Month: December 2016

Still looking for the ultimate Christmas Break Getaway?

Madonna Di Campiglio, Italy, Dolomites, Dolomite Alpes, Dolomiten

150 ski runs, 500 ski instructors, 60 lifts, 4 snowparks, 22 restaurants on the slopes and 95% coverage by artificial snow. Do you know what I am talking about? No, I am not just talking about a skiing area! Madonna Di Campiglio does not only fascinate skiing visitors but also those who love to walk in the snow along the 90km marked trails or for ski mountaineering, ice skating, or dogsleeding.

Best ski runs in Madonna Di Campiglio for beginners, amateurs and pros

On my 4 hour drive from Munich to Madonna Di Campiglio, I was a bit worried about the snow conditions in the Dolomite Alpes, since the weather was quite warm in Munich at the beginning of December.

Madonna Di Campiglio, Italy, Dolomites, Dolomite Alpes, Dolomiten

However, when I arrived in Madonna Di Campiglio, I knew that I will have 5 amazing days on the ski slopes. Even though there was no snow in the valley, all ski slopes were already open and ready! On my first day on skis, which I rented at “Rent and go”, I made sure the ski slopes did not only look ready but also were in perfect condition for outstanding days on skis.Madonna Di Campiglio, Italy, Dolomites, Dolomite Alpes, Dolomiten

From 9.30am to 1pm, I was almost by myself on the slopes as I arrived at the beginning on the season, which was awesome! In the afternoon, I always stayed in one of the cosy or après-ski ski huts.

My slope recommendations

  • Take the cable car in Madonna Di Campiglio to Pradalago, which is 2100m high and drive either the blue, red or black slope down. After 15 or 20 minutes skiing, you will arrive at another cable car station, which goes to Grostè. Take it and go up to 2444m. You will love the view and the broad ski slopes. At the Grostè station, you will find the restaurant Stoppani, the ideal location for tanning and relaxing.

Madonna Di Campiglio, Italy, Dolomites, Dolomite Alpes, Dolomiten

  • If you drive to the middle station, you will be welcomed by après ski music and a great atmosphere at the ski hut, Boch.

 Madonna Di Campiglio, Italy, Dolomites, Dolomite Alpes, Dolomiten

At the ski hut Boch, you will also find Claudio with his Bernardino, called “Meatball”. He charges 20€ for five souvenir pictures. From there, you will always get back to Madonna Di Campiglio! It will take about 30 to 45 minutes and the slopes are phenomenal.

  • The cable car to Cinque Laghi will bring you to a magnificent platform with a stunning panorama. The restaurant next to the cable car is perfect for a cosy stop and lying in the sun. Here you will also find several options for every level but the ski slopes are not that long as they are on Grostè as you are also not that high.

Meet a Ferrari on the mountain

 My favourite chalet, the Fiat chalet, is located at Monte Spinale, which is 2101m high. The ski hut offers drinks and food for a great price! Try the white house wine and don’t forget to eat the chips with ketchup and mayonnaise on the terrace. I never had such a gigantic and unique perspective! The walking trail to Madonna Di Campiglio takes about an hour but you can also ski.

Madonna Di Campiglio, Dolomites, Italy, Skiing, Hotel Miramonti, Fasten Ur Seatbelts

No idea where to spend your time in the afternoon?

Don’t worry, you will find loads of shops in Madonna Di Campiglio as well as a small Christmas market. I am sure that you will never get bored during your afternoons! At the gourmet shop, you will find souvenirs for your family and friends at home or buy yourself a little treat! Personally, I liked all the different kind of shopping shops in Madonna Di Campiglio because I did not just find ski clothes but also trendy clothes!

Where to get the best deal?

 Activitybreaks.com offers great deals for a five or seven day ski trip, for example. You will stay at the fantastic hotel Miramonti .

A 7-night package for example is available online here at Hotel Miramonti.

This includes:

  • 7 nights in classic double room in 4* Hotel Miramonti
  • Half board basis
  • 6 day ski pass
  • 6 day ski equipment hire
  • 1x25min massage
  • Use of hotel sauna & gym

The price of this starts from 954€ per person.

