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11 tips for hygge in Berlin

Everything for a cozy winter at home

The Insel der Jugend in Berlin in winter under blue skies
The Isle of Youth in Berlin in winter under blue skies Beautiful even in winter: The Island Insel der Jugend © Getty Images, Foto: Jrg Farys / EyeEm

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

Winterlicher Wellnessbereich
Winterlicher Wellnessbereich Deko © Getty images, Foto: Roberto Peri

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).

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Tip 2: Visit Berlin museums online

Welcome Point and Theme Room Tora at the Jewish Museum Berlin
Jewish Museum Berlin: Welcome Point and Theme Room Tora © Jüdisches Museum Berlin, Foto: Roman März

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.

Digital Tips of the Berlin Museums

Tip 3: Get cosy, reading your favorite thriller

lesende Frau
Hygge-Moment zuhause: lesende Frau © Getty Images, Foto: Oliver Rossi

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!

Top 11 novels set in Berlin

Tip 4: Colourful & delicious - Bake Night Berlin

Macarons
Macarons © visitBerlin, Foto: Jan Frontzek

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.

Bake Night Berlin

Tip 5: Soul food and sweets à la capital

Berlin Cuisine: Berliner Luft
Berlin Cuisine: Berliner Luft © gettyimages, Foto: Mariha-kitchen

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.

11 tips for typical Berlin recipes

Tip 6: Dark seduction - chocolate

Cocoa and chocolate Berlin
Cocoa and chocolate © Getty Images, Foto: Tracey Kusiewicz/Foodie Photography

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.

11 ultimative chocolate tips from Berlin
 

Tip 7: Take a deep breath - take an winter walk

The Botanical Garden in Berlin in winter
The Botanical Garden in winter © Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum Berlin-Dahlem, Foto: I.Haas

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.

11 wonderful Berlin winter walks
 

Tip 8: Find your quiet space - Yoga & Meditation online

Yoga im Hotelzimmer
Yoga © Foto: R Johns / Alamy Stock Photo

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:

Berlin's yoga-Studios go online

Tip 9: Listen as you like - podcasts & readings

Mann mit Kopfhörern
Gemütlich Zuhause: Mann mit Kopfhörern © Getty Images, Foto: 10000 Hours

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

Street art in Berlin
Street art in Berlin © Benjamin Pritzkuleit

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.

ArtNight Berlin

Tip 11: Go on a treasure hunt

NochMall - das Gebrauchtwarenkaufhaus der BSR
NochMall - das Gebrauchtwarenkaufhaus des BSR © BSR, Foto: Tom Peschel

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.

BSR NochMall

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Josefine Köhn-Haskins

Josefine

ist in München aufgewachsen, hat dort studiert und bei der SZ volontiert. Auf der Suche nach neuen Abenteuern entdeckte sie erst New York, dann Miami und berichtete als Trendscout und Korrespondentin für verschiedene Publikationen. Ihr Zuhause fand sie dann aber in Berlin. Fasziniert von den vielen Facetten der Stadt ist sie kreuz und quer in den Kiezen unterwegs und beschäftigt sich gerne mit Zukunftsideen und Smart City Konzepten für ein innovatives Berlin.

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