ULTIMATE Germany Van Road Trip Itinerary + Campsites (2 weeks)

12/08/2020

In this blog post, I am sharing with you our 2-week Germany road trip itinerary. We went all across the country in a camper van, driving over 2000km, exploring many hidden gems in Germany. As a German, I haven't seen as much of Germany as I'd like to so this road trip was the perfect opportunity to discover some new places in my home country. 


This is our full 2-week itinerary: 

We started and ended in Dresden, Saxony. 


Major stops: 

  • Schwielowsee, Potsdam (4 nights) Camping site: Schwielowsee-Camping (our favourite campsite of the trip) 
We did lots of cycling tours and visited Sanssouci Park and Palace in Potsdam. 


We did a little boat tour across the lake and ate some very yummy fish. 


    • Aachen 
    On our way to Mosel, we stopped by Aachen to visit the Aachen Dom and explore the city. 


    For sure one of the most beautiful areas in Germany. Quite busy during summer tho, hence, we only stayed for one night. 

    We did the Zollernburg Panorama 16-km hike with a gorgeous view on Burg Hohenzollern. Highly recommend, for sure a highlight of the entire road trip. 


    Beautiful city, very German. A bit touristy so we'd recommend exploring later in the afternoon/evening. 


    We had a chill lake day at the Brombachsee and did a cycling tour along the river Altmühl. 

    How we organised/booked everything

    We had the first campsite booked in advanced. We also booked most of the other ones a day or two in advance, simply by calling them. Although we enjoyed being spontaneous, looking back we'd plan and book a little more in advance. Just so it's not as stressful throughout the vacation. Because summer holidays were starting during our road trip the campsite was quite busy and some of them were fully booked. So calling in advance is for sure recommended. 


    Corona-restrictions

    Luckily there weren't many restrictions throughout our travels besides wearing masks to washrooms and public spaces as well as social distancing. Some campsite, unfortunately, closed their washing and showing facilities or reduced capacity. However, it was all manageable and no issue for us. :)



    We loved our Germany road trip and cannot wait to go back and explore more. Going by van or motorhome is an ideal way to explore much of Germany in little time - we definitely recommend.

    Don't forget to check out my YouTube video of our road trip. 

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    Hugs, 
    Laura x

    5 Best Coffee Shops in Aberdeen, Scotland 2019

    05/12/2019

    Cappuccino in Cult of Coffee in Aberdeen

    I have been studying abroad in Aberdeen, Scotland since September 2016 so I've had quite some time to explore the coffee shop culture. Being an absolute coffee-shop lover, I want to share with you the 5 best coffee shops in Aberdeen to study or go for a date or just indulge in some new coffee flavors and pastries. Also, follow me on Instagram @Laura_Langheinrich to get updates on my fave restaurants & coffee shops. Hope you love this post <3 



    Cafe Society Aberdeen

    Cafe Society 
    466 Union St, Aberdeen AB10 1TS

    Big windows, fairy lights and delicious cakes and treats (highly recommend Rocky Road). Cafe Society is a nice place to study for a few hours (they have plugs) or to try a seasonal coffee like a gingerbread latte or pumpkin spice latte. 


    The Craftsman Company Aberdeen

    The Craftsman Company
    2 Guild St, Aberdeen AB11 6NE

    One of my favorite places to go with my laptop (they have plugs, free wifi and a lot of seating space) and work for a few hours. For drinks, I love their chai latte and mocha - they even roast their own coffee and make their own craft beer. Open until late, this place turns into a stylish bar with live music at night. 


    Brunch at BioCafe Aberdeen

    BioCafe
    39, Rosemount Viaduct, Aberdeen AB25 1NQ

    This is for sure more a restaurant than a coffee shop but I still had to include it in this post. BioCafe is the first refined-sugar free restaurant in Aberdeen offering an array of delicious vegetarian and vegan meals. I went there for brunch and lunch and both meals were so good (big portion size as well, which I, of course, appreciate #foodie). They also have delicious cakes and desserts.  


    Foodstory Aberdeen

    Foodstory
    13-15 Thistle St, Aberdeen AB10 1XZ

    You cannot talk about coffee shops in Aberdeen without mentioning Foodstory. Foodstory is one of the most popular restaurants and coffee shops here, for a good reason. Their vegan and vegetarian food options are amazing, they serve delicious coffee (my favourite is the oat milk latte), have lots of seating available, create a gorgeous atmosphere with fairy lights and plants, and they have a very cool zero-waste store upstairs. 


