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Haus und Hof - House and Home Glossary

Rooms and Furniture Found in a House or Apartment

An annotated English-German Glossary

Part of Lektion 18 - Haus und Hof (German for Beginners)


Also see: Real Estate and Househunting Glossary

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Abbreviations (Abkürzungen)
A German-English list of common abbreviations found in German real estate ads.

apartment, flat die Wohnung (-en)
   apartment share/roommates die Wohngemeinschaft (WG)
   communal apartment die Wohngemeinschaft (WG)
   condo, condominium die Eigentumswohnung
   3-room apartment das 3-Zimmerwohnung
   studio apartment/flat, bedsit das Atelier, das Apartment/Appartement, das Wohnschlafzimmer, die Einzimmerwohnung

attic der Dachboden, der Speicher

attic apartment, mansard flat die Mansarde

attic floor, level das Dachgeschoss (DG)


balcony der Balkon (-s or -e)

basement, cellar der Keller (-)

bath, bathroom das Bad, das Badezimmer (-)
  Also see toilet (Toilette/WC)

Kultur: A Bad or Badezimmer is strictly that, a BATH room (for bathing, washing up). If you actually want the toilet, ask for die Toilette, not das Badezimmer. Germans may wonder why you want to take a bath if you ask for the "bath" room.

bath towel das Badetuch

bed das Bett (-en)
bedroom das Schlafzimmer (-)

bedsit (BE), studio apartment/flat das Apartment/Appartement, das Atelier, das Wohnschlafzimmer, die Einzimmerwohnung

built-in cabinets die Einbauschränke
built-in closets die Einbaugarderoben
built-in kitchen die Einbauküche


carpet, carpeting der Teppich (-e)
   carpeted floors der Teppichboden
   fitted carpet/wall-to-wall carpeting der Teppichboden

cellar, basement der Keller (-)

chair der Stuhl (Stühle)

chaise lounge/longue, lounge chair der Liegestuhl (-stühle)

(clothes) closet, wardrobe der Kleiderschrank (-schränke), die Garderobe (-n)

Kultur: German houses and apartments rarely have built-in closets (Einbaugarderobe). They are usually free-standing pieces of furniture that must be bought, just as a bed or any other furniture.

clothes washer, washing machine die Waschmaschine

couch die Couch (-en or -s) - in Swiss German Couch is masc.

curtain der Vorhang (-hänge), die Gardine (-n)
   lace/net curtains die Gardinen

curtain rod/rail die Vorhangstange (-n), die Gardinenstange (-n)


deck chair, chaise lounge/longue der Liegestuhl (-stühle)

desk der Schreibtisch (-e)

deposit die Kaution (KT)

dishwasher die Spülmaschine, der Geschirrspüler

down payment die Anzahlung

Learn more about house and home
vocabulary in Lektion 18 of our free
German for Beginners course.


elevator der Aufzug, der Fahrstuhl, der Lift

Kultur: Don't be surprised if your German apartment house has no Aufzug, even if your apartment is on the 5th or 6th floor! Older German apartment complexes of six floors or less may have no elevator.

der Eingang
Der Eingang des Hauses
Foto © H. Flippo

entrance, entry der Eingang
   separate entrance eigener Eingang

entry hall die Diele (-n), der Flur


first floor (Brit./Europe) der erste Stock (1st above the ground)
first floor (US) das Erdgeschoss (ground floor)

flat, apartment die Wohnung (-en)

floor (surface) der Fußboden
   wood floors, parquet der Parkettfußboden

floor (story) die Etage, der Stock
   the 1st floor (Brit.) der erste Stock
   the 1st floor (US) das Erdgeschoss (ground floor)
   on the 4th floor im vierten Stock
   on the 4th floor im 4. OG (Obergeschoss)
   on the 4th floor in der vierten Etage (eh-TAHJ-ah)

Kultur: Everyone but Americans numbers building floors by calling the first floor above the ground the "first floor" (der erste Stock). If you're American, when dealing with German or European floors, remember that an American second floor is the first - and so on. Same thing applies to elevator buttons! ("E" is the ground floor - das Erdgeschoss, or sometimes "P" for French Parterre, or "0" null.)

German Real Estate
Ad Abbreviations

floor plan der Grundriss (eines Stockwerks)

floor tile die Fliese (-n)

flooring, floor covering der Fußbodenbelag

freezer der Tiefkühlschrank
freezer chest die Tiefkühltruhe

furnished möbliert
   Note: Furnished apartments are rare in Germany.


garage die Garage (of a house)

garret, mansard flat die Mansarde

gas heat die Gasheizung

ground floor das Erdgeschoss, die Parterre

Learn more about floors and levels
in Lektion 17 of our free
German for Beginners course.


half-basement, basement flat das Souterrain (-s)

hall, hallway der Flur

heat, heating die Heizung

house das Haus (Häuser)
   at my/our house bei mir/uns
   to my/our house zu mir/uns
house and home Haus und Hof (also the name of Lektion 18 of German for Beginners)

housing die Wohnungnen (pl.), (shelter) die Unterkunft


insulation die Isolierung, die Dämmung
   sound insulation, soundproofing die Schalldämpfung
   poorly insulated (for sound), lacking soundproofing hellhörig


kitchen die Küche (-n)
kitchen sink das Spülbecken (-)

kitchen stove, range der Herd

kitchenette die Kochnische (-n)

Kultur: Be aware that some German apartments are sold "bare" - with no light fixtures or even the proverbial kitchen sink! Read your Kaufvertrag (sales contract) carefully to avoid having to wash the dishes in the bathroom by candlelight after you move in to your new apartment.


lamp die Lampe (-n), die Leuchte (floor lamp)

land, property das Grundstück

landlord der Vermieter, die Vermieterin

laundry room die Waschküche (-n)

light das Licht (-er), die Leuchte (-n) (lamp)
lighting die Beleuchtung

living room das Wohnzimmer (-)

lounge chair, chaise lounge/longue der Liegestuhl (-stühle)

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