A Day Trip To Dunnottar Castle - Stonehaven, Scotland

17/10/2017

"Remember to explore."

Girls at Dunnottar Castle

Hello everybody!
Last weekend one of my best friends from the Netherlands and I decided to visit stunning Dunnottar Castle in Stonehaven, which is about 20 minutes drive from Aberdeen. 
Dunnottar castle is a hilltop castle ruin located on a rocky headland about 3 kilometres south of Stonehaven. Back in the 17th century Dunnottar castle was used to hide the Scottish crown jewels from Oliver Cromwell’s invading army. If you want to learn more about the historical side of Dunnottar Castle, check out their website.

Dunnottar Castle Stonehaven on a sunny day

Dunnottar Castle in an absolute must-see on your Scotland trip. Just look at the pictures - can it get more epic than that? 

North Sea Coast at Dunnottar Castle

Girls at Dunnottar Castle Stonehaven

We spent about 2 hours at the castle. The entrance fee is £7, but definitely worth it. I think that you can easily do Aberdeen, Stonehaven and Dunnottar Castle in 1 day. If you have less then 1 day in the north east of Scotland - skip Aberdeen and Stonehaven and just see the castle. 

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 My friend and I had a wonderful time exploring the magnificent castle and admiring the impressive scenery. I hope you guys like the pictures. Kisses, Laura x

Epic coastline near Dunnottar Castle

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Wanderlust List - 10 Places I want to visit in the next 5 Years

10/09/2017

"She has wanderlust in her eyes. You can see it from worlds away."

Girl with World Map Travel Blogger Goals

Hello friends! 
Recently I got a scratch off world map for my room to track my travel adventures. I realised that I only visited 11 countries so far (excluding Germany cause that doesn't count) which made me think about what countries, cities and places I want to visit in the next few years. In my phone notes I always keep a travel destination list just in case I have a sudden idea or someone tells me about an amazing place that I need to visit. To start checking off a few travel destinations from my bucket list I am sharing with you 10 places I want to visit in the next 5 years today. 

PS: The beautiful imagery is from my favourite place on the internet - Pinterest. The pics are not mine (although I wish, but I will hopefully soon be able to take pictures of those places myself).

Colosseum Rome Italy

1. ROME

Although I have been to Italy twice I never got to explore its historic capital Rome. In Latin class we often talked about Rome's ancient sights and its impressive role in history, which made me want to go to Rome since then. Also as a fan of Dan Brown's Illuminati I am so curious to see Vatican city and all the historical churches. On my bucket list here: take a picture with a handsome Italian on his Vespa, visit all popular sights and eat tons of pizza, ice cream and lasagna (just like in "Eat Pray Love").

Havanna Cuba

2. CUBA 

Someplace I have never been even close to is the caribbean sea, which is a dream destination for almost everybody. Beside the beautiful turquoise sea, white sand, palm trees and fresh coconuts I am really drawn to Cuba and its vibrant capital Havanna. Not gonna lie here: Dirty Dancing 2 really made me want to experience the lively, colourful and exotic Cuban culture. Things to do: take a ride with one of the old & colourful cars and dance Salsa with a local in a typical Cuban club.

Thailand market beaches elephants

3. THAILAND

Pretty new on my bucket list (ok, let's be real: every country is kind of on my bucket list) is tropical Thailand (spot the alliteration here). I want to try Thai food, go on a motorcycle trip, stroll across a colourful market and chill by the blissful beaches (alliteration number 2). Oh and how can I forget: I really want to see elephants of course.  

Vienna Austria Cityscape


4. VIENNA

A place not as far away as Cuba and Thailand is Austria and its beautiful capital Vienna. Everyone who has been there tells me how lovely and impressive the cityscape is and we all know how much I love taking photos of pretty buildings. And don't get me started on Austrian food because I am in love with Sachertorte, Kaiserschmarrn and Leberknödel. 


5. ICELAND

An undeniable must-see for all lovers of epic nature and stunning photography is the land of fire and ice: Iceland. I don't think I have to say a lot about the breathtaking nature that is shaped by bold contrasts. And what better starting point for a trip to Iceland than Aberdeen? It is quite far up north which is why the flights are not too long and also not that expensive. On my bucket list here (beside all the other mesmerising natural sights): see the Northern lights.