If you need any further information about Madonna Di Campiglio, you are free to visit the tourist center. It is placed in the heart of Madonna Di Campiglio and every question about your trip can be answered!Madonna Di Campiglio, Dolomites, Italy, Skiing, Hotel Miramonti, Fasten Ur Seatbelts

Don’t miss the Audi Quattro Ski cup world final

On the 24-26th of March 2017, the Audi Quattro Ski cup world final will take place in Madonna Di Campiglio. Three days of speed, adrenaline, entertainment, excitement and loads of fun! For every winter sport lover a must-see!

 

 

5 Reasons why you should visit this place!

Madonna Di Campiglio, Dolomites, Italy, Skiing, Hotel Miramonti, Fasten Ur Seatbelts

You have no idea where to spent your next winter holiday? Then this is the perfect place for your next winter trip! It doesn’t matter if you are a pro on skis or if you don’t even know how to put them on. Hotel Miramonti in Madonna Di Campiglio is the ultimate winter getaway for everyone who wants to be active, enjoy, party or relax.

  • Rooms that you never want to leave

Madonna Di Campiglio, Dolomites, Italy, Skiing, Hotel Miramonti, Fasten Ur Seatbelts

Honestly, I don’t know which part of the room I should start with! My room was not only modern and very clean but also enormous! It is the optimal size to live in. I loved the interior design and the bright colours.

The spacious dressing room forced me to unpack my suitcases. Normally, I never unpack my suitcases because I have to leave after a few days anyways, and I am too lazy, but this time I could not resist ;-).

Madonna Di Campiglio, Dolomites, Italy, Skiing, Hotel Miramonti, Fasten Ur Seatbelts

The toilet is separated from the bathroom, which is ideal for young couples or those who prefer to have more privacy. The bench in the shower is tempting to shower longer than needed. After a hot shower, you lay down in your large and comfortable bed.

While your boyfriend, brother, friend or husband waits on the cozy sofa, you get ready at your make-up table. In the unlikely event that you get bored, sit on the balcony and watch the people on the street or the ski slopes. Right behind the hotel, you will see the World Cup Slalom ski slope.

  • Ski slopes for all levels

Hotel Miramonti is located in the middle of all ski slopes in Madonna di Campiglio. You will not need a car to get to any ski slope.

Madonna Di Campiglio, Dolomites, Italy, Skiing, Hotel Miramonti, Fasten Ur Seatbelts

Additionally, all ski slopes are connected with each other, which means that you have thousands of blue, red and black options each day. Read more about my ski route tips in my next article. Just two minutes walking distance from the hotel, you will find a ski and snowboard rental called “rent and go”.

Madonna Di Campiglio, Dolomites, Italy, Skiing, Hotel Miramonti, Fasten Ur Seatbelts

  • Daily relaxation for body and mind

After my days on the ski runs, I would either go shopping, or relax in Hotel Miramonti’s sauna or massage chair. Madonna Di Campiglio offers several shops with clothes, gourmet food and furniture made of wood. Next to the hotel, you will find Barbara’s sport outlet, which has stylish designer clothes for an affordable price. If you need a souvenir, visit the gourmet shop and have a look at the selection of bacon, cheese, snaps, tea and chocolate.

  • Culinary delight, which deserves a star

Not only is the service at Hotel Miramonti excellent, but the food is delicious. In the morning, you have an extensive breakfast buffet with a wide variety of sweet and savoury specialities. Don’t forget to try an omelette! The breakfast prepares you for a great start into the day!

After a long day, you will enjoy the 4-course-menu. For the main course, I always recommend to take the fish because it was even more delicious than the meat. However, there was no course, which I did not like, but look at the images by yourself. Sometimes pictures say more than a thousand words.

