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How to cleverly combine your bridge days in 2024

Are you currently working in Germany? Have you already planned your holiday for the coming year? With a clever look at the calendar, you can combine public holidays, bridging days and weekends into longer breaks.

Urlaubsguru gives tips on how to cleverly combine holidays with public holidays in 2024.

New Year 2024

The new year welcomes us with the New Year's Day holiday. Conveniently, 1 January 2024 falls on a Monday. If you want to treat yourself to some time off right at the start of the year, you can round off the first week of the year with four days' holiday between 2 and 5 January and enjoy nine days off in a row.

International Women's Day on 8 March

International Women's Day on 8 March falls on a Friday this year. Berliners and residents of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern are in luck, as International Women's Day is a public holiday here. Perfect for enjoying a long weekend. If you apply for a holiday from 4 to 7 March, you can even take nine days off.

Easter holidays

Good Friday and Easter Monday make for a long weekend at Easter. If you would like to extend the long weekend by another week, you should apply for an additional four days' holiday for the first week of April from 2 to 5 April to get a total of ten days off.

1 May and Ascension Day

1 May falls on a Wednesday next year. If you take the two days before and the two days after off, you already have nine days off in a row. In combination with Ascension Day on the following Thursday, 9 May, you can even get a total of 16 days off.

Pentecost and Corpus Christi

If you are lucky enough to have Corpus Christi on 30 May as a public holiday, you can take 16 days off by cleverly combining Whitsun and Corpus Christi with eight days of holiday. But even for those who have to do without Corpus Christi, the Whitsun weekend offers four additional days of holiday to make up a total of nine days off.

At a glance: Cleverly combining holidays and public holidays

16 days off over Christmas and New Year 2024 (23.12.2023-07.01.2024) with 7 days' holiday (three in 2023, four in 2024)

11 days off over Easter (29.03. – 07.04.2024) with 4 days holiday

16 days off over Labour Day and Ascension Day (27.04. - 12.05.2024) with 8 days' holiday

9 days off over Corpus Christi (25.05. - 02.06.2024) with 4 days off

9 days off over German Unity Day (28.09. - 06.10.2024) with 4 days' holiday

16 days off over Christmas and New Year 2025 (21.12.2024 - 05.01.2025) with 7 days off (three in 2024, four in 2025)

VERMISCHTES Brueckentage 2024

Day of the German Unity

On 3 October, which falls on a Thursday this year, Germany celebrates the Day of German Unity. This can easily be turned into a long weekend. If you prefer to relax for longer in October, you can take the rest of the week off with four days of holiday, giving you nine days off.

All Saints' Day

If you live in Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate or Saarland, you can use the All Saints' Day holiday, which falls on a Friday in 2024, to plan your holiday.

Either you make a nice long weekend out of it or you take the rest of the week off completely with four days of holiday, giving you nine days off in a row.

Christmas and New Year 2024

Christmas is in the middle of the week next year, so it makes sense to take the rest of the week off and have nine days off with just three days of holiday. This can even be extended by New Year. 1 January falls on a Wednesday. So if you want to treat yourself to a longer break at the turn of the year, you can take just four additional days of holiday this week as well, giving you 16 consecutive days off.

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This article is from the 1/2024 issue of the magazine "Life Abroad".

The magazine is published four times a year free of charge with many informative articles on foreign topics.

It is published by the BDAE, the expert for protection abroad.