Wednesday, August 27, 2014

ROAD TRIP // Vaduz, Liechtenstein

Okay, so I thought I lived in a tiny country. Not saying Luxembourg isn't small, but after having visited Liechtenstein, Luxembourg seems pretty big, haha. We planned on spending the day in Liechtenstein, but shortly after arriving in Vaduz we realized a few hours was more than enough, oops. We got a map of Vaduz at the tourist information center (yes, there is one!) and walked around and about. After having seen the new parliament building, the government building and the cathedral, we decided to go for a little walk to this so called Red House, which was also on our little map. Must be a very special house then, right? But really it was a residential house - which was red. I must admit it had a lot of charm and seeing that it is a medieval house, it is after all a special little house.
Furthermore, besides the 7 euro ice cream and the beach volleyball tournament going on in the middle of the town square, there wasn't a lot more to do or see. The internet had warned me not to go, that one should only go if they just want another stamp in their passport, but you should better skip it. However I am glad I followed my curiosity and went anyway. I usually prefer the smaller cities, they often have better atmospheres and are cozier. Vaduz may be small (and expensive), but it certainly has a lot of character!

Vaduz Castle

Government Building

New Parliament Building

"Red House"

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

ROAD TRIP // Schwarzwald, Germany

Two weeks ago my mom and I packed our bags, hopped in our car and drove about 2500 kilometers. After a five hour drive we arrived at our first destination of our little tour through Europe, Menzenschwand in Schwarzwald, Germany. Although we only stayed for a very short time in most places, I still have a lot of photos to share with you guys, 5 more posts coming up after this one, so keep an eye out! :)

Trees, mountains, gorgeous lakes, beautiful chalets, cowbells, and some more trees and some more mountains. That pretty much describes the scenery in the Black Forest. We only stayed two nights in Menzenschwand, so waking up early was indispensable. And trust me, not my thing. We drove to the Schluchsee, the biggest lake in Schwarzwald, where we walked around in the forest and afterwards went for a boat trip. In the afternoon we went to another lake not too far away from the Schluchsee, the Titisee. The village was a little more touristic but the atmosphere was great! On this lake we again went for a boat trip and despite the weather, it was still so picturesque! 



Waterfall near Menzenschwand 

When visiting Schwarzwald you cannot leave without having eaten a piece of Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte. I think it should be illegal to eat as much cake as I did in the past two weeks, but oh boy, can't say no to Apfelstrudel in Austria now can you...

Top of the Feldberg, at 1493 meters, highest mountain in Schwarzwald! All the snowless-slopes and ski lifts made me miss skiing in winter so much! When I was younger we used to go to Switzerland or Austria for one or two weeks every year, but unfortunately we haven't gone for a very long time now, wish I could go again soon! Nevertheless, the view after climbing up 100 stairs of the Feldbergturm, was gorgeous - see panorama above!

Okay this might be a bit of a short post, but bare in mind that this was only one and a half day, and there are many more days to come! ;)