Getting to know Austrian German Phrases and Slang.

German travel phrasebook will be a helpful tool on your trip to Austria.

Most times, but not always!

Let’s take a look at some of the differences between German and Austrian:

Greetings and Goodbyes

Austrian German German English
Guten Morgen Guten Morgen Good Morning
Grüss Gott Guten Tag/Abend Good afternoon/evening
Servus/Hallo Hallo Hello (informal)
Auf Wiedersehen/Auf Wiederschauen Auf Wiedersehen Goodbye
Tschüss, Priat di Tschüss Bye (informal)
Pfiat di Tschüss Bye (informal)

Before 10 a.m., we usually say Guten Morgen—same as in Germany. This can be shortened to Morgen and will often be pronounced as Moagn.

For the rest of the day, we use Grüss Gott, which translates into “greet God.” The German Guten Tag and Guten Abend aren’t too common. In an informal context you can always say HalloServus or Grüss dich.

The formal version of goodbye is Auf Wiedersehen or Auf Wiederschauen. Among friends and family it’s common to use Tschüssand Pfiat di.

Culinary Phrases

Austrian German German  English
Gasthaus, Restaurant Gasthaus, Restaurant Restaurant
Fritattensuppe Flädlisuppe Soup with sliced pancakes
Wiener Schnitzel Wiener Schnitzel Viennese Schnitzel
Gastgarten Biergarten Beer garden
Jause Imbiss, Snack Snack
Eine Halbe Bier/A Hoibe Grosses Bier Large beer
Ein Seiterl Bier/A Seidl Kleines Bier Small beer
Reparaturseidl There’s no German word for it. Small beer that should cure your hangover
Topfenstrudel mit Schlagobers Quarkstrudel mit Sahne Cheesecake with whipped cream
Palatschinken Pfannkuchen Pancakes
Häferlkaffee Kaffee mit Milch Coffee with milk
Kaiserschmarrn Kaiserschmarrn Emperor’s mess; shredded pancake
Kasnocken Käsespätzle Typical Austrian dish similar to pasta
G’röste Knödel mit Ei Geröstete Knödel mit Ei Fried dumplings with egg
Almhütte Almhütte Chalet in the mountains
Sich ausrasten Sich ausruhen To relax

Austria’s gastronomic vocabulary is endless. Whereas a Gasthaus serves mostly local and traditional foods, such as Fritattensuppe and Wienerschnitzel, a Restaurant is a bit more elegant and offers a broader variety of food.

You can also enjoy Jause and some beers at a Gastgarten, the Austrian form of the German Biergarten. One major difference to Germany is the way Austrians order their beer. Eine Halbe Bier, or in dialect A Hoibe, stands for “half a liter of beer” and is equivalent to the German Grosses Bier.

Try to say: I hätt gern a Hoibe, bitte! (I’d like a large beer, please!).

A small beer is called a Seidel or SeiterlReperaturseidl is a funny Austrian word, describing a small beer consumed after a long night out to prevent hangovers. Not sure if it works but you should try!

Austrian desserts such as Topfenstrudel mit Schlagobers or Palatschinken are world-famous and sometimes even replace lunch. You should try them together with a Viennese Häferlkaffee.

As far as cultural experiences go, they don’t come more authentic than an excursion to an Austrian Almhütte where you can enjoy some traditional foods such as KaiserschmarrnKasnocken or G’röste Knödel mit Ei. The Almhütte is a great place to relax after a long hike.

Austrians would say Ein Ort zum Ausrasten. (A place to Ausrasten.) Be careful! Whereas ausrasten means relax or recharge for Austrians, Germans would translate it to “getting mad.”

Austrian Slang

Bist du deppert?

Translates into: Are you stupid?

Meaning: Are you crazy?

Hüft’s nix schodt’s nix.

Translates into: If it doesn’t help it doesn’t harm.

Meaning: You should try!

Da Gscheidere gibt noch.

Translates into: The smarter one gives in.

Meaning: Stop being stubborn!

Die Oaschkortn ziagn

Translates into: To pull the “butt card”

Meaning: To have bad luck


It sounds difficult, doesn’t it? Don’t worry, that’s perfectly normal.

Learning a language takes patience and an incredible amount of dedication. But you’ll see, once you’re in Austria and get to practice on a daily basis it won’t take long and you’ll sound like a local!

Source: FluentU

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