6. FRANCE

There are so many places that I want to visit in France: from pulsating Strasbourg, Bordeaux, Marseille to the glorious palace of Versailles, little fairytale villages in the Provence, the romantic capital Paris and Disneyland Paris of course. Strictly speaking: one trip to France will definitely not be enough. However before I go I really want to learn at least little bibs and bobs of French so that I won't be completely lost. Things to do here: eat a lot of baguette, crepe, croissants, cheese, macaroons - the list is endless. 


7. WARSAW

A less popular travel destination but definitely not less worth seeing is Poland. I chose Warsaw for this post because it is Poland's capital, however there are also many more places to see: Krakow, Danzig and the Masuria region. The great thing about Poland is that it is also really affordable - from flights to accommodation and food.


8. TUSCANY

Do you guys know the movie "Under the Tuscan Sun"? Well, if you like "Eat Pray Love" you will most definitely also enjoy this romance about a woman who, after being cheated on by her husband, starts a new life in a rural Tuscan villa. So far I have only been to the Garda lake which was already pretty amazing so I suppose that the Tuscany is just as beautiful. Same as in Rome: eat tons of Italian food and take photos of Vespas (preferably red ones).



9. PRAGUE

A city that is only 2 hours drive from where I live in Germany but I unfortunately never visited is Prague. With baroque palaces and cobbled streets Prague is said to be just as beautiful as Paris when it comes to its magnificent architecture. Me and my Instagram feed very much enjoy a trip to a pretty city like Prague (how basic was that). And same as with Poland - Prague within the Czech Republic is affordable, so perfect for students like me.


10. NEW YORK CITY

And last but (oh god) definitely not least: the city of my dreams. For years I have been wanting to go to New York City, the American dream per se. Walk across Brooklyn Bridge, admire the world-famous skyline from the Top of the Rock, vanish in the bright lights of Times Square, feel like Blair Waldorf and see the Breakfast at Tiffany's Apartment. The list of must-dos in NYC is long. One trip to New York isn't enough anyway because I want to experience NYC in summer, autumn and around Christmas time. 

What is on your travel bucket list? Kisses, Laura xx 

A Getaway to the Saxon Switzerland National Park

19/08/2017


"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing."

Basteibrücke Elbsandsteingebirge

Hey friends! How is everyone’s summer? 😊 
In the past few weeks my parents and I did a ton of exploring of our beautiful home - the ore mountains. I shared tons of pretty footage on my YouTube channel which you should definitely check out if you want to learn about some hidden spots in Saxony & must-see places for your next Germany trip. 

Saxon Switzerland

Anyway, this week we decided to go on a rather spontaneous trip to the Saxon Switzerland. The Saxon Switzerland is a National Park close to Saxony’s capital Dresden. It is a well-loved spot for climbing, hiking, cycling and all of that fun stuff! The landscape is stunning and I honestly didn’t think that I would find such beautiful nature so close to my home. It really reminds me of the Yosemite National Park (the most amazing place I ever visited), it is just a little smaller of course 😉.  

Elbsandsteingebirge Elbe

In this post I wanted to share with you some impressions of our short holiday in the Saxon Switzerland. We only really had 2 full days and 1 half day there but we tried to fit in as much as possible, so we did a bike tour along the river Elbe (it was so nice!) and we also did a hiking trip to the Bastei, Schwedenlöcher and Amselsee. All in all we had a wonderful time and it definitely wasn’t the last time that we visited the Saxon Switzerland. But enough talking (or writing to be correct) - see the beauty yourself! 😊


Before we get started with what we did on our trip I wanted to show you our beautiful accommodation. We stayed at an old farmhouse where we could sat outside for breakfast each morning enjoying the wonderful weather and an even more wonderful view. It was seriously so nice! 

Elbradweg am Kurort Rathen

Kurort Rathen

After we arrived and unpacked we got on our bikes and headed to lovely Rathen, a fairytale village alongside the Elbe Cycle Route. We ate some yummy ice cream, enjoyed the warm temperatures & sunny weather and of course the stunning view across the river Elbe with the Sandstone Mountains in the background.

Pirna Sächsische Schweiz

Pirna Sächsische Schweiz

Pirna Sächsische Schweiz

In the evening we went to a nearby town Pirna, which welcomed us with a pretty sunset, lovely architecture and an overall charming cityscape. 

