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11 tips for hygge in Berlin

Everything for a cozy autumn at home

Der Berliner Reichstag im Herbst
© visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

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 autumn 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

Showroom des Shops Valuc15 für Inneneinrichtung
© valuc15

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 invite you to browse and make your home a real feel-good place for a cuddly autumn. Our tip: valuc15 between Bergmannstraße and Gräfe-Kiez offers furniture and home accessories by various young European designers, including a lot of Danish and some originals from Berlin.

Everything else you need to beautify your home according to the Danish hygge concept can be found in the following Berlin shops:

  • Hygge Interiør, Grolmanstraße 44-45,  in der Nähe des Ku’Damms in Charlottenburg
  • Nordliebe Berlin, Goltzstraße 18, Schöneberg
  • Hartock nordisches Design, Knesebeckstraße 68, Charlottenburg

valuc15

Tip 2: Design your own decoration

Christmas handicrafts
Christmas handicrafts © GettyImages, Bild: Hero Images

Of course you can also create beautiful things for your home. The Makery for example offers live online workshops. Pamper yourself with massage oils, beautiful jewellery or natural cosmetics. As soon as they are open again, you can of course also train your craftsmanship at workshops on site. There you can also build furniture, solder or burn Raku ceramics. You will certainly also find online inspiration for a very personal, self-made Christmas present.

Makery Berlin

Tip 3: Relaxing and sweating

Saunafloss Innenansicht
Saunafloss © Copyright: Saunafloss/Dirk Engelhardt

How about a wellness evening? A face mask and cool slices of cucumber do you good after a day in the home office. And why not spend a day at the weekend just relaxing and doing something for yourself? If the ceiling still falls on your head, you can even rent your private floating sauna in Berlin. There are several providers of sauna rafts, Finnfloat Sauna for example, Saunafloss, and Saunaraft

Finnfloat Sauna

Tip 4: 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 5: 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 6: 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. These restaurants deliver delicious roast goose. And for those who appreciate culinary diversity, our take away and home delivery tips will make your mouth water.

11 tips for typical Berlin recipes

Tip 7: 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 8: Take a deep breath - take an autumn walk

Tiergarten in Berlin in Autumn
Tiergarten in Autumn © visitberlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

It is well known that there is no bad weather, only unsuitable clothing. And right now the autumn sun is shining over the sky of Berlin from time to time. The numerous parks and gardens in the capital not only offer plenty of space, but also variety for beautiful walks. From Grunewald to the Botanical Gardens, from Tempelhofer Feld to the Tiergarten, and yes, the outdoor areas of the zoo and zoo also invite you to go on excursions.

These parks & gardens are open in Berlin

Tip 9: 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

Tipp 10: Nach Belieben zuhören - Podcasts & Lesungen

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 11: 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

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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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