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(for audio/video files showing you how to ask for directions in German, see below)

How do I get to _____ ? (cities) 
Wie komme ich nach _____ ? (vee KOM-muh ikh nahkh _____?)

How do I get to _____ ? (places, streets) 
Wie komme ich zum/zur _____ ? (vee KOM-muh ikh tsoom/tsoor _____?)

the train station zum Bahnhof? (tsoom BAHN-hohf?)
the bus station zur Bushaltestelle? (tsoor BOOSS-hahl-tuh-shteh-luh?)
the airport zum Flughafen? (tsoom FLOOG-hah-fen?)
the town centre zur Stadtmitte? (tsoor SHTUT-mit-tuh)
the youth hostel zur Jugendherberge? (tsoor YOO-gent-hayr-bayr-guh)
the _____ hotel? zum _____ Hotel? (tsoom _____ hoh-TELL)

Listen Watch & Learn:

This fun cartoon video has vocabulary to help you learn German directions:

Where are there a lot of... 
Wo gibt es viele... (?) (VOU gipt ess FEE-luh...)

hotels? .Hotels? (hoh-TELLSS)
restaurants? Restaurants? (rest-oh-RAHNTS?)
pubs? Kneipen? (KNIGH-pen?) (pronounce the 'K')
sights to see? Sehenswürdigkeiten? (ZAY-ens-vuur-dikh-kigh-ten?)


Can you show me on the map? 
Kannst du/Können Sie mir das auf der Karte zeigen? (kahnst doo/KOON-en zee meer dahss ouf dayr KAHR-tuh TSIGH-gen?)

street or road Straße (SHTRAH-suh)
left / turn left links (links) / Links abbiegen. (LINKS AHP-bee-gen)
right / turn right rechts (rekhts) / Rechts abbiegen. (REKHTS AHP-bee-gen)
straight ahead geradeaus (guh-RAH-duh-OWSS)
towards the_____  Richtung _____ (RIKH-toong)
past the_____  nach dem(m/n)/der(f)* _____ (nahkh daym/dayr)
before the_____  vor dem(m/n)/der(f)* _____ (for daym/dayr)
Watch for the _____.  Achte/Achten Sie auf den(m)/die(f)/das(n)* _____.  (AHKH-tuh/AHKH-ten zee ouf dayn/dee/dahss _____)
intersection or crossroads Kreuzung (KROY-tsoong)
north Norden (NOR-den)
east Osten (OST-en)
south Süden (ZUU-den)
west Westen (VEST-en)
uphill bergauf (bayrk-OUF)
downhill bergab (bayrk-AHP)
* m=masculine n=neuter f=feminine

Listen Practise these and other useful German phrases with this link: Asking for directions in German (asking for directions to a cash point - 'Geldautomat')

Listen Get further practise on asking for directions in German with this audio file, in which you'll hear a phrase in English and then in German:
How to ask for directions in German

(To save the audio file, PC users should 'right-click' on the link and choose 'Save Target As', then save the file to your desktop. Open it in any media player that supports MP3 files. Mac users should 'control+click' on the link, then save the file to your desktop.)

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