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October 23, 2016
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There is a myriad of answers for that. Just try to summarize:

  • Tschüss / Tschüssi° (Saxony?) / Tschö° / Tschüü° / Tschüssle (Swabian)
  • Tschau
  • Servus (Bavaria and Austria, very common)
  • Pfiat di (Bavaria, comes from "Behüt dich Gott")
  • Bis bald / Bis dann / Bis denne°
  • Mach's gut (Saxony/East/...?)
  • Man sieht sich
  • Wiedersehen / Wiederhören (last on phone, both half formal and good to start with)
  • Lass es dir gut gehen °
  • Schönen Tag (noch°)
  • Hau rein°° / reinhauen°° / Hauste °° (Berlin) (this one is quite controversial - some say it's absolutely normal and widely used, others find it pretty slangish and rude... I've never heard it myself, but I think it's more of a guy's thing. Seems to be more used in the North, though.)
  • Tschüssikowski°° (a bit satirical, thanks to Stefan for adding it)
  • (Uf) Widerluege (Swiss, thanks to adolf garlic)

Also, loads of foreign language phrases are used (whatever someone thinks is "cool"), like:

  • Ciao
  • Cu°° / Cya°°
  • Adios°
  • Bye° / Bye bye°°
  • Adieu°/Adé
  • Hasta la vista°° (, Baby...)°°°
  • Hasta luego°°
  • Salut / Salü
  • Arrivederci°
  • Dosvedanja°°
  • Hade (introduced by Turkish minority)° or even °°°

Or anything else, I've even heard friends leaving with:

  • Horrido!°°
  • Wiederschaun, reingehaun!°° (that's from a German TV show)
  • Du mich auch.°°° (actually a typical answer to a german "F*** you", so don't use it - but also don't be offended if someone uses it around you, it's considered a rough joke)
  • Schleich di°° (Means "get lost", southern dialect)

So, you see, there is no exact answer to that. Just listen to what people around you are saying, as it really varies from region to region, age to age and even from clique to clique!

Usually, "tschüss" is accepted everywhere, though, especially if you're not a native speaker. It probably isn't a good idea trying to pronounce "pfiat di" with a foreign accent. ^^

Edit I've added some marks to make the usage clearer.

Source: german.stackexchange.com
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