    The Cult of Coffee Aberdeen

    The Cult of Coffee 

    Last but not least, the best coffee shop in Aberdeen is by far The Cult of Coffee. This is a perfect place to have a catchup with a friend over some delicious coffee and cake. Literally, their coffee is ah-mazing (especially the cappuccino). The atmosphere is cozy, with plants and big windows - they even have a fireplace when it gets colder. 

    Have you ever been to Aberdeen? If yes, what is your favourite coffee shop? 

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    4 days in Budapest: Best coffee shops + must-see places!

    26/08/2019

    Budapest Parliament

    I recently spent 4 days solo traveling Budapest and I want to share with you all the things I did as well as my fave coffee shops and restaurants. You can easily do all the things within 2 days - I spent a lot of my time working in coffee shops as well as a full day attending an event. After years of traveling, I now love this kind of laid back travel much more than the *ticking-things-off-the-list* hurry from one sight to the next way of traveling. Be a bit more chill, slow down, put the bucket list away, hang in some coffee shops and enjoy the culture - it's such a great way to get to know the people and places off the beaten path. Hugs, Laura x

    Watch my full travel vlog here:


    THINGS TO DO
    • Walk across the Széchenyi Chain Bridge
    Budavari Siklo Budapest

    • Go up to the castle using the Budavári Sikló (a funicular railway) 
    • Explore the area around the castle 
    • Walk along Donau to the Shoes on the Danube Bank Holocaust memorial 
    Fisherman's Bastion Budapest

    • Take photos at Fisherman's Bastion 
    • Admire the Hungarian Parliament building
    • See the St. Stephen's Basilica 
    • Explore the Ruin Bars and Jewish Quarter (so many cool restaurants and coffee shops are here) 

    COFFEE SHOP AND RESTAURANT RECOMMENDATIONS
    • Eat Langos in Karavan Street Food Budapest  
    my little melbourne cafe budapest

    • Have a coffee at Little Melbourne Cafe
    • Sip on a homemade lemonade in Vintage Garden (a bit overpriced and wouldn't recommend the food, but the lemonade was yum and the cafe is super Instagram-worthy) 
    • Try a vegan Burger in the Vegan Street Food Garden
    • Work from your laptop at Solinfo Cafe (free wifi) 
    Hungarian Pastries Budapest

    • Try Hungarian pastries from a bakery (have cash on hand as they usually don't take cards) 
    • Have a raw vegan treat at Naspolya Nassolda
    • Get a Gyros at one of the many Kebab places
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    2 week Ireland Road Trip Itinerary + Destinations to Visit Along the Wild Atlantic Way

    17/06/2019

    Ben Bulben Looped Walk

    Hello everyone, 
    Today I want to share with you our 2 week Ireland road trip itinerary. My family and I went on an epic Ireland tour, discovering top destinations along the Wild Atlantic Way including must-see places in Donegal, The Sheep's Head, Cork & Dublin. 


    If you haven't yet, make sure you check out my Ireland Travel Vlog on YouTube which perfectly sums up our road trip in mp4 - epic views, nature and hikes!

    2 week ireland road trip itinerary map

    First of all, here is a map with a rough draft of our route - as you can tell we had 3 major destinations where we stayed - Dublin, Rossnowlagh and The Sheep's Head. To get around we rented a car which we picked up after our stay in Dublin. During our stay in Rossnowlagh we went to the Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival which took up some of our time.
    • Destination 1: Dublin for 3 nights 
    Staying at: Sky Backpackers Hostel (next to Arlington Hotel)
    • Destination 2: Staying at a cottage in Rossnowlagh for 7 nights 
    • Destination 3: Staying at a cottage near Bantry on The Sheep’s Head for 6 nights

    This is our detailed 2-week itinerary and what we did each day: 
    DAY 1: Arriving in Dublin & Explore City Centre
    TIP: Get brunch at Brother Hubbard

    colourful doors in dublin ireland

    DAY 2: Trinity College, Merrion Square & Shopping at Grafton Street 
    DAY 3: Road trip to North-West Coast 

