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A Guide to Asking for and Giving Directions in German

Navigating a new city can be both thrilling and challenging, especially when the signs are in a language you're still mastering. Fear not, as we embark on a journey through the art of asking for and giving directions in German. Whether you're strolling through the picturesque streets of Berlin or finding your way through the charming alleys of Munich, these phrases will be your trusty companions.


How to ask for and give directions in German?
How to ask for and give directions in German?


Asking for Directions:

1. Excuse me, where is...?

  • Entschuldigung, wo ist...?

2. Can you tell me how to get to...?

  • Können Sie mir sagen, wie ich zu...komme?

3. I'm looking for...

  • Ich suche...

4. Is it far from here?

  • Ist es weit von hier?

5. How long does it take to walk there?

  • Wie lange dauert es, um dorthin zu laufen?

6. Is there a bus/train station nearby?

  • Gibt es einen Bus-/Bahnhof in der Nähe?

7. Which way should I go to reach...?

  • Welchen Weg muss ich nehmen, um zu...zu gelangen?

8. Can you show me on the map?

  • Können Sie es mir auf der Karte zeigen?


Giving Directions:

1. Go straight ahead.

  • Gehen Sie geradeaus.

2. Turn right/left.

  • Biegen Sie rechts/links ab.

3. It's on the right/left.

  • Es ist auf der rechten/linken Seite.

4. It's just around the corner.

  • Es ist gleich um die Ecke.

5. Cross the street.

  • Überqueren Sie die Straße.

6. Walk for about 5 minutes.

  • Gehen Sie etwa 5 Minuten.

7. It's across from the park.

  • Es ist gegenüber vom Park.

8. You can't miss it!

  • Sie können es nicht verfehlen!

Additional Tips:

1. Be Polite:

2. Use Landmarks:

  • Referring to landmarks (zum Beispiel, for example) can make giving and receiving directions clearer.

3. Learn Cardinal Directions:

  • Familiarise yourself with cardinal directions like Norden (north), Süden (south), Osten (east), and Westen (west).

4. Practice Pronunciation:

Armed with these phrases and other essential German words for travellers, you're ready to explore the beautiful streets of Germany with confidence. Don't be shy—Germans are known for their hospitality, and many will be more than happy to assist you on your journey. Safe travels, or as they say in German, Gute Reise!

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