  • Unbeatable value

Thanks to activitybreaks.com I booked a really good offer. A 7-night package costs 954€ per person during the Christmas time and includes:

  • 7 nights in classic double room in 4* Hotel Miramonti
  • Half board basis
  • 6 day ski pass
  • 6 day ski equipment hire
  • 1x25min massage
  • Use of hotel sauna & gym

This is an unbeatable value for money in this area! If you do not want drive to Madonna Di Campiglio, you can fly to Bergamo or Verona for example. A flight from Cologne to Bergamo costs around 10€ (without luggage) and the airport bus to the skiing area costs 35€ per person/one-way. The bus ride from Bergamo takes about four hours. The airport Verona is a bit closer than Bergamo.

Healthiest, best & cheapest breakfast in Munich

Motel One, München, Städtetrip, Motel One Deutsches Museum, Munich

Munich is known as a costly holiday stay, but it doesn’t have to be. You can get the most out of your vacation with a low, holiday budget. I always say that nothing is impossible! How? You need to know the right place to stay at and what to do!

Das München ein teures Pflaster ist, ist für viele nichts Neues. Dennoch kann man auch mit kleinerem Urlaubsbudget viel aus einem Trip nach München rausholen. Ich sage mir immer, dass nichts unmöglich ist! Wie? Du musst einfach die richtigen Locations kennen und auch Dein München Urlaub kann zu etwas ganz Besonderem werden!

Where to stay?

Motel One at the German museum in Munich, offers the greatest service, quality, and location for a trip to Munich. The rooms are fresh, modern, and comfortable. You will not miss anything in your room. The prices start from 79€ per night.

Actually, it was the first hotel in which employees worked with a tablet to order a taxi or to register you for breakfast. I liked the innovative attitude. Before I arrived at Motel One, I was told that the breakfast is not the best, so I did not  have high expectations. When I arrived at the stylish breakfast hall, I was more than impressed! Motel One’s bio breakfast buffet tastes heavenly.

Motel One, München, Städtetrip, Motel One Deutsches Museum, MunichThe healthy morning meal costs only 9,50€ and externals can have the breakfast, too. You won’t find such a tasty breakfast with unlimited coffee, water and juices. It doesn’t matter at which Motel One hotel you are; you always get the same fantastic breakfast for the same price. So try it yourself in your city or if you have booked a hotel without breakfast!

Zentral in München gelegen, bietet das Motel One am Deutschen Museum eine wunderbare Übernachtungsmöglichkeit zu einem fairen Preis. Die schicke Hotelbar und die modern ausgestatteten Zimmer eignen sich perfekt, um Deinen Städtetrip angemessen ausklingen zu lassen. Mit Übernachtungspreisen ab 79€ pro Nacht, wird das Urlaubsbudget nicht überstrapaziert.

Als großer Fan von Innovationen, wurde ich im Motel One durch zahlreiche Features positiv überrascht: Frühstücksreservierungen werden am Tablet abgeglichen und Taxibestellungen werden ebenfalls per Tablet abgeschickt. Vor meiner Anreise habe ich gelesen, dass das Frühstücksbuffet nicht das Beste sein soll. Ich wurde definitiv eines Besseren belehrt: Der stylisch eingerichtete Frühstücksraum mit gemütlichen Sesseln uns Stühlen bietet ein schönes Frühstücksambiente. Das Bio-Frühstücksbuffet schmeckt himmlisch! Das Frühstück wird zu einem unschlagbaren Preis von 9,50€ angeboten und kann nicht nur von Hotelgästen, sondern auch von “Nicht-Gästen“, in Anspruch genommen werden. In diesen sensationellen Preis sind Heißgetränke und Bio-Frühstückssäfte bereits enthalten. Probiert es einfach aus, ihr werdet es sicher nicht bereuen. Falls Du schon eine Unterkunft für Deinen nächsten München Aufenthalt gebucht hast, empfehle ich Dir das Frühstück auszuprobieren. Dieses Angebot, gilt übrigens in allen Motel One´s, egal in welcher Stadt du bist, oder ob du in einem anderen Hotel wohnst.

What to do during Christmas time?

