Happy Birthday in German

Learn to say Happy Birthday in German with this easy lesson.

You can use these phrases when writing birthday cards, emails or even - if you are feeling brave enough - making a quick call.

Happy Birthday - Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Geburtstag
(Literally: 'Heartfelt congratulations on your birthday')

Happy Birthday - Alles Gute zum Geburtstag
(Literally: “All the best on your birthday”)

Happy Belated Birthday - Herzlichen Glückwunsch nachträglich

Happy Belated Birthday - Nachträglich alles Gute zum Geburtstag

Happy 18th/21st/40th/60th/80th Birthday -
Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum 18./21./40./60./ 80. Geburtstag

Happy 18th/21st/40th/60th/80th Birthday -
Alles Gute zum 18./21./40./60./80. Geburtstag

Here are some more ready-made sentences to wish someone a Happy Birthday:

Happy Birthday to a dear nephew/niece -
Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Geburtstag, lieber Neffe/liebe Nichte

Happy Birthday to a dear Uncle/ Aunt -
Alles Gute zum Geburtstag, lieber Onkel/liebe Tante

Happy Birthday to a lovely friend -
Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Geburtstag, für einen guten Freund

We hope you have a lovely day -
Wir wünschen Dir einen wunderschönen Tag (Informal)

We hope you have a lovely day -
Wir wünschen Ihnen einen wunderschönen Tag (Formal)

Much love on your birthday -
Alles Liebe zum Geburtstag

You don’t get older, just better! -
Man wird nicht älter, sondern besser!

May your day be filled with love and happiness -
Auf dass Ihr/Dein Tag mit Liebe und Freude erfüllt ist
(Formal = Ihr / Informal = Dein)

Shame we can’t be there to celebrate with you -
Schade, dass wir nicht mitfeiern können

How is the birthday boy / birthday girl? -
Wie geht’s dem Geburtstagkind?

When is the birthday party? -
Wann ist die Geburtstagsfeier?

Did you have some nice presents? -
Haben Sie / Hast Du viele schöne Geschenke bekommen?
(Formal= Haben Sie / Informal= Hast Du)

Thank you so much for my lovely present and card -
Vielen Dank für das schöne Geschenk und die Karte

If you would like to learn how to congratulate German relatives and friends on the arrival of new babies as well as on christenings, weddings, anniversaries and graduations, please click here to go to my German Congratulations section.

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