37+ Wonderful Ways To Say Beautiful In German

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5 min readDec 18, 2022

Original blog post: https://ling-app.com/de/beautiful-in-german/ (with audio🔊)

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?

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.

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.

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!

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.

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:

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?

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:

How To Say “You Are Handsome” In German

When you directly translate handsome you get gutaussehend although hĂĽbsch is more commonly used. HĂĽbsch 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 is directly translated is schöner Mann to tell a man they are handsome in Germany you would say:

Other Ways To Say Beautiful In German

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.

That’s where Ling comes in. Ling is an all-encompassing language app (available on the Play Store and App Store) that has recorded real German speakers and adapted their voices into our AI system. With Ling, you’ll be able to listen to real Germans having real-life context conversations.

You’ll also learn to speak, read and write in German with our one-of-a-kind writing system that you complete using your finger directly on your phone. How cool is that?! Ling App has over 10 million downloads, and we also offer over 60 languages. So, what are you waiting for? Download Ling and start learning German today!



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