    Glenveagh National Park

    DAY 4: Glenveagh National Park (15km hike) 
    DAY 5: Beach hike in Rossnowlagh & Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival (also for day 6-8) 
    DAY 6: Studio Donegal (Handweaving & clothing from Donegal) & Muckross Head 
    DAY 7: Ben Bulben looped walk, Rosses Point Beach and Harry’s Pub 

    Slieve League Cliffs

    DAY 8: Slieve League Cliffs & Last day of Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival 
    DAY 9: The Carrowmore megalithic complex & Strandhill 
    DAY 10: Road trip along the west coast to Sheep’s Head & Cliffs of Moher
    TIP: Dinner at The Snug in Bantry 

    Hike to The Sheep’s Head

    DAY 11: Hike to The Sheep’s Head (17km) 
    DAY 12: Killarney National Park (Hike: Lakes of Killarney, Meeting of the Waters, Torc Waterfalls)

    Mizen Head Hike

    DAY 13: Mizen Head Hike 
    DAY 14: Day trip to Cork 

    Seefin Mountain Hike

    DAY 15: Hike Seefin Mountain in Kilchrohane 
    DAY 16: Drive back to Dublin and flying home  

    My favourites were definitely the hike on The Sheep's Head as well as Slieve League Cliffs. 
    Have you ever been to Ireland? Leave your best travel tips in the comments of this post!
    Hugs, Laura x 

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    Rome in Winter 3-Day Travel Itinerary 2019

    28/01/2019


    Girl in front of Colosseum with camera and blue sky in background

    My mum and I spontaneously decided to hop onto a plane to Italy and explore antique Rome offseason in January which turned out to be an incredible choice. We spent 3 nights in Hotel Milton Roma which we can highly recommend as it's only 15 minutes walk from the Colosseum and offers a delicious breakfast. We booked our flights so we'd have half a day on arrival and half a day on departure, making our trip 3 full days. Of course, we were not able to see all of Rome because it is simply a huge city with so much culture and history - you'd probably have to spend months and you wouldn't see it all. Anyway, we were able to explore most of the tourist attractions as well as a few spots off the beaten path. 


    Monumento a Vittorio Emanuele II

    Day 1 (half day)
    • Lunch at Hosteria I Buoni Amici
    • Walk by Colosseum, Forum Romanum, Monumento a Vittorio Emanuele II (go on top for a great view across Forum Romanum and Rome)
    • Coffee at Bar Rossana
    • Wander through Trastevere and have dinner in a traditional Pizza place 
    Forum Romanum January 2019

    Day 2
    • Colosseum, Palatine Hil, Forum Romanum (you need at least half a day for this; consider a guided tour as particularly Forum Romanum is huge!)
    • Eat Pasta Carbonara at L'Angoletto Romano 
    • Pantheon 
    • Gelato at Gelateria Della Palma with 150 gelato flavors 
    View from San Pietro across Piazza San Pietro

    Day 3
    • Explore Piazza Navona and fountain of four river 
    • Admire Castello Del Angelo
    • Get a Maritozzi Romani con la Panna at Parenti (SO GOOD!)
    • Guided tour through the Vatican (Vatican Museums, Sixtine Chapel, San Pietro) + Climb the top of San Pietro 
    • Walk back across Piazza San Pietro
    • Get dessert (I'd highly recommend trying Canoli) for later at Antico Forno
    • Have a Margarita Pizza at Margherita 
    Trevi Fountain January 2019

    Day 4 (half day) 
    • Admire the Trevi Fountain 
    • Climb the Spanish Steps
    • Walk by Villa Medici with a great view across Rome
    • Enjoy view across Piazza del Popolo from Pincio 
    • Wander along Via del Corso for some shopping 
    Streets of Rome 2019

    Read my blog post all about the best cheap eats in Rome here
    Hugs, Laura x

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    5 Top Affordable Eats in Rome 2019


    spaghetti alla Carbonara at L'Angoletto Romano

    Spaghetti alla Carbonara at L'Angoletto Romano
    Via Monterone, 14, 00186 Roma RM

    Not far away from Pantheon, this restaurant offers incredible pasta and other typical Roman foods. Highly recommend you guys try the spaghetti alla carbonara - it's heavenly. 

