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Word of the week: das Luftschloss

Updated: Mar 13, 2021

(das) Luftschloss

Noun: (literally: air castle) pipe dream

This idiomatic expression refers to a pipe dream, an unrealistic and impossible dream, which usually cannot be achieved due to issues of impracticality: for instance, having a castle in the sky.

  • Ich wollte die erste Person auf dem Mond sein, aber das ist nur ein Luftschloss. = I wanted to be the first person on the moon, but that's just a pipe dream.

Neuschwanstein Castle. Photo: Helmut H. Kroiss via Pixabay

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