In German, words are often put together ( “compound words”) to create new words. As an example: “Krankenschwester” means nurse and literally translated “sister of the sick people” (“krank” = sick, “die Schwester” = sister). As there are so many compound words in German language, I thought I might just introduce you to some of the craziest ones. So here are 3 German f****** long words that will make you either laugh or cry…. or both!

1) “Toilettenbürstenbenutzungsanweisung”

This one is my personal favorite, because it actually finds some application in real life (maybe not a lot, but it does!). It means “Toilet brush instructions for use”.

By the way: With these detailed instructions you are supposed to use the toilet brush properly if you ever make your way to Germany! ...

Number of letters: 35

Here we go:

  • Die Toilette = the toilet
  • Die Bürste = the brush
  • Benutzungsanweisung = Instructions for use
  • Ganz falsch = totally wrong
  • Falsch = wrong
  • Fast richtig = almost right
  • Richtig = right

2)“Donaudampfschifffahrtselektrizitätenhaupt- betriebswerkbauunterbeamtengesellschaft”

Actually this is one word, no hyphen, but it was too long to fit on one line. The word contains 80 letters and 3 “f” in a row.

You can listen to it here: ( If it’s not working: You might have to install Flashplayer, try a different browser or just listen to it on wikipedia)

It means: “Association for subordinate officials of the head office management of the Danube steamboat electrical services” (the name of a pre-war club in Vienna) Oha. Very important as you can see!

Here we go:

  • Donau: Danube (a river in Germany)
  • Dampfschiff: Steam boat
  • Die Fahrt: Ride
  • Elektrizität: Electricity
  • Haupt-: Main (Head)
  • Betriebswerk: Engine facilities
  • Bauunter: Doesn’t really mean anything.
    (Der Bauunternehmer is a contractor/bilder.)
  • Der Beamte: Official
  • Die Gesellschaft: Association

3) Rhababerbarbarabarbarbarenbartbarbierbierbarbärbel

This word doesn’t really mean anything, but you can impress quite a lot if you are able to say it (I can’t even!)

Number of letters: 50
Translation: the Barbie of the bar where the beer of the beard barber for the barbarians of Rhubarb’s Barbara’s bar is sold

See video below for an explanation

“That’s it?! I want to know more such words!” Sorry that you’re so keen on learning German that you’ve already memorized all of the above. I thought 3 words would be enough for a start. However, if you feel like you want to know more long ass German words and have a good laugh, you can check out this youtube video