1. Basic greetings, introductions and goodbyes
Below we have some basic German phrases and words to help you when you meet someone for the first time. Dreaming of skiing in Austria? Carnival in Cologne (Kölle), a beer at the Munich Oktoberfest or a city break in Germany's capital Berlin?
We've put together a handy phrasebook with important German travel phrases and vocabulary.
Quick tip: Print it out or save it to your phone for a hassle-free journey and the trip of a lifetime.
Why you should learn German travel phrases? Native German speakers always appreciate it when foreigners make the effort to learn a little of their language. It shows respect and shows that you really want to reach out to people abroad and get in touch with them and learn about the culture.
After learning the following German travel phrases, you'll only need your German phrasebook in real emergencies.
If you can express yourself with some basic German phrases, you are less likely to be taken advantage of by cab drivers, souvenir stores, and waiters!
Many of our students at GermanMind assume that everyone in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland speaks flawless English. For some people this may be true, but it cannot be generalized. Especially in Berlin there are many businesses and restaurants that even employ native English speakers. However, it cannot be said that all people in Germany, Austria and Switzerland speak perfect English. Even in major German cities, there are many people who know very little English.
If you want to have an advantage on your next travels, take a moment to memorize the following German travel phrases.
You don't want to have to seek out other English speakers every time you have a question or want to make friends with someone.
Please note that many of these German sentences are in the formal Sie conjugation. For your travel purposes, this form should be quite sufficient.