German Airport Vocabulary

This week’s German Learning Tip video is about vocabulary that you need when you go to a German airport. I have included a list of the vocabulary used in this video below.

German Airport Vocabulary Video Script

So you’re planning on going to Deutschland1. I assume that means you’re going to need one of these, a Flugzeug2. What do you need to understand whenever you go to a German Flughafen3. What are the vocabulary words you are going to need here? How can you make your life a little bit easier when you go through the terminal? 

1. Deutschland – Germany
2. das Flugzeug – airplane
3. der Flughafen – airport

Before Your Flight

First Kauf dir einen Flugschein und pack dein Gepäck4. When you first get to the Flughafen, you’re going to have to figure out Welches Terminal5 your Fluggesellschaft6 is located at. The best way to figure this out is to look it up online before time because, of course, that is available on the internet. However if you’re not sure you can always just look for a big sign or Schild7 that says where your Gesellschaft is located. The thing you’re looking for here is either the Nummer des Terminals8 or the Buchstabe des Terminals9. Depending on which airport you’re going to it could be a number or it could be a letter. Of course you can always ask the question Wo finde ich…10 followed by the name of your Fluggesellschaft. So, for instance, Wo finde ich Lufthansa?11

4. Kauf dir einen Flugschein und pack dein Gepäck. – Buy yourself a ticket and pack your luggage.
4.1. kaufen – to buy
4.2. der Flugschein – (flight) ticket
4.3. packen – to pack
4.4. das Gepäck – luggage
5. welches Terminal – which terminal
5.1. das Terminal – terminal
6. die Fluggesellschaft – airline
7. das Schild – sign
8. die Nummer des Terminals – number of the terminal
9. der Buchstabe des Terminals – letter of the terminal
10. Wo finde ich… – Where do I find…
11. Wo finde ich Lufthansa? – Where do I find Lufthansa?

In the Terminal

Once you’ve found your Terminal, now you’re going to have to continue on to the Schalter12. There you’ll check in your Gepäck and in return they will give you a Bordkarte13. This will tell you which Reihe14 and Platz15 you have. Sometimes you may have to deal with an Automat16 in order to get this accomplished, but those are usually able to be switched into your native language. 

12. der Schalter – counter
13. die Bordkarte – boarding pass
14. die Reihe – row
15. der Platz – seat (number)
15. das Automat – automated machine

Security Checkpoint

You will need both your Bordkarte and your Reisepass16 in order to get through the Sicherheitskontrolle17. They will more than likely make you take off your Schuhe18, Gürtel19 or anything that may be in your Hosentaschen20. Make sure that you don’t have any Waffen21 or Messer22 or even Flüssigkeiten23. None of these things can be in your Handgepäck24. Otherwise you might get verhaftet25 and you’ll never make it on your Reise nach Deutschland26

16. der Reisepass – passport
17. die Sicherheitskontrolle – security checkpoint
18. der Schuh (die Schuhe) – shoe(s)
19. der Gürtel – belt
20. die Hosentasche (die Hosentaschen) – pants pocket(s)
21. die Waffe (die Waffen) – weapon(s)
22. das Messer – knife
23. die Flüssigkeit (die Flüssigkeiten) – liquid(s)
24. das Handgepäck – carry-on luggage
25. verhaften (verhaftet) – to arrest (arrested)
26. die Reise nach Deutschland – trip to Germany

At the Gate

Once you make it through the Sicherheitskontrolle you’re going to need to find your Flugsteig27. Once you find your Flugsteig, you’re probably going to have a little bit of Zeit28 before you have to go on to your Flug29. This will allow you to herumlaufen30 and of course get etwas zum Essen und zum Trinken31. Of course this is also a good time for einkaufen32.

27. der Flugsteig – gate
28. die Zeit – time
29. der Flug – flight
30. herumlaufen – to walk around
31. etwas zum Essen und zum Trinken – something to eat and to drink
32. einkaufen – to shop

Boarding the Airplane

When you’re ready to get into the plane you might need the verb einsteigen33. So you could say something like Bitte, alle einsteigen34. Before you can get onto the plane, the Angestellte35 is going to take a look at your Bordkarte and your Reisepass in order to make sure that you’re actually the person that’s supposed to be getting on to this flight. 

