When planning your holiday, it is always good to take a look at the holiday calendar of the destination region. Those who are not tied to holidays should consider switching to the off-season.
Corinna Streng and Christiane Rauscher
The time for big holiday planning has long since started. Which country should it be this year? And when is the best time to travel? In the high summer months in particular, not only can you expect high prices, but also the space capacities are at their limit, and not just on parking spaces and campsites.
It is therefore worth considering being on the road in the off-season for all those who are not dependent on the holiday season. One thing is certain: in July, all popular holiday countries in Europe have their summer holidays. A look at the international holiday calendar reveals one or two available time slots.
Summer holidays in neighboring European countries
For example, in Denmark, France, the Netherlands, Austria and Portugal, the summer holidays do not start until July, which means that the entire month of June is still pre-season. From mid-August, schools will start again in Denmark, Norway and Sweden, and in Croatia and the Netherlands at the end of August, which means that better prices and availability can be expected.
The off-season begins in almost all holiday countries from September, and prices sometimes drop by a third to a half. In principle, there is no EU-wide uniform regulation for the summer holidays, which are on average eight weeks long, in some countries like Germany only six, in Spain eleven, in Italy up to 14 weeks. The only thing that helps for planning here is a look at the respective holiday calendar of the target region.
- Austria: 9 July – 11 September 2022 (Vienna, Lower Austria, Burgenland from 2 July – 4 September)
- Belgium: 01/07-31/08/2022
- Bulgaria: 13.6.-14.9.
- Switzerland: Different cantons from 16.6.-28.8.2022
- Denmark: Regionally different between 25.6. and 08/09/2022
- Spain: Regionally different between mid-June and mid-September
- France: 08/07-31/08/2022
- Greece: 16.6. – 11.9.2022
- Croatia: 23.6.-31.8.2022
- Italy: Regionally variable mid-June to mid-September
- Ireland: 1 July – 31 August 2022
- Luxembourg: July 16 – September 14, 2022
- Lithuania: 9 June – 31 August 2022
- Latvia: 01/06 – 31/08/2022
- Montenegro: June 18 – September 6, 2022
- Norway: Regionally different between 19.6. and 22.8.2022
- Netherlands: North region: July 16 – August 28, 2022 Central region: July 9 – August 21, 2022 South region: July 23 – September 4, 2022
- Portugal: July 1 – September 12, 2022
- Poland: June 26 – August 31, 2022
- Romania: June 11 – September 12, 2022
- Sweden: June 11 – August 17, 2022
- Slovakia: July 1 – August 31, 2022
- Slovenia: June 25 – August 31, 2022
More tips for motorhome newcomers
You can find tips for planning your first camping holiday here. There are now many practical apps for on the go and for planning. Here we have an overview of 30 different ones.
You don’t have your own mobile home yet, but would like to go on a camping holiday. Then you can rent a mobile home. So that nothing goes wrong with the rented vehicle, we have summarized here what you should pay attention to. [Link auf Container 11941461]
Parking spaces and overnight accommodation
Once the goal and time have been agreed, the question of the right place arises. It is clear that in certain seasons, but also due to the boom that the camping industry has experienced in recent years, the range of camping and parking spaces will be quite limited and in particularly popular regions will be in high demand.
You can read about the rules for free standing and parking spaces in Europe here.
Holiday periods are always busy, so check the school calendar when planning your trip. Depending on the situation, you should book your parking space or campsite early, because holiday periods are of course always particularly busy. If you don’t have school children or are otherwise not tied to holiday periods, it may be worth switching to the off-season. Then there are more free places and usually the tariffs are cheaper.