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11 tips for hygge in Berlin

Happy moments for spring

© 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 spring in Berlin.

But what is hygge actually? From a walk to an afternoon of handicrafts to a cosy café in the sunshine, it can really be anything you enjoy. Enjoy the moment, do something good for you and your loved ones. 11 Berlin inspirations for your very own little happiness.

Tip 1: Café in the sunshine

garden of Gallery Mutter Fourage
Mutter Fourage Berlin © Bezirksamt Steglitz-Zehlendorf

With the first rays of sunshine, Berlin is drawn outside. Tables and chairs are already being set up outside. Enjoy the beautiful weather and a delicious coffee. We've picked out a few of the nicest and sunniest cafés for you, with large terraces, a nice garden or a beautiful view. Here are our 11 tips:

11 cafés in the sunshine

Tip 2: Sweet à la Hauptstadt

Smoothies and Bowls with fruits and toppings from Smoozery Berlin
Bowls and Smoothies at Smoozery Berlin © Smoozery Berlin

Soon it will be ice cream time. If you don't want it to be quite so cold and refreshing yet, you'll find all kinds of other delicious and sweet things on hand in Berlin: smoothies, waffles, Lookma, vegan donuts and much more. We have compiled the best tips for you. For all those who prefer sweets!

Tips for sweet desserts in Berlin

Tip 3: 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 4: Take a deep breath - beautiful spring walks

Frühling © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

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 are inviting for excursions. Audio walks are a particularly good way to switch off and relax. You can listen to some exciting stories while strolling through Berlin.

11 tips for beautiful walks in spring

Tip 5: Visit the Buddhist House in Berlin

Buddhist House in Berlin
The Buddhist House © BA Reinickendorf

You will find pure tranquillity when you visit the Buddhist House in Berlin. The house is considered the most important Buddhist site in Western Europe. Everyone is welcome to visit the house and garden. Mindfulness seminars and meditations are also offered regularly. If you're looking for more places of tranquillity, check out our Sustainable Berlin page. Here you will find tips for excursions to sustainable places, as well as tips for vegan and sustainable restaurants and sustainable shopping in Berlin.

Sustainability in Berlin

Tip 6: Pure deep relaxation - wellness afternoon

vabali spa Berlin
vabali Spa Berlin © vabali spa Berlin

On grey autumn weekends, you can recharge your energy reserves with a few sauna sessions, a massage or a soothing day at the spa. In the vabali spa you can immerse yourself in a Balinese paradise. In the Liquidrom you float in warm water with minimal sensory stimulation. Enjoy yourselves!

Wellness in Berlin

Tip 7: Beautiful things for your home

Design in Berlin
Cooll Midcentury Design © Getty Images, Foto: Katarzyna Bialasiewicz

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 8: Visit Berlin museums online

Restaurant Baret auf der Dachterrasse des Humboldt Forum
Restaurant Baret at Humboldt Forum © Baret

From the breathtaking view from the windows of the newly opened Baret restaurant on the roof of the Humboldt Forum to the café in the Bode Museum and the more secluded insider tips in Dahlem or Zehlendorf: Berlin's museum cafés are perfect for a few cosy hours. Over coffee, tea and delicious snacks, you can reflect on the exhibition you've just seen or simply take time for your own thoughts and ideas.

Top 11 Museum Cafés

Tip 9: 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!

Tip: Of course you can also relax with a Berlin movie or be entertained by a series shot in the capital.

Top 11 novels set in 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: Stroll through flea markets & go on a treasure hunt

Grammophone at flea market
Grammophone at flea market © Getty Images, Foto: ilbusca

You can discover many a treasure on a tour of Berlin's flea markets. Maybe a very special piece for your autumn decorations, a long-playing record whose title is full of memories for you or a classic book you've been wanting to read for a long time? If the weather is bad, the NochMall of the Berliner Stadtreinigung in Reinickendorf is a great place to browse.

Fleamarkets in Berlin

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Josefine Köhn-Haskins


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.