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Urban Yoga Retreat in Mitte, Berlin, Germany

Mitte Berlin Yoga Retreat

Photos, clockwise from top left: Kopps, Wonderpots, Monbijou Park, Stadtbad Mitte

After a long hiatus, I continue my series on how to create a rejuvenating yoga retreat weekend at home in the middle of Berlin. Previously, I shared my favorite places in Kreuzberg and Neukölln. This time, I’m showing my favorite places in Mitte.

The idea is that you don’t need to travel far away to create a safe space to connect with yourself. Go to a yoga workshop or a weekend of classes at a local Berlin yoga studio and then treat yourself to :

♥ Swimming and sweating

at Stadtbad Mitte

♥ Journaling

at the German – Austrian bakery Alpenstück for breakfast or lunch

♥ Walking

along the Spree River through Monbijou Park (whose name translates literally from the French to ‘my jewel’) to Museum Island / Museuminsel

♥ Indulging

at frozen yogurt paradise Wonderpots, guilt-free–unless you’re vegan.

In which case, I’m at a loss for ideas…maybe hot chocolate made with coconut milk at Eve and Adams (now closed)?

If you’ve been to the Mitte neighborhood of Berlin or live here, let me know the vegan treats in the area or if you have any other recommendations for me.

What else would you need to make an urban setting a yoga retreat?

Tell me in the comments section, please.

xoxo,

Bettina

Urban Yoga Retreat in Neukölln, Berlin, Germany

Neukoelln Yoga Retreat

Photos, clockwise from top left: pomegranites, Stadtbad Neukölln, cake at Vux, Körnerpark

To continue with my series on how to create the calm and serene atmosphere of a yoga retreat weekend at home in the middle of the city, I’m showing my Neukölln favorite places.

Treat yourself to a yoga workshop or a weekend series of classes at a local Berlin yoga studio and then relax and indulge and connect with yourself :

♥ Swim and sweat in a sauna

at the Greco-Roman-styled Stadtbad Neukölln (but watch out for the nudist nights! unless that’s how you like to roll)

Also, tip for Americans / shy people, the saunas in Germany are nude all the time. Yes, it’s true.

♥ Sit down and eat

at the omnivorous Fortuna’s Feast whose menu changes every day. Get the mashed potatoes (creamiest potatoes ever, like mousse) with the cherry chutney if they are on the menu; you will not regret it!

♥ Journal

over vegan cake and cupcakes at the darling Café Vux

♥ Walk in nature

at the Comenius Garden, where you have to ring the doorbell and wait for them to buzz you in, and at the neighboring classically designed Körnerpark

♥ Go to market

on the Lankwehr canal at a small organic market on Tuesdays and Fridays, right at the end of the conventional vegetable market at Schinkestrasse. There’s food, music, and TONS of people. It feels like the heart of Kreuzkölln on these days, because all sorts of different types of people come together at market.

PS: It’s not organic, BUT…at the other end of the market, where the Maybachufer meets Kottbusser Damm, there is a fresh orange and pomegranite juice stand. Fresh pomegranite juice is delicious on a hot sunny day, take it from someone who knows.

If you’ve been to the Neukölln neighborhood of Berlin or live here, have you any other recommendations for me? What else would you need to make an urban setting a yoga retreat? Tell me in the comments section!

xoxo,

Bettina

Urban Yoga Retreat in Zurich, Switzerland

On Friday I’ll be in Zurich for a long weekend to study with John Friend, founder of Anusara yoga. Since the last urban yoga workshop I attended left me a bit frazzled, rushing to see old friends and waking up at 5:30am every day, I researched where in Zurich I could replicate a yoga retreat feeling : calm, serene, connected to nature, and delicious and indulgent vegetarian / vegan food.


Zurich Urban Yoga Retreat

Photo credits, clockwise from top left: deliciousness at Hiltl, Lake Zurich by zoonabar, Luxemburgerlis by andres_colmen, Zurich at night by aforeo

 

♥ A place to journal

Cafe Sprüngli
over some coffee and macaron-like Luxemburgerlis

♥ A place to sit down and eat

the world’s first vegetarian restaurant Hiltl

♥ A casual cafe

tibits (yes, the lower-case is on purpose)

♥ Unique snacks to buy

Camille Bloch Ragusa Noir, a chocolate filled with whole hazelnuts

Appenzeller Bärli-Biber, a gingerbread cookie filled with sweet hazelnut or almond paste

Tete de Moine cheese (literally translated from the French: monk’s head cheese!), which must be shaved like a pencil with its own specific machine–and you eat the shaving like it’s a flower

♥ for when I take a walk in nature

around the Zurich Lake on its Panoramaweg

 

If you’ve been to Zurich, have you any other recommendations for me? Or what else would you need to make an urban setting a retreat? Tell me in the comments section!

xoxo,

Bettina