It´s getting cold and cozy in the Hauptstadt. Time for home delivery service (cue the movie marathons), Glühwein and… wait for it… the Adventskalender.
I love Berlin winters because even though it gets cold, at least there will be snow. The winter is a perfect time to reflect on the year… or just cuddle with my dog Huckleberry in bed. In the winter months, I try to hurry less and be more mindful; it´s the perfect excuse to allow myself more time to do everything. I spend hours window shopping, people watching and sipping on my mocha latte.
It is a fabulous time to spend with family and friends. To make the most out of it this year, here´s some of the best activities for the Winter season:
Grow a beard
Do you really need a reason? 😉
I´m partial to this ginger-flavored one. It even comes with multiple personalities:
Walk on water
..when the Landwehrkanal freezes. Don´t forget your skates. It runs right along the border of Kreuzberg and Neukölln. Tip: warm up and sip on silky warm liquid delicousness at Concierge Coffee.
Watch the classic German-Czech Christmas movie, “Drei Haselnüsse für Aschenbrödel”
The movie was released in 1973 and remains one of the most well-known productions between DDR and the Czech Republic. You won´t regret watching it
Refuse to leave the house
Food shopping? Food delivery.
Party at Berghain? Throw your own house party.
Job? Quit. What ever happened to freelancing anyway?
Every year, Germans drink more than 40 million liters of this stuff! It´s easy to see how: when you´re strolling through a Weihnachtsmarkt, you practically can´t say no to the kitschige mugs. At home, you can add the flavors you like.
- 1L red wine (“Spätburgunder” or “Regent” are great candidates)
- 1 lemon (organic)
- 3 cloves
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 4 EL cane sugar
- a bit of cardamom (grated)
Cut the lemon into slices and mix into bowl with red wine, sugar, cloves and cinnamon sticks. Let wine warm but avoid boiling. Cover and let sit for about an hour. Run through strainer over sink. Flavor with cardamom as you like. For added sweetness, add in a bit of honey. Hmm… deliciousness. I can´t get enough of it.
Use your oven
Invite all your friends and continue the search for the perfect brownie.
Give back to the community
..nothing warms your heart more.
Let us know:
How do you survive the Berlin winter? What are your favourite activities?
Let us know in the comments below!