Happy Birthday in German

Learn to say Happy Birthday in German with these ready-made phrases with audio, perfect for use in birthday cards, emails or even - if you are feeling brave enough - making a quick call. 

Happy Birthday in German

Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Geburtstag - Happy Birthday

(Literally: 'Heartfelt congratulations on your birthday')

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

Herzlichen Glückwunsch nachträglich - Happy Belated Birthday

Nachträglich alles Gute zum Geburtstag - Happy Belated 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 - Happy 18th/21st/40th/60th/80th Birthday

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

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

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

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

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

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

Alles Liebe zum GeburtstagMuch love on your birthday  

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

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

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

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

Wann ist die Geburtstagsfeier?When is the birthday party? 

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

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

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.

Alternatively, why not book mark my ready-made German Christmas and New Year Greetings pages and never be stuck for something to write on those German Christmas Cards again! 

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