33. einsteigen – to board
34. Bitte, alle einsteigen. – Please, all board.
35. die/der Angestellte – employee, official

Inside the Airplane

Once you’re inside of the Flugzeug you’ll notice that we have a Flugbegleiter36 and of course a Pilot37 or Pilotin. You probably won’t actually see the Pilot but you might hear them over the Lautsprecher38. The Flugbegleiter or Flugbegleiterin will then tell you what happens in case your plane doesn’t make it to the Reiseziel39, in case of Notfall40. The Pilot or Pilotin will then get on the Lautsprecher and explain to you how long it’s going to take to get to your Reiseziel

36. der Flugbegleiter (die Flugbegleiterin) – flight attendant
37. der Pilot (die Pilotin) – pilot
38. der Lautsprecher – loud speaker or PA system
39. das Reiseziel – travel destination
40. der Notfall – emergency

During the Flight

Wenn das Flugzeug abfliegt, kannst du dich ausruhen.41 Eventually the Flugbegleiter will bring you some Essen und Getränke42. While here on the Flug, it’s like it’s probably best to make sure that your Sicherheitsgürt43 is always zu44. This is helpful in case you run into some Turbulenzen45. When you get to your Zielort46, you might need the verb landen47. Then it’s Zeit zum Aussteigen48

41. Wenn das Flugzeug abfliegt, kannst du dich ausruhen. – When the plane takes off, you can relax.
42. Essen und Getränke – food and drink
43. der Sicherheitsgürtel – safety belt
44. zu – closed
45. die Turbulenzen – turbulence
46. das Zielort – final destination
47. landen – to land
48. Zeit zum Aussteigen – time to depart the plane

After the Flight

Once you get out of the Flugzeug, you’re going to have to go through a Zollkontrolle49. There you might need the verb anmelden50, in case you have brought any food or other items from the foreign country. They just want to know if you’re bringing anything dangerous in the Land51. Even things like Kerne52 can be dangerous. Now all you have to do is go pick up your Gepäck. Genieß den Tag.53 Hab eine gute Reise.54 Viel Spaß.55 Tschüss.56

49. die Zollkontrolle – customs check
50. anmelden – to declare (make known that you have something)
51. das Land – country
52. der Kern (die Kerne) – seed(s)
53. Genieß den Tag. – Enjoy the day.
54. Hab eine gute Reise. – Have a good trip.
55. Viel Spaß. – Have fun.
56. Tschüss. – Bye.

German Airport Vocabulary List

1. Deutschland – Germany
2. das Flugzeug – airplane
3. der Flughafen – airport
4. Kauf dir einen Flugschein und pack dein Gepäck. – Buy yourself a ticket and pack your luggage.
4.1. kaufen – to buy
4.2. der Flugschein – (flight) ticket
4.3. packen – to pack
4.4. das Gepäck – luggage
5. welches Terminal – which terminal
5.1. das Terminal – terminal
6. die Fluggesellschaft – airline
7. das Schild – sign
8. die Nummer des Terminals – number of the terminal
9. der Buchstabe des Terminals – letter of the terminal
10. Wo finde ich… – Where do I find…
11. Wo finde ich Lufthansa? – Where do I find Lufthansa?
12. der Schalter – counter
13. die Bordkarte – boarding pass
14. die Reihe – row
15. der Platz – seat (number)
15. das Automat – automated machine
16. der Reisepass – passport
17. die Sicherheitskontrolle – security checkpoint
18. der Schuh (die Schuhe) – shoe(s)
19. der Gürtel – belt
20. die Hosentasche (die Hosentaschen) – pants pocket(s)
21. die Waffe (die Waffen) – weapon(s)
22. das Messer – knife
23. die Flüssigkeit (die Flüssigkeiten) – liquid(s)
24. das Handgepäck – carry-on luggage
25. verhaften (verhaftet) – to arrest (arrested)
26. die Reise nach Deutschland – trip to Germany
27. der Flugsteig – gate
28. die Zeit – time
29. der Flug – flight
30. herumlaufen – to walk around
31. etwas zum Essen und zum Trinken – something to eat and to drink
32. einkaufen – to shop
33. einsteigen – to board
34. Bitte, alle einsteigen. – Please, all board.
35. die/der Angestellte – employee, official
36. der Flugbegleiter (die Flugbegleiterin) – flight attendant
37. der Pilot (die Pilotin) – pilot
38. der Lautsprecher – loud speaker or PA system
39. das Reiseziel – travel destination
40. der Notfall – emergency
41. Wenn das Flugzeug abfliegt, kannst du dich ausruhen. – When the plane takes off, you can relax.
42. Essen und Getränke – food and drink
43. der Sicherheitsgürtel – safety belt
44. zu – closed
45. die Turbulenzen – turbulence
46. das Zielort – final destination
47. landen – to land
48. Zeit zum Aussteigen – time to depart the plane
49. die Zollkontrolle – customs check
50. anmelden – to declare (make known that you have something)
51. das Land – country
52. der Kern (die Kerne) – seed(s)
53. Genieß den Tag. – Enjoy the day.
54. Hab eine gute Reise. – Have a good trip.
55. Viel Spaß. – Have fun.
56. Tschüss. – Bye.

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