    Hosteria I Buoni Amici

    Hosteria I Buoni Amici 
    Via Aleardo Aleardi, 4, 86100 Roma RM

    Far off the tourist crowds, this traditional Hosteria is well worth the 10 minutes walk from Colosseum! The atmosphere is super local and the employees were very charming. 

    Margarita Pizza at Margherita 

    Osteria Pizzeria MargheRita 
    Via Praga, 11, 00144 Roma RM

    Not far off Pantheon and Trevi Fountain, this restaurant is more on the modern side, however the Margherita pizza was still on point! And also not that expensive compared to other restaurants close to big tourist attractions. 

    Maritozzi Romani con la Panna at Parenti

    Parenti 
    33, Via Ottaviano, 00192 Roma RM

    On your way to or back from visiting the vatican, you MUST try a Maritozzi Romani con la Panna at the dessert restaurant and bakery Parenti. Absolutely delicious and our favourite pastry we tried on our entire Rome trip.

    Gelateria della Palma

    Gelateria della Palma
    Via della Maddalena, 19-23, 00186 Roma RM

    If you need a little dessert after the spaghetti carbonara, head over to this gelateria which is fairly close to Pantheon. Choose from 150 gelato flavours! A bit touristy and crowded but well worth it. 

    Check out our 3-day Rome itinerary here
    Hugs, Laura x

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    Best Instagram-Worthy Coffee Shops in Toronto 2018

    16/12/2018

    Sud Forno Toronto

    Living 4 months in Toronto for study abroad, I made it my personal mission to try out as many Instagram-worthy coffee shops as possible during my time there. Toronto is a city with diverse, colorful neighborhoods and a vibrant cultural scene, including hundreds of gorgeous restaurants and coffee shops. Literally, on Queen St. you can just hop from coffee shop to coffee shop for days and you'd not run out of options! Here are the 7 best coffee shops in Toronto to study or go for a date, or just indulge in some new coffee flavors and pastries. Hope you love this post <3

    Balzac's Liberty Village Toronto
    Balzac's Liberty Village 
    43 Hanna Ave #123 (other locations too)

    Gorgeous marble and dark woods interior and delicious coffee and snack options. I ordered an iced chai latte which was the best chai I have ever tried - so flavourful! I also tried their mocha which I highly recommend. For food, I had one of their bars (I cannot remember how it was called exactly) which had nuts and chocolate in it and was so yummy. 

    FIKA Cafe Toronto
    FIKA Cafe
    28 Kensington Ave (Kensington Market) 

    Tried their gluten-free hazelnut praline brownie and a classic latte - loved it! They don't have tons of sitting space but it's such a cute place. Also, Kensington market is such a cool, Instagram-worthy neighboorhood to explore so a quick pop-in to FIKA is highly recommended.

    Versus Coffee Toronto
    Versus Coffee
    70 Adelaide St E

    Loved this place, the staff was so friendly. I tried an iced Chai which wasn't as good as the one from Balzac's, however, I also got a Marshmellow fireside latte and that was amazing! I saw on their Insta that they serve colorful lattes which I didn't get to try but I can imagine they are super cute and yummy.

    Jimmy's coffee Toronto
    Jimmy's Coffee
    15 Ossington Ave (other several locations) 

    The vibes in this place are so vintage and cool, I really liked it. I tried their lattes and can recommend them. Also tried one of their bars (again, can't remember what it was called but it was something with peanut butter) and that was yummy!

    The Sydney Grind
    2883 Lake Shore Blvd W

    Although not located in the city center, this coffee shop is SO worth a visit. I only discovered it in my last week in Toronto and I am so happy I did! I had their white and dark mocha, and I also tried their Tim Tam chocolate cake as well as their lamington. OMG literally amazing. 

    Forget me not Cafe
    506 Adelaide St W

    My first coffee shop experience in Toronto, and it was great! It's quite a small coffee shop so it can get busy but I loved the shabby-chic vibes. Got the Nutella latte and highly rate it.

    Tucana Coffee
    Tucana Coffee
    1413 Dundas St W

    Okay, this coffee shop really got me because they had crystals *don't judge me*. It's not a place to sit and chill with your laptop as it's more a to-go place, however, the neighborhood it's located in is so cute that you can just take your coffee with you as you stroll around.

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