19 Best Dating Sites in Germany [2021 Expat Guide]

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If you did not move to Germany to reunite with your loved one, we have great news for you. According to a representative survey, every third German uses an online dating service. Those are great news for all the single expats out there. To fast-track your dating success in Germany, we reviewed the 19 best dating sites in Germany for you.

We focus on the best dating sites for serious relationships, the best dating apps, the best dating for gays and lesbians, and the best free dating sites in Germany.

Related Guide: Dating in Germany – Expat Guide

As per Statista, paid dating services are the most popular amongst Germans, followed by freemium dating apps.

Source: Statista

What is the best dating site for serious relationships in Germany?

For those looking for a serious long term relationship, quality dating is essential. Germans are willing to pay quite some money to find love. All sites listed below are only available in German. 

Here are our picks for the best dating site for serious relationships in Germany.

1. eDarling

eDarling dating site homepage
Source: eDarling

eDarling is a favorite dating website in Germany. eDarling focuses on scientifically designed matching for long term relationships. Anyone is welcome at eDarling as it doesn’t focus on a specific customer type. It has 2,6 million members with an equal ratio of men (48%) and women (52%) in Germany. 

All profiles get checked manually, which increases the quality of contacts and, therefore, chances to find serious relationships.

To create your profile and take the personality test, you should prepare around 40 minutes. With the free version, your usage is limited, and you only get the full potential with the Premium version, which offers great price-value and a free app.

eDarling has three different Premium models:

Membership duration Costs per monthTotal costs
6 months (Premium Lite)49,90 euros299,40 euros
12 months (Premium Classic)29,90 euros358,80 euros
24 months (Premium Comfort)27,90 euros669,60 euros

2. Parship

Parship dating site homepage
Source: Parship

Parship is the most popular dating website in Germany, thanks to its aggressive marketing. They promise that every 11 minutes, a single is falling in love via Parship. Their focus is also long term serious relationships. Parship targets educated and professional Singles. Each year they have 1,8 million new sign-ups with 3 million contact requests each week. The website and app are only available in German. Here are some more stats about Parship:

Parship dating site member statistics
Source: Parship

The sign-up process takes about 30 minutes and includes a personality test with 80 questions. Parship avoids fake profiles with its ID-check. You cannot view any pictures with the free basic version. 

Parship offers three different Premium models:

Membership durationCosts per monthTotal costs
6 months74,90 euros449,40 euros
12 months65,90 euros790,80 euros
24 months45,90 euros1.101,60 euros

3. ElitePartner.de

ElitePartner dating site homepage
Source: ElitePartner

ElitePartner is a direct competitor of Parship and eDarling. They check every profile and only accept sign-ups that are interested in serious long term relationships. They review every profile manually. ElitePartner focuses on academic singles; about 70% of its 3,8 million members have an academic degree. The personality test of ElitePartner takes around 20 minutes, and after a successful sign-up, you will already get matching suggestions. ElitePartner has 47% male and 53% female members.

ElitaPartner focuses on quality on every level; they offer Single Coaching, Flirt Seminars, and discounted photo-shootings to increase your matching potential. However, the website and app are only available in German.

ElitePartner also offers three different Premium models:

Membership durationCosts per monthTotal costs
6 months69,90 euros419,40 euros
12 months49,90 euros598,80 euros
24 months35,90 euros861,60 euros

4. LoveScout24

LoveScout24 dating site homepage
Source: LoveScout24

LoveScout24 is another big dating site in Germany, with 6 million members. Their focus lies on flirts as well as on long-term relationships. Next to their website and app, they also offer Single Events. The website and member profiles are of high quality; however, you have to actively start your profile search. There is no auto-suggest. The website and app for Germany are only available in German.

Love Scout24 also has 200.000 gay members and a different portal secret.de, for discrete erotic casual dating. 

LoveScout24 offers various pricing models, depending on age and duration. Unlike the previous websites, membership starts already with one month.

LoveScout24 price example for 18-29 year olds:

Membership durationCosts per monthTotal costs
1 month39,90 euros39,90 euros
3 months29,90 euros89,70 euros
6 months19,90 euros119,40 euros
12 months14,90 euros178,80 euros

What is the Best Dating App in Germany?

Compared to the mentioned German online dating sites above, dating apps take a lot less effort to sign up. There is no personality test and scientific matching algorithm. Dating apps tend to aim more for casual dating. However, that does not imply immediate one-night stands, as a survey from SimpleTexting uncovered. 

Dating Apps have two significant advantages over dating sites. They are all available in English, so they are ideal for expats in Germany. And they all operate on a freemium business model. The primary functions with which you can start dating are free; however, all apps also offer premium features via in-app purchases.

Here are our top picks for the best dating app in Germany.

1. Tinder

Tinder Dating App Homepage
Source: Tinder

Tinder needs no introduction, as it is the largest international dating app with 57 million monthly active users in 190 countries. And yes, Tinder works in Germany as well. 

Be ready to upload your photos and start swiping left or right and find out whether you got a match from a future date. Once you get a match, you can begin writing direct messages. Tinder offers in-app purchases for premium features.

2. Lovoo

Lovoo Dating App Homepage
Source: Lovoo

Lovoo is a direct Tinder competitor and works similarly. The main difference is that you can contact someone directly, without having to match first. You can browse profiles incognito with Lovoo’s ghost mode. Lovoo also offers a live video chat option.

