Many things in Germany are wonderful — Oktoberfest, Bratwurst, and Kaffee und Kuchen, just to name a few.
But how do you say that something is wonderful in German? If you’re learning German in Germany, you’ll find it especially useful to know how to say this.
You may already know wunderbar, which is German for wonderful, but have you also heard of wunderschön and einzigartig?
In this article, we’ll show you all of the different ways of saying wonderful in German as well as a few alternatives.
Wonderful in German at a Glance
How to Say Wonderful in German
Wundervoll as you may recognize means “wonderful” in German and is a frequently used word to describe something breathtaking.
Das war ein wundervolles Theaterstück.
This was a wonderful play.
Wunderbar is also German for “wonderful” and is used just as frequently.
If you’re Canadian, you may recognize this word for the carmel and peanut candy bar of the same name. It’s not hard to see how this delicious chocolate bar got its name!
Hast du den wunderbaren Blumenstrauß gesehen?
Did you see the wonderful bouquet of flowers?
Wunderschön is best translated with “beautiful” and can describe people, objects or landscapes.
Sie hat ein wunderschönes Kleid gekauft.
She bought a wonderful dress.
Check out our post on how to say “You’re beautiful!” in German if you’re interested in learning how to use beautiful when referring to people.
Alternatives to Wonderful in German
Describing something as wonderful can get a little boring. Additionally, wonderful may not be the exact word you’re looking for to describe something exceptional. Here are a few alternatives to wonderful in German that can make your German a little more colorful and more accruately describe what you’re trying to say!
Toll is best translated as “great” and is an enthusiastic expression that can describe almost anything.
Das war ein tolles Wochende.
This was a great weekend
Herrlich means “amazing” in German. It is often used to describe the view or very good food.
Das Steak war herrlich.
The steak was amazing.
Super is used more frequently in German than in English and can be attributed to just about anything that’s great.
Das ist eine super Idee.
This is a great idea.
Einmalig means unique or one of a kind, and it is usually associated with over the top, once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
Meine Geburtstagsfeier war einmalig.
My birthday party was exceptional.
Einzigartig is a synonym of einmalig and used in the same way.
Seine Reise nach Australien war eine einzigartige Erfahrung.
His visit to Australia was a unique experience.
Traumhaft means “dreamlike” or something out of a dream and is often used to describe vacation spots, holidays or great food.
Der Strand von Bali ist traumhaft.
The beach in Bali is dreamlike.
Himmlisch means “heavenly”. It can be used to describe anything that is extremely pleasant. It’s a frequently used word that doesn’t have a religious connotation in German.
Die Kartoffeln sind himmlisch.
The potatoes are heavenly.
Unglaublich means “incredible” and can be used in a positive or negative way in German. Here’s an example of unglaublich used in both contexts.
Dein Geschenk war unglaublich, danke!
Er hat schon wieder vergessen mich anzurufen, einfach unglaublich.
Your gift was incredible, thank you!
He forgot to call me again, it’s just incredible.
Sometimes things are so out of this world that we struggle to find words to describe just how wonderful they are. That won’t be a problem for you anymore, now that you’re armed with a bunch of different ways of saying wonderful in German.
Wir wünschen dir noch einen wunderbaren Tag!, or “We wish you a wonderful rest of the day!”