35+ Wonderful Ways To Wish Goodnight In German

Ready for your next language-learning adventure? Today we’re going to teach you the various ways to say good night in German and goodnight too – there’s a big difference between the two!

The simple forms of goodnight in Germany can also be used to say goodbye (Auf Wiedersehen) to someone at the end of an evening. The two phrases can be used interchangeably.

However, when wishing someone goodnight at bedtime, you may wish someone a good night in German in a different manner, as in this situation you would not be bidding them goodbye. The Germans even have a sweet saying about getting a good night’s sleep:

Ein gutes Gewissen ist ein sanftes Ruhekissen

The literal translation is “a good conscience is a soft pillow” which means you will sleep well when your mind is at ease and nothing is bothering you.

So how do you send someone off in the evening in Germany? Do you say sweet dreams, good evening, good night, or goodnight?


The Difference Between A German Good Night And Goodnight

goodnight or good night in German

It doesn’t matter which foreign language you’re speaking, there’s a big difference between a good night (eine gute Nacht) and goodnight (Gute Nacht). People easily confuse the two so let’s learn when it’s appropriate to use each phrase.

Typically, you would say good night when describing an evening that was fun or nice. It was literally a good night. On the other hand, it’s appropriate to say goodnight as a send-off greeting to people who are heading home or to your friends you are saying goodbye to for the night.

Here are some examples of how to use good night in German:

  • I hope it is a good night (Ich hoffe, es ist eine gute Nacht)
  • I hope you have a good night (Ich hoffe du hast eine gute Nacht mein schatz)
  • I hope you had a good night (Ich hoffe, Sie hatten eine gute Nacht)
  • Have a good night (Gute Nacht)
  • I wish you a good night (Ich wünsche Ihnen eine gute Nacht)


How To Say Goodnight In German And Other Related Expressions

ways to say goodnight in German

The most common way to bid someone goodnight in German is Gute Nacht!” You can even shorten it to sound more like a native speaker and say, GutNacht!” A really informal way is to say, Nacht!” However, anyone other than your close friends and family would find this word a bit rude.

Besides Gute Nacht, what are other acceptable ways to say goodnight in German?

Good eveningGuten Abend
See you tomorrowBis morgen
See you in the morningSehe dich am Morgen
Sleep well / sleep tightSchlaf gut
Rest wellRuhe gut
It was lovely to see you tonightEs war schön, dich heute Abend zu sehen
Tonight was wonderfulHeute Nacht war wunderbar
Get home safelySicher nach Hause kommen
Thank you. GoodnightVielen Dank. Gute Nacht
Have a good eveningHab einen schönen Abend
Have a nice eveningSchönen Abend
Take care and goodnightMachs gut und gute Nacht
Goodnight and good luckGute Nacht und schlaf gut
Good night, sleep tight.Schlafen Sie gut
It is time to say good nightNun ist es Zeit gute Nacht zu sagen
I wish you a good nightIch wünsche dir eine gute Nacht
Sleep nicelySchlaf gut

Romantic Or Personalized Ways To Say Goodnight In German

romantic ways to wish goodnight in German

Wishing goodnight to a loved one can be made a tad more special when you add that extra touch! Here are some romantic ways to wish someone a meaningful goodnight in German.

Dream of meTräume von mir
I’ll be dreaming of youIch werde träumen
Goodnight my love (to a man)Gute Nacht, mein Lieber
Goodnight my love (to a woman)Gute Nacht, meine Liebe
Dream beautifullyTräum was Schönes
Sweet dreams ‘Träum süss/ Süße TräumeTräum süss/ Süße Träume
Dream something niceTräum schön
Good night and sweet dreamsGute Nacht und träum schön
Good night and dream something beautifulGute Nacht und träum was Schönes!
Good night, sleep tightGute Nacht und schlaf gut
Sleep well (formal way)Schlaf schön!
Sleep well (informal)Schlafen Sie gut
Good night, darlingGute Nacht, mein Liebling
Good night, sweetheartGute Nacht, Schatz

Ways To Wish Children Goodnight In The German Language

say goodnight to kids in German

You may have children or are being visited by those who do in Germany. Wouldn’t it be nice to know how to wish them sweet dreams?

Have a good sleepHaben Sie einen guten Schlaf
Lights out!Lichter aus!
Good night and sleep tight (sleep well)!Gute Nacht und schlaf gut (schlaf gut)!
Good night. Sweet dreamsGute Nacht. Schöne Träume
Goodnight my princeGute Nacht mein Prinz
Goodnight my princessGute Nacht meine Prinzessin
Nice dreamsschöne Träume

How to Ask A Friend Or Family Member About Their Evening

It can be nice to ask someone how their night out went. Here are some ways to greet people in the morning or the next day to see how their evening was.

  • Did you have a good night? (Hattest du eine gute Nacht?)
  • Was it a good night? (War es eine gute Nacht?)
  • A good night, was it? (Eine gute Nacht, oder?)
  • You sleep well? (Du hast gut geschlafen/ihr habt gut geschlafen)
  • Did you have a pleasant night? (Hattest du eine angenehme Nacht?)

To ask “How was your night?” or “How did you sleep?” in the morning in Germany, the most common question is Guten Morgen! Hast du gut geschlafen? (Good morning! Did you sleep well?)

The answer would be “Ja Ich habe gut geschlafen” (Yes, I slept well) or “Nein, ich habe nicht gut geschlafen” (No, I did not sleep well.)


How To Say Good Night In Germany In Austria And Switzerland

Germany is spoken in many countries neighboring Germany although each country has its own dialect. For example, in Austria you might hear;

  • A guats Nächtle or Guat Nacht. /

While over in Switzerland people say;

  • Schlof guet or Guäts Nachtli. /


That’s All Folks!

If you’re reading this at night then we wish you a German goodnight,
Gute Nacht! Be sure to bookmark this for quick and easy access to all the ways to wish the people in your life goodnight in German, or soon to be in your life if you’re planning to visit Germany.


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