Bastei Elbsandsteingebirge

Elbe Saxon Switzerland

Saxon Switzerland

We began the next day bright and early to go on a hiking tour. The weather was awesome and our first stop was the Bastei - a popular viewpoint in the Saxon Switzerland. I think we can all agree that the view is absolutely stunning. Just a little warning: if you are afraid of heights the Basteibrücke might be a rather adventurous sight for you (but the view is definitely worth it!).

Amselgrund Schwedelöcher

Then we went (what feels like a thousands) stairs downhill (fortunately, I would have died if we had to go up those stairs 😧) to the Schwedenlöcher and the Amselgrund. I didn't take a lot of pictures down there but I linked some for you to see!

Schmilka Elbsandsteingebirge

Our third and final day was spent cycling along the Elbe - we stopped by the cute village Schmilka and cycled through Bad Schandau, Königstein, Rathen and Wehlen. The Elbe Cycle Path is honestly so nice and even if you don't like cycling that much, you will enjoy it!

I hope you like the pictures as much as I do! If you even get the chance to visit Saxony make sure you visit the Saxon Switzerland - a definite must-see spot in Germany for lovers of stunning nature and great photography ☺️! Kisses, Laura xx

A Day Trip To Nuremberg | Germany Travel Guide

29/07/2017

"Let's find some beautiful places to get lost."

Pretty street in Nuremberg with colourful medieval architecture

Hi everyone! 
One of my best friends Sarah and I went on a day trip to Nuremberg, one of the most historic and picturesque cities in Germany and a definite must-see city on your Germany trip.

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We took a ton of pretty pictures which I want to share with you in this post! I also made a short but sweet Nuremberg travel vlog for my YouTube channel - feel free to check it out!


So here are some things to do, things to see, must-do activities (whatever you want to call it) on a day trip to Nuremberg! Let's get started shall we? 😊

Medieval Architecture in Nuremberg Weißgerbergasse
Medieval Architecture in Nuremberg
Mittelalterliche Architektur in Nürnberg

Walk along the picturesque Weißgerbergasse and take some pictures for your Instagram! 
It looks literally just like out of a fairytale book. 

Travel Outfit Nuremberg
Chain Bridge Nuremberg
Kettensteg Nürnberg
Nürnberg Pegnitz Kettensteg

Then, make sure you visit the "Kettensteg", Europe's oldest Chain Bridge. From there you have a wonderful view across the river Pegnitz

Typical German food

Eat some typical Nürnberger Rostbratwurst, Sauerkraut and Brezel for lunch! I recommend going to the „Goldenes Posthorn“, a great alternative to the popular Bratwursthäusel. 

Nuremberg view from Nuremberg Castle

Enjoy a stunning view over Nuremberg from the Sinwell Tower of the Nuremberg Castle
The pretty red roofs combined with the old, medieval architecture are just mesmerising.

I hope you guys love the pics as much as I do! For more travel pictures make sure you follow me on my Instagram @laura_langheinrich! ☺️ Kisses, Laura xx

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Travel Scotland with a Caravan: 10-day Road Trip Itinerary

30/05/2017

"To move, to breathe, to fly, to float, to gain all while you give. To roam the roads of lands remote, to travel is to live." - Hans Christian Andersen

Girl with Camera beside Dunnottar Castle in Stonehaven
Dunnottar Castle, Stonehaven

Hello everyone! 
One month ago, me and my parents set off on an epic 10-day Caravan Road Trip through Scotland. Alongside a 10-day Scotland road trip itinerary with Scotland road trip ideas, scenic drives in Scotland, walking trails in Scotland and what to see and things to do when touring Scotland by car or caravan, I want to share with you some of the beautiful images my mum and I (as lovers of photography) took on our travels.
Admiring wild glens and rivers, lonesome highlands, thick woodlands, majestic mountains and a magnificent coastline, my parents and I quickly fell in love with this small yet multifaceted country. 
If you are just as amazed by Scotland’s beauty as I am, feel free to watch my Scotland Caravan Road Trip Travel video I lovingly made for my YouTube channel.


Road Trip through Scotland with a Fiat Carado T447

We started our road trip in grey Aberdeen and explored parts of the Scottish northern coast on an amazing scenic drive. Following that we visited stunning Dunnottar Castle in Stonehaven, an epic castle ruin on a dramatic cliff top. 

