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
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:
Tip 2: Sweet à la Hauptstadt
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!
Tip 3: 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 4: Take a deep breath - beautiful spring walks
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.
Tip 5: Visit the Buddhist House in Berlin
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.
Tip 6: Pure deep relaxation - wellness afternoon
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
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
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.
Tip 9: 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 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: Stroll through flea markets & go on a treasure hunt
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.
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