Since I went to Munich during December, I had to visit Christmas Markets. If you are in Munich for the first time, you have to visit the Christmas Market at Marienplatz, which is the centre and main shopping area of Munich. Admire the big Christmas tree and the wonderful town hall.

Marienplatz München, Munich

Another delightful Christmas market is the “Schwabinger Weihnachtsmarkt”. It is smaller than the one at Marienplatz but very cosy. The prices are also fair and the food is tasty! Try a Glühwein and an apple strudel with vanilla sauce. Hot cocktails are also yummy! You can either visit the Christmas markets during the day or around 4 pm. It won’t be dark around that time but if you stay until 5pm, you will see the Christmas markets during day and night-time. Have a look here for all Christmas Markets in Munich.

Wenn Du München in der Vorweihnachtszeit besuchst, solltest  Du auf jeden Fall auf einem der zahlreichen Weihnachtsmärkte in München vorbeischauen. Der Weihnachtsmarkt am Marienplatz ist auf jeden Fall einen Besuch wert und lässt sich super in jedes Sightseeingprogramm integrieren. Der Marienplatz mit dem alten und neuen Rathaus befindet sich im Zentrum von München und liegt direkt an den bekannten Einkaufsstraßen der Innenstadt. Wer kleinere und ruhigere Weihnachtsmärkte schätzt, sollte in Schwabing auf dem kleinen Weihnachtsmarkt vorbeischauen. Bei einem heißen Cocktail für 5€, hausgemachtem Apfelstrudel mit Vanillesauce (4,5€) und einem kostenlosen Livekonzert kommt garantiert Weihnachtsstimmung auf. Wer große Menschenansammlungen und Gedränge lieber meidet, sollte den Weihnachtsmarkt bevorzugt vormittags oder schon gegen 16.00 Uhr besuchen und bis zur Dämmerung bleiben, um die weihnachtliche Atmosphäre mit Beleuchtung genießen zu können. Weitere Weihnachtsmärkte findest du hier.

Where to eat?

All brew houses offer food at an affordable price but don’t visit the expensive ones around Marienplatz. They are only for tourists. Personally, I like all Augustiner breweries. Especially, the one in Arnulfstraße. In the morning, you have to try a Bavarian veal sausage and in the evening try a hock. My absolute favorite restaurant in Munich is “Neuhauser”. It just got refurbished and enlarged. You will find the best and biggest pizza, at restaurant Neuhauser. If you order a pizza ask for the garlic oil!

Die Brauhäuser in München tischen alle eine gute Hausmannskost zu einem bezahlbaren Preis auf. Jedoch kann es recht teuer werden, wenn man die Touristenbrauhäuser um den Marienplatz herum besucht. Persönlich gehe ich am liebsten in Brauhäuser abseits des Marienplatzes, wie beispielsweise den Augustiner-Keller. Wer schon morgens einen deftigen Appetit mitbringt, dem empfehle ich ein Weißwurstfrühstück. Zum Abendessen empfiehlt sich der Brauhausklassiker: die Schweinshaxe.

Mein Lieblingsrestaurant in München ist der Italiener „Neuhauser“. Diesen Laden kenne ich noch aus der Zeit, als ich in München gelebt habe und schaue bei jedem München Besuch gerne dort vorbei.  Ich weiß nicht, ob ich anderswo schon Mal so eine gute Pizza gegessen habe. Die Pizzen sind riesig und wunderbar belegt – sie reichen meistens für 2 Personen, außer der Hunger ist sehr groß. 😉 Das Restaurant wurde gerade renoviert und vergrößert.

A unique weekend trip to Reykjavik

Reykjavik, 22 Hill Hotel, Room with a view, Hotel, Iceland

During the winter time, you either ask yourself if you should go skiing or fly into the sun. That’s not the only opportunity you have during autumn and winter. Don’t you want to do something different? Then you should definitely try Reykjavik! A short trip with unforgettable experiences of nature. As almost every trip to the sights start from Reykjavik; it is the best place to be!

How to get to Reykjavik?

