How to Say Good Night in German

Whether you're learning German for travel, work, or simply for the love of languages, knowing how to bid someone a good night is a crucial part of daily conversation.

Depending on the context and your relationship with the person you're speaking to, you might choose a different phrase or level of formality.

Gute Nacht - (goo-te nakt)

This is the most direct way to say "Good Night" in German. It's a neutral phrase that's appropriate in most situations, whether you're saying goodnight to a family member, friend, or colleague.
Schlaf gut - (shlaf goot)

"Schlaf gut" translates to "Sleep well". It's a warm, friendly phrase often used when saying goodnight to close friends or family members.

Schlaf schön - (shlaf shurn)

This phrase translates to "Sleep beautifully". It's a more poetic way to wish someone a good night and is often used with loved ones.

Schönen Nachmittag Noch - (sho-nen nakh-mit-tahk nohkh)

"Schönen Nachmittag noch" is often used when ending a conversation and you want to wish someone a nice rest of the afternoon.

Träum süß - (troy-m suess)

This phrase means "Dream sweet". It's a playful and affectionate way to say goodnight, particularly to children or loved ones.

Gute Nacht und süße Träume  -
(goo-te nakt oont suess-uh troy-muh)

This translates to "Good night and sweet dreams". It's a slightly more formal and comprehensive way to wish someone a good night and is appropriate in a variety of situations.

Nacht - (nakt)

This is a casual, abbreviated form of "Gute Nacht". It's often used among friends and in informal settings.
Don't hesistate to try out as many of these phrases as you can. Gute Nacht!
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