, little travel and a limited budget impact.

Holiday in Germany

Germany is a great country to visit. It has lots of culture, great food and drinks and enough entertainment to make every one happy. We tried to balance the cultural side with some activities and fun things for Miss CF. Seems like we managed it again. Below is a random collection of some of the things we have seen and done.

Bad-Arolsen

Holiday in Germany: Bad-Arolsen City Centre

Holiday in Germany: Bad-Arolsen City Centre

Holiday in Germany: Schloss Arolsen

Holiday in Germany: Schloss Arolsen

Willingen and Area

Willingen lies about 15km Northeast of Winterberg, a popular ski resort. Willing has it’s own ski area too. Artificial snow is made from the water in this lake:

Holiday in Germany: Viewpoint

Holiday in Germany: Viewpoint

Holiday in Germany: Appartment View

Holiday in Germany: Appartment View

Kleve and Area

Kleve is a town just across the border with Nijmegen and has a pretty castle on the hill and a nice town centre.

Holiday in Germany: Castle in Kleve

Holiday in Germany: Castle in Kleve

Holiday in Germany: Peaceful River

Holiday in Germany: Peaceful River

A bit further east you can find Schloss Moyland, it has a museum for modern art inside (which we did not visit) and a very pretty garden that you can walk (fees €2pp).

Holiday in Germany: Art?

Holiday in Germany: Art?

Holiday in Germany: Schloss Moyland

Holiday in Germany: Schloss Moyland

Irrland

If you have kids, and you want a cheap but very fun day, check our Irrland (no affiliate link!) in Germany (just across the border near Venlo). Entrance fee is just €6.50pp and you have 300.000m2 (!) of play areas to choose from and around 1000 BBQ spots. it’s hugh! Snacks and drinks are also very affordable in the single euro range (albeit we brought our own of course….).

Holiday in Germany: Irrland

Holiday in Germany: Irrland

Holiday in Germany: Irrland

Holiday in Germany: Irrland (Awesome Slides!)

The Finances

We had a great time, even on a relaively small budget. Let’s have a quick look at the numbers:

  • Days away: 9 (8 nights);
  • AirBnB first two nights: €43.5 (this was dirt cheap, but surprisingly comfortable);
  • Accomodation next 5 nights: €292.5 (Appartment with it’s on indoor pool);
  • Accomodation final night: €76 (Hotel near Maastricht);
  • Food: €144.5 (primarily from de Lidl and REWE; also includes some beers as gifts for family);
  • Gas: €85.5; and,
  • Cash/Entrance Fees/General: €70.

Total cost for the holiday: €712. Not bad, we generally aim to be below €100 per day for the 3 of us combined. Considering the fun we had, it was money very well spent!

Just as a heads up, you don’t see thos total amount in the upcoming savings rate post. Here we remove the fees for gas and food, as they are reported under Transportation and Groceries. Some expenses will also be coming in the October overview too.

 

How was your last holiday, or where are you going next? Let us know!

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14 comments

  1. Those are some great pics. Thanks for sharing. Not sure about that house in the water. It was probably some sort of urban art project. Those slides in Irrland look crazy fun. Never saw such a high slide. Overall, for all you saw and experienced it seemed like it was worth what you spent.

  2. Love all the pictures!! I have not had the chance to visit Germany (except the MUN airport many times) so I am bookmarking this for future reference. Next trip is taking me to Budapest and Prague. It’s been 2 years since I have been to Europe and I can’t wait!!

  3. Sounds like you had a great (and not too expensive) holiday over there. I really like the pics, as it’s sometimes easy to forget how beautiful it can be this close by to where we live.

  4. Germany is definitely a beautiful country! I wrote a similar post about my time in Bavaria the passed weekend. Just thinking about it makes me want to pack my bags and go back. I have the feeling it’s underrated amongst the Belgians. So it’s always nice to see a blogpost like this pop up!

  5. Looks beautiful! We hosted an exchange student from Germany when I was in high school and I loved hearing about the country and seeing the pictures. Definitely a place I would like to visit at some point.

  6. We need to get over to Europe again soon. This time with our kids. Having visited France, Norway, and Switzerland, I feel I’m missing out on some of the real gems like Spain, Holland, Belgium, Austria, and even Germany. Thanks for a great recap – as always, very nice photos!

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