I flew from Dusseldorf to Reykjavik by AirBerlin. The return ticket costs 250€, which includes one suitcase. I know that Eurowings, Wow Air and Icelandair also fly to Reykjavik and are cheaper most of the time. It is important to know that all international flights fly to Keflavik, which is 40 minutes away from the Reykjavik. Only domestic flights fly to Reykjavik airport. The bus from Keflavik to your hotel, in Reykjavik, costs around 20-25€ (one-way). You can either choose between Gray Line or Flybus. The public transport is not much cheaper and takes way longer!

Where to stay?

 Luckily, I could test one hotel and one apartment in Reykjavik. 22 Hill Hotel is in a great location, just off the main road to the city centre.

It took me around 10 minutes and I was already on the shopping street. The staff is extremely friendly, informative and helpful. Coffee is always free on each floor. Unfortunately, the WIFI was a bit slow, which is not too bad, because you surf less and talk more! My room was spacious and clean! I loved the big TV! If you have to leave early to catch a flight, you will get a “take away breakfast”.

I’m afraid that I was not really impressed by the breakfast hall and the breakfast itself but that’s only my personal opinion. The breakfast buffet had everything you need but it was not beautifully presented. Furthermore, the kitchen staff tried the marmalade with his knife just next to me. I really enjoyed the delicious bread!

Price range: 119€ – 269€

My absolute favourite was “Room with a view”.

I am still amazed when I think about the stunning apartment! The name says it all! The gigantic view over Reykjavik’s main shopping street beautified my stay. It was hard to leave the apartment for any sightseeing as it is so adorable!

At my last night I enjoyed a soothing bubble bath.

Reykjavik, 22 Hill Hotel, Room with a view, Hotel, Iceland

Price range: 130€ – 450€

 

Culinary delight

I ate the grill fish feast menu. The best of the menu was the starter, the Hallgrims Shellfish soup with scallop, blue mussel, shrimp and fennel. I also liked the grill fish combo and of course, the dessert. The atmosphere is really nice and comfortable. The friendly staff of the modern restaurant is more than helpful.

  • Glo, vegan and vegetarian restaurant

You almost always have a line when you go to the canteen style restaurant, but it is worth the wait and the line goes by quickly. All the salads are tasty and the portions are really gorgeous. My favourite is the chocolate cake with cream.

Find out more about what you have to do in Reykjavik in my article HERE.

Wir sehen uns beim Happy End

Für viele ist die Weihnachtszeit die schönste Zeit im Jahr. Ich liebe die Sonne und den Sommer, und habe daher immer ein wenig das Problem, dass ich nicht so richtig in Weihnachts- und Adventsstimmung kommen will. Um mich irgendwie auf diese Zeit einzulassen, habe ich mir ein kleines Ritual festgelegt, das ich auch dieses Jahr wieder vollziehe. Ich habe mir vorgenommen, mich abends mit einer kuscheligen Decke einzulümmeln und ein Buch, das im Winter oder während der Weihnachtszeit spielt, zu lesen. So komme ich dann Schritt für Schritt in die passende Stimmung und freue mich dann doch auf Weihnachten. Heute habe ich für euch den ultimativen Buchtipp für eine Winterlektüre.

Durch das außergewöhnliche Cover bin ich auf das Buch „Wir sehen uns beim Happy End“ von  Charlotte Lucas gestoßen. Hier findet ihr den Klappentext:

„Stell dir vor, Romeo und Julia erleben wunderbare Flitterwochen, die kleine Meerjungfrau bekommt ihren Prinzen und Hannibal Lecter wird zum kinderfreundlichen Veganer … Wie könnte die Welt aussehen, wenn jede Geschichte das Recht auf ein glückliches Ende hätte? Und was würdest du tun, wenn dir das Leben die Verantwortung für einen anderen Menschen gibt? Schenkst du ihm ein Happy End? Selbst wenn du nicht weißt, ob er das will?
Ein zauberhafter Roman über das Schicksal, unerwartete Begegnungen – und die Frage, ob erst ein Happy End das Leben lebenswert macht.“

