Languages › German Where To? (Wohin?) A German Lesson in Going Places Share Flipboard Email Print lechatnoir/Getty Images German Grammar History & Culture Pronunciation & Conversation Vocabulary by Hyde Flippo Hyde Flippo taught the German language for 28 years at high school and college levels and published several books on the German language and culture. Updated June 16, 2019 When you want to get around in a German-speaking country, you'll need to know some basic travel vocabulary. In this lesson, you'll learn the German names for common places like the bank, hotel, and school. You'll also find out how to ask and respond to the question, "Where are you going?" It's a very useful lesson for travelers and one that is relatively easy because you can practice as you go places around your own town. Pair this lesson with one that teaches you how to ask for directions and you'll be on your way. Where To? (Wohin?) Before we dive into the vocabulary, there are a few important reminders to take care of. First of all, when someone asks you Wohin? in German, they're asking "Where to?" Then, there is the little matter of in (meaning "in") versus zu (meaning "to"). What is the difference between saying Ich gehe ins Kino and saying Ich gehe zum Kino? While both state that "I am going to the movies," there is a distinction. Using ins Kino implies that you are going inside (to see a movie).Using zum Kino implies you are going to that location (to meet someone out front, etc.). Places to Go in Town There are many common places to go "in town" (in der Stadt). You will find many of those in this first vocabulary list and you might even notice many similarities to the English translations. Both the basic word and the "to" phrase are given for each location. For example, die Bäckerei is "the bakery." When you want to say "to the bakery," it's zur Bäckerei (the short form of zu der Bäckerei). Some of the phrases may have more than one way to say "to." In these instances, the most common way is used in the chart. You will also want to keep the following contractions in mind: ins = in daszum = zu demzur = zu der Englisch Deutsch bakeryto the bakery die Bäckereizur Bäckerei bankto the bank die Bankzur Bank bar/pubto the bar/pub die Kneipein die Kneipe butcherto the butcher der Fleischer/der Metzgerzum Fleischer/zum Metzger hotelto the hotel das Hotelzum Hotel market/fleamarketto the market der Markt/der Flohmarktzum Markt/zum Flohmarkt cinemato the movies/cinema das Kinoins/zum Kino the post officeto the post office die Postzur Post restaurantto the restaurant das Restaurantins/zum Restaurant to a/the Chinese restaurant zum Chinesen to an/the Italian restaurant zum Italiener to a/the Greek restaurant zum Griechen schoolto school die Schulezur Schule the shopping centerto the shopping center das Einkaufszentrumzum Einkaufszentrum the traffic light/signal(up) to the signal die Ampelbis zur Ampel the train stationto the station der Bahnhofzum Bahnhof workto work die Arbeit zur Arbeit the youth hostelto the youth hostel die Jugendherbergein die Jugendherberge Going Elsewhere (Anderswo) There are times when you will want to go somewhere else, so a quick study of other common places is a good idea as well. Englisch Deutsch the laketo the lake der Seean den See the seato the sea die See/das Meerans Meer the toilet/restroomto the toilet/restroom die Toilette/das Klo/das WCzur Toilette/zum Klo/zum WC Questions and Answers (Fragen und Antworten) Next, we'll study a few sample questions and answers related to asking and giving directions. This is an introduction to German grammar as well. What's most important is to learn the patterns for the various articles (der/die/das) for each gender (masculine/feminine/neuter). Keep in mind that if you are walking, you will use gehen. If you are driving, use fahren. Englisch Deutsch Where are you going? (driving/traveling) Wohin fahren Sie? / Wohin fährst du? I'm going to the lake tomorrow. Ich fahre morgen an den See. I'm going to Dresden tomorrow. Ich fahre morgen nach Dresden. How do I get......to the bank?...to the hotel?...to the post office? Wie komme ich......zur Bank?..zum Hotel?..zur Post? Go two blocks (streets) and then right. Gehen Sie zwei Straßen und dann rechts. Drive down/along this street. Fahren Sie diese Straße entlang. Go up to the traffic light and then left. Gehen Sie bis zur Ampel und dann links. Extra Expressions (Extra-Ausdrücke) In your travels, you will also find these phrases to be very useful. They tell you how to get where you're going and can be used within some of the answers used above. Englisch Deutsch past the church an der Kirche vorbei past the cinema am Kino vorbei right/left at the traffic light rechts/links an der Ampel at the market square am Marktplatz at the corner an der Ecke the next street die nächste Straße across/over the street über die Straße across the market square über den Marktplatz in front of the train station vor dem Bahnhof in front of the church vor der Kirche Continue Reading Can You Ask for Directions in German? How Do You Use Dual Prepositions in German? 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