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.

Girls Travel

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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What Being a Cheerleader in University is Really Like

18/03/2017

“Bows and bling is a cheerleading thing.“

RGU Sports Cheerleading Cheerleader

Last weekend I had my first ever Cheerleading competition alongside my amazing squad, the RGU Cobras. As a dancer I always wanted to try out cheerleading as well as it seemed so much fun. So obviously I was really excited when I found out that the university I was going to had a cheerleading squad. 
I have been a university cheerleader for 5 months now and I didn’t only have the best time but I also learned a lot about cheerleading itself and what it meant to be a cheerleader. Annoyingly, some people have many prejudices towards cheerleaders and don’t recognise cheerleading as a “real“ sport (just saying: the International Olympic Committee's executive board recognised cheerleading as a sport). Today I will therefore give you some insights into what it really means to be a college cheerleader and hopefully motivate you to join your university cheer squad as well! 

RGU Cheerleader Competition ACDC

Joining cheerleading is a commitment 
We usually train 2 times a week. Every two weeks we even train at 7 am (!) in the morning. However, before competitions, we train several times a week and sometimes even daily. As cheerleading is all about working as a team and being able to rely on each other you also can’t just be like “Nah I can’t be bothered going to cheer today“ because if you don’t attend training none of your other group members will be able practise the stunts. It is all about managing your time and fully committing to your team. Beside training, being a university cheerleader also comes with the social side. There will be loads of fun night outs and fundraising events to join, which will bring you even closer as a team and create really amazing memories. 

Being a cheerleader is hard and sweaty work 
I have never done cheerleading before. And trust me when I say: it is so much harder than it looks. I didn’t really have any arm strength before joining cheer which is why after the first couple of cheer sessions I was so sore! My arms and shoulders were actually dying. Cheerleading is a great way to get a workout in - you will get strength training from stunts and tumbles and conditioning from dance routines and warm ups. The best part about it is that it, similar to dance, is a very enjoyable way to get a workout in because you don’t really focus on the workout side of it. 

RGU Cheerleading Squad Level 1 Cobras

Joining your university cheerleading squad is a great way to meet people 
Just as with any other society or sports club you join, being part of a cheerleading squad makes it so easy for you to meet new people and make friends as you all have a shared interest. Also big events such as adoption nights and competitions or the weekly team night outs are a great opportunity to bond with each other and to start conversation. 


Being a cheerleader is quite expensive 
Probably the only downside of joining cheer is that it is quite costly. You will have to pay for joining, the uniform, training kit, competition fees and not to forget: the night outs. However, I would encourage everyone to let money not stop you from joining cheer. Make it happen somehow - save some money through meal prepping your food or budgeting your money on a monthly basis. Money really shouldn’t be a reason not to join because all in all… 

Cheerleading is so much fun 
Joining RGU Cobras was one of the things that made my first year at university absolutely incredible. It is just such an memorable experience with many unforgettable moments. Also, what a nice memory is it to look at your cheer uniforms in some years? I am literally just all about it! And: how cute is our bow? It is honestly worth joining cheerleading just for the bow! 

RGU Cheerleading Squad

Have you joined any societies or sports clubs at your university? What clubs would you like to join in the future? 
For next semester, I am thinking about participating in the language society. Let me know in the comments what other clubs I should join next year! Kisses, Laura

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A Local's Guide to a Weekend in Amsterdam

10/03/2017

“In the world through which I travel I am endlessly creating myself.“ 

Canals of Amsterdam Weekend Trip

 Last weekend I got the chance to visit beautiful Amsterdam alongside one of my dear friends from University. I have never been to Amsterdam before and I seriously had the best time as my friend (she is a local) was so kind and showed me around. I got to discover some cool non-touristy, off-beat and alternative spots, which I want to share with you today in this 2-day Amsterdam itinerary.