Ella ist eine wahnsinnig sympathische Protagonistin, auch wenn sie am Anfang ziemlich naiv rüber kommt. Sie sieht in allen Menschen nur etwas Gutes und möchte, dass jeder glücklich ist. Sie schreibt ganze Enden von Büchern und Filmen auf ihrem Blog „Better Endings“ um, wenn ihr diese nicht zusagen. Dass sie dann selbst jedoch mit ihrem Freund in ein Bad Ending stürzt, ahnt sich jedoch nicht. Dabei dachte sie, sie könnte ihr (Liebes-)Leben kontrollieren und durchplanen, vor allem nachdem ihr Freund Philip ihr die Fragen aller Fragen gestellt hat… Aber es kommt halt doch alles anders als man denkt. Als Ella dann jedoch zufällig auf Oscar trifft, der an Gedächtnisverlust leidet, zieht sie kurzerhand bei ihm ein und versucht ihm dabei zu helfen, sich an sich zu erinnern.

In dem Buch finden sich zwischendurch immer mal wieder Blogeinträge, die sich super lesen lassen und die den Schreibstil noch ein wenig auflockern, wobei sich das Buch allgemein flüssig lesen lässt und man das Buch nach kurzer Zeit schon nicht mehr aus der Hand legen möchte.

Wenn ihr noch auf der Suche nach einem passenden Geschenk für eure beste Freundin seid: hier habt ihr das hervorragende Weihnachtsgeschenk gefunden!

Passend zum Release veranstaltet der Luebbe Verlag ein Gewinnspiel unter http://www.luebbe.de/behappe . Ihr kennt jemanden, der ein Happy End verdient hat? Dann macht bei diesem Gewinnspiel mit, denn hier habt ihr die Chance, Ella aus „Wir sehen uns beim Happy End“ nachzueifern und einer Person eurer Wahl ein Happy End zu bescheren. Was ihr dafür tun musst, könnt ihr auf der Website nachlesen. Viel Glück!

What you HAVE TO SEE in Iceland!

There are loads of attractions in Iceland, which are worth the visit. However, they are all so far away from each other that it is difficult to see everything within a few days. Therefore, I have made a list of the most important sightseeing in Iceland. If you are still not sure what to do in Iceland, check out the travel agency, Katla Travel. The agency is specialised into traveling to Iceland. The very warm and friendly employees helped me with my trip, too.

First of all, rent a car!

 You will definitely save time and see more than going on tours with a tour company. I know that it can get quite expensive but if you follow the following steps, it will be cheaper!

  • Pre-book your car online and use a voucher code to reduce the actual price. I decided to use the company, Hertz.
  • For those who need an automatic car (like me!!!), make sure that you book your car in advance. They are gone really quickly. I had a Kia Sportage, which was perfect!
  • Don’t forget that gas will get expensive. Travel with friends and share the gas!
  • Plan your route before you go on the trip.
  • Don’t forget that the actual sun hours in Iceland aren’t long during winter time. So be careful with your time!

Hertz, Kia, Iceland

 

Where to go?

  • Golden Circle Tour
  • Another route would be to go to:
    1. Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
    2. Skógafoss Watefall
    3. Reynisdrangar

Travel along the south coast and experience the beautiful spots for taking unique pictures, as well as several fascinating waterfalls. The breath-taking Seljalandsfoss waterfall has a magnificent size and force alone. You are able to walk up behind the waterfall and right in front of it.

The Skógafoss Waterfall is just another 25 minute drive and you will see a stunning waterfall, which almost always has a rainbow. It is great for taking pictures. You can walk up on the top of the waterfall for a better view. The glaciers are also close by.

Skógafoss Waterfall

30 minutes further, you will find a small village, which leads to the black sand beach, called Reynisdrangar. On your way to it, you will see beautiful horses, sheep and a great landscape.

Important essentials for your trip

  • Waterproof shoes
  • Warm clothes
  • Rain jacket (I wish I had one!!!!)
  • Gloves
  • Cap
  • Earmuffs (Highly important because of the wind!!!)
  • Tissues
  • Umbrella
  • Food
  • Water