Loch an Eilein in the Rothiemurchus Forest near Aviemore
Loch An Eilein 

On the next day we headed to the Cairngorms National Park visiting The Queen's summer residence, Balmoral Castle. After a few hours drive through the majestic highlands, we arrived at the Loch An Eilein in the late afternoon. We took a circular walk around the Loch, admiring the ancient Loch An Eilein Castle on the middle of the crystal clear sheet of water. So if you want to go hiking in the Cairngorms National Park, this is a lovely circular walking trail for beginners.

Dark blue Loch Cluanie in the middle of Highlands
Loch Cluanie

Early in the morning we left peaceful Loch An Eilein and headed towards Inverness and Loch Ness. Although it was really pretty, we preferred our lunch stop Loch Cluanie over the legendary Loch Ness (sorry Nessie!). Before we set off for the Isle of Skye, we stopped at famous Eilean Donan Castle which we afterwards think of as a stunning photo location but not really worth paying entry to go inside. 

Epic mountain chain of the Cuillin Hills Scotland
Cuillin Hills, Isle of Skye

We spent the night on a camping side in the middle of the Cuillin Hills because we wanted to start our trip through the Isle of Skye as early as possible in the morning.  

Crystal Clear Turquoise Water of the Fairy Pools
Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye

This intention turned out to be really clever as we arrived at around 8.30 am in the morning and had one of the most popular tourist attractions on the Isle of Skye - the Fairy pools - all for ourselves (and we were able to find a parking space for our huge Caravan). 

TIP FOR CARAVANS: Park on the upper parking lot (the first you come across) because it is much bigger and not as nerve-wracking as the tiny lower parking lot.

Traditional Scottish Farm houses on Isle of Skye
Along the North Coast of the Isle of Skye

We explored the north coast Isle of Skye, stopped by Staffin Bay and the Kilt Rock View Point and climbed halfway to the Old Man of Storr (it was really steep and exhausting). 

Jacobite Steam Train across the Glenfinnan Viaduct
Glenfinnan Viaduct, Glenfinnan

As a massive Harry Potter fan I obviously wanted to visit the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct and the Jacobite Steam Train (real-life Hogwarts Express). The view was truly magical. 

Lower Falls Hike near Ben Nevis
Near Lower Falls, Ben Nevis

Hiking to Steall Falls at Ben Nevis
Steall Falls, Ben Nevis

On the next day we did an incredible hike to the Steall Falls at the foot of Ben Nevis (also seen on Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire), exploring epic landscapes and enjoying breathtaking views. This is surely one of the best hikes in Scotland! 

Turquoise Beach in Oban Scotland
Ganavan Bay, Oban

Following the stunning hike at Ben Nevis, we did a coastal walk near Oban to the Dunstaffnage Castle. Just a little warning: if you want to do the same hike as we did, be prepared for some serious adventure and don't be scared of heights. 

Hike to the Whangie and Queen's View in the Kilpatrick Hills
The Whangie, Kilpatrick Hills

Next day, next hike. Citing Walkhighlands (the best website for hikes in Scotland), because they put it into words so beautifully: "The Whangie is a bizarre rock-feature in the Kilpatrick Hills and has wonderful views towards Loch Lomond, the Highlands and the Campsies".

View from Ben A'an beside the banks of Loch Achray
Ben A'an, Callander

Our last day in nature before we our last destination Edinburgh was spent hiking to the peak of Ben A'an overlooking this more than stunning landscape. Admittedly, for someone who is not used to hiking, this hike was quite challenging but definitely worth it when you can enjoy this gorgeous view on top. A perfect end to a wonderful trip and a huge recommendation if you want to go hiking in the Trossachs National Park. 


Royal Mile and Old Town of Edinburgh
Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Before we headed home to Germany, we spent one day in Scotland's historic capital Edinburgh. We spent the 24hours walking through the ancient streets, admiring the beautiful buildings, eating some yummy food and taking lovely pictures. If you are interested in some more pictures of Edinburgh (which is definitely one of my favourite cities ever), check out this blogpost I did when I visited Edinburgh around Christmastime

All in all, Scotland fascinated us with its mesmerising landscapes of blazing lochs and endless expanse that are rough yet beautiful and for sure some of most stunning natural wonders in the world. This road trip was definitely not our last trip to this amazing country that has so much to offer! Kisses, Laura 

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