Asking for directions in German
You want to explore a German-speaking country seing as many sightseeings as possible? Then you really should learn how to ask for the direction in German! Being in an unknown city you can easily get lost and miss the things you hoped to see. In order to avoid this dilemma, I will show you not only how to ask for the direction in German, but also how to understand the directions you are given.
How to ask for directions in German
There are several ways how to ask for directions in German. But, first of all, you should start the conversation with the German equivalent for "Excuse me, please!":
- Formal: Entschuldigen Sie bitte!
- Informal: Entschuldige bitte!
|Could you please tell me where the museum is?||
|How do I get to the airport?||Wie komme ich zum Flughafen?|
|Do you know where the train station is?||
Directions in German
First, you should learn how the cardinal directions are called in German!
- North = der Norden
- South = der Süden
- West = der Westen
- East = der Osten
Asking the way: Vocabulary
In the following list, I will show you the main words you might hear when asking for directions!
|to the left||nach links|
|to the right||nach rechts|
|in front of||vor|
|at the beginning of||am Anfang von|
|at the end of||am Ende von|
|to the north||nach Norden|
|to the south||nach Süden|
|to the west||nach Westen|
|to the east||nach Osten|
|the street||die Straße|
|the next street||die nächste Straße|
|The street after next||die übernächste Straße|
|The next street to the right||die nächste Straße nach rechts|
|The next street to the left||die nächste Straße nach links|
The first letter in a street name is always written in capital letters.
Places in German
In the following list, you can find some places you might like to go:
|the train station||der Bahnhof|
|the bus stop||die Bushaltestelle|
|the airport||der Flughafen|
|the town hall||das Rathaus|
|the museum||das Museum|
|the restaurant||das Restaurant|
|the bar||die Bar|
|the city center||das Stadtzentrum|
|the shopping center||das Einkaufzentrum|
|the historic center||die Altstadt|
|the park||der Park|
|the hospital||das Krankenhaus|
|the police station||die Polizeiwache|
|the monument||das Denkmal|
|the bridge||die Brücke|
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