As a lover for videography I have been creating videos of my travel adventures for years now and I never published them. However, as I know that most of us prefer watching a video over reading text, I put up my little, cute Amsterdam video on YouTube for you to watch. Feel free to comment, like, share - I appreciate all kinds of feedback!


SATURDAY

Gevulde Koeken Albert Cuyp Market Amsterdam
Stroopwaffels Albert Cuyp Market Amsterdam

Stroll along Bloemenmarkt and Albert Cuyp Market 

 Start your Saturday Amsterdam adventures by strolling along the Albert Cuyp Market, a street market located in the city centre of Amsterdam that offers everything typically dutch. Definitely try dutch pastries such as fresh, warm and deliciousStroopwafels“ (caramel waffles), “gevulde Koeken“ (marzipan cookies) and “Poffertjes“ (mini pancakes).

Bloemenmarkt Amsterdam Tulips
Kaaskelder Amsterdam Bloemenmarkt Dutch Cheese
Golden Age Cheese Amsterdam
Dutch Cheese Amsterdam Tourist

Next stop is the Bloemenmarkt, the world's only floating flower market, which is about 20 minutes walk from the Albert Cuyp market. Enjoy the colourful flowers, take some pretty pictures and buy some yummy cheese.

Mook Pancakes Amsterdam

 Have pancakes at MOOK 

To be honest, I was pretty full after those delicious pastries on the Albert Cuyp Market. However, as the Netherlands are known for their pancakes, my friend recommended “Mook Pancakes“, a really instagramable pancake place 20 minutes walk from the Bloemenmarkt. It is such a cute place that offers a lovely variety of organic pancakes and fresh made juices. I also felt like it wasn’t that touristy which is always a plus.

Canals of Amsterdam
Pretty Houses at Canals of Amsterdam
Canals of Amsterdam Bridge
Cafe at Canals of Amsterdam

 Wander along the canals of Amsterdam 

 Amsterdam is one of the most picturesque places I have ever been to. Lovers of pretty places and cute imagery will have no problems spending hours and hours walking around the streets and along the canals taking pictures.

Scooter Amsterdam Canals

The highlight for me was driving around Amsterdam on the scooter with my friend. Definitely the best way to explore the city! (I didn't actually drive, I just posed for a picture)

SUNDAY

 Visit the Anne Frank House 

The Anne Frank House is a standard must-see place in Amsterdam.

Bagels and Beans Amsterdam
Brunch at Bagels and Beans Amsterdam

 Have lunch at Bagels & Beans 

 Another recommendation from my kind friend was to get lunch at “Bagels & Beans“, a really cute and picturesque coffee place (25 minutes walk from Anne Frank House). For the fact that the food was super good and it was situated in the city centre right beside a canal I also found it quite affordable which is always a plus for poor students like me. 

Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

 Explore the Rijksmuseum 

You might have a hard time deciding between the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh museum, 2 huge art museums situated on the Museumplein. Following the advice of my friend, I personally decided on the Rijksmuseum where I was able to admire some masterpieces by Rembrandt, Frans Hals, and Johannes Vermeer. A nice surprise to me: free entry for under 19-year-olds.

Hooftstraat Amsterdam

Walk along the Hooftstraat 

On your way from the Rijksmuseum to the Vondelpark, walk along the most expensive street in Amsterdam. The "Hooftstraat“ offers everything from Gucci and Cartier to Chanel and Prada and is just a really pretty location to take pictures.

Vondelpark Amsterdam

 Relax in the Vondelpark 

 After this museum day you might be feeling some relaxation, which is why you should get some ice-cream from the Ice bakery and set off for a chill time at Vondelpark, a vast park in the city centre of Amsterdam.

I am so thankful that I got to experience Amsterdam along my lovely friend.
I will definitely come back to this beautiful place. 

Apologies from me for being really MIA lately on my blog. I was lacking inspiration, ideas, cute pictures - all of that jazz. Thanks you for patience! Kisses, Laura

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