It is the little moments of happiness that often make a huge difference. The special tea, the fragrant candle, the extra chat with your girlfriend or a particularly delicious family dinner together during the week, just like that. The Danes have shown us how it's done and we would like to recommend the Danish "Hygge" to you again, especially for this winter in Berlin.
But what is Hygge actually? From a walk to a handicraft afternoon to a cosy candlelight tea, it can really be everything you enjoy. Enjoy the moment, do something good for yourself and your loved ones - especially when it's getting grey and cold outside again soon. 11 Berlin inspirations for your very personal moments of well-being.
Please show responsibility, wear your masks and follow the hygiene rules of the organizers. Don't be shy, but show your love for Berlin with d i s t a n c e - in support of everyones safety.
Tip 1: Beautiful things for your home
Hygge is considered the Danish concept of happiness. And Scandinavian interior design is naturally a part of it. You don't have to go out and buy new furniture, decoration or candles now, just let yourself be inspired. We have selected a few Berlin stores for you, where you can browse and shop online. Let us inspire you and make your home a real feel-good place for a cozy winter.
Everything else you need to decorate your home according to the Danish Hygge concept can be found in the following Berlin stores:
- Hygge Interiør, Grolmanstrasse 44-45, Charlottenburg (free shipping from 60 euros, delivery within Berlin from 40 euros).
- Nordliebe Berlin, Goltzstraße 18, Schöneberg: Here you can store online or also on Instagram. There are also delicious recipes to bake.
- Hartog nordisches Design, Knesebeckstraße 68, Charlottenburg (free shipping from 75 euros, also click + collect).
Tip 2: Visit Berlin museums online
Berlin's museums are currently closed, but you can also discover the wide range of Berlin's cultural institutions online. To help you get started in the digital world of museums, we have compiled a list of the many virtual portals here.
Tip 3: Get cosy, reading your favorite thriller
When was the last time you took the time to just dive into a good book? Sure, there is always something to do at home. But beaming yourself in another world, cheering along with the heroines and really switching off is - almost - as good as a trip to faraway countries. These thrillers may not necessarily promise sunny moments, but they are so exciting that they will certainly provide you with a little distraction. We wish you good entertainment!
Tip 4: Colourful & delicious - Bake Night Berlin
If you're still looking for a special treat for your crime night, why not stop by Bake Night. Colourful macarons, apple strudel, sourdough bread, donuts, bagels, tree striations and delicious cakes, the workshops alone will make your mouth water. The great thing is that you don't have to leave your cosy home for a bake night. Everything you need for baking is delivered. Make an appointment with your friends* for a live online workshop. A professional confectioner will show you all the steps and answer your questions.
Tip 5: Soul food and sweets à la capital
Original Berlin cuisine is hearty, tasty and really filling. Meatballs, potato soup, knuckle of pork and pea puree - that's the taste of soulfood à la capital. So, swing out the cooking spoons and let it taste really good. We have put together the best Berlin recipes for you. For all those who prefer sweets, there's Berliner Luft or pancakes Grandma's style.
Of course you can also let us cook for you. Our take away and home delivery tips will make your mouth water.
Tip 6: Dark seduction - chocolate
What would life be without chocolate? Perfect for sweetening even the less beautiful moments - or to make the beautiful ones a little sweeter. Although you can't currently sip hot chocolate on the spot or create the flavour of your own bar, many chocolate shops deliver the sweet temptation straight to your home. Get inspired by our ultimate chocolate tips.
Tip 7: Take a deep breath - take an winter walk
As we all know, there is no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing. The numerous parks and gardens in the capital not only offer plenty of space, but also variety for beautiful walks. From the Grunewald to the Botanical Garden, from Tempelhofer Feld to the Tiergarten, and yes, even the outdoor areas of the zoo and animal park invite you to take a trip.
Tip 8: Find your quiet space - Yoga & Meditation online
Why not roll out your yoga mat in the living room? Alternatively you can use a towel or a carpet. The main thing is to remember to harmonise your movements with your breathing - and maybe you will manage to relax for a few minutes. Meditating regularly for just a few minutes can work wonders. Of course, you can do this for yourself personally, or you can use the online services that numerous Berlin yoga studios have put online for you. You can find a selection here:
Tip 9: Listen as you like - podcasts & readings
Let me read you something again. You can work, do handicrafts, do puzzles, have a cup of tea or simply close your eyes. We have put together a series of exciting podcasts and literary offers for you: Thought-provoking and exciting, radio plays, crime stories, readings and much more. Why don't you listen to them right now!
Digital readings & book-podcasts from Berlin
Tip 10: Get creative - ArtNights at home
There is art everywhere in Berlin, even in the middle of the street. Let yourself be inspired to great motives during a walk. If you need even more motivation and support to take the brush in your hand, we recommend an online ArtNight. Here you will be guided step by step to your self-painted artwork. Live online courses and video workshops are offered. You can also order the necessary materials directly from the Art Night Shop.
Tip 11: Go on a treasure hunt
In the NochMall of the Berliner Stadtreinigung you can find everything but "new". Used furniture, electrical appliances, household goods, clothes, books, media, children's toys and everything else that can still be used. You can browse the shelves remotely via WhatsApp or phone call. The staff of the NochMall in Reinickendorf will take you on a "treasure hunt" through the shelves. If you spot a good used item, they will put it aside for you.
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