Besichtigen vs. Besuchen

Paul-Weber

Hi Jordan,

"besichtigen" means to view.  It is often used to describe seeing a place, building or art as a tourist. "Ich besuche Paris um den Eiffelturm zu besichtigten." "I am visiting Paris to see the Eiffel Tower.

We also use "besichtigen to describe a viewing to analyse and get insights "Heute besichtige ich die Baustelle und gebe Anweisungen an die Bauarbeiter" Today I am viewing the construction site and give instructions to the  builders."

"Besuchen" means "visiting". I have listed a couple examples below:
"Ich besuche Oma heute." "I am visiting Grandma today."
"Der Bürgermeister besuchte das Museum, die Philharmonie und die Ärztekammer der Stadt. "
"The mayor visited the museum, the Philharmonia and the Doctors' Chamber of the city."

Hope that helps!

Grüße

Paul

jdk2100

Can someone describe the differences in usage between besichtigen and besuchen? I just want to make sure I use them correctly. 

Thanks,
Jordan

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