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11 tips to put your resolutions in Berlin into practice

How to achieve your goals

07.04.2019 Halbmarathon  Berlin
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You missed the New Year's run? No problem: Every day is a new beginning. We have the perfect tips for you to put your good intentions into practice. No matter if you are planning to do something for health and wellness, if you want to try something new, live more sustainably or spend quality time with your family: you're worth doing something good for yourselves. Let us inspire you!

Tip 1: Get smarter

Museum Island in winter
Museum Island in winter © visitBerlin, Foto: Thomas Kierok

In Berlin you can visit 200 museums and collections. Immerse yourself in the impressive diversity of the collections. Travel to the past on Museum Island and to the future in the newly opened Futurium. The Museum Pass gives you free admission to over 30 Berlin museums. These include all the houses on Museum Island, the Hamburger Bahnhof, the Gemäldegalerie, but also the German Museum of Technology, the German Historical Museum and the German Spy Museum. The free admission is valid for three consecutive days. So education is really fun!

More about the Museum Pass

Tip 2: Spend quality time with your family

Family in the Museum of Natural History Berlin
Museum of Natural History © Foto: Thomas Rosenthal, MfN Berlin

Berlin is the perfect city for a varied family holiday. There is a playground on every street corner, and in bad weather even indoor playgrounds. Numerous lovingly decorated children's shops make not only children's eyes light up. From Legoland to children's theatres to children's farms, exciting museum offers, hidden green spaces, concerts, open air cinemas and trend sports offers: The city is an adventure playground with countless possibilities for experiences you will never forget..

Berlin with small and big children

Tip 3: Let yourself be pampered

Sheraton Grand Hotel Esplanade: Frau bekommt Massage
Sheraton Grand Hotel Esplanade Massage © Copyright: Esplanade Operation GmbH

The most important thing about good intentions is to do yourself some good with them. Just visit one of Berlin's beautiful wellness oases instead of forcing yourself to do sports. During a relaxing afternoon in a day spa, the desire to do a few laps in the crystal blue pool comes naturally. Or you can let yourself be pampered with a massage after a yoga class, a jogging tour or a long walk.

More wellness in Berlin

Tip 4: Do more sports

Sprint im Stadion
© Getty Images, Foto: Chin Leong Teoh / EyeEm

No matter if it's stormy and rainy outside or if the sun is shining: Berlin offers with 2500 parks and green spaces, 62 public swimming pools, beautiful lakes, countless small sports and yoga studios, bouldering halls and areas for beach volleyball a lot of space for romping and training. Go paddling, kitesurfing on the Tempelhofer Feld, explore the city by bike or try plogging. With this trend from Sweden, you collect rubbish by the wayside while you run. It is that easy to do something good for yourself and the environment at the same time.

More about trend sports in Berlin

Tip 5: Drink more water

Vergnügen in der Stadt
© Getty Images, Foto: Imgorthand

You need 30 to 40 millilitres of water per kilogram of body weight. That is about 2 to 3 litres a day. Sometimes that's not so easy. Especially when travelling or when we are under stress, we tend to get a coffee or a mate. Good to know: In Berlin, many public places have free drinking fountains from Berliner Wasserbetriebe. Refill Berlin also connects numerous cafés, restaurants and shops that will refill your drinking water bottle for free.

More informationen about free drinking water in Berlin

Tip 6: Sustainable shopping

Nachhaltige Mode
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There is hardly a city where it is easier to avoid the big fashion chains. Berlin is known for its many flea markets and second-hand shops. Numerous Berlin designers rely on upcycling as well as sustainable and fair production for their collections. You are guaranteed to find some extraordinary unique pieces here. You can also avoid plastics by buying vegetables, fruit, bread and meat at one of the weekly markets or filling your shopping basket in one of the beautiful market halls. Everything else you might need can be found in one of the unpacked shops. There are always great ideas at the Heldenmarkt Fair for Sustainable Consumption in November.

Market halls in Berlin

Tip 7: Restore and Renew

Wellness
© visitBerlin, Foto: Dirk Mathesius

There is always something going on in Berlin, around the clock. It's fun, but also demands a lot of energy. Especially in a big city like Berlin, it's important to recharge your batteries and relax in between. You will find an enchanting environment for this in the city's beautiful hamams and saunas. Or you can choose one of Berlin's wellness hotels for your stay.

Wellness hotels in Berlin

Tip 8: Go Vegan

vegetables and drinks in Veganz
vegetables and drinks in Veganz © visitberlin, Foto: Philip Koschel

Berlin is a paradise for vegans: from the vegan supermarket chain Veganz to a variety of vegan and sustainable restaurants and numerous urban gardening projects, it is easier than almost anywhere else to live a healthy and vegan life here. In addition, there are many exciting new projects to discover, such as the Cafè Botanio, in whose permaculture garden you can also plant.

More vegan restaurants in Berlin

Tip 9: Escape into the countryside

Naturtherme Templin Sauna Außenbereich
© Foto: Tom Schweers

Even if it's cold and grey outside, it's worth taking a trip into Berlin's green surroundings. Here, generously laid out thermal baths and sauna landscapes entice you to relax. At Tropical Island you can stroll under the roof of the former Zeppelin hangar under palm trees and along a sandy beach. And in the Spreewaldtherme in Lübbenau you can dive with your kids together with real penguins.

More Spas in Berlin & Brandenburg

Tip 10: Practice Mindfulness

Buddhist House in Berlin
The Buddhist House © BA Reinickendorf

It's hard to believe, but in Berlin it can also be very quiet and idyllic. Enchanted gardens and parks invite you to pause for a moment. Visit the oldest tree in Berlin near Tegeler See. The 900 year old oak tree was named by the brothers Wilhelm and Alexander Humboldt after their cook: "Dicke Marie". Or you can meditate in Europe's oldest Buddhist temple. The entrance is free. The mediation courses here are a real insider tip.

More about parks and gardens in Berlin

Tip 11: Read more

© Hartwig Klappert

From Berthold Brecht and Nora Bossong to Kurt Tucholsky and Helene Weigel: they all lived and wrote in Berlin. And this is just a tiny selection of the writers who put their thoughts and ideas down on paper here in the capital. Immerse yourself in the world of literature, browse through the bookstores or attend a reading. Berlin tells many stories. Let yourself be inspired.

Literatur & culturhouses in Berlin

Our tip: Try something new. With the Berlin Welcome Card you travel free on charge on all public transportation in Berlin and get discounts on over 200 cultural institutions and attractions. We wish you lots of fun!

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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