Lovoo was founded in Dresden, Germany, and has 28 million users worldwide. With four stars from 43k reviews in the iOS App Store, Lovoo has the best review ratio from all listed dating apps in this article.

As you can see in the graphic below, Tinder and Badoo are fighting for the reign of being the most popular dating app in Europe. Lovoo, however, is the most popular and best dating app in Germany

Best dating app in Germany map
Source: BBC

3. Badoo

Badoo Dating App Homepage
Source: Badoo

Badoo is another swiping contender and functions similar to Tinder. Badoo’s unique feature is that it shows you users who are near you and share similar interests. While swiping through the users, it also shows you whether you have met a user in real life and gives you an idea of the time and approximate location. 

4. OkCupid

OkCupid dating app homepage
Source: OkCupid

OkCupid separates itself from the swiping apps by pushing a story feature that goes beyond just pictures. You can write messages at any time; however, women can only view a man’s first message if she has liked his profile beforehand. OkCupid is popular among LGBT+ Singles as well. 

5. Once

once dating app homepage
Source: Once

Once is a Swiss dating app, marketing itself as an app for those looking for a more serious relationship. As such, you can not swipe through unlimited pictures per day, but instead, you get one match sent to you every day at noon. Each person has 24 hours to like the match, should you both ‘like’ it, you can start to exchange messages.

6. Bumble

bumble dating app homepage
Source: Bumble

Bumble is a popular swiping app that attracts users with more serious intentions. Bumble empowers women to make the first step in terms of messaging. After she has received a match, she has 24h to send that first message. Men cannot send the first message and, in return, also only have 24h to reply to the first message. Otherwise, the match will expire.

7. Happn

Happn dating app homepage
Source: Happn

Happn is a French dating app with a twist to it. The app only shows you, users, you have crossed paths with the same day, giving it an extra hint of excitement.

You can set the maximum distance (up to 90 km) for your match feed to show anyone in that area. Happn shows you how many times you have crossed paths and the place and time of your last encounter. If a user is in your set proximity, while you are online, the profile will show ‘NOW’, without offering you the exact location for privacy reasons. 

8. Candidate

Candidate dating app homepage
Source: Candidate

Candidate is a unique gamified dating app founded in Austria. Their focus lies on personality rather than looks. You first have to answer questions other users send you. In return, you also pose your questions. If two users ‘like’ each other’s answers, you form a match and see each other’s pictures. Each question can have up to 300 characters and can be answered by five other users. You rate each answer and choose your top 3. These three then answer another question; you get to choose your top 2 for the final question out of their responses. 

What are the Best LGBTQ+ Dating sites and apps in Germany?

Parship and LoveScout24 also offer gay versions, and OkCupid is quite popular among the gay and lesbian community. There are, of course, dating sites and apps that exclusively focus on LGBTQ+ singles. Here are our top picks for the best dating app for gay and lesbian singles in Germany

1. PlanetRomeo

PlanetRomeo dating app homepage
Source: PlanetRomeo

PlanetRomeo claims to have the world’s biggest community of gay, bi, and trans men. Whether you are looking for a hook-up or a serious relationship, Planet Romeo addresses both. 

2. Grindr

Grindr dating app homepage
Source: Grindr

Grindr is a direct competitor to PlanetRomeo and, in exchange, claims to have grown the largest social networking app for gay, bi, and trans people. Grindr is almost exclusively popular among men and known for its fast hook-ups.

3. Lesarion

Lesarion dating site homepage
Source: Lesarion

Lesarion is Germany’s biggest lesbian dating website and app. The design is still stuck in the last decade, but it claims to have the largest lesbian community in Germany. A big plus compared to other German dating websites is that Lesarion is also available in English. Next to the dating function, it also has a lively forum.

4. Zoe

Zoe dating app homepage
Source: Zoe

Zoe is a global lesbian dating app with more than 3,9 million users. Compared to Lesarion, Zoe has a modern design and a better review ratio in the iOS App Store. At Zoe, you also swipe for a pass or a match.

What is the Best Free Dating Site in Germany?

Here are our picks for the best free dating sites and apps in Germany without a credit card. 

1. Finya

Finya free dating site homepage
Source: Finya

Finya is a 100% free German dating site, as it is financing through ads. You have the option to fill in a personality test after sign-up to get more compatible matches. Finya has over one million users and has won multiple awards. However, Finya is only available in German. 

2. Lablue

Lablue free dating site Germany homepage
Source: Lablue

Lablue is another completely free dating site in Germany. It targets specifically singles above 30 and has about half a million users. The design of Lablue is somewhat outdated, but as a plus, all profiles get checked manually to prevent fake profiles. Lablue focusses on singles who are looking for serious long term relationships. Lablue is also only available in German.

3. Mingle2

Mingle2 dating site homepage
Source: Mingle2

Mingle2 is a 100% free dating app, with over 39 million users worldwide. Germany is one of their top countries. The good thing is that the German market of Mingle2 is also available to browse in English. Mingle2 does not focus on a special type or age, so everyone is welcome.

Conclusion

With this extensive list of the best online dating sites in Germany, you are all equipped to choose the type of online dating that fits you most.

Related Guide: Dating in Germany – Expat Guide

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We wish you lots of fun and success! ❤️

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Yvonne
About the author: Yvonne was born and raised in Germany and has lived in the United States, France, and Spain. She understands the struggle of settling in a new home and is happy to share simple services and tips on how things are done in her home country, to help expats get their German experience started.