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37+ Wonderful Ways To Say Beautiful In German

August 18, 2022
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Beauty can be found in nearly everything, including people, places, and inanimate objects. There is so much beauty that in Germany, there are over a dozen different ways to say beautiful in German. The German translation for beautiful will allow you to express what type and level of beauty you are describing, from cute, to pretty, to magnificent and even handsome. German has many synonyms and translations for expressions of beauty.

But of course, you might want to introduce yourself before telling someone they're beautiful! Let's get to it. What are the different ways to describe something beautiful in German?

How To Say Beautiful In German?

How To Say Beautiful In German

Beautiful - schön

The important thing to know about using schön to describe beauty is that the same word can be used as a synonym and to imply many of beautiful's synonyms. Let's take a look.

German English Pronunciation
Thank you for the nice gift Vielen Dank für das schöne Geschenk
We stayed at a hotel with lovely views Wir übernachteten in einem Hotel mit schöner Aussicht
What a fine day! Was für ein schöner Tag
We wish you a pleasant stay in Germany Wir wünschen Ihnen einen schönen Aufenthalt in Deutschland

Other German Words And Phrases To Describe Beauty

Let's look at German's most common words and synonyms for beautiful. Keep in mind that these are direct translations of the words as they stand alone. When used in sentences, these adjectives may change completely or take on different suffixes, as we'll see later in the article in sentences and examples.

English German Pronunciation
Pretty Hübsch
Cute Niedlich
Sweet Süß
Attractive Attraktiv
Lovely Schön
Charming Charmant
Pleasant Angenehm/schönen
Stunning Atemberaubend
Magnificent Herrlich
Handsome Gutaussehend
Elegant Elegant
Gorgeous Prächtig
Dazzling Blendend
Exquisite Exquisit
Incredible Unglaublich
Breathtaking Atemberaubend
Nice Hübsch
Picture-perfect Bildschön
Good looking Gutaussehend

How To Say “You Are Beautiful” In German

How To Say “You Are Beautiful” In German

There may be times when you want to compliment a person for being beautiful or make a comment about something that's beautiful. Here are some ways to do just that!

English German Pronunciation
You are beautiful Du bist schön
You look beautiful Du siehst wunderschön aus
You are a beautiful woman Sie sind eine schöne Frau
You are a beautiful person Du bist eine wunderschöne Person
What a beautiful girl Was für ein schönes Mädchen

How To Describe Things As Beautiful In German

Obviously, objects and inanimate objects can be beautiful too! Here are a few examples of how to use beautiful in German to describe things.

English German Pronunciation
That song is beautiful Das Lied ist wunderschön
The sunset last night was beautiful Der Sonnenuntergang gestern Abend war wunderschön
Did you see that beautiful bird? Hast du diesen schönen Vogel gesehen?
I had a beautiful dream last night Ich hatte letzte Nacht einen wunderschönen Traum

You must also know about the German adjective herrlich . Herrlich, and its various grammatical forms, is used to describe beautiful in its forms of gorgeous, splendid, or lovely. However, you only use herrlich when describing most inanimate objects, the weather, or the times you've had.

Here are some examples and translations:

German English Pronunciation
Wir haben eine herrliche Zeit zusammen verbracht We have had a lovely time together
Es war ein herrlicher Wochenende It was a gorgeous weekend
Die Aussicht auf die Berge ist herrlich The views of the mountains are splendid

How To Describe Someone Or Something As Pretty In German

Now you may not want to use beautiful all of the time. So how do you say someone or something is pretty in German?

English German Pronunciation
You are pretty Du bist hübsch
She's such a pretty girl Sie ist so ein hübsches Mädchen
That dress is really pretty Das Kleid ist wirklich hübsch
Your hair looks pretty Dein Haar sieht hübsch aus

How To Say Someone Or Something Is Cute In German

Or maybe you've met a woman or a girl whom you think is just really cute. In these sentences, you'll notice sweet (süß) is used instead of cute, but the meaning is the same. You might say:

English German Pronunciation
You are really cute Du bist wirklich süß
That shirt is cute Das Shirt ist süß
Your puppy is so cute! Dein Welpe ist so süß

How To Say “You Are Handsome” In German

How To Say “You Are Handsome” In German

When you directly translate handsome you get gutaussehend although hübsch is more commonly used. Hübsch can mean handsome, cute or pretty and can be used interchangeably for males and females.

You may also want to comment on a handsome man which directly translated is schöner Mann to tell a man they are handsome in Germany you would say:

English German Pronunciation
You are handsome Du bist schön
You are a handsome man Du bist ein gutaussehender Mann

Other Ways To Say Beautiful In German

German English Pronunciation
Very beautiful Wunderschön
You look gorgeous in that dress! Du siehst wunderschön in dem Kleid!
Beautiful as always Wunderschön wie immer
You have a gorgeous home Du hast ein traumhaftes Zuhause
Beautiful backyard Schöner Garten
That’s an incredible dress Dein Kleid ist der Wahnsinn
Fabulous earrings Wunderschöne Ohrringe
Gorgeous necklace Traumhaft schöne Kette Traumhaft schöne Kette
Beautiful hairstyle Schöne Frisur Schöne Frisur

So, There You Have It!

There are many ways to express beauty in German, and we also have a lesson on how to express love to your special someone in German. After reading this, you may be confused by all the grammatical changes to the suffixes (ends) of the words. It is also likely confusing why Germans switch out one synonym of beautiful for another. In order to really learn the ins and outs of describing beauty in German, you'll need to dedicate some time and begin learning and practicing German